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How to edit YouTube reaction videos

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Are you looking to create a YouTube reaction video? YouTube reaction videos are one of the most popular trends circulating the internet. 

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Entertain your YouTube subscribers for hours with endless genre options like sports games, music, live streams, and epic fail reaction videos. You can even edit YouTube reaction videos into funny GIFs or viral memes. 

Read on to explore two easy and free ways to create a YouTube reaction video with Clipchamp’s online video editor.

What is a YouTube reaction video?

If you haven’t heard of YouTube reaction videos before, they’re simply a video where the creator reacts to another video. The original video plays on your screen, and then a picture-in-picture effect creates the reaction video part. 

What is a YouTube reaction video?

Before you make a reaction video, here’s what you need to know

YouTube reaction video copyright is real, and most reaction videos do get copyright strikes from YouTube. You can still post your YouTube reaction videos, but you may risk being demonetized or the video deleted. The copyright strike can be appealed under the claim of fair use. Make sure to correctly attribute the video you're reacting to in your video description box.

There are many popular YouTube reaction video genres but the most popular are YouTube music reaction videos and YouTube gaming reaction videos.  

3. Do you have to record reaction videos with Clipchamp?

No. Users can upload their video files to the editor, then drag and drop the video onto the timeline. The advanced picture-in-picture feature will create a YouTube reaction style video. You do not need to use the webcam recorder. 

How to make a YouTube reaction video with Clipchamp

Ready to make a high-quality YouTube reaction video? Clipchamp’s free online video editor has everything you need. Follow our step-by-step tutorials on how to make a YouTube reaction video with our webcam and screen recorder features. You can also upload personal existing reaction videos to the editor instead. 

1. YouTube reaction videos with screen and camera recorder

Creating a YouTube reaction video has been made easy with the help of our webcam and screen recorder. 

Step 1. Log in to Clipchamp, or sign up for free

To get started, log in to your Clipchamp account, or sign up for free. 

Step 1. Log in to Clipchamp, or sign up for free

Step 2. Create a new video

Once you have logged into Clipchamp, the editor homepage will appear. Click on the Create a video button at the top right corner. The editor will automatically open. Rename your video by clicking on the Untitled video bar. 

Step 2. Create a new video

Step 3. Locate the screen and webcam recording feature

On a new browser tab, head over to YouTube and open the video you would like to react to. Do not click play yet. Once you have the YouTube video ready, head back to the editor. 

Click on the Record & create a tab on the left sidebar. Four different recording options will appear, including Text to speech. Click on the first tool, Screen and camera. A pop-up screen will appear with four recording tips, a webcam preview, and a record button. Make sure your microphone and camera are in the correct settings before recording. 

Step 3. Locate the screen and webcam recording feature

Step 4. Start your screen and webcam recording

To start creating your YouTube reaction video, click on the red record button in the middle of the popup window. The Choose what to share pop-up window will appear. Click on the Entire screen, Window, or Chrome tab to screen record. We have selected the Chrome tab for a YouTube reaction video. Make sure to click Fullscreen when watching the YouTube video. You won’t see your webcam camera while recording your screen.

Once you have finished screen recording your reaction video, click on the blue Stop sharing button. Head back to Clipchamp’s online video editor tab and click save and edit. If you’re not happy with your screen recording, click retake recording. 

Once saved, your screen recording and webcam recording will appear under the Your media tab and your timeline. The video files will also save onto your computer. The screen recording and webcam recording will appear as two separate clips.

Step 4. Start your screen and webcam recording

Step 5. Edit your YouTube reaction video

Add a personalized YouTube intro or outro to your video. Click on the Graphics tab on the left sidebar, then drag and drop a background to the beginning of your video. Next, click on the Text tab on the left sidebar. Drag and drop your desired text onto the timeline. Personalize your text with the name of your video and YouTube channel name. 

Step 5. Edit your YouTube reaction video

You can also add your brand logo to the video. Click on Brand kit, then drag and drop your logo onto the timeline above your video. Resize and relocate your logo if required. 

Step 5B. Edit your YouTube reaction video

Step 6. Export your YouTube reaction video 

Once you have finished editing your video, click on the Export button at the top right corner of the editor. Select either 480p, 720p, or 1080p video quality. We have chosen 1080p for a high-quality YouTube reaction video. Your video will begin to save. 

Save your video to your computer, or directly share your YouTube reaction video using our YouTube integration. 

Step 6. Export your YouTube reaction video 

2. YouTube reaction videos with webcam recorder

If you don’t want to share your computer screen to create a YouTube reaction video, there’s another easy way to create engaging video content. All you have to do is download the YouTube video, then upload it to the video editor. Follow our step-by-step guide to learn more. 

Step 1. Create a new video

Once you have logged into Clipchamp, the editor homepage will appear. Click on the Create a video button at the top right corner. The editor will automatically open. Rename your video by clicking on the Untitled video bar. 

Step 1. Create a new video

Step 2. Upload your downloaded YouTube video

Click on the + symbol on the left sidebar. Drag and drop video files from your computer, or click on Browse files. You can upload video footage from Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Zoom, Box, Google Photos, and your phone. 

Once you have uploaded your YouTube video to react to, it will appear in Your media library. Drag and drop the video onto your timeline. 

Step 2. Upload your downloaded YouTube video

Step 3. React to your YouTube video while webcam recording

It’s now time to record yourself reacting to the YouTube video. Click on the Record & create tab on the left sidebar. Next, click on the camera recorder option. A pop-up screen will appear with four recording tips, a webcam preview, and a record button. 

Play the video on your computer screen using the split-screen method or your smartphone device. Make sure your microphone and camera are in the correct settings before recording. 

Once you have finished recording your reaction video, click on the same red stop record button. Head back to Clipchamp’s online video editor tab and click save and edit. If you’re not happy with your screen recording, click retake recording. 

Step 3. React to your YouTube video while webcam recording

Step 4. Add your webcam video to your YouTube video

Your webcam video should be automatically added to your timeline. Make sure your webcam reaction video is placed above your YouTube video on the timeline. Click on the video preview, then drag the corner circles to shrink the video size. Freely drag and drop your reaction webcam recording around the video preview to your desired location. 

Step 4. Add your webcam video to your YouTube video

Save your video when you have finished editing. 

Create entertaining YouTube reaction videos today

You can create engaging YouTube reaction videos that your subscribers will love in just a few minutes. All you have to do is upload your existing videos or record directly with Clipchamp

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Written by Christie Passaris on March 9, 2022
About the Author

Christie Passaris is a freelance writer by day, and fashion designer by night. While she enjoys creating iconic looks and teaching others about Clipchamp's latest features, her true love is for her dog, Billy the Beagle.

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