YouTube has introduced a new video editing feature that allows you to edit a video even after it has been uploaded.

Until now uploading a video to YouTube meant that your video was hosted and shared, but couldn’t really be edited. If you wanted to change the soundtrack or add an effect, you had to edit your video using a separate program before uploading, or you’d have to re-upload, which resulted in losing any data associated with your video.

Now you can edit your uploaded videos right on YouTube, which means that you get to keep your view count and comments, and all existing links to your video will continue to work.

To edit a video, click the new “Edit Video” tab near the top of the video’s page and you’ll see a variety of edits, including rotating the video, trimming a video clip (beginning and end only), stabilizing handheld footage, and boosting contrast and colors.

If you’re feeling creative or want to add extra flare to your video, you can now add a filter-like style effect. Through a collaboration with Google-owned Picnik – an online photo editing app – the new video editor offers 14 style effects, which are very similar to Instagram’s photo filter options. Filters include black and white, lomo-ish, thermal, cartoon, and more.

While the YouTube editor doesn’t offer all the bells and whistles of professional editing software like iMovie or Final Cut Pro, it will allow you to make simple fixes that improve the overall quality of your videos. So if you’re thinking about shooting a new demo or an around-the-office video, you’ll have a few more user-friendly editing options at your disposal.

[Via: VentureBeat, Image credit: The Blue Wig]