Creators’ Guide To The New YouTube – Video Manager

Back in December YouTube rolled out a new homepage and an upgraded site design, making changes to everything from their analytics to channel design, the video manager and more. Last month they made even more changes, announcing new updates to the YouTube Browse page and Video Editor, as well as their Video Editor. We thought we’d take this opportunity to provide you with an in-depth overview of how the new YouTube Video Manager works and all of its functionality.

This is part three in a series covering the ins and outs of the new YouTube design, which launched in December.  We previously covered Channel Design & Layout and the new YouTube Analytics.  This installment will focus on the new YouTube Video Manager.

Back in December YouTube rolled out a new homepage and an upgraded site design, making changes to everything from their analytics to channel design, the video manager and more.  Last month they made even more changes, announcing new updates to the YouTube Browse page and Video Editor, as well as their Video Editor.  We thought we’d take this opportunity to provide you with an in-depth overview of how the new YouTube Video Manager works and all of its functionality.

For those of you that are new to uploading and managing videos on YouTube, the Video Manager is the part of the site where you manage your videos (it was obvious from the name, right?).  This includes things like adding your videos to playlists, deleting videos, making videos private, public or unlisted, dealing with monetization, copyright notices and more.

First things first—to get to the Video Manager, go to while signed into your YouTube account.  You can also get to the Video Manager by clicking the dropdown menu with your YouTube user name in the top right-hand corner and selecting ‘Video Manager.’  And now, without further ado we bring you…the ins and outs of the new YouTube Video Manager!

The Creator Bar

The Creator Bar is the name for that gray bar at the top of the page.  It lets you easily jump back and forth between various administrative areas of YouTube including the Video Manager, the Video Editor, your Subscriptions page and your Analytics.  For the purposes of this article we’re focusing only on the Video Manager.

Add to, Actions and View

Beneath the Creator Bar you’ll find the Add to, Actions and View controls.  We’ll take a look at each of these separately.

Add to

The ‘Add to’ dropdown menu lets you add your videos to playlists, which you may choose to display on your channel.  To add videos to a playlist, simply check the box next to the videos you’d like to add and then choose the playlist you’d like to add them to from the dropdown menu.  Choose ‘Add to new playlist’ to create a new playlist.  Pretty straightforward stuff.


The ‘Actions’ dropdown menu is where you will find the ‘Delete’ option, as well as Privacy settings and License settings.  When you check off a video and choose ‘Delete’ a warning will pop up to make sure you really want to delete the video.  You can set your video as Public, Private or Unlisted and choose to give your video a Standard license or a Creative Commons license.


The View dropdown menu allows you to sort your videos according to date, views, privacy settings and monetization.

The Upload Button

In the top left corner of the Video Manager, directly below the Creator Bar, is the Upload button.  Click on the button and it will take you straight to the Upload page or click the arrow on the right side of the button for more options, including ‘Upload a video’ (which also takes you to the Upload page), ‘Record from webcam,’ ‘Creator Tools’ (which bring you to YouTube Create where you can find a list of video apps that work with YouTube), and ‘Promote your videos’ (which takes you to Adwords for video).

Menus on the Left


On the left side of the screen is a navigation menu that lets you click through to view different information.  The default is ‘Uploads’, where you can see all of your videos.


Click on ‘Playlists’ to view and edit the various playlists that you have created.  When you click the ‘Edit’ button next to a playlist it will direct you to the ‘Edit Playlist’ page where you can set the privacy and other settings for that particular playlist.

Copyright Notices

When you click on ‘Copyright Notices’ you’ll find a list of all videos that have been found to match third party content, have had audio muted due to a claim, have had the video blocked in some countries due to a claim, or have had other action taken against them because of copyright violations.


‘History’ actually has nothing to do with your videos—it is a list of your personal viewing history.  Go back and see which videos you have watched, add videos you’ve watched to playlists, remove them from your history or click ‘Clear all viewing history’ to remove all the videos from this list.

Search History

‘Search History’ is a list of all of the terms that you have searched for.  You can check off various terms and click ‘Remove’ to take them off the list, click ‘Clear all search history’ to remove all of the terms from the list, or click ‘Pause search history’ to stop YouTube from keeping track of what you are searching for.  If you want to start it up again, just click ‘Resume search history.’

Watch Later, Favorites & Likes

‘Watch Later,’ ‘Favorites,’ and ‘Likes’ are simply lists of videos that you have added to your ‘Watch Later’ playlist, have favorited or have liked.  You can click ‘Edit Playlist’ to remove videos from your ‘Watch Later’ playlist.  Likes and Favorites can be removed by checking the boxes next to the videos and clicking ‘Remove.’

Thumbnail Info

The thumbnail image for your videos in the ‘Uploads’ section will contain information about your videos status as it uploads and processes.  Also, when you hover over a video’s thumbnail a plus sign button will appear.  Clicking on the button will open up a dropdown menu where you can add your video to various playlists.


The ‘Edit’ button, which appears next to each one of your uploads in the Video Manager has a few different functions.  If you click directly on the button it takes you to the ‘Info and Settings’ page for that video, where you can edit things like the Title, Description, Tags, Thumbnail, Privacy and other settings.

Clicking the arrow on the right hand side of the button opens up a dropdown menu.  From this menu you can click on ‘Info and Settings’ to go to the same page that you are taken to when you just click on the button.

You can also click ‘Enhancements,’ which takes you to YouTube’s enhancement tool where you can stabilize your video, trim the video, add effects, swap your audio and more.

Click ‘Annotations’ and you’ll be taken to the Annotations page, click ‘Captions to add captions or a transcript or click ‘Download MP4’ to start an automatic download of your video.


On the right side of the Video Manager you’ll see a variety of icons, some with number by them (on the far right) and some square icons without numbers.  These icons illustrate things like the view count and comments, whether or not a video has been monetized, privacy settings and more.  Check out the key below to find out what each of these icons means.


Finally, the search box in the upper right hand corner of the Video Manager makes it easy to search for specific uploads by name.  The search finds videos according to all of the metadata entered, and will only return your videos as results.

Have you had the opportunity to try out the new YouTube Video Manager yet?  We’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

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Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.

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