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YouTube launches online editing tool

With a tool apparently provided by Adobe Systems, video-sharing site enables users to combine media such as video clips, photos and music.

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YouTube Remixer lets you do basic editing on your videos and add effects, like borders. CNET Networks

YouTube has begun offering a Web-based editing tool that is apparently provided by Adobe Systems.

The "remixer," which is branded with an Adobe logo, enables users to create more professional-looking videos by splicing together media such as video clips, photos, music, graphics and other effects, according to information found on the site.

Representatives of YouTube and Adobe could not be reached for comment Saturday morning.

YouTube follows such competitors as Photobucket and Yahoo Video, which offer similar tools. Photobucket, for instance, launched an Adobe-branded editor in February, and Yahoo acquired Jumpcut, a pioneer in Internet-based editing tools, last September.

Online editing tools are just one of the software applications designed to tap into the public's growing fascination with Web video.

To use the service, media is stored in a digital bin, where it can be dragged and dropped into a timeline. Playback controls enable a user to make cuts.

The finished product can be posted directly to YouTube with a touch of a button.