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The video has uploaded itself as a "shorts". There seem to be no explanation why, no setting to turn it off and all the research from google focuses around the mobile YouTube app.

I uploaded the video using Firefox Browser. How can I upload a NORMAL video?

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  • I believe it automatically is a short if the video is less than 1 minute long. How long is the video?
    – LPChip
    May 31 at 11:31
  • 20 seconds......
    – AzulShiva
    May 31 at 14:02
  • A very old video from 2018 was converted to a short as well which was about 10 seconds.
    – AzulShiva
    May 31 at 14:02
  • Yes, so less than a minute. If you don't want this to be a short, you'll need to copy/paste the video a few times so it becomes longer than a minute and upload it again. Or alternatively add black at the end so it's longer than 1 minute.
    – LPChip
    May 31 at 14:15

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If the video is under 1 minute, and meets either of the following criteria, YouTube will auto-classify it as a short.

  1. The video is 3:4
  2. It has #shorts in its title and description

This doesn't just apply to new videos. Older videos that are in vertical format and less than 60 seconds long also count as a YouTube Short and were transformed.

Square videos count as shorts. This change started in October 2021 when YouTube introduced shorts to desktop devices (previously mobile-only).

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