Wednesday, March 23, 2011

YouTube Video Editor Gets Video Stabilization and 3D Video Creator

Google has taken their cloud based video editing solution, YouTube video editor, a step towards becoming a full blown video editing software by pushing out a number of enhancement and features in a single update today. The YouTube video editor, as it stands today, is capable of performing not only basic video editing jobs but even complex ones such as fixing shaky videos and producing 3D video content.

The most common problem with home made videos is controlling video shake. This can be fixed by using tripods – even cheap ones, but unless you are creating a video where the subject doesn’t change position, most home videos are shot by holding the camera in hand. When that happens, camera shake is almost impossible to get rid of completely. 

Previously, I wrote about an impressive video stabilization software vReveal that converts shaky videos into smooth ones. Now the same function has been incorporated into YouTube Video Editor. With the click of a button, those unsteady scenes are now gone. You can also preview the changes in real-time before publishing your video.

Below is a demo of the video stabilization feature of YouTube Video Editor in action.

Before

After

3D video is created by filming with two cameras set a few inches apart and compositing them into a single video stream. This was difficult with free tools because there wasn’t any. With YouTube Video Editor you can now edit and compose the two video streams side-by-side and synchronize them in a way compatible with YouTube's 3D feature.

Aside from video stabilization and 3D, the current video editing features received several enhancements such as:

  • Video transitions (crossfade, wipe, slide)
  • The ability to save projects across sessions
  • Increased clips allowed in the editor from 6 to 17
  • Video rotation (from portrait to landscape and vice versa - great for videos shot on mobile)
  • Shape transitions (heart, star, diamond, and Jack-O-Lantern for Halloween)
  • Audio mixing (AudioSwap track mixed with original audio)
  • Effects (brightness/contrast, black & white)

[via YouTube Blog]

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