Windows Phone doesn’t ship with native video editing and YouTube upload tools, so enter Nokia with its vital time-and-effort saving apps!
Using Nokia’s Video Tools
To trim and upload your favourite videos from your Windows Phone 8 device to YouTube, you’ll need to make sure that you have installed Nokia Video Trimmer and Nokia Video Upload, both of which are available free from the Windows Phone Store (uploading to Facebook is a native feature of Windows Phone 8).
These apps are simple to use and require minimal configuration. The following steps have been checked using a Nokia Lumia 920, although they should work on any Windows Phone 8 handset.
Recording Your Video
To record a video on Windows Phone 8, long-tap the camera button to open the camera app, then tap Video to switch modes. In the menu, there are some video settings… you might be interested in, namely White Balance (Auto is the default, with Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent and Incandescent the alternatives), Continuous Focus (On is the default) and Video Mode (a choice between the default 720p and 1080p). Whatever you change here you can save – you can also undo any unsuccessful or temporary settings by tapping reset.
Your phone will probably have dual cameras. Tap the front-facing button to simply switch between them.
If you need to zoom into the subject, use the pinch gesture on your phone’s display. When you’re ready to start recording footage, tap the display; you can stop recording with a second tap.
Video Recorded? Time To Trim!
Okay, so your video clip is recorded. You’ll probably want to upload it to Facebook to share with family and friends, or perhaps YouTube to be seen by a wider audience – but there are some minor imperfections at the beginning and end that you want to deal with.
Sorting out initial camera shake or inconvenient noises at the start or end of your clip is easy using Nokia Video Trimmer, which provides a custom trim to your clips, based on where you place the new start and end points.
When recording is complete, open the app and select the video you wish to share. Next, drag the start and end position as required – you can tap play or stop at any time to preview how the video will look when trimmed. If dragging the start and end points is inaccurate (you may be trimming a longer video) then use the back and forward buttons on the app’s display.
When you’re done, tap Save and you’re ready to share!
Sharing Videos To Facebook & YouTube
Tapping share will reveal the various options you have to share your clip, which will include NFC, SMS messaging, email, Facebook and Nokia Video Upload. Before you proceed, however, ensure your phone is connected to WiFi.
After tapping this option, you will be presented with the first frame of the clip and the option to preview it. You can also expand the menu to add a clip title in the attributes screen (where you can also toggle whether the clip should be public or private), and you will need to tap sign in to enter your YouTube username and password.
When all is done and you’re ready to upload, tap the button and wait for the data to be transferred.
Conclusion: Easy To Record, Trim & Share, But With Limitations
Both apps offer a massive bonus for Windows Phone 8 users who may have been dismayed by the lack of native tools accommodating their need to trim and upload video clips.
Neither is perfect, of course. Nokia Video Upload could benefit from additional upload options, thereby making it a single-point app for all video upload needs. Similarly, Nokia Video Trimmer needs improved precision for trimming and perhaps the ability to stitch clips together with fades and wipes.
Unfortunately, at this point in time, these two apps are the only ones available for editing footage and uploading to YouTube. While Windows Phone can natively share files to Facebook or to other devices via NFC and messaging, the only way to properly edit and share to YouTube (or other non-Facebook networks) is to sync the clips to your PC and do the job with a suitable desktop app.
These problems aside, though, if you’re interested in recording videos on your Windows Phone 8 device then you should have these apps installed. Let us know what you think of them.