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YouTube has released a new free iOS app called Capture that focuses on recording, enhancing and uploading video as quickly as possible. The app is ready to record from the moment the app is opened, and allows users to make minor edits like colour correction, image stabilisation and adding music from YouTube’s free background tracks.

The second that recording finishes, the YouTube upload process begins with options to customise privacy, sharing and enhancements. Users can trim their movies down to length and there’s even an option for horizontal screen-lock to avoid shooting videos in portrait to avoid what YouTube calls “Vertical Video Syndrome”.

Video quality can be toggled between 480p and 720p, with no 1080p full-HD mode as yet. Existing iPhone or iPod Touch videos can be imported and touched-up using the app, as can iPad videos though the app is designed for the smaller screen. After a quick test video which can be seen below, the experience is ever so slightly reminiscent of the Instagram upload process though the app is made with only content creation in mind.

Uploads don’t require the app to constantly be running, and once minimised they will complete in the background, according to Google. The iOS version is live in the App Store right now, and a post on the YouTube blog reveals that the YouTube team are “working to bring this to Android in the future”.

Check out Capture @ App Store

Source: YouTube Blog

  1. Ross Collins
    March 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    If a person wishes to use their own music on their video, would I be right in saying they would need to add this to their visual content in their editing program (eg iMovie), before uploading to Youtube?

    I've recently set out commercially creating music for social media videos, so it's good to know this stuff.



    • Tim Brookes
      March 27, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      Yes and no.

      With YouTube's own video editor it is possible to add music to your videos, though you have to choose from YouTube's catalogue. This includes advert-supported songs like commercial releases with more than 150,000 to choose from. So if the music you would choose is in the catalogue you can do it all from within the editor. I've just checked this out on my own account, I found a guide that said you could upload an MP3 but I can't see any option of doing that any more.

      If you're a producer looking to offload some music then it might be worth looking at what sort of renumeration YouTube offers, though bear in mind that with 150,000 in the catalogue you might be waiting a while for a payout.

      • Ross Collins
        March 28, 2013 at 10:28 am

        Hi Tim

        Thanks for your reply. Yes, I hadn't thought about actually submitting some music to Youtube's library, so that's something else for me to look into.



  2. Nicola De Ieso
    December 19, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    But for Google operating system nothing?

    • Tim Brookes
      December 20, 2012 at 12:48 am

      Yeah I know right? In the grand scheme of apps and things, it's a lot easier to develop for iOS due to the fact that there are only a few devices, some of which are virtually identical aside from clock speed and RAM. I imagine testing an app for use on 4 or 5 different Android versions and an unlimited number of hardware configurations is a little more taxing.

      Google also recognises that in order to maintain the number 1 spot when it comes to things like Maps, Search and YouTube it needs to be damn good at providing mobile apps. That's why Google sometimes makes better iOS apps than it does Android ones, case in point the current Android version of Google Maps is getting a lot of complaints on Google Play while the iOS version is being praised from the hilltops, enjoying number 1 spot in the free app charts.

  3. Junil Maharjan
    December 19, 2012 at 4:08 am

    something to do for iOS users when they get lost using apple maps.

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