YouTubers rejoice! The YouTube Video Editor has just gotten a major upgrade, with the addition of two cool new features. The features include a stabilizer to get rid of those home video jitters, and a 3D feature, that lets you synchronize your video from two cameras to create a 3D YouTube video. Read on to find out more.
The news about these new features went live recently on the YouTube Blog. Software engineers Steve Kvaalen and Tom Bridgewater wrote, “Nine months ago we launched our cloud-based video editor. It was a simple product built to provide our users with simple editing tools. Although it didn’t have all the features available on paid desktop editing software, the idea was that the vast majority of people’s video editing needs are pretty basic and straight-forward and we could provide these features with a free editor available on the Web.”
When the YouTube Video Editor launched it was, indeed, very basic. You could cut up and remix your videos and add music from YouTube’s music library, but that was about all. In the nine months following the launch, the YouTube Editor has been upgraded with a variety of features including video transitions (crossfades, wipes, and slides), the ability to save projects, increased clip allowance, video rotation (from portrait to landscape), shape transitions, audio mixing, effects and a new interface. But these two new features – Stabilizer and 3d – are a huge leap forward for YouTube’s video editing in the cloud.
Let’s start with the image stabilizer. Less than a week ago, YouTube announced a new partnership with Green Parrot Pictures to improve video quality on the site using Green Parrot’s system of reducing shake and visual noise. It looks like they’ve implemented the new system a lot sooner than we expected. Check out how it works in the two videos below. You’ll notice that the footage in the first video is quite shaky, and may make you feel al little homesick. In the second video there is almost no camera shake at all. Incredible, right?
You can stabilize your videos by clicking on the little effects wand on the video you’d like to stabilize in the YouTube Video Editor. Then, check the Stabilize video box on and control how much you’d like to crop and stabilize your clip.
The new 3D feature is helpful for users that want to upload and synchronize their own 3D videos to YouTube. On the YouTube blog, Steve and Tom explain:
When we first launched our 3D product one of the hardest parts turned out to be actually building our makeshift 3D camera to film our introductory 3D video (two flip cameras mounted to a flat metal bar 10 inches apart and using $8 worth of bolts and brackets we bought at the hardware store). Although the side-by-side compositing needed for 3D uploads isn’t complex, it’s unavailable in free editing tools. This was frustrating because although users could film using a pair of cameras, the 3D feature was still out of reach. And synchronizing the two cameras is an added challenge. If you’ve used a pair of cameras to capture stereographic video, but need the two streams to be synchronized and laid out in a way compatible with YouTube’s 3D feature, this new tool will do the work for you. Feel free to try it out.
I don’t have any 3D footage to work with, but check out the screenshot below to see what YouTube’s new 3D Video Creator interface looks like. And of course, let us know what you think about these new features in the comments. Do you think you’ll be using the new stabilizer feature or the 3D Video Creator for your own YouTube videos?