Matthew Panzarino was Managing Editor at TNW. He's no longer with the company, but you can follow him on Twitter. Matthew Panzarino was Managing Editor at TNW. He's no longer with the company, but you can follow him on Twitter.
Today, Google has launched a new dedicated shooting and sharing app called YouTube Capture that it says is designed to allow people to snap videos and get them up on the service as quickly as possible.
The new app is a clean and simple capture experience that launches you right into recording your video and provides you with a native experience that allows you to caption, name and publish your video. Location data is attached, which often gets lost in translation with other apps. You’re also able to share videos out to Twitter, Google+ and Facebook with one tap.
The interface demands that you rotate the app to record video, eliminating the ability to record crappy vertical videos (unless you dip into settings to turn it on, which most people won’t do). This is fantastic.
These features of the app may sound like no-brainers, but they’re major additions to iOS, as the YouTube app does not let you shoot and upload video. Unfortunately, the app appears to only allow you to shoot up to a maximum of 720p.
I’m a big fan of the way it filters your photo library to only show your videos, which alights well with the ‘quick and easy’ theme of the app.
Video uploads are allowed in public, unlisted and private modes, and downloads will continue in the background. There are touchup features included that allow for color correction stabilization, trimming, and music tracks.
When Apple’s YouTube app was removed from the iOS 6 home screen, it was considered a slight to Google. But, in the end, Google was probably pretty happy about that as it was allowed to produce its own app that features ads and more platform-specific features. Alas, that new YouTube app does not allow for uploading, though there is a built-in sharing option in the iOS Photos app that still lets you do it.
YouTube Capture finally fills that gap, allowing for a dedicated and fast YouTube sharing app on iOS and delivering a much friendlier and more convenient sharing experience.
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