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Microsoft has launched a new app called Video Tuner which allows Lumia owners to edit clips and add effects to movies captured on their phone.
Available to download from today, the app allows you to quickly edit, re-crop, add a filter and more in just a few presses. You can also use it to add a slow-motion section to your video, and all your subsequent creations can be saved directly to OneDrive for storage or sharing.
If you’d rather have some music instead of the original audio, you can use an non-DRM protected MP3 as the soundtrack – it’ll need to be locally downloaded on your device though, rather than sourced from MixRadio, for example.
There are a few other caveats, such as the MP4 file you’re editing needs to have been recorded on the same device as where Video Tuner is installed and the app currently only works with Lumia devices running Windows 8.1, rather than older versions of the OS.
Additionally, you can choose to save created videos in the Vine format but you’ll need to share them via the Vine app, as Video Tuner (nor Windows Phone as a whole) doesn’t support direct sharing to Vine at the moment.
With the Lumia brand now synonymous with a focus on camera quality, it makes sense that Microsoft would augment the existing bespoke Lumia camera apps with one for video editing. Whether or not it will ultimately be made available to the wider Windows Phone ecosystem beyond Lumia devices remains to be seen. It’ll be available in the Windows Phone Store in the US, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Russia, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Finland from today and “soon thereafter in all other countries globally”, a spokesperson for Microsoft said.
➤ Video Tuner [Windows Phone Store]
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