Wednesday 19 December 2012

YouTube Capture for iOS lets you record, enhance and share YouTube videos

For all those iPhone and iPod touch users who love recording, enhancing and sharing videos on YouTube, Google has launched the YouTube Capture app. Reed Morse, Software Engineer at YouTube, has shared in an official blog post that the newly launched app is the search giant's attempt at speeding up recording, enhancing and sharing videos for users to share with their friends or the whole world.

The app is ready to record as soon as you open it. Once you are done filming your video, you can write a caption, select the audience you want to share it with and then hit Share. The video continues to be uploaded in the background, even if you have minimised the app. Users can decide the audience they want to share their video with – be it private (only the user can see it), unlisted (only those with a link to the video will be able to view it) or public.

Here's a video to introduce you to YouTube Capture:

There are many enemies of a good video, shaky hands being one. As a solution to this common problem, the app allows you to touch up the video with YouTube enhancements like colour correction and stabilisation. Users can even trim the length and add free background music from YouTube. These edits can be added to existing YouTube videos on a user's device, and these can be reverted later on Interestingly, the app will remind the user to rotate their phone to a horizontal position while recording the video. This way, not only will the videos be of high quality, it will also be devoid of the "Vertical Video Syndrome".

The app is up for grabs on the App Store. Users can upload their videos to YouTube, Google+, Facebook and Twitter simultaneously. The YouTube Capture app is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. To be able to use this app, users will need devices running iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimised for iPhone 5. Needless to add, folks at Google are working to bring this app for Android users too.

By way of an official blog post recently, Raul Furnica, Vladimir Vuskovic and Pepijn Crouzen of the YouTube API Team, raised the curtain on the YouTube API version 3.0. YouTube API version 3.0 will enable users to to make better integrated video experiences. Elaborating further, the post adds that the new API is easy to use, courtesy the rich client library support, improved tooling, reference documentation and integration with Google’s common API infrastructure. “Version 3.0 only returns what you ask for and is using JSON rather than XML encoding for greater efficiency. The API introduces new core functionality including Freebase integration via topics, and universal search.  If you develop social media management apps, you’ll love channel bulletin post and full subscriber list management, also new in this release. Version 3.0 of the API constitutes the API's biggest overhaul to date and we’re eager for you to try it today!,” the blog post explains.

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