Google has announced a massive Google Photos upgrade that will bring powerful new video editing capabilities to the platform later this year.
The upgrade offers clever automated video creation functions that construct finished ‘movies’ in a few taps as well as more sophisticated movie editing tools for advanced users.
Google is developing a massive Google Photos upgrade.
The new movie creation tool can pull together related video clips, photos and audio from your Google Photos library and turn them into complete movies based on a range of suggested themes.
After selecting an appropriate theme, such as “Family movie”, “Pet movie” or “Love story”, you are guided to select the people you wish to feature. The tool will then take over the creation process for you, generating a movie based on the best relevant content in your library. You can then make edits and changes, such as adding a soundtrack or titles or changing the video format.
Editing tools include basic adjustments such as trimming video clips, changing parameters such as contrast and brightness and selecting from a range of filters.
A preliminary version of the new Google Photos movie editor, soon to be available in ChromeOS
More advanced users will also be able to take control of the process by skipping the initial theme selection and opting to start from scratch instead. This allows the user to manually select any of their saved videos and photos to be made into a movie.
The new tools, which are still in development, promise a big step up from what’s currently available in Google Photos. Even without the upgrade, users can already create themed movies from stored videos and photos using the “Create new Movie” function, but the tools available are far more limited, lacking essential editing functions beyond simply trimming and reordering your clips.
Google Photos will automatically create movies for you, featuring selected people or pets.
The announcement, made in a recent Google blog post by Google’s Director of ChromeOS Software, Alexander Kuscher, reveals that these new video features will launch first on Chromebooks this fall. Unfortunately, there’s no word as yet on when similar tools might come to Android, iOS or the Web, but we can assume that where there’s a ‘first,’ there should also be a second. I don’t think it would make sense for such a huge upgrade to remain a Chromebook exclusive for long.
With video becoming increasingly important across most forms of social media, Google’s new movie creation tools will become an important addition, not just for preserving and sharing memories but for creating content suitable for posting in formats such as Instagram’s Reels.
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