YouTube has announced that they are launching a cloud computing video editor.
From their TestTube ideas incubator, YouTube has announced the arrival of a new tool. The online video editor will be offered as a trial to contributors of the well known video sharing site. No local installation is required for this editor aimed at Joe Public, with basic video editing functions provided.
With this new editor, it will be possible to shorten the length of a video by cutting off either the beginning or the end of a film, combine multiple published videos so as to create a single file and add sounds with the use of the AudioSwap library made available. Everything is done intuitively with already published videos being displayed as thumbnails so that you can either drag and drop them on the timeline, or place the mouse cursor over them to see the editing functions that are available. Before saving the final mash up, the results can be previewed. You will find the standard action functions at completion, including sharing with friends.
Looking at the results of this online video editor, it’s obvious that YouTube are not aiming to revolutionise video editing, although it is a program which may come in rather handy. It also fits in with Mother Company Google’s cloud computing strategy, which opened at the beginning of the year with the Picnik online photo editor.
This isn’t the first time that YouTube has attempted an online video sharing application. In 2007, an unsuccessful attempt was made with an Adobe Systems application, and in some ways, Remixer was a more complete video editing program (addition of graphics to a video, transition effect, etc).
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