Posted March 22, 2012 8:42 am by with 5 comments

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YouTube announced on their blog that they have made an addition to the YouTube Video Editor that will do some pretty neat clean up on an otherwise difficult to watch video.

If you upload a video that’s shaky or dark, we’ll automatically offer to fix it for you, creating an updated version of your video on YouTube.

When you upload a video that could use a fixup, you’ll see a notification bar on the Upload page and in your Video Manager. Click the button to fix it, and you’ll see a side by side preview to decide if you want to accept the edits.

Of course there are videos to explain this new feature and a couple to demo it as well. First the explanation of making video less shaky.

You also now have the capability to lighten dark videos. This picture from the blog let’s you see that in what is likely to be a bit exaggerated fashion but maybe not.

In a pretty neat side by side comparison the following two videos show a before and after on the stabilization option. Pretty tricky that YouTube / Google used a video called Panda for this demonstration. Cute.



Pretty cool. What do you think?

  • This is an interesting feature. As you may remember our first Webmaster Videos were done in run of the mill equipment and were shaky many times. Some amazing Googlers work at Youtube

  • @Matt – Google and its properties innovate and upgrade so much that I often get a little numb and might miss some of it. This one, though, really was interesting in that it solves a very common problem and it just makes sense. Looking forward to taking the shake out of my own vids for sure.

    Thanks for checking in.

  • Looks like they are just cropping the video tighter to take the shake out. Look at the difference between the two and see that the Panda’s ears are much closer to the edge of the frame on the second video. So now all of our videos are going to loose 1/4 inch all around the frame? Video editing software has been doing this for a while, it’s not an amazing Google breakthrough.

    • Maybe just the fact that you don’t need to go to video editing software if you aren’t up to the task is breakthrough enough? Is for me.

      • Agreed. It saves us all time. And I am glad they are letting it be a manual change and not an automatic update.