Google on Monday released a brand new software to simplify the process of uploading videos to YouTube from your iPhone or iPod touch. Dubbed YouTube Capture and provided as a free download from the App Store, the app lets you record and touch up videos with color correction, stabilization, trimming and the ability to add free music tracks from YouTube prior to uploading your finished work. Moreover, you can upload to Google+, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube simultaneously…

I like the refined look and feel of YouTube Capture that’s reminiscent of Google’s design language evident in the recently updated Gmail, Maps, Chrome, YouTube and Google+ apps.

So, how’s this latest addition to Google’s arsenal of iOS apps useful?

As you know, uploading clips to YouTube from iOS devices entails the use of the Photos app that supports YouTube as an option in the Sharing Sheet. Those that have used it can attest to at times erratic behavior as YouTube uploads can get slow and unreliable.

Google’s new app promises to take the pain out of prepping your clips for YouTube.

Unfortunately, the program doesn’t support iPads natively, though the ability to upload to YouTube, Google+, Facebook and Twitter simultaneously is a nice bonus.

According to Google’s blog post, the search firm is “also working to bring this to Android in the future”. More interesting that that, all uploads occur in the background:

Even if you minimize the app, the video will keep uploading in the background. You can control who sees your video by setting it to private (only you can view it), unlisted (only people with a link to the video can view it), or public (to let it shine to the world).

Color correction and stabilization are also available on existing videos on your device. Plus, “you can always undo enhancements later on”.

And now, a major downer: app settings won’t let you set the quality of uploads to full 1080p as only 720p is supported. We’re not sure whether that’s by design or a major oversight, but we sure hope Google will address this omission in a future update.

A nice feature: you can tell the app to start recording automatically when your device is in landscape orientation.

Now, if only Google rolled the YouTube Capture and YouTube apps into one universal binary supporting all form factor iOS devices, the world would be a much better place.

Have you tried this new app yet?

If so, what did you think of it?

  • JamesR624

    Nope. Useless to me. I already can use my iPhone’s camera to upload and it’s a LOT faster. If I wanna edit movies, I can use iMovie.

    As for watching videos, I stay FAR away from the official “YouTube” app. I say, “YouTube” in quotes because it’s really an app for showing google adverts every 2 minutes with a couple youtube videos thrown in. I stick to McTube. More features, it’s universal, and instead of commercials every video, it just has a small banner ad at the bottom that goes away when you enter a video fullscreen.

    • I prefer Jasmine. It has absolutely no ads and looks a lot nicer too (honestly McTube’s interface is pretty ugly).

  • I would prefer if you could do this in the YouTube app instead of having to download another app. I don’t want shitloads of apps in my iPhone.

    • it will take up lots of memory and the app itself may lag

      • It all depends on the code, just because you have more stuff in one application doesn’t necessarily mean that it will drain memory.

        And as me know Google is quite good at what they’re doing.

  • JerseyD

    Can you upload videos already in your camera roll or only videos you record through the app?

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