While most of us know Google Photos as a portal for storing our photos, Google expanded its functionality with editing features. In the latest update, Google Photos updated its video editor feature, offering more controls to users.
As a follow-up to the revamped photo editor Google launched last year, the updated video editor now lets you crop, change perspective, add filters, apply granular edits (including brightness, contrast, saturation and warmth) and more, giving you more tools to give your videos your own signature look. Google says that they have added 30 new controls–the more notable ones include cropping and straightening videos (which means changing aspect ratios is more convenient through the app), and brightness adjustments.
For photos, Google is making select Pixel editing tools available to Google One users. These include Portrait Blur, Portrait Light, and Color Pop. In addition, Google One members also get access to Google’s machine learning effects, where you get the best possible adjustments for your photos with Dynamic and Sky suggestions.
Offering these new features is part of Google’s efforts in convincing users to get additional storage via Google One after announcing that it is going to end free uploads on Google Photos. While this may force those to consume a lot of cloud storage to get a Google One account, having a decent suite of controls for both photo and video editing would mean that Google’s latest move should benefit content creators to an extent. By having these controls within the Google Photos app, users can easily create vlogs while on the go and without using a separate video or photo editing app.
The updated Google Photos video editor features are now available in the iOS version of Google Photos and will be available soon on the Android version as well. Portrait Blur and Portrait Light, along with Dynamic and Sky suggestions, will be available on the Android version of the Google Photos app, though you need to run at least Android 8 and have at least 3GB RAM.