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YouTube Launches Online Video Editing Tool

06.21.10 @ 8:53AM Tags : , , , ,

This past week Google integrated video editing functionality into YouTube. While basic, the toolset brings much needed capabilities like trimming and clip combining to the world’s most popular video sharing site. It also allows users to swap out background music using AudioSwap.

Web-based editing tools are nothing new, but what starts here as a simple set of tools for trimming clips might eventually grow into an actual NLE. I’m not saying that we’ll be tossing our copy of FCP to edit video in our web browsers, but I do believe cloud-based encoding is the future, and just as I’ve dropped Microsoft Office for Google Docs for the majority of simple tasks, cloud-based editing might have a place in everyone’s toolkit. Of course, video is different from word processing because of its datarate and storage requirements; to that end, I’m curious as to what a NLE would look like running on Google’s forthcoming Chrome OS.

Link: YouTube Launches New Video Editor Tool


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  • Indeed, certainly this could replace Windows Movie Maker.

  • And just as I was about to drop MS Office for Google Docs OneNote became available in the clouds so now I use both… After seeing how a guy had set up a system where he could edit feature films on his laptop by streming an Avid system (admittedly through fibre but still) and things like OnLive, I am hard pressed to agree. We have only seen the beginning of what the cloud has to offer in the future when it comes to editing.

  • This is really dodgy to use.

    Not good for precise cuts :/