Google Photos gets an improved movie maker and video editor


Short video and fast-paced content are where they are these days and Google understands this massive shift in content consumption. In 2020, Google joined TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and others in giving creators the ability to create YouTube shorts that feature short vertical videos. One of the many powerful features of these platforms is the ability to create your content directly from the app without the need for an external video editing tool. That said, wouldn’t it be great if you could create custom videos with music and even title cards right from Google Photos?

Soon you’ll be able to do this from your Chromebook.

In a Keyword post today, Google announced a slew of new features coming to ChromeOS over the coming months. At the top of the list is a new movie-making feature coming to Google Photos in the fall. It will debut on Chromebooks first and give users the ability to combine photos and videos with just a few simple clicks. Inside the editor, you will have access to pre-made templates or you can start from scratch to create short content for social media, longer videos for YouTube, or just create beautiful videos to better capture some of your favorite memories.

In addition to the editing tools already available in Google Photos, the new video editor adds new features for adding music and even title cards to make your videos really pop. When you use a template, you can select the photos and videos you want and Google Photos will do the rest of the work for you.

Creating an end-to-end movie consisting of multiple video clips, photos, title card, and music can come with a learning curve and be time-consuming. But Google Photos’ revamped movie-making tools help you create high-quality movies with just a few clicks. You can create beautiful movies from suggested themes, or step into the director’s shoes and start from scratch, right on your Chromebook.

The key word

Preliminary Google Photos video editor user interface. Subject to change

For more powerful video editing, Google is working diligently to bring LumaFusion to ChromeOS. This powerful editor will give Chromebook users access to professional tools like transitions, distortions, sound effects, and even color grading. For many users, the Google Photos movie maker can be more than enough to create beautiful, shareable video content for a variety of use cases. We’ll be keeping an eye out for these new Google Photos tools that should be coming to ChromeOS this fall.

Personally, I’m glad to see this heading to ChromeOS. LumaFusion is going to be great but I use online video editors for a number of projects and don’t always need a full featured video editor. Often I just need to piece together images or clips and add some music and some text. It looks like it might be exactly what I’m looking for and I won’t need to use third party platforms to do it. ChromeOS for the win. You can read more about what’s new and coming soon to ChromeOS at The Keyword.


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