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Google Adds New Video Editing Features to Google Photos

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This could be handy for those looking for options to enhance their video content.

Today, Google has announced a new update to its video editing features within Google Photos, including new cropping options, the capacity to ‘change perspective’, apply filters and enhance specific video elements (brightness, contrast, etc.) 

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That could be a good, quick way to improve your video content before sharing. 

As per Google:

“There are now more than 30 controls, but a good place to start is with cropping and straightening the frame to focus more on the subject. And if the scene is poorly exposed, you can adjust the brightness to make your video shine.”

Having the capacity to edit your video content on the go could be significant for those looking to maintain their social posting activity, and these new features will provide more capacity to update and evolve your content process.

Of course, many of these features are also likely available on your platform of choice, but Google’s more advanced functions could add something new, and may well be worth checking out. 

In addition to this, Google’s also bringing some of its more advanced photo editing tools to Google One members, including Portrait Blur and Portrait Light, features that have thus far only been available on Pixel devices.

The new video editing features are already available in Google Photos on iOS and will be rolling out to Android users in the coming weeks. 

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New Screenshots Highlight How Snapchat’s Coming ‘Family Center’ Will Work

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New Screenshots Highlight How Snapchat's Coming 'Family Center' Will Work

Snapchat’s parental control options look close to launch, with new screenshots based on back-end code showing how Snap’s coming ‘Family Center’ will look in the app.

As you can see in these images, shared by app intelligence company Watchful (via TechCrunch), the Family Center will enable parents to see who their child is engaging with in the app, along with who they’ve added, who they’re following, etc.

That could provide a new level of assurance for parents – though it could also be problematic for Snap, which has become a key resource for more private, intimate connection, with its anti-public posting ethos, and disappearing messages, helping to cement its place as an alternative to other social apps.

That’s really how Snap has embedded its niche. While other apps are about broadcasting your life to the wider world, Snap is about connecting with a small group of friends, where you can share your more private, secret thoughts, without concern of them living on forever, and coming back to bite you at a later stage.

That also, of course, means that more questionable, dangerous communications are happening in the app. Various reports have investigated how Snap is used for sending lewd messages, and arranging hook-ups, while drug dealers reportedly now use Snap to organize meet-ups and sales.

Which, of course, is why parents will be keen to get more insight into such, but I can’t imagine Snap users will be so welcoming of an intrusive tool in this respect.

But if parents know that it exists, they may have to, and that could be problematic for Snap. Teen users will need to accept their parents’ invitation to enable Family Center monitoring, but you can see how this could become an issue for many younger users in the app.

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Still, the protective benefits may well be worth it, with random hook-ups and other engagements posing significant risks. And with kids as young as 13 able to create a Snapchat account, there are many vulnerable youngsters engaging in the app.

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But it could reduce Snap’s appeal, as more parents become aware of the tool.

Snapchat hasn’t provided any further insight into the new Family Center, or when it will be released, but it looks close to launch based on these images.  

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