YouTube's 'Capture' for iOS challenges Apple's built-in Camera app

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Google-owned YouTube rolled out "Capture" on Monday, an iPhone- and iPod touch-centric iOS app that lets users film and share short video clips through various social media websites like Facebook and Twitter, offering yet another alternative to Apple's first-party Camera app.

YouTube Capture
Source: YouTube


Currently available through the App Store, Capture offers an Instagram-like service for short video content, allowing users to shoot, edit and post links to clips hosted on YouTube's website.

YouTube says the software is specifically designed with fast recording in mind. After an initial setup, which includes signing in to a mandatory YouTube account, users are taken straight to the camera. This action occurs whenever the app is opened, much like Apple's own solution. After a scene is shot in Capture, minor post-production options like color correction, stabilization and trimming are available before a user titles the clip and uploads it to YouTube's servers. Background music can be added via YouTube Soundtracks, which offers tunes from generic categories like "Ambient" and "Classical."

It should be noted that Capture only records in landscape mode, doing away with smaller portrait videos that usually translate poorly when viewing content on a PC.

Unlike Apple's built-in Camera app, Capture has the ability to simultaneously post YouTube links to Google+, Facebook and Twitter. Users also have the option to share their clips with a select group of people by keeping the clip unlisted, or limit access to themselves by uploading to their own private feed. Sharing options for any video can be changed through the app or YouTube's web client.

The new app follows the launch of Google's much-awaited Maps app last week, which recorded over ten million downloads in its first two days of availability.

YouTube Capture is a free 26 MB download from the App Store.



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  • Reply 1 of 25
    alfiejralfiejr Posts: 1,524member
    what is it with the constant "challenge" etc. memes of this and many other articles?

    Apple doesn't care whose camera app you use one little bit. it's great for iOS to have a terrific new YouTube app - assuming it is really good.

    it just means Apple will sell more iPhones.

    AI needs to get out of this silly knee-jerk frame where everything between Apple and Google is a win/lose rivlary. sometimes it is, but many times, like this time, it is a win-win instead.

    try to think before posting sensationalized headlines.
  • Reply 2 of 25
    hill60hill60 Posts: 6,992member


    You've got to wonder why Google bother, after all Schmidt and Page have both come out with statements recently on how Android is "winning", oh well it's their money they are spending on developing these things.

  • Reply 3 of 25
    Mandatory YouTube account. That's really what this is all about.
  • Reply 4 of 25
    @hill60 : maybe because ignoring 400M customers is a luxury they don't want to afford? I definitely would not, in their shoes, and as an investor I'd go berserk if they did. Not that I'm an investor ;)
  • Reply 5 of 25

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post



    Mandatory YouTube account. That's really what this is all about.




    Well, how else would a Youtube Capture application work? It's a service to YT users, as far as I understand it...

  • Reply 6 of 25
    gazoobeegazoobee Posts: 3,754member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post



    Mandatory YouTube account. That's really what this is all about.


     


    Exactly.  This is more evil from Google is all.  


     


    Just like in the movies, once a player crosses over from the good side to the evil side, they always seem to go hell bent for leather and become the most evil, the biggest badass, and "out evil," all the guys that were evil to begin with.  


     


    If movies have taught us anything, it's that Google is Darth Vader.  


     


    Besides which, everyone has been using the built-in "send to YouTube" for years now and it's actually easier than downloading an app to do it.  I don't see this attracting a lot of folks.  Just a few idiots that don't know how to share a picture or video and end up downloading this crap before they find out how to do it properly. 

  • Reply 7 of 25


    Capture? Well they got the name right at least. Google is great at capturing... Your searches, browsing history, ad clicks, location, contacts, calendar...

  • Reply 8 of 25
    gazoobeegazoobee Posts: 3,754member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lightknight View Post



    @hill60 : maybe because ignoring 400M customers is a luxury they don't want to afford? I definitely would not, in their shoes, and as an investor I'd go berserk if they did. Not that I'm an investor image


     


    Yeah, but this app doesn't solve any problems.  It doesn't do anything that the user couldn't already do with the phone in one tap.  This app is not something a user actually needs it's just something that an investor in Google would like them to do because it will drive profit (in an underhanded way).  


     


    Yet another crystal clear example of how with Google, the user is what is sold, not what is serviced.  


     


    IMO based on what they've been doing these last few years only a completely immoral idiot would use Google for anything.  

  • Reply 9 of 25


    That's definitely what the world needs... more YouTube videos.

  • Reply 10 of 25


    And now you're forced to join G+ with a youtube account.  Or create one if you want to leave a comment.  Funk all that noise. 

  • Reply 11 of 25
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    i don't think Apple needs to get into everything others are doing but I'd think a simple and easy way to upload videos (and photos) would be right in Apple's wheelhouse. Instead the removed the support they have in MobileMe to make it a more closed environment instead of one that is more social. Am I missing something here?
  • Reply 12 of 25
    freerangefreerange Posts: 1,597member
    26MB???? No thanks! It does nothing new.
  • Reply 13 of 25
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    freerange wrote: »
    26MB???? No thanks! It does nothing new.

    I don't think that's an unreasonable size.
  • Reply 14 of 25
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    But but but I thought Apple had a closed ecosystem and that's why everyone likes Android better. :p
  • Reply 15 of 25
    gazoobeegazoobee Posts: 3,754member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post



    i don't think Apple needs to get into everything others are doing but I'd think a simple and easy way to upload videos (and photos) would be right in Apple's wheelhouse. Instead the removed the support they have in MobileMe to make it a more closed environment instead of one that is more social. Am I missing something here?


     


    I don't understand this comment.  To share a video to YouTube using iOS you just tap the share button and pick "YouTube."  How is that not even easier than this app?  

  • Reply 16 of 25
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,665member
    alfiejr wrote: »
    what is it with the constant "challenge" etc. memes of this and many other articles?
    Apple doesn't care whose camera app you use one little bit. it's great for iOS to have a terrific new YouTube app - assuming it is really good.
    it just means Apple will sell more iPhones.
    AI needs to get out of this silly knee-jerk frame where everything between Apple and Google is a win/lose rivlary. sometimes it is, but many times, like this time, it is a win-win instead.
    try to think before posting sensationalized headlines.

    Exactly. Just as Apple didn't mind Adobe's early Photoshop really being MacPaint with extras.
  • Reply 17 of 25

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post



    Mandatory YouTube account. That's really what this is all about.


     


    Summed up nicely.

  • Reply 18 of 25
    anonymouse wrote: »
    That's definitely what the world needs... more YouTube videos.

    I was thinking the same thing
  • Reply 19 of 25
    gazoobee wrote: »
    I don't understand this comment.  To share a video to YouTube using iOS you just tap the share button and pick "YouTube."  How is that not even easier than this app?  

    Sure, if you've signed up for YT (or some other service like Flickr) and then signed in it's easy to upload, but I'm talking about Apple hosting your images and videos using your @me.com account.
  • Reply 20 of 25
    hill60 wrote: »
    You've got to wonder why Google bother, after all Schmidt and Page have both come out with statements recently on how Android is "winning", oh well it's their money they are spending on developing these things.

    They bother because more people will use Google services. Which means more ads and more spying on you.

    Doesn't matter whether iOS or Android, it's all about users spending time with Google services.
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