If you’re one of those people that upload a lot of videos to Google+, you’ll be pleased to know that Google just rolled out a feature that will probably make your life a lot easier. Gone are the days of having to enhance videos on your own, as Google+ now does all of the work for you with just one simple click.
Google engineer Tim St Clair announced via his Google+ page that the new auto enhance feature will now allow you to enhance color, lighting, and overall stability to the videos (previously uploaded and new) you upload on Google+. This is something that Google has been doing for years with photos uploaded to Google+, but was never previously done with video until now.
The auto enhance feature is available within the Android app, the iOS app, or from a desktop computer (Windows or Mac). Activating the auto enhance feature is actually quite simple, and can be accomplished following these simple steps:
Login to Google+ and look for the menu in the top left corner to access the main menu. Choose the album you want to enhance, click the drop down menu located on the right side of the album, select “Auto Enhance, and choose the enhancement level (normal, high, or off). Profit.
Open the “Photo” app and click on settings, tick the account name, and check the “Auto Enhance box”. Winning.
Open the Google+ app, select the menu symbol, then choose the gear symbol on the top right. Select “Camera and Photos”, and then toggle “Auto Enhance” on or off. Jackpot.
Alternatively, you can also open one specific video and select the auto enhance option via the menu/overflow button. Keep in mind that this feature is not currently available within mobile browsers.
In order for you to see the changes the enhancement brings, a low res side by side comparison of the original/improved videos will automatically appear, as shown on Tim’s Youtube channel (the video is only at 240p, which naturally isn’t ideal for noting changes in quality, but is most likely the quickest way to provide users with some type of comparison preview without waiting for long periods of time):
While Google+ certainly hasn’t had the success of Facebook or Twitter, a flop it is definitely not (Yoda’ed), and the arrival of this feature demonstrates Google’s willingness to make the service as feature rich as possible. Tim also mentioned that Google soon plans to add an option to auto enhance speech within videos, but didn’t name a specific date for when that would roll out.
Regardless of whether or not this is an attempt to one up Facebook and their recently announced photo auto enhance feature, or to simply provide more options for G+ users, the new autoawesomization (word patent pending) feature is certainly a welcome one to arrive.