Google’s Photos app now dramatically improves users’ videos

Aatif Sulleyman
The Photos app, which was launched in 2015, is a step up from the standard Gallery app in Android: Getty Images

Google has started rolling out a new update to its Photos app, which is designed to dramatically improve your videos.

Photos now features a tool for stabilising jerky video footage, making poorly shot clips look far smoother.

Once you’ve updated the app, all you need to do is open a video, tap the Edit button and select Stabilise.

It isn’t exactly lightning quick, with a 14-second 1,920 x 1,080 (30fps) clip filmed on my Pixel taking around half a minute to process, but it’s an incredibly straightforward way to potentially salvage something good from a terrible video that would otherwise be deleted.

Photos performs its magic by cropping the edges of a video slightly, but will save the stabilised clip as a new file, so you don’t need to worry about losing your original footage.

Most high-end phones come with cameras that feature optical image stabilisation, but this can’t always cancel out the effect of shaky hands.

Stabilisation on Photos just offers another layer of improvement.

The Photos app, which is available on both Android and iOS, is a step up from the standard Gallery app in Android, working as a smart organiser as well as a storage app.

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