Google Photos will make your shaky videos watchable

The app's latest update gives you the power to fix wobbly video clips.

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Mariella Moon
April 14, 2017 11:23 AM
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Google's Photos app has long been compensating for wobbly Live Photos taken with an iPhone. Now it can do same for any video in your device. The tech titan has begun rolling out Photos' long-awaited video stabilizer, according to Android Police, which has already tested it out. To use it, simply click the pen icon while viewing a video within the app and tap the new feature's button right next to "Rotate."

Image: Android Police

A progress bar will pop up while the process is ongoing to show how long you have to wait -- your videos will be processed locally, but wait times still depend on how big the file is. It took AP 16 seconds to process a 19-second 1,920 x 1,080 video clip on a Pixel. The "Stabilize" option will change colors from white to blue once you're done, and you can switch it on or off to compare the before and after. You can apparently expect some cropping to make up for a shaky video's edges.

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Unfortunately, we still don't see the latest Photos update on our Android phones and iPhones. You can either download the APK Android Police provided if you want to fix some videos ASAP or wait for version 2.13 to land on your device.

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Google Photos will make your shaky videos watchable