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Shoot and share videos with YouTube Capture for iOS

Google's new YouTube Capture app for the iPhone lets you share videos quickly and easily.

Google just made it easier to capture and upload videos to YouTube from your iPhone or iPod Touch. Its new YouTube Capture app lets you share a video with as little as two taps (including the tap to launch the app). Here's how it works.

When you first launch the app, it'll ask you to sign into your Google account. You can skip this step and sign into your account later, and instead swipe through a brief, four-slide tutorial.

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After the tutorial, you'll be taken to the capture screen, which, when held in landscape mode, features two buttons on the left and three on the right. The buttons on the left turn on the flash and switch between the rear- and front-facing cameras. The buttons on the right let you access the videos on your Camera Roll, start recording, and open settings.

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In settings, you can sign into the three sharing options -- Google+, Facebook, and Twitter -- and you can adjust two recording settings. "Landscape lock" disables the record button when your phone is in portrait mode, reminding you rotate into landscape mode. "Rotate to begin recording" is the other setting; with it enabled, you'll start recording as soon as you rotate your phone into landscape mode when the app is open. Lastly, you can choose from two quality settings for your uploads: 480p or 720p.

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When you tap or rotate to start recording, the record button turns into a timer, conveniently displaying a running time of your recording. Tap the timer to stop a recording, and you'll be taken to the upload screen. Here, you can add title and location information, set privacy and sharing options, and use four editing tools. Or you can simply tap the blue Share button to upload the video as is.

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The four editing tools feature two buttons to add color correction and stabilize a potentially shaky video. The third tool gives you a slider to trim the starting and ending points of your video, while the fourth lets you choose from among 21 YouTube soundtracks. Choose a soundtrack such as Electronic, Pop, or Wedding, and you can then adjust its volume via a slider. If you turn the slider all the way to the right, the soundtrack will replace the audio in your recording.

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Videos captured with the app are saved to your Camera Roll. When viewing your videos using the app, swiping on a video brings forth a Hide Video button, which removes the video from the app but not from your Camera Roll. Tapping on a video thumbnail from this list plays it, while tapping on the area to the right of the thumbnail takes you to the app's upload screen where you can tweak its settings and appearance before uploading it. Videos already uploaded to YouTube on this list display their title on a white background (as opposed to "Upload to YouTube" on a gray background); for these videos, you can tap a thumbnail to play a video or tap its title to the right of the thumbnail to tweak its settings or delete it from YouTube. Settings for an uploaded video let you e-mail or copy the link for the video, adjust the privacy settings, add tags, and choose a category and license (standard or creative commons). At the bottom of this screen is a large red button to delete the video from YouTube.

Mileage may vary, but I should close by stating that my phone experienced a rather severe hit to its battery life when uploading a handful of short videos.