About a month ago, Google started rolling out the new video editor for Google Photos on Chromebooks, but it was only for certain accounts. And while this meant that users like Gabriel here at Chrome Unboxed got a chance to check it out, it also meant that users like me were left out of the loop. And while I understand that this new tool isn’t the most powerful video editor ever devised, I’m still waiting to see it appear on my Chromebooks so I can give it a try.
Google Photos Video Editor is for everyone
a few days ago, Google Photos Video Editor is now available to everyone with a Google Account and a Chromebook. This means it’s time to give it a try if you haven’t been able to yet. Again, I’m not promising the moon and stars, here, but this little tool could be a useful and useful addition for many to the overall Chromebook experience.
On the left side of the Google Photos app, you will now see a section called “Creations” and when you click on it, you will see a list of animations, movies, etc. that you have previously created. At the bottom, it should have a button to create a new creation, and this is where you’ll start. You can start by setting up a topic or start from scratch by clicking on the “New Movie” button at the top. At this point, you can choose still images or video clips (or a combination of both) to add to the project, and then move on to editing.
After you’ve uploaded all your media, you can drag and drop each item onto the timeline, add pan/zoom to still images, add filters, color and crop adjustments to both photos and videos, and then drop a soundtrack under it all to round out the project. It’s a simple way to put together a video that could be exactly what you need in a fast-moving situation, and I think that’s exactly what Google was looking for, right here.
At the end of the day, this isn’t a full-fledged editor replacement tool like LumaFusion, but it does a very nice job of letting you cut and paste a video with files you’ve already uploaded to Google Photos. For simple things, that’s enough, and now it’s out there and available to anyone who wants to try it out. And if you are, just install Google Photos from the Play Store on your Chromebook and start editing. There are definitely a slew of YouTube Shorts, TikToks, and Instagram Reels just waiting to be created as we speak.