Google announced today that it’s adding a new movie editor and some new video editing features to Google Photos, but for now these new features will only be available in the Android app running on Chromebooks. There’s no word on when these features are coming to other platforms or why Google decided to go that way.
It’s worth noting that you can apparently already manipulate a single video in Google Photos, which is essentially the same set of editing tools for photos. Recently, Google has also added an AI-based movie creation tool that is mostly focused on creating themed movies automatically for you, with very basic features for editing them manually.
Now, however, with the new Movie Editor, you’ll be able to combine multiple videos on a single-track timeline, add title cards and music, and create basic movies in just a few minutes. Like similar tools, you’ll be able to easily trim your clips and adjust their brightness and contrast (no LUTs here, though, of course). And while Google will continue to offer its own themes, you’ll be able to create movies from scratch (and of course, add photos to them, too).
As Google notes, for users who need more power, lumafusion is bringing its more powerful video editor, which is currently only available on iOS, as well as Chromebooks.
There seems to be a trend here, with Adobe’s venerable Lightroom photo tool recently adding video features as well. However, perhaps this is not surprising. A lot of people record videos now more than ever before and the popularity of videos from platforms like TikTok and Instagram is certainly only accelerating the trend. Meanwhile, editing video is far more difficult than just posting a picture and slapping a filter on it, so there’s plenty of room for a consumer platform like Google Photos to make things easier.
In addition to the new movie editor, Google is also rolling out a few other updates to Chromebooks in the coming weeks. Chrome OS will now offer lighter and darker themes, for example, when the sun sets or rises to transition between them. There’s also a new version of the Gallery app, which will now feature PDF editing, and a deeper integration between the Chromebook shelf and your Google Calendar (Google somehow refers to these features as coming only to Chromebooks and Chrome OS’s Anywhere). does not mention its declaration). For those of you who use virtual desks (I’m not well organized enough to think of a single desk, let alone multiple desks), you’ll now be able to save an entire desk on and off and then ready. If so, you can open it again. To resume my work there.