Some of the more entertaining YouTube videos, aside from the typical cat shenanigans, is anything that’s in slow motion. Someone falling on their face? Painful, but in slow motion, hilarious (and still painful). Many cameras and editing software gives users the ability to control how fast or slow playback is, but YouTube is making it simple for the more casual uploader by adding a tool of its own.
Google on Tuesday introduced a new slomo enhancement tool to the YouTube Editor, which can be applied to any new or existing video. “You’ll get a smooth, slomo video that makes it look like it was filmed with a high-speed camera,” said Eron Steger, Software Engineer for Google. The search giant has an example of what videos look like, reduced to 1/8th speed, and it doesn’t seem half bad.
For all those terribly hilarious videos of your friends tumbling down a hill, or running into a fence, you can easily slow those down to make them even funnier. If anything, the tool gives YouTubers more creative options when posting videos. Device drop tests are about to get much more painful (or awesome) to watch.