Google isn’t necessarily calling you a bad videographer. It’s just offering up a few futuristic tools to help make your videos a bit more, well, watchable.
The recently-released Auto Enhance feature requires you to have the Google+ Photos app installed on your device. This is the handy-dandy feature that takes all and any snapshots and videos you’ve taken straight off your device and uploads them to the cloud for safe keeping just in case you go and do something stupid, like erasing those irreplaceable memories for all time.
Now, auto-backup’s gotten even niftier with Auto Enhance. Essentially, Google runs a bit of analysis on your videos and shakes a magic wand at them, adjusting colors, lighting, and even stability. Future plans for Auto Enhance include the ability for the app to adjust speech. Which presumably means it will perform some sort of audio enhancement so your video subjects sound like human beings instead of garbled noise makers.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because Google has been doing something very similar with pictures. And just like still photos, the Auto Enhance feature is non-destructive, meaning the original footage remains available.
How do you take advantage of this? Aside from ensuring you’ve got Google+ Photos installed on your mobile device, all there is to do is to dive into your settings there and turn on Auto Enhance. The rest is done automatically. You can also run existing videos through Auto Enhance. The best news is, this trick isn’t limited to Android devices and can be performed on desktop PCs, iPhones, and iPads.