There are a handful of apps on the App Store that provide enhancements to the relatively lackluster recording tools included in iOS 6 for the iPhone and iPad. None of them, however, were created by the owner of the world's largest video depository--Google--until now. YouTube Capture is Google's first integration of YouTube-friendly recording, editing, and uploading tools with the iOS platform. In many ways, it is a much-needed upgrade over the existing tools of the Camera app, but is it worth replacing Apple's built in tools altogether?
When you first open YouTube Capture you are asked to log in to your YouTube or Google account. Both are optional if you want only to record local videos. If you do connect your account, however, you can instantly upload new videos to your YouTube profile without any additional steps. As you complete the tutorial, you can link your account to other social networks, as well, including Facebook and Twitter. Recording a video is easy--just tap a button and record--but you can take it a step further once you are done, with color correction, stabilization, trimming, soundtrack integration, and privacy settings --all right on the page.
When YouTube Capture works perfectly, it is one of the best video editing and sharing apps on the App Store. However, with a handful of bugs in its early release and some issues with older iOS devices, there is more work to be done. Performance issues notwithstanding, though, if you are looking for a sound replacement for the Camera app on your iPhone or iPad, this is it.