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YouTube Adds Adobe Online Video Editing Software

The addition may prove particularly useful to those who upload videos from cell phones, which typically lack video editing software.

YouTube on Friday launched several new features and redesigned some of its pages.

The most significant addition is YouTube Remixer, online video editing software based on Adobe Premiere Express.

Currently in beta, YouTube Remixer allows account holders to "edit your videos without buying extra software," something Apple has been offering for years in the form of its bundled iMovie software, much to Adobe's annoyance.

Remixer can be seen as Adobe's revenge or at least an effort to get a jump on an emerging market. Having seen its Premiere video software lose ground to Apple's iMovie and Final Cut desktop video editing products, Adobe is taking its technology online, where startups like Eyespot.com are changing the game for low-end video editing.

In February, Adobe announced a partnership with Photobucket to bring its video editing software to the online media sharing site. And now Remixer is on YouTube.

Remixer lets YouTube users edit videos and add text, audio, graphics, photos, effects, and transitions. It's not the ideal tool for complex narrative filmmaking, but it'll do for jazzing up your single-camera cat juggling video.

Remixer may prove particularly useful to those who upload videos from cell phones, which typically lack video editing software. It remains to be seen however whether the youthful cell phone video set, so fond of blogging, Twittering, and otherwise sharing every waking moment online, sees the need to cut anything from their recorded lives.

YouTube also reworked its search layout to provide more search-result sorting options. It tweaked its home page to add thumbnails of videos that other YouTube members are watching in real time. It released a new version of its watch page and completely redesigned its upload page, which now includes a Google maplet to indicate where videos were recorded.

Though a few in the YouTube community expressed appreciation for the new features, most of the comments posted to the YouTube blog asked or demanded that the removed total video views counter be restored.

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