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YouTube unveils Capture app for iOS

YouTube has launched a new iOS app, dubbed Capture (see video, bottom), that lets iPhone users quickly create and post videos to the Google-owned site.

"Life moves fast. To speed up recording, enhancing and sharing videos with your friends or the whole world, you can now use the YouTube Capture app on your iPhone or iPod touch," YouTube wrote in a blog post.

The app lets you capture video on your iOS device, and upload it to YouTube instantly. There is also the option to share on social networks like Google+ (of course), Facebook, and Twitter.

The free app is now available in the App Store. Once downloaded, you'll be asked to sign in with your Google Account, and create a YouTube Channel. You can use data pulled from your Google+ account or create a new username. It will then ask you to sign in to the social networks with which you want to share your videos, and then you're ready to get started.

To help you avoid taking a narrow video in portrait mode, the app only comes alive when you flip your iPhone or iPod touch into landscape mode, though you can turn this feature off via Settings if you wish.

Tap the circular, red record button to start and stop recording. There is the option to automatically start recording the second you rotate your phone, but that is turned off by default and must be activated in Settings.

When you hit stop, Google will provide you with the option to make your video public or private, share on the social networks of your choice, or enhance the video with things like colour correction and stabilisation. You can also shorten a video and add free background music from YouTube. It can then be uploaded in 480p or 720p. It wasn't immediately clear how you could delete videos from the app.

At this point, the app is only available in the App Store; Google said it is "working to bring this to Android in the future."

The official YouTube app made its standalone debut in the App Store in September. Prior to that, it had been pre-loaded on all iOS devices as native software since the 2007 debut of the iPhone. But with the launch of iOS 6, Apple dropped YouTube as a pre-installed app. YouTube recently updated that app and optimised it for the iPhone 5 and iPad.