Chromebooks and other computers tied to the ChromeOS ecosystem get a dedicated professional-grade video editing app called LumaFusion.
Google has just announced that the software is currently in open beta, making it an important step in the company’s long-standing goal of “bringing professional, accessible video editing” to mainstream consumers.
As such, this software was built from the ground up to integrate with ChromeOS. In other words, it’s not just a redesign of the LumaFusion app available to smartphone and tablet owners, and the ChromeOS version takes full advantage of installing it on a real computer.
The new engine has been designed to handle multiple MediaCodecs with a unified central clock for synchronization, so you won’t be tied to a single video and audio source, as the software is powerful enough for multitrack compositions. It also comes with “dozens” of video faders and the same OpenGLES shaders available to Android users.
The user interface prioritizes simplicity, making it a great place for hobbyists to start learning video editing, although there’s plenty of power under the hood for more advanced users.
Those who purchase the open beta will receive regular free updates until the official product launch. Right now, LumaFusion for ChromeOS is $20, though that price goes up to $30 once the product comes out of beta. Additionally, Google and developer LumaTouch will incorporate beta user suggestions for future updates.
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