Snapchat adds multi-snap recording and Photoshop-style editing features


Snap today announced a pair of new Snapchat features that should make recording and editing new footage a bit easier. The first feature, called multi-snap recording, will let you record up to six 10-second clips in succession, so you can go back over up to one minute of footage and pick out the best clips to send out or save to your Story. The other is a new effect called tint brush that will let you edit the color of objects within a photo. The new recording limit is rolling out to iOS and Android users globally starting today, while tint brush is iOS-only for now.

Multi-snap recording is designed to encourage users to record more video and share it at a higher volume. Tint brush, though it sounds like a minor color editing tweak, appears to employ powerful object-recognition technology. It looks very much like the magic wand and quick selection tools in Photoshop, though with enough automated smarts to let you make these edits using just your finger. Snap says all you have to do is pick the desired color for the object and trace an outline of it on the photo itself, and the app will do the rest.

It may not be useful in every situation, but tint brush continues Snap’s effort to boil down complex image and video tools, like its filters, into accessible in-app features. For now, tint brush is limited to photos and it only works after the photo has been captured. But it seems like it’s only a matter of time before Snap, with its artificial intelligence expertise, manages to bring the feature to video and then as a real-time effect through the camera viewfinder.

Correction: A previous version of this article misstated the name of Snapchat’s new coloration tool. It is tint brush, not tilt brush.

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