There's a lot amateur videos uploaded to YouTube that were probably great in concept but one giant avalanche of fail in execution. Whether the video is unbearably too dark or so shaky it induces motion-sickness in users, it doesn't take a lot to ruin the quality of a video. And a video that's unwatchable is a video that nobody watches.
Recognizing that the legions of YouTube uploaders could probably use a hand with their editing skills, so today they've launched an feature that will automatically fix videos that may be too shaky or dark. YouTube explained how it works in a blog post:
When you upload a video that could use a fixup, you’ll see a notification bar on the Upload page and in your Video Manager. Click the button to fix it, and you’ll see a side by side preview to decide if you want to accept the edits.
Select “Okay” if you’d like us to update your video to the preview version (you can always undo this later). Even if you’re uploading a video from your mobile device, the Video Manager on the desktop will give you a notice if this video can be cured as well.
YouTube also provided the animated video below:
Granted, this isn't going to make your video of high school kids fighting in a school cafeteria look like that Inception hallway fight, it'll at least compensate for what can be lousy conditions for recording video of an event.