Last week, Sony announced that the next major software update for the PlayStation 4 would incorporate, among other things, a video editing app called ShareFactory.
Now the company has released a demo video edited using the software to show what it's capable of.
Sony had already outlined the features that would be available in ShareFactory -- transitions, stickers, effects and "picture-in-picture" commentary -- but the demonstration video gives us a practical, real-world look at the sort of things you'll be able to create using the software, albeit in a rather cheesy fashion. "RES. O. GUUUUUN!"
It looks pretty flexible, though resolution nerds may be disappointed that the output video is capped at 720p rather than 1080p. Footage from several games is compiled into the single video, showing that you're not limited to working with material from a single title at a time. A custom soundtrack runs through the background of the whole video -- Sony previously said that you'd either be able to use included, presumably royalty-free library music or your own imported tracks -- and the picture-in-picture commentary aspect looks as if you'll be able to position it wherever you like on the screen. You'll also be able to record audio commentary using any PS4-compatible mic or headset -- you don't have to use the camera. "Stickers" look as if they'll be customizable with your own text, and it looks as if there's a decent selection of transitions to choose from, many of which look as if they've been pulled straight from the PlayStation promotional videos and TV commercials.
One feature that will be missing from the app at launch is the facility to upload directly to YouTube; the video above was shared to YouTube by exporting it to an external USB device and then uploading manually via the Web. The app will, however, make use of PSN's Facebook connectivity, allowing you to share your videos directly to Facebook from within the app.
There's no release date set for the 1.70 update that includes ShareFactory as yet, but the most consistent rumors put it on or around April 30. As with any rumors, though, treat them with a generous helping of salt until we hear the official word from Sony.