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YouTube adds video recording feature

Video-sharing website YouTube quietly launched a new service Friday that allows members to instantly record a video to the site rather than having to pre-record a clip and upload it.

Video-sharing website YouTube quietly launched a new service Friday that allows members to instantly record a video to the site rather than having to pre-record a clip and upload it.

The service, dubbed Quick Capture, uses a computer's built-in or plugged-in webcam to record the video with the help of a Flash-based interface. Flash is a multimedia software technology by Adobe Systems Inc. thatenables people tocreate interactive features and is commonly used on the web.

Initiating a Quick Capture video recording session triggers a request for the user to grant the Flash player access to the camera and microphone. Once granted, the YouTube member must identify the type of connection the webcam uses, fill in the video's title, description, tags or keywords, video category and language andthen click a button to record.

The video is automatically stored by YouTube, eliminating the need to record a clip and upload it to the site later.

However, there is no function to let people edit video recordings using Quick Capture before posting it.

YouTube, Inc. of San Bruno, Calif., was bought by Mountain View, Calif., internet search and services giant Google, Inc. in a $1.65 billion US deal that closed Nov. 13.

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