In an era where our smartphones can do pretty much anything, Google continues to push the boundaries of innovation, and this year has been no exception with the launch of the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro.
There's an awful lot to like about these new handsets, and it certainly seems as though these Android devices could have one of the best cameras on the market, thanks to their AI capabilities – but there's one thing in particular that’s really captured our attention. Of course, we’re talking about Audio Magic Eraser.
Google has taken video editing to a whole new level, with this groundbreaking new tool, and it might just be one of the best new Pixel 8 features yet.
Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about this awesome new camera tool.
What is Audio Magic Eraser?
Audio Magic Eraser is the newest addition to the Pixel’s extensive photography and videography feature set. It’s an upgrade from the regular Magic Eraser, which is used to eliminate unwanted objects and photobombers from pictures in the Google Photos app and is already an incredible tool.
Now, with devices in the new Pixel 8 series, you can reduce or totally remove sounds you don’t want to hear from videos with just a simple tap, just like an audio photobomber. Which is pretty remarkable if you ask us.
How does Audio Magic Eraser work?
Well, there’s a lot of technical stuff to it, but for those of us who want the simple facts, it uses machine-learning models to identify background noises in your videos. So, things like music, a dog barking, people talking or crazy wind are identified in the recorded audio, and then sorted into layers that you can individually adjust until you’re happy with the final sound.
If you’re curious to see the Audio Magic Eraser in action, watch the clip below.
How do I use Audio Magic Eraser?
An important thing to know before you get started is that this feature is limited to Google's new Tensor G3 chipset, so will only work on the latest Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro (for the time being, anyway.)
Using Audio Magic Eraser is pretty straightforward. First, open the Google Photos app and find the video you want to edit. This can be any video in your Google Photos library.
Once you've selected your video, tap "Edit" at the bottom of the screen. Then tap “Audio” and then "Audio Eraser".
The tool will analyse the video and separate the various sounds into certain filters – this might take a moment or two. Here you can go in and enhance or reduce individual sounds to your liking.
You also don’t have to adjust any of these options yourself. If you’re unsure what would be the best way to clean up your sound, just tap “Auto”, and Google Photos will try to balance the various filters for the best overall sound experience.
After processing, you'll be able to preview the edited video clip with the noise removed. If you’re happy with the adjustments, hit “Save a copy" to apply the changes. And voila.
Don’t worry though – the original version of your video still exists, so you can always return to it if you don’t like the new version, or decide you want to take a different approach.
Now it’s your turn.
So there you have it. Audio Magic Eraser is a fantastic new feature and one which we already reckon will be useful for both the pros and amateurs amongst us.
If you've already secured your brand-new Google Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro, give this new feature a whirl. And if you haven’t got yours just yet, we’ve got some pretty amazing deals on Google Pixels right now, go check them out today.