YouTube may soon allow users to zoom in on videos

FILE PHOTO: YouTube logo at YouTube Space LA in Playa Del Rey, Los Angeles, California, U.S., October 21, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Google-owned streaming platform YouTube is testing a new feature in its mobile app with its premium subscribers that lets them zoom in on any video.

The latest experimental opt-in feature enables a pinch-to-zoom gesture for videos — and it works in both portrait mode and full-screen landscape mode, reports The Verge.

According to the company, the zoom feature will remain in testing until September 1, giving YouTube about a month to gather user feedback and refine things before rolling it out more widely.

To enable pinch-to-zoom, open the YouTube settings menu on your phone or from the website. If you’re a YouTube Premium subscriber, there should be a “try new features” section.

Recently, the platform announced that users can now turn their longer videos into shorts by adding a new “Edit to Short” tool to its iOS and Android app.

With this new update, which is now rolling out to iOS and Android devices, users can now convert up to 60 seconds from their own long YouTube videos and turn them into short films.

YouTube Shorts is now watched by over 1.5 billion monthly logged in users with over 30 billion daily views.

John C. Dent