New iOS app from Google converts Live Photos into wonderful GIFs
Google just released a new iOS app from its research division that turns Live Photos into shareable GIFs. Named Motion Stills, the app freezes the background of your photos and makes a looping GIF by using Apple’s live photos feature with Google’s video stabilization.
The Motion Stills app mixes a couple of technologies Google already has in photos, such as video stabilization and auto creating GIFs from bursts of photos to take steadier shots with less visible shakiness. And to do so, the app doesn’t even need an internet connection, it just needs to access your photos.
“Our algorithm uses a linear programming to compute a virtual camera path that is optimized to recast videos and bursts as if they were filmed using stabilization equipment, yielding a still background or creating cinematic pans to remove shakiness,” the company wrote in a blog post.
The app’s algorithm identifies the moving objects in the foreground and keeps them isolated from movement in the background to keep your shots steady. Using “loop optimization” the app knows exactly when to start and end a GIF, removing unnecessary portions. So if you have any embarrassing moment while shooting, no need to worry about. And also, you can share those GIFs through social media.
You may wonder why Google has made such an app that only works on Apple Live Photos. It’s not available on Android but Google says it’s just an experiment to make short video creation, so you can hope that in the near future Motion Still will be integrated into Google Photos.
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