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2014-08-15 03:50:07 PM  
That's pretty nice.
 
2014-08-15 04:28:07 PM  
*SUATMM.jpg*

This will make many videos awesome!
 
2014-08-15 04:30:59 PM  
yes, but the music selection will still suck
 
2014-08-15 04:35:31 PM  
Nice use of the Hero tag.
 
2014-08-15 04:39:35 PM  
I see what it's doing. Reminds me of the Photosynth Beta "Walk" synth mode
 
2014-08-15 04:45:00 PM  
 
2014-08-15 05:15:19 PM  
Subby you CAN'T use the HERO tag with anything made by Microsoft on Fark.
/ seriously I wonder if this was made by the Nokia team
 
2014-08-15 05:16:10 PM  
Wouldn't that cause clipping around the edges, as the images are rearranged?
 
2014-08-15 05:30:01 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Subby you CAN'T use the HERO tag with anything made by Microsoft on Fark.
/ seriously I wonder if this was made by the Nokia team


You've strayed a little too far from slashdot, friend.  Should probably mossy on back there before you get yourself year of linux'ed.
 
2014-08-15 05:31:22 PM  
They've been using software to stabilize videos for a long long time.
 
2014-08-15 05:49:11 PM  
That's kind of a misleading headline. It only works for sped-up/timelapsed video.

While that certainly has uses, I bet we watch the vast majority of POV Go-Pro videos in real time or even slow-mo.
 
2014-08-15 05:52:45 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Subby you CAN'T use the HERO tag with anything made by Microsoft on Fark.
/ seriously I wonder if this was made by the Nokia team


No, clearly it was a proper American Dream kind of startup, hardworking kids in dad's garage kinda stuff, and then one day Bill Gates hears of it, so he pays them a visit, offers them a paltry sum for their tech, they refuse... What's a Bill Gates to do? Come back with henchmen, smash the place up, kill the kids, steal the tech. Just like in the 80s when he ruined everything.

That must be what happened. I think I saw it in a film... framed as racist murderers

/I did see it in a film.
 
2014-08-15 05:59:30 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Subby you CAN'T use the HERO tag with anything made by Microsoft on Fark.
/ seriously I wonder if this was made by the Nokia team



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2014-08-15 06:00:47 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Subby you CAN'T use the HERO tag with anything made by Microsoft on Fark.
/ seriously I wonder if this was made by the Nokia team



you missed the obvious allusion between the tag and headline.

DemDave: That's kind of a misleading headline. It only works for sped-up/timelapsed video.

While that certainly has uses, I bet we watch the vast majority of POV Go-Pro videos in real time or even slow-mo.



If you want to watch the 15+ hours a week of video I shoot while riding my motorcycle at real time or slow-mo then feel free, but I speed it up to make things interesting.

While this won't be applicable to every video that is made it is still really cool tech.
 
2014-08-15 06:03:17 PM  
Isn't this approach more or less what they were doing with 'virtual cinematography' in the Matrix films?  Of course, they filmed a scene with multiple high-res cameras from multiple angles in order to create their virtual camera viewpoint, but the principle seems the same; the software builds a 3D layout of the terrain and objects, then charts a virtual course through it.
 
2014-08-15 06:10:03 PM  

NightSteel: Isn't this approach more or less what they were doing with 'virtual cinematography' in the Matrix films?  Of course, they filmed a scene with multiple high-res cameras from multiple angles in order to create their virtual camera viewpoint, but the principle seems the same; the software builds a 3D layout of the terrain and objects, then charts a virtual course through it.


This is sort of like that, but I think the software is doing more work to guess at the spatial relationship between one shot and the next, on top of the interpolation between the two. That's how it's doing the virtual positioning. Look at how it levels out the camera on the walking around sequence; it's taking the Dutch movements out of the camera to give it more of a Steadicam feel.
 
2014-08-15 06:41:45 PM  
Cute, but It makes an absolute farking mess of the video if you actually pay attention to the details.
 
2014-08-15 06:44:06 PM  

NightSteel: Isn't this approach more or less what they were doing with 'virtual cinematography' in the Matrix films?  Of course, they filmed a scene with multiple high-res cameras from multiple angles in order to create their virtual camera viewpoint, but the principle seems the same; the software builds a 3D layout of the terrain and objects, then charts a virtual course through it.


Detail - bullet time is actually done with a series of still cameras going off serially, each taking one frame.  So, like, if you want to have five seconds of video stretch one second from behind NEO to behind Smith, you set up ~300 cameras in an arc and have a system fire them off with an interval of 1/300th of a second between them.  Compile the resulting shots into a video, and you've got your "bullet time".  It's kind of the reverse concept of time-lapse with a still camera.

Software-based "steadycam" correction is completely different.  Each frame is analyzed for motion and perspective drift from the prior frame; a larger motion path is calculated from the results, and then each frame adjusted independently as needed to match that larger path, including warping and physical shifting.  This new software is probably a more advanced equivalent to the existing shake reducer I've used with Handbrake (which you can actually watch while it does the process; it's kind of nifty).

Here's a bullet time camera rig:
petapixel.com
 
2014-08-15 07:30:10 PM  
In before the anti-Microsoft nutca.....

drjekel_mrhyde: Subby you CAN'T use the HERO tag with anything made by Microsoft on Fark.
/ seriously I wonder if this was made by the Nokia team


...damn it.
 
2014-08-15 08:51:13 PM  
This is pretty cool, but dude...

FTFA: "The software algorithmically crunches ho-hum GoPro footage into dreams that we can send to our friends and upload to YouTube. "

Bill Gates still isn't going to sleep with you.
 
2014-08-15 09:58:02 PM  

FormlessOne: In before the anti-Microsoft nutca.....

drjekel_mrhyde: Subby you CAN'T use the HERO tag with anything made by Microsoft on Fark.
/ seriously I wonder if this was made by the Nokia team

...damn it.


Microsoft as the digital bogeyman is soooo 1998. There are much more evil tech companies out there now. Facebook, Apple, even teh Google, sadly, have all eclipsed MS on the evil overlord rankings. And nevermind the unholy abomination that is the cable company.
 
2014-08-15 10:46:31 PM  
Or you could use Warp Stabilizer in After Effects and then artfully edit the video down to tell a story rather than jam your 4 hour snoozefest through this software.
 
2014-08-15 11:18:15 PM  
I'm impressed. Must take some serious processing power to grab the frames, line them up and crop them to make everything flow properly.
 
2014-08-16 12:00:44 AM  
Content Aware Scale (language nsfw)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8k3b-QNbhs
 
2014-08-16 12:53:37 PM  
What I don't understand is how GoPro managed to get everyone to pimp them out.

Instead of saying, "Here's a video of someone skiing, biking, surfing or whatever." it's very often, "Here's GoPro video of someone skiing,, biking, surfing or whatever."

/sent from my iPhone.
 
2014-08-16 02:47:45 PM  

cannotsuggestaname: If you want to watch the 15+ hours a week of video I shoot while riding my motorcycle at real time or slow-mo then feel free, but I speed it up to make things interesting.


LOL.  I shoot video on my bike too, but it doesn't need to be sped up.

s10.postimg.org
 
2014-08-16 04:35:01 PM  

foo monkey: Wouldn't that cause clipping around the edges, as the images are rearranged?


No, it uses multiple frames from the original video to construct a panoramic view larger than the original video frame, then centers the "camera" within the constructed view along a smooth 3D path.

/Has some experience working with 3D imaging software
 
2014-08-16 04:54:00 PM  

Russ1642: They've been using software to stabilize videos for a long long time.


True, but they've never before been able to stabilize time-lapse video from cameras which were not mounted to a smooth motion rig or other relatively stable platform. Humans are notorious for quick and/or shaky movement. The only reason it doesn't seem jerky from our personal perspective when walking or other physical activity, is that our eyes and our brains are equipped with some very sophisticated natural anti-shake mechanisms.
 
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