Google again has something unique up its sleeves.This time, the gift is for the Android users. Last year, the world witnessed the launch of an app called Motion Stills that was only confined to the iOS users to help them with their live photos. Now, the latest announcement by Google states that the Motion Stills App is back again with a few changes and this time it’s for the Android 5.1 and users, as a free download on Google Play Store.
Initially, the Motion Stills app by Google aimed at aiding iOS users to crop out blurry frames, stabilize images and even turn Apple’s Live Photos format into more stable GIFs. But now the situation portrays that by introducing the iOS 11, Apple has already started with the inception of a number of built-in tools for editing live photos, and completely undermining the resort to any third party app for cropping, picking out a key photo or applying effects.
So, now for obvious reasons, Google would find a proper user base for its Motion Still App, on the Android Platform.
More on the Gifs making:
The first feature on the Android Apps, as stated by Google is a new kind of user experience where everything that the user shoots is then and there transformed into short, shareable clips. The procedure for this includes capturing a motion still with a single tap. This might be declared as Google’s own takes on Live Photos.
The second feature is the Fast Forward, which is embedded with a feature of editing a long video into a short clip. This works further with the recordings which extend up to a minute long and the video directly gets played on the phone. The playback speed can vary between 1X to 8X after the recording. Google places the emphasis on some of the technology it resorts to and especially the way it encodes the videos with an ‘a denser I-frame spacing to enable efficient seeking and playback’ and the usage of “adaptive temporal downsampling in the linear solver and long-range stabilization”.
In simpler terminology, Google is making the entire process very stable, by making the videos smooth, enabling it to share with friends easily, even if the original footage was shaky.
Now, talking of the third usage, Google has also come up with the latest technologies which turn regular recordings into Gifs. It claims of redesigning the existing iOS video processing pipeline to use a streaming approach that processes each video as they are recording. Further, it stabilizes the image while performing the loop optimization over the full-screen sequence. Also, being translated means a recording can be made quickly and with that a smoothed-out Gif to share as a result.
Lastly, Google states that this new app is basically a platform where the company can continue with its experiments regarding short-form video technology, and produced the hints that some of the developments might pave their way to Google photos in the near future.