Motion Stills App Converts Your Live Photos To GIFs


Apple’s Live Photos are, by design, something
most people don’t really think about. You just take your still photos as you always
would, and iOS automatically captures a bit of footage from before and after the photo and turns it into a little animation. Sometimes these animations are amazing. A little
coincidental gems that you never would have nabbed otherwise. Often, though, they’re
blurry, shaky messes that you don’t really want. Google just released an app to try and fix
this. Called Motion Stills, the new app exists pretty
much solely to improve your Live Photos. Borrowing much of what Google has learned from its video
stabilization efforts on YouTube and other projects, the app analyzes your Live Photos
and does a bunch of crazy stuff in no time flat. The app throws out blurry frames, determines
what’s in the background and what’s in the foreground and actually isolates them
for better stabilization, tries to determine the best starting and end point for the loop, and then
makes a GIF for you to share. What this means is, instead of only being
able to share live photos with friends with compatible photos, you can now post you stash
of artsy and beautiful moments with the entire internet, be it facebook, email, or chat as
either a video clip or a GIF. The app only exists on iOS for now which makes
sense, given that Live Photos are pretty much exclusively an iPhone thing. If you want to
get the most out of your Live Photos, you can find Motion Stills in the iOS app store
starting today.

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