Microsoft smoothes out bumpy GoPro videos into flying hyperlapses
First-person videos have become a norm thanks to head-mounted cameras like the Go Pro and Google Glass. It’s a great way of capturing action but the only problem is this same footage is often so shaky it becomes a nausea inducing mess.
Now software engineers at Microsoft Research have developed an algorithm that converts first-person footage into a smooth hyperlapse no matter how jerky the original recording was.
The resulting video removes any errant shakes, head bobs and other stray movements for a much smoother experience.
Microsoft demonstrated the robustness of its algorithm by converting a bike ride into what looks like a flying hyperlapse. Meanwhile, the same process turns a mountain climb into a smooth pan across a cliffside.
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The “hyperlapse” method essentially looks at the footage to create a 3D path to reconstruct how the users were moving in the scene. The algorithm uses this information to trace a smooth path whilst stitching together multiple images into new frames along this stabilized trajectory.
The footage isn’t perfect. From the few clips we can see some very obvious artifacts including one rock climber appearing in one frame to miraculously disappear in the second. The way images are stitched together also causes details to pop-in a very unnatural way.
However, as head mounted recording gadgets seem like an inevitable part our wearables future, Microsoft’s algorithm could lead to much smoother video first-person videos.
For now Microsoft’s hyperlapse tool only exists as a research project, but the group is also working hard to release a Windows app. We can only hope it comes out soon.
Via: Video feed