Microsoft Research has released a video maker called ‘Automated video looping with progressive dynamism‘. It’s designed to make 5 second loops from video, but is not a GIF maker.
Unlike most generated GIFs, which are simple loops of video, the Automated video looping with progressive dynamism app allows you to choose which areas of the video you want to animate, and which you want to keep still. At least, that’s what Microsoft Research’s program promises. The download comes with two apps, a viewer and creator. You can view sample videos easily with the VideoLoopView app, but we couldn’t get the VideoLoopCreate app to run (other sources have reported the same).
Microsoft released a video showing off what VideoLoopCreate and View can do, and how the results are better than typical looping GIFs, that you can see below.
Microsoft Research, as its title suggests, is the research lab of Microsoft charged with developing ideas for future Microsoft products. Among other things, Microsoft Research is responsible for the bizarre Songsmith app, which automatically generates music to accompany your voice.
Automated video looping with progressive dynamism is an interesting idea, but as version 1.0 doesn’t seem to run on most Windows PCs, we’ll have to wait and see if it develops into a useful app.
[Source: Microsoft Research]