Ahead of the NAB show this weekend, Adobe on Tuesday issued annual updates to its video-centric Creative Cloud software suite, bringing an assortment of enhancements to videographers, sound designers and other creative professionals who rely on the company’s tools. AppleInsider – Frontpage News
The next breakout star in Hollywood might be an AI named Arraiy.
Arraiy is a computer vision and machine learning platform specifically designed for film and television effects.
Arraiy’s creators are training the system to rotoscope— the process of separating certain parts of footage from the background (for example) separating an actor from the green screen behind them) with years’ worth of human-created visual effects as training tools.
The ultimate goal, though, is to do it more quickly and cheaply than humans can, and just as effectively. Rotoscoping by hand can take dozens of hours, but Arraiy can do it in a fraction of the time. This gives a filmmaker a chance to see how a finished scene could look before they even leave the set. That allows films to dedicate many fewer resources to the effects, eliminating the need to reshoot scenes repeatedly if the effects aren’t quite right.
So far, Arraiy has been used to make one short film (“The Human Race”) and one music video (The Black Eyed Peas’ “Street Livin’”).
Arraiy isn’t the only company looking to bring AI to the world of special effects. Adobe, along with other software companies, are doing the same, the New York Times reports. But Arraiy may be in a position to dominate; the company just raised $ 10 million in funding.
“Our aim is make movies better, cheaper, and faster to produce by empowering creators with a practical machine learning based workflow,” Ethan Rublee, co-founder and CEO of Arraiy, said in a press release.
“We’re filmmakers, scientists, roboticists, and engineers; and we’re passionate about the opportunity to bring all of these disciplines together as we reimagine the process of making movie magic.”
Apple today has pushed updates to both Clips and GarageBand on iOS. The updates include new TrueDepth features, a variety of new content, and more. For GarageBand, the update brings the app to version 2.3.3, while Clips is now at version 2.0.3…
One of the advantages of shooting video in 4K is that it allows you to zoom and pan within a 1080p project frame while still maintaining 1080p video quality. It’s great for doing faux-panning, or zooming in Final Cut Pro X to highlight specific parts of the frame without reducing video quality. As you might imagine, using such a technique is particularly beneficial for hands-on video tutorials when referencing specific items in frame.
I recently created a custom set of areas to make it quicker to zoom with greater consistency throughout a project. If you’re someone who shoots video in 4K, but delivers in a lesser resolution, then you might considering creating your own custom set of areas as well. Watch our hands-on tutorial inside for the details. more…
Facebook is evaluating a new marker-based augmented reality feature in its app that provides users with AR experiences tied to specially marked physical objects, like mapping digital graphics over a movie poster. AppleInsider – Frontpage News
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Popular camera app Halide, which provides iPhone users with more control when taking pictures with their iPhones, today received a major update that introduces several new features.
Photos with Portrait effects are now available in the Halide app, with Halide incorporating a mix of smart facial detection and point of interest detection to create Portrait mode photos with background blur effects.
Portrait Mode is combined with a new “Depth Peaking” feature that’s designed to show an outline of the camera’s 3D space when capturing a photo that uses depth effects. A new Portrait Preview mode will also show a preview of what Portrait effects will look like when turned on.
All depth-enabled photos captured with Halide can be viewed using a new 3D photo viewer, allowing users to “walk around and through” captured scenes to see depth in a new way.
On the iPhone X, Halide now offers support for the front-facing TrueDepth camera, offering a new set of depth tools for taking selfies with Portrait effects within the Halide app. The front-facing camera also supports Depth Peaking and can allow users to export depth maps to be loaded in other image editors.
In addition to these new features, Halide 1.7 offers faster photo capture times, better responsiveness, and a quicker startup time, along with new design features and support for opening photos in the Darkroom photo editing app with a single touch.
To celebrate the launch of the new version of Halide, the app is discounted to $2.99 for the next 48 hours. [Direct Link]
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