Google’s Motion Stills Saves Live Photos as GIFs or Movies, Makes Them Easy to Share


Motion Still iOS app

Google has decided to launch a new photography-focused app, and has even narrowed down most of its attention on Apple’s Live Photos.

The new app is called Motion Stills, and it’s available right now in the iOS App Store. It’s an iPhone app that’s designed to not only turn the user’s Live Photos into GIFs, but also make any Live Photo that’s a bouncy mess a bit more stable, too. Specifically, the new app is designed to remove shakiness from the picture(s), and it does so with the help of algorithms. With those running in the background, the new app creates a virtual path from a camera that is optimized to help recapture Live Photos as if they were taken with video stabilization equipment already in place.

The result, as shown off on Google Research’s official blog, is actually quite nice.

“Our challenge was to take technology designed to run distributed in a data center and shrink it down to run even faster on your mobile phone. We achieved a 40x speedup by using techniques such as temporal subsampling, decoupling of motion parameters, and using Google Research’s custom linear solver, GLOP. We obtain further speedup and conserve storage by computing low-resolution warp textures to perform real-time GPU rendering, just like in a video game.”

Google Still Motion mountains

On top of all that, users can even include a group of Live Photos and create a movie montage. There are also loop points, so the photos will automatically loop, end-to-end.

Due to the fact it’s meant to work with Live Photos on devices that can take them, Google’s Motion Stills works with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and the iPhone SE. You can find a link to the app below.


  • Google’s Motion Stills — Free

[via Google Research Blog]

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