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Google has announced that it has acquired a Dublin firm "specialising in motion based manipulation of film and video" – with an eye to improving the quality of YouTube videos. Down at the YouTube blog, Google Video Technology big cheese Jeremy Doig says of the sometimes less than top-notch YouTube footage: "What if there was a …

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How the...

...do they do that? I say it's witchcraft.

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Not witchcraft

They have licenced technology from God, who was peeved at his decision to make magnets open source and decided to turn a tidy profit this time.

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Trimming

They trim the edges of the video so the view you see is just a box in the middle of the frame that moves to keep it steady then trimming off the excess.

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previously......

There's been steadicam plugins for After Effects etc for donkeys years. I never liked them much in production work 'cos the zooming meant you lost resolution and ended up with a fuzzy looking picture, but that was back in the days of SD. I guess with HD to Youtube this isn't really an issue.

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Easy...

They just travel back in time and stop your man from going out the night before - no drink, no hangover, no shakes.

Easy.

Off up to Dublin meself this evening.

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Ah...

... that explains it. I'm disappointed now. That basically means their "before" and "after" is actually a lie. If it were a proper before and after then the "before" would show the zoomed out version. I wondered where they got the extra edge data from.

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"There's been steadicam plugins for After Effects etc for donkeys years"

Yup, and for the free/opensource world, I've been using the VirtualDub plugin for years, well, since at least 2005 according to the metadata on my copy. Just Google deshaker.vdf and drop it in the plugin folder.

Had the same output as you though - namely that it's a neat trick, but no substitute for hard or soft steadicam techniques built into cameras.

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WTF?

YouTube videos - now sharper and less shaky.

Did Google blow their entire "lipstick for pigs" budget on that?

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stabilization

yeh, nowt special. even imovie has it.

with HD, and uploading to youtube anyway, it makes sense to do it somewhere if you have shaky footage

Doesn't help much with rolling shutter stuff though (imovie, final cut, etc have different filters for that)

I suppose for your general unwashed phone uploading utube muppet, it could make their happy slapping more watchable....

what would be interesting is if it does any magic if the stuff has titles, etc on it - I would assume not... hence why you stablise BEFORE editing....

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A trifle is required and must contain either custard or jam

Looks like the same video before and during an earthquake.

Good though.

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Cloud based?

Deshaker etc already do this, what would make sense is if they simplified it so the uploaders computer did the processing saving Google the money.

It should be possible to reshake as well for archival purposes.

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Not the only reason...

Most of the videos I watch online end up being shaky and blurred.

Paris because she'd know what I'm talking about

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