October 24, 2011

Research: Auto-selecting good stills from a video

A couple of years ago, Esquire shot a magazine cover using not a still camera but a high-res RED video camera. What was groundbreaking becomes commonplace, and as video capture resolution increases, so does the possibility of using stills as photos.

To make that easier, Adobe engineers & University of Washington researchers are collaborating on a method of automatically finding the best candid shots in a video clip. Check it out:

Very cool–though I continue to suspect there’s a market for auto-selecting the most ridiculous, unflattering images of one’s friends…

Posted by John Nack at 8:25 AM on October 24, 2011


  • Art Swalwell — 8:55 AM on October 24, 2011

    No need for software on the latter, your friends will find the most unflattering without the need for software.

    I’d like to see them drill down and just look at eyes and run the test again.

  • Jenn Staz — 4:36 PM on October 24, 2011

    I really wish YouTube did this automatically! They seem to choose the worst 3 stills possible if you’re not Partner (where you can choose your still)

  • Stormchild — 6:41 PM on October 24, 2011

    Really cool stuff. Even if every selected frame isn’t great, this would still be a fantastic way to reduce the number of frames you need to look at to get some interesting expressions and poses.

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