Monthly Archives: December 2014

Enhance your videos with Google

Congrats to my teammates on launching a great new feature. Now when you back up your videos using Google+, we’ll point out ones we can enhance, then provide an immediate side-by-side preview:

Tim St. Clair writes,

I’m excited to announce that now, with one click, you can enhance the lighting, color, stability, and (coming soon) speech in your videos. Here’s how it works:

  • Use Auto Backup to securely store the videos you shoot.
  • Google+ will automatically analyze picture and audio quality. For best results make sure you have Auto Enhance turned on.
  • When we think we can make improvements, desktop Web users will see a banner asking whether you’d like to preview enhancements.
  • The preview will show an instant side-by-side comparison so you can choose to apply changes or stick with the original.

In addition to the videos that Google+ suggests enhancing, you can choose to apply Auto Enhance to any videos you’d like:

  • In Google+ on Mac, Windows, and Chrome OS, open a video, then choose More->Auto Enhance.
  • In the Google+ Photos app on Android, open a video, tap the overflow menu, and then tap Auto Enhance.


Tech demo: Applying a consistent look to whole sets of photos

Interesting work from my old Adobe friends & their collaborators:

Our method automatically enforces consistent appearance of images that share content even without requiring any user input. When the user does make changes to selected images, these changes automatically propagate to other images in the collection, while still maintaining as much consistency as possible.

[Vimeo] [Via Daniel Schwarz]

Lovely aurora borealis timelapse from space

Check out a beautiful rendering courtesy of Selmesfilms

Aurora australis and aurora borealis (northern lights) as viewed from the International Space Station. Auroras are caused by charged particles entering the atmosphere from above causing ionisation and excitation of atmospheric constituents as they collide with the earth’s magnetic field.

This video was compiled using time lapse footage shot from the International Space Station obtained courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Centre.

[YouTube] [Via]

Girl uses Photoshop, props to fake a vacation on social media

Zilla van den Born is kinda my hero.

I did this to show people that we filter and manipulate what we show on social media, and that we create an online world which reality can no longer meet. My goal was to prove how common and easy it is to distort reality. Everybody knows that pictures of models are manipulated. But we often overlook the fact that we manipulate reality also in our own lives.

PetaPixel has the story.

Here’s where she revealed the ruse to family & friends:


Blippy: Fun visual communication via GIFs

Speaking of Tinder-style card interfaces, Blippy is a rather delightful way to browse among animated GIFs, then add them to a custom iOS keyboard that you can use to punch up text messages, etc.

Now if only the world would devise a non-1980’s standard (y’know, one with more than 256 ill-compressed colors) and call it “GIF+” or something. The open-source WebP standard is less than half the size of a GIF, but it’s not yet widely supported. Maybe we just need to call it “GIF.”