Playing with Google’s GIF Maker: Motion Stills

Google is getting into the GIF-creation game with its own app, Motion Stills, and it creates beautiful GIFs.

Our algorithm uses linear programming to compute a virtual camera path that is optimized to recast videos and bursts as if they were filmed using stabilization equipment, yielding a still background or creating cinematic pans to remove shakiness.”

I’ve been experimenting with the app (see examples below). The first thing you’ll notice is that unlike other GIF makers – Tumblr, VSCO, and Boomerang – Google uses Apple’s Live feature to retain the quality of the image bursts.

Google continues to impress me with its attention to photography. I already switched from Dropbox to Google Photos, where technology like Motion Still will eventually be featured.

Definitely give this app a try:

Download Motion Stills

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.