Google Is Working On A Multi-Style Video Filter App

Google is working on a new technology that allows them to add artsy style filters to the top layers of video, similar to what Facebook recently introduced. While Google does not have an app ready at the moment for this new technology, they do plan to make the code open-source and let others give the software a try. Alongside opening up the software, Google also demoed the technology's capabilities and posted the results of what you'll be able to do up to YouTube. In that video which you can see below, Google goes through applying various filters to the video recording, letting the video have a unique style.

In Google's demo, they give an idea of what sort of UI a user might be presented with when wanting to add a touch of something different to their videos. What this ends up looking like, at least for the demo, is a series of slider bars that correspond to an on-screen depictions of various art styles. Users would be able to drag these sliders which would either increase or decrease the amount of influence one art style would have in regards to how the image ends up looking. By modifying the sliders, users would be able to fine tune the look of their video. Google explains that the technology combines the multiple styles that are available to them in real-time and then delivers a result based on the preferences that were set.

While apps like Prisma allow you to apply a specific art style to a photo, Google's implementation of the technique, called style transfer, is allowing them to combine multiple styles into one so as to give the ability to make completely unique creations. With a decent number of art styles available it would also afford a rather large number of possible combinations for styles to be made. In Google's video demo, they have 13 different art styles in total with a slider below each, although there is no way to know whether or not Google would use the same number of styles for an app. Right now Google is still doing research with the software, so there's no telling when they might release an app.

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Lover of food, craft beer, movies, travel, and all things tech. Video games have always been a passion of his due to their ability to tell incredible stories, and home automation tech is the next big interest, in large part because of the Philips Hue integration with Razer Chroma. Current Device: Google Pixel.