Motion Stills, a new app from Google

2016-06-08

Google announced today the launch of Motion Stills, a new iOS app that takes your existing Live Photos on iOS and stabilizes them in order to make a shareable GIFs and video clips.

The app is available for free on App Store, while Google may end up adding the technology into its other applications, like Google Photos and other possible apps. The app works offline, and you don’t need to sign in to any service in order to use it — just give the app permission to access the photos on your device and you’re good to go.

On a blog post by Ken Conley and Matthias Grundmann, Motion Stills is announced as an iOS app from Google Research that acts as a virtual camera operator for your Apple Live Photos. The app uses video stabilization technology to freeze the background into a still photo or create sweeping cinematic pans. The resulting looping GIFs and movies come alive, and can easily be shared via messaging or on social media.

Motion Stills, provides an immersive stream experience that makes clips fun to watch and share. You can also tell stories of your adventures by combining multiple clips into a movie montage.

Motion Stills follows the release of Microsoft’s Hyperlapse time-lapse video apps across devices. Also Instagram has its own Hyperlapse app. However, this technology is different and the results with video are impressive.

You can start using the app and share your favorite clips by using #motionstills on social media. According to the blog post, this app is a way for Google to experiment and iterate quickly on the technology needed for short video creation. Based on the feedback received, they plan to integrate this feature into existing products like Google Photos.

Motion Stills is available on the App Store.