One of the big problems with posting photos to social media is that the quality often gets destroyed. The phenomenon is most notable on Facebook where every day I see people asking “What’s the best settings to export for posting photos to Facebook?”. Well, Facebook might still destroy them, but Twitter won’t. They’re now going to be preserving the upload quality of images you post.
Object recognition and AI has come such a long way in such a short amount of time that effects that used to take hours can now be automated in just a few seconds. Adobe MAX 2018 is going on right now and they’re showing off one example of this in their Sneak Peeks. It’s called Moving Stills, and it’s insane how well it works for a concept demo.
Basically, you feed in a still photograph, click a button and it will automatically figure out the depth of objects in the scene. Then it will animate a virtual camera through the scene to simulate a real camera movement. And it can do it with no intervention. But you can also override things if you wish.
Back in September, Apple introduced the world to Live Photos, a new feature supported by its iPhone 6s and 6s Plus smartphones that capture 1.5 seconds video and audio both before and after a full-resolution still image is snapped.
Now, Apple wasn’t the first company to release a feature like this – not by a longshot – but with Apple’s ubiquity and comparatively un-fragmented platform, it’s easy to see why a company like Facebook is working on implementing Live Photos support in its iOS app.