YouTube Aims to Eliminate Shaky Cellphone Video

Google’s YouTube team today announced that it had acquired Green Parrot Pictures, a digital video technology company founded six years ago by Anil Kokaram, Associate Professor at the Engineering School of Trinity College in Dublin. In the few years it has been around, Green Parrot’s technology has been used in major motion pictures like Lord of the Rings and X-Men. Now, YouTube is ready to get the Green Parrot treatment.

“Take, for example, videos of recent protests in Libya,” said Jeremy Doig, Director of Google Video Technology. “Although emotionally captivating, they can be jerky, blurry or unsteady. What if there was a technology that could improve the quality of such videos -- sharpening the image, reducing visual noise and rendering a higher-quality, steadier video -- all while your video is simply being uploaded to the site?”

Doig says the folks at Green Parrot will act as a source of new ideas and further innovation at YouTube and Google, which means we’ll probably be waiting a little longer for that rescue from shaky cellphone cam videos. In the mean time, check out a few examples of what Green Parrot’s technology is capable of:

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  • This will go great with shaky videos of alien footage.
  • The deblotcher can be done better with shaders, and other video cleaning features, especially when in black and white. But the other 2 are fairly breathtaking. Most of the people who see this will have no appreciation of just how hard it is to get true clean slomo, and the dejitter tech isn't particularly brain surgery, but it wasn't that long ago that you would have to fix it frame by frame, doing it automatically would save so much time and effort.
  • kcorp2003This will go great with shaky videos of alien footage.

    Haha, so I take it we'll see Cloverfield re-uploaded on Youtube with a stabilized version soon?