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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:

  • kcorp2003
    This will go great with shaky videos of alien footage.
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  • caeden
    ...wow. 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.
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  • Kelavarus
    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?
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  • joytech22
    All of these are incredibly useful but I can see this getting annoying if each of these filters is applied to your video's automatically during each upload, Especially since I make gameplay recordings which can get shaky with gameplay (screen recording).
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  • asdfghjkl
    It's less the bad video quality, but the awful audio quality of cell phones. See/hear videos of amateur concert recordings: broooooooooooochrchrchrchrchrchrchrchrchrbroooooooo.

    Youtube should create a function that limits the volume on such videos automatically, before we destroy our ears.
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  • alidan
    caeden...wow. 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.
    i despise the de blotcher, personally. but thats just me because of alot of anime i watch went from anolouge to bluray, but the studios decided to do a deblotch like filter to remove grain and ruined a fair number of great animes.
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  • is there a software out that can do this?

    It would come in handy when shakily recording HD video from my SLR
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  • nebun
    addictxdis there a software out that can do this? It would come in handy when shakily recording HD video from my SLRvreveral...very good in fact
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  • nebunvreveral...very good in fact
    Thanks, I take it you meant vreveal, looks great and it's designed to work with cuda, great!
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  • The appeal of old movies is the media it was filmed on, why remove the grain and blotches, thats how it was filmed, looks unreal cleaned up!
    Slo mo is very very good though!
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