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Making significant changes to digital images with software is getting more impressive all the time. As we’ve seen before, Photoshopping isn’t just sticking to still-life, either. It won’t be long before feature-length movies can be made with just some scraps of existing video clips (which has been done before) — but it could be a bit better than What’s Up, Tiger Lily? Or not.
- Researchers have constructed 3D models of various celebrity faces from publicly-available images found online, and these face models can be used to re-create arbitrary videos. It’s not perfect, so there’s definitely some “uncanny valley” moments in a fake video of Obama’s face speaking GW Bush’s words. It may get more difficult to determine what’s real on TV, and voice impersonators could be getting some better roles soon. [url]
- Disney has its own nifty video editing tools, and one called FaceDirector can change an actor’s emotions instantaneously. Post production editing might help directors fix scenes without re-shooting, but… can it fix the Star Wars prequels now? [url]
- Photoshop tennis is an amusing game of passing around images to be edited by different artists. Maybe someday there will be a video version — and Layer Tennis (or whatever it’ll be called) won’t be limited to Adobe products? [url]
- Apple just bought a smaller company called Faceshift — gaining the ability to capture facial expressions and create real-time avatars. It’s anyone’s guess what Apple will do with this tech, but pretty soon we’ll all have the ability to be like Andy Serkis. [url]
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