Creating Time-Lapse Videos from Internet Photos

Time-lapse Mining from Internet Photos

#Photography

Mon, May 18th, 2015 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Members of Google and the University of Washington introduce a method of creating time-lapse videos by mining the plethora of Internet photos available. The photos are sorted by date and adjusted to have a matching viewpoint.

We introduce an approach for synthesizing time-lapse videos of popular landmarks from large community photo collections. The approach is completely automated and leverages the vast quantity of photos available online. First, we cluster 86 million photos into landmarks and popular viewpoints. Then, we sort the photos by date and warp each photo onto a common viewpoint. Finally, we stabilize the appearance of the sequence to compensate for lighting effects and minimize flicker. Our resulting time-lapses show diverse changes in the world's most popular sites, like glaciers shrinking, skyscrapers being constructed, and waterfalls changing course.

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