Posted by: kurtsh | January 26, 2006

BETA: Microsoft Video Cube

Interesting.  This is a tool that apparently creates Non-Photo Realistic video animation using actual video recordings as input. What’s funny is that there are dozens of sites on the Internet plugging this tool from MS Research but no one seems to know what the hell it is that Alex and the rest of the researchers are talking about. 
Basically, Non-Photo Realistic video is known as NPR and something of an artifact of the Cubist art movement from years ago.  The idea is that a person’s video can be translated into something akin to a cell-shaded cartoon similar to cubist art.  Take a look at the following photo and the cell-shaded image that’s been rendered on it:
Now imaging that image being animated like a cartoon.  THAT’S "Video Cubing".  MS Research could essentially take any video of your children for example, and turn it into a cartoon of sorts.  This is a little far off but they’re showing how this can be done using basic Windows software tools and algorithms.


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