Google Releases Motion Stills App For iOS That Converts Live Photos To GIFs Or Videos

Google has today rolled out a new iOS app called Motion Stills that creates Live Photos that were taken on an iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone SE and then turns them into either GIFs or videos.

Developed by Google’s Research Lab and this Motion Stills iOS app uses video stabilization technology to freeze the background into a still photo or convert sweeping cinematic pans to remove shakiness. This new app is actually viable for Apple’s smartphone only, with no Android version launched alongside it. It is designed to take photos that were snapped on above mentioned iOS devices. By using Live Photos, Motion Stills app can radically create an animated GIF or movie depending on what is required.


Created by Google Research Team, this iOS app uses the company’s impressive video stabilization tech to take unique and multiple clips and then turn them into full-on montages, all within the app itself. In order to keep the background steady while looping, Motion Stills separates that from the rest of the scene.

Hoping that it will be able to take what it learns from the Google’s Motion Stills app and then use it to introduce new and improved functionality to the Google Photos app in the future.

We pioneered this technology by stabilizing hundreds of millions of videos and creating GIF animations from photo bursts. Our algorithm uses linear programming to compute a virtual camera path that is optimized to recast videos and bursts as if they were filmed using stabilization equipment, yielding a still background or creating cinematic pans to remove shakiness.

This will, obviously, benefit Android devices owners in the future as well, even if Motion Stills isn’t such thing can use right now.

Short videos are perfect for creating loops, so we added loop optimization to bring out the best in your captures. Our approach identifies optimal start and end points, and also discards blurry frames. As an added benefit, this fixes “pocket shots” (footage of the phone being put back into the pocket).

This iOS-only app is just one facet of Google’s photo and video technology, and it’s a pretty cool one at that. Users will first have to create a Live Photo using the native Camera app and then use the Motion Stills app to transform that photo into a steady GIF. These GIFs can later be shared through various social networks and can even create a movie by combining multiple clips as though.

The Motion Stills app works even without an internet connection and is compatible to those came with Live Photos feature.


(Download: Motion Stills for iOS on the App Store)