Thursday, June 26, 2014

Antonioni vs. the video editing algorithms

Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni was famous for his long, contemplative framing shots. he probably would have hated this new algorithm.
Called LiveLight, this method constantly evaluates action in the video, looking for visual novelty and ignoring repetitive or eventless sequences, to create a summary that enables a viewer to get the gist of what happened. What it produces is a miniature video trailer. Although not yet comparable to a professionally edited video, it can help people quickly review a long video of an event, a security camera feed, or video from a police cruiser's windshield camera.
Much like the Hemingway app for writers, LiveLight trumps the human output in favor of pre-conceived elegance - which could be fundamentally offensive on an artistic level.

Then again, this would have made L'Avventura a lot easier to sit through.

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