Microsoft Employs AI to Simplify Media Editing

Microsoft Employs AI to Simplify Media Editing

Microsoft unveiled its new project to enhance its photos app, Story Remix, on 11 May, 2017. Making use of the increasingly popular technology of Artificial Intelligence, the company has made the process of creating videos and capturing photos even simpler and fun.

The Story Remix app lets the user add animations in the video. To cite an instance, Microsoft executive Lorraine Bardeen showed how the app works by recording a video with a girl playing with a ball and as the girl shoots the ball, an animation of blazing fire was added. What makes this app a real eye-catcher is the fact that few other apps in the market allow for such complex editing of media on a smartphone.

The app mainly uses deep learning and several other Microsoft technologies to process the videos and edit them. The Cognitive toolkit open source framework is used extensively in the app for AI. The system is made so as to use a shared cluster of Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) in its Azure Cloud. The app is developed with a technology that can recognize objects in a video in every frame and follow them. In addition, the app also lets the user search for photos and videos based on the people, videos, objects, and places that they contain. Microsoft has obtained graphical data from volunteers and they process the tags and locations to make those available as search results. Microsoft states that it does not process these photos or videos unless the users allow them to do so.

Microsoft announced that the Story Remix would be made available for Windows 10 PCs as well as phones over the following few updates. This radical development by Microsoft is anticipated to bring it back in competition with Apple and Alphabet. According to Chris Pratley, Corporate VP, Microsoft, as the AI-based system is dynamic and will get smarter and smarter after it gains more data from the users, the face of video creation and editing may have changed forever.

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