If you have the latest iPhone, Google has a new app that will make your photos look way better

If you have one of Apple’s latest iPhones – the 6S, 6S Plus, or SE – then you should check out Google’s newest app, Motion Stills, an auto-editing app which will make your Live Photos look way better.

With Live Photos, iPhones capture the moments before and after you take photos, storing them as little moving photos. Google’s new app can stabilize them, automatically decide their best start and end points (getting rid of blurry frames at the beginning and end), create still backgrounds that looks cinematic, and turn them into easily sharable GIFs.

For example, look how this scene looks better after running through Motion Stills:


The app also lets you stitch together Live Photos to create short videos.

Google explains how the tech works in a blog post:

Our algorithm useslinear programmingto 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. Our challenge was to take technology designed to run distributed in a data center and shrink it down to run even faster on your mobile phone. We achieved a 40x speedup by using techniques such as temporal subsampling, decoupling of motion parameters, and using Google Research’s custom linear solver, GLOP. We obtain further speedup and conserve storage by computing low-resolution warp textures to perform real-time GPU rendering, just like in a videogame.

Check out some examples:

Google’s technique works by classifying parts of the photos as foreground (red) and background (green):