Google released version 2.0 of Motion Stills this week, bringing some notable improvements for frequent users of the app. For those unfamiliar with it, Motion Stills is designed to create unique GIFs from Live Photo images captured with iPhones that support the Apple camera feature. Users can add motion-tracked text overlays and emoji to their custom-framed creations and share them as a looping GIF to their favorite messaging app.
Previously, users of the app had to access their device's photo library to add Live Photos to a Motion Still, but with version 2.0 it's now possible to capture Live Photos and Motion Stills from within Google's app. It's still possible to import Live Photos stored in the native photo library, but Google has tried to make things more convenience for regular users of Motion Stills.
In addition, version 2.0 lets users delete Live Photos in the photo library with a swipe gesture, and there's a new option to export collages as GIFs. Google's updated Motion Stills app for iPhone and iPad can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct link]
The update means that users can add motion-tracked text overlays to their high-resolution videos and fun gifs, as described and demonstrated in the company's research blog post.
We've added motion text so you can create moving text effects, similar to what you might see in movies and TV shows, directly on your phone. With Motion Text, you can easily position text anywhere over your video to get the exact result you want. It only takes a second to initialize while you type, and a tracks at 1000 FPS throughout the whole Live Photo, so the process feels instantaneous.
The update also brings Google's RAISR machine learning technology to the app to create super-resolution detail in images, adds 3D Touch support to the interface, and introduces fully automatic cinemagraphs – looping moving images in which the foreground subject moves while the background remains static.