By now you have probably learned that MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com) released a new tool yesterday that can turn old family photographs into short moving video clips, with the faces depicted able to move, blink eyes and make limited expressions. In short it was completely brilliant and utterly freaky in equal measure! (See http://scottishgenes.blogspot.com/2021/02/myheritages-new-tool-animates-ancestors.html).
The reaction in the genealogy community has been interesting to behold online, with some wondering at the marvel of it all, seeing ancestors they never new before in a more human light, whilst others were a little disturbed to see what were essentially digital avatars without souls impersonating who our ancestors might have been.
Well now MyHeritage has lifted the lid on the technique behind the new tool in a video on YouTube at https://youtu.be/RVDu_u_a578, and reproduced below for your convenience.
Love it or hate it, it is certainly the main talking point - so far - from this year's RootsTech.
Incidentally, if you rushed in to try the tool, you may be unaware that each photo is actually animated in several ways which you can choose from, as demonstrated in the video. So if an initial attempt with an image seemed unconvincing, you could have up to nine or ten alternatives worth trying.
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