Motion Brush: A Master Stroke for the Creator Community

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A new perspective

Most user-recorded footage is unsuitable for creating cinemagraphs — particularly if it isn’t purpose-shot. But what if we turned the process on its head and started from a still image?

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Motionleap: under the hood

From a single image we add displacement vectors. These vectors then direct the generated motion.

Early version of Motionleap
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Our new Motion Brush tool

How Motion Brush works

Our key insight for the new algorithm was that we could break the solution into two stages and solve each of them more efficiently. First, we compute a rough estimate of the motion by analyzing repetitions in the image in 1D, allowing motion only in a single fixed direction. Then, we refine that initial estimate in 2D, allowing the pixels to move with more flexibility.

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