Microsoft took the wraps off of a powerful new video editing tool this week at SIGGRAPH’08. Called “Unwrap Mosaics”, the software comes from Microsoft’s research labs and allows users an unprecedented method of editing full motion video.
The software works by mapping the subject from the 2D video onto a 2D plane, altering the image, and then rendering the layer onto the video, allowing seamless transformations seemingly on the video itself. The researches say that alterations aren’t limited to painting facial hair onto people; the new methods allow for copy/paste functionality, resizing objects, and attaching new effects layers.
The new Unwrap Mosaics software is just one of thirteen interesting papers that Microsoft is presenting at this year’s SIGGRAPH conference.
List of papers Microsoft is presenting