New Live Photos Features (#1495)

New Live Photos Features (#1495)


So one of the many changes to Photos in High
Sierra is how it handles live photos. Live photos are the photos taken with an iPhone
that include a few seconds of video around them. Now in High Sierra photos, Photos 3.0, you
can do a lot more with these. So here we have a live photo and you can see
it’s indicated at the top left that it’s live. I can move my cursor over the live portion
here and it plays back with audio. You can see it’s just a few seconds. But you can do some more things with it. For instance, you can easily move around the
bottom here to see different parts. But now if you go to Edit one of the things
that you can do is move around and actually make a different frame in the video the key
photo for this image. So if I make this one the key photo instead
this is what I’ll get when I look at it as a regular photo. I can easily go back and select the initial
one. Now there’s a few other things you can do. If you look down here there’s a drop down
with four options. The first one being Live. That’s just a regular live photo as before. But you can set it to Loop or Bounce which
is going to create this looping video. Loop will, of course, loop forward back to
the original. Now it’s not actually just doing that. It’s doing more because notice that the picture
is more tightly cropped. Let’s go back to Live and you can see more
around the edges. If I go to Loop you can see it zooms in a
bit. That’s because it’s using image stabilization. Otherwise it wouldn’t work. If I go to Live and I look at the beginning
here and say look at the bottom left hand corner here where that rock is the top right,
and then look as I move all the way to the last frame of the video you can see it’s moved
because I’m holding the iPhone in my hand. So it isn’t perfectly steady. If you Loop that it would jump from the last
frame to the first frame and you would see the jump. So Looping is first doing image stabilization. Then it’s also doing a quick fade in from
the last frame to the first frame. So you don’t even notice where the loop is. In a picture like this with a waterfall you
can really not see where the loop is. But if you go to something else you can see
it. Let’s go to this one of the waving flags. You can see I’ve set this one to loop and
you can see where the fade is a lot easier there. So it’ll vary depending upon how what type
of photo you’re using. Also, you have the ability to Bounce which
will go from the first frame to the last frame and then back. It looks ridiculous from a waterfall but for
some other things it may look good or maybe just for fun. Then, and this is great for waterfalls, you
can do long exposure which is when you take all the video and it’s going to make it like
you took a long exposure photograph. So for a waterfall it looks fantastic. It shows the motion. It gives you a completely different photo
than what you originally took. Of course you can have both there because
you can always revert to the original. So the long exposure works great for some
things like this. Of course for people in it or something like
that it’s going to look ridiculous. But you do have these four options. In addition, if you can go to, say, Loop and
you use that and you think that would be a great animated GIF, or gif if you prefer. Well, you can export as an animated GIF from
these live photos now. So you can turn them into that and then upload
them to websites and share them and stuff as GIFs. So they’re more widely accepted in different
places. You can send them in an email and all of that. That functionality is fantastic to be able
to have that in Photos.

Dereck Turner

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