Microsoft Research Cliplets is a free app that creates “Cliplets” a type of imagery that sits between stills and video, including imagery such as video textures and “cinemagraphs”. The app provides a simple, yet expressive way to mix static and dynamic elements from a video clip. The tool provides a creative lens one can use to focus on important aspects of a moment by performing spatiotemporal compositing and editing on a video-clip input.
Imagine a video of your daughter’s fifth birthday, for instance: shaky camera work, lots of movement, it’s all a little messy. Pass it through Cliplets, though, and you may be able to create something where the background is entirely still, the guests all motionless, and all you have is your daughter blowing out a candle, then smiling at the camera.
How does it work?
[advt]You must first import your video, and choose a ten second (or less) section containing the moment you’d like to highlight. Next, you’re able to choose the background frame which will become the still part of the cliplet.
A quick freehand drawing around the area you’d like to remain moving – your daughter in the party, the fountain in Rome – is enough to create a mask. Then you get to decide how that movement will be treated – whether it loops, where it appears in the overall clip, and so on. The program then renders and plays the cliplet, and if it all looks good then you can export the results to MP4 or WMV videos.