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Anatomy of the “live” photo: how to construct “the best thing about the iPhone 6s”

Tuesday, 22 September, Apple has lifted the embargo on the publication of the first reviews of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and leading Western media broke the publications on the topic of new flagship smartphones from Cupertino. One of the first shared his opinion journalist the Wall Street Journal’s Joanna stern. She commended the increased performance and speed of the new iPhone, and the function calls Live Photos the main innovation of new products. The imaging technology of the “live” images of the iPhone 6s said the majority of the IT browsers.

Live Photos – really one of the most interesting features of the cameras of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Its essence is to shoot a short 3-second video in addition to static image of the maximum resolution and quality – 1.5 seconds up and 1.5 seconds after the shutter is released. In Apple technology describe as follows: “a Photograph captures a memory, leaving him in a constant, unchanging in time. The Live Photos, you literally revive your memories. She writes for a few moments before and after taking a photo, allowing you to see her in motion and with sound, making one touch”.

According to Apple, the pictures Live Photo optimized so that the number of the occupied space on the internal drive, they are not much different from the usual photos. As found in MacRumors, these images occupy twice as much space compared to a conventional 12-megapixel photos. Live photo Apple involves both the creation of a photo in JPG format with a resolution of 12 megapixels and a three-second MOV clip from 45 frames that will add to frame “movement, sound and a little miracle.”

Because of the characteristics of Live Photo format can only be viewed on devices with iOS 9, smart watch Apple Watch with the update, watchOS 2 and Mac computers with OS X El Capitan. When you try to transmit “live” images on unsupported devices will be delivered only JPG is a part.

Interestingly, if the photo Live Photo import in the standard Photos app in OS X Yosemite, the computer will be saved to two separate files – JPG and MOV. In the new operating system OS X El Capitan live snapshot is represented as a single photo. Double click on it will play the video.

In a test photo taken with the main camera of the iPhone 6s, the components of JPG and MOV is about 2.5 and 1.7 MB, respectively. Front camera with a lower resolution generates file size 1 MB and 1.7 MB, respectively. Resolution MOV-video 960×720 pixels, 12 frames per second in both cases.

Pictures Live Photos all good, except for a couple of moments. When shooting a 3 second clip is recorded and the track. This is often extraneous noise or loud sound. No way to edit the content of the users don’t have. For Live Photos preferred static objects. “Live gorgeous Photos for the moments when you need to shoot a cheerful kid or dog. Of course, they take two to three times as much memory, and you can disable them, but don’t want to do it,” says the editor of the WSJ.

It is known that Apple will open up APIs for third-party developers to implement support for the new format. By the way, Facebook has already announced the release of an update for the iOS version of their app that will bring Live support Photos. It will be released at the end of this year.

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