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Facebook testing Prisma-like stylized art filters for video

Facebook has announced it is testing a stylized filter feature for its live video stream in a few countries. It's similar to Prisma's photo filters.

Published onNovember 8, 2016


Facebook is currently working on a new feature for video that will allow users to add stylized art filters to those clips, similar to what the popular Prisma app does for photos. The company says it is testing the feature in a few countries at the moment.

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Facebook says this “style transfer” feature for video is the result of a new machine intelligence technology the company developed called Caffe2Go. Normally, the processing for creating these kinds of filters would require sending the data to a high-end server, but the company says Caffe2Go allows it to be processed locally on a smartphone. In a blog post, Facebook stated:

With the speed and quality optimizations made in the style-transfer technology, run on the Caffe 2 framework, a real-time image processing system is possible on the mobile experience.

There’s no word yet on when these filters will be rolled out for all of Facebook’s users. Prisma, which is currently working on adding filters for short videos for the Android app, demonstrated how it could also add this feature to live videos on Facebook in late October. As with Caffe2Go, the processing for Prisma’s filter is handled on a smartphone. Again, there’s no word on when this feature will be added to the Prisma app on Android.

Would you be interested in adding these kinds of art filters to your videos?

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