From dog ears to fairy crowns and monstrous fangs, filters and AR effects are old news when it comes to snapping social media selfies. Now, YouTube is jumping on the social media stories and filters bandwagon. YouTube creators can now apply AR selfie filters to their YouTube Stories. The animated masks, glasses and 3D hats are similar to those we’ve seen elsewhere like on Snapchat or Instagram. But Google promises its machine learning capabilities make these the best selfie filters yet.
In its latest release, YouTube Stories and ARCorenow offer the Augmented Faces API so you can add glasses, masks, hats and other items to short video clips. Google, which owns YouTube, said in a blog post that its use of 3D mesh has resulted in more realistic filters.
The API uses machine learning to create highly accurate 3D meshes for users’ faces which are used as the basis for filters that can simulate light reflections, imitate natural lighting, model face occlusions, and achieve realistic makeup effects.
While these YouTube Stories filters are limited to creators who have access to the feature (those who have 10,000 or more subscribers) and developers, non-YouTube celebrities will be able to try out some of Google’s new AR tech with Google Maps and Playground, which will be rolling out soon.
Source: AFP Relax News
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