It’s becoming increasingly easy for people to capture a short burst of images (or a video clip) instead of a simple still photograph. Image bursts and video clips are a rich source of information and can better capture the “moment”. However, their visual presentation is often more cluttered, and without careful planning and a lot of expertise, it is often very difficult for people to create visuals from image bursts and videos that are as compelling and easily consumed as still photographs.

In this talk, I will present recent work that explores the creation of “living” photographs known as “cliplets”, “cinemagraphs”, and video textures – a type of imagery that sits between videos and stills. Our work uses computer vision methods to automate aspects of the creation process such that an inexperienced user can create compelling imagery with only modest input.


Neel Joshi is a Researcher in the Graphics Group at Microsoft Research. His work is in computer vision, computer graphics, and (more recently) HCI, focusing particularly on imaging and computational photography applications, with various artistic endeavors squeezed in. Neel earned an Sc.B. from Brown University, an M.S. from Stanford University, and his Ph.D. in computer science from U.C. San Diego in 2008. He has held internships at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, Adobe Systems, and Microsoft Research, and he was a visiting professor at the University of Washington in 2010.

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