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Artisto transforms your videos into moving paintings

Engadget Engadget 3/08/2016 Mariella Moon
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Artisto is like Prisma, but for videos. You either take a fresh video or select one from your gallery, choose the 10-second section you want to use and wait for the app to transform it into a version that reflects the styles of popular artists like Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso. According to Russia Behind the Headlines (RBTH), Artisto was created by Russian tech titan for both Android and iOS. The company then published it under its American brand, which has been developing games and other apps for the US over the past few years.

We've taken Artisto for a spin and found that it still has quite a few kinks that need to be ironed out. For starters, there's a very limited number of filters to choose from, and there's no guarantee that they will work. It takes forever to apply each filter -- some take longer than others -- and the app crashed on us more than once while it was in the middle of doing so. We've gotta say, though: when it does work, it makes videos look pretty sweet. VP Anna Artamonova posted about the app on her Facebook page, and according to RBTH's translation, it took the company only eight days to develop it. "We decided to play with neural networks, which have become increasingly popular, and ventured to create a video-editing app," she wrote in her status update. We've also embedded her samples that showcase what the application is capable of below. You know, in case you don't have the time or the patience to wait for Artisto to transform your own video into a Picasso.

iTunes, Anna Artamonova (Facebook), Google Play

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