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Google Explains How "Fused Video Stabilization" Works On Pixel 2

Know Your Mobile logo Know Your Mobile 14/11/2017 Richard Goodwin

Google Explains How "Fused Video Stabilization" Works On Pixel 2 © Google Explains How "Fused Video Stabilization" Works On Pixel 2 The Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL have truly amazing cameras. For a point and shoot setup, both handsets are at the top of the market, easily. They are also very impressive when it comes to video capture as well.

And this epic performance is helped along (in a big way) by Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), which ensure shots and video come out looking amazing, regardless of where you’re shooting.

In a bid to demonstrate just what a difference these two technologies make when shooting video, Google has released some footage that was shot on the back of a motorcycle.

As you can see, without Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), the footage looks terrible, is shaky, and would be, in most cases, unusable. Once you switch it on, however, it’s a different story entirely – it looks almost cinema-grade in how smooth it is.

Google calls this combination of technology Fused Video Stabilization, which it recently detailed over on its official blog:

“With Fused Video Stabilization, both OIS and EIS are enabled simultaneously during video recording to address all the issues mentioned above. Our solution has three processing stages as shown in the system diagram below. The first processing stage, motion analysis, extracts the gyroscope signal, the OIS motion, and other properties to estimate the camera motion precisely. Then, the motion filtering stage combines machine learning and signal processing to predict a person’s intention in moving the camera. Finally, in the frame synthesis stage, we model and remove the rolling shutter and focus breathing distortion. With Fused Video Stabilization, the videos from Pixel 2 have less motion blur and look more natural. The solution is efficient enough to run in all video modes, such as 60fps or 4K recording.”

You can read the full breakdown of the tech over on Google’s blog right now. Be warned though: it’s pretty technical and definitely not for the fainthearted or those averse to technical reports.

You can also read my review of the Google Pixel 2 XL for a more detailed breakdown on how that phone works over the space of a month.

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