YouTube 'stories' feature lets creators swap out backgrounds without a green screen

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Google AI now can give YouTube videos a wacky background

If you watch out new videos on daily basis, then I will recommend you to stuck with your original YouTube app and if you want to save your data while watching the videos or watch the videos offline with nearly no data, then YouTube Go app is available for you.

Engadget reports that while the function test in the new video, "history", reminiscent of the same function in Snapchat or Instagram.

Google stated that the testing had been kept limited to a small group, but added that with the improvement and expansion of the segmentation technology, the tech would be integrated into Google's broader Augmented Reality services. Also, the feature is still exclusive to "stories", apparently YouTube's new social video service platform. Digital video frames whip by at 30 frames per second, but Google's technology works at 40 frames per second on a Google Pixel 2 phone and more than 100 frames per second on an Apple iPhone 7. Though the feature is not ideal yet, it works well for a simple beta.

"Our new segmentation technology allows creators to replace and modify the background, effortlessly increasing videos' production value without specialized equipment", notes the blogpost announcing the feature.

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Just like any other AI-based imaging programs, Google kickstarted its ambitious program with people manually marking the background in more than 10,000 images.

Google says it's using AI and machine learning to easily separate the subject from the background, but the system is not flawless just yet.

"Video segmentation is a widely used technique that enables movie directors and video content creators to separate the foreground of a scene from the background and treat them as two different visual layers". But if you're one of them, you'll now have a new tool to create custom videos. Unlike many online publications, we don't have a paywall or run banner advertising, because we want to keep our journalism open, without influence or the need to chase traffic. So while Google looks to have big plans for their mobile real-time video segmentation, maybe don't toss out your green screen just yet.

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