How to get the best results with Ego Cam

We believe everyone should have access to stable, high-quality video. Video is one of the most effective ways to impact the world and create awareness with a small effort. It’s the most descriptive and personal way to share your life story or cause, effectively giving everyone an equal voice regardless of demographics. Currently, effective stabilization technology is only within the realm of access for those that have a few hundred dollars and tolerance to carry the additional equipment, which is just not reality for the majority of people.

Ego Cam is a brand new way to get super stable, cinematic-quality video with the tool you already have with you, your iPhone. Our innovative technology is the first of its kind: a software-only solution that can compete with hardware gimbals, and other expensive stabilization hardware. Using the most advanced face-tracking technology our app is able to locate a face and move it to the center of the frame where it stays smooth and stable at 60 FPS.

Here are a few tips to get the most out of the world’s first face-specific stabilization app:

Visible Face

Since the app uses face-tracking, there should be a person with a visible face in the video. If you’re recording directly from within the app and you accidentally block your face, the app will remind you that your face needs to be in the frame in order for the technology to work its magic. So long as a face is always visible, you can use the front-facing or back-facing camera footage that you already have on your phone and import it into the stabilizer. If there are multiple faces in the frame, Ego Cam uses some built-in intelligence to decide which face is the main face, and tracks that one.

Modes

Ego Cam features two modes: a normal mode and a beats mode. Normal mode is a stabilizer; this means Ego Cam will preserve the sequence and audio of your video, creating a super stable video for you. You can also decide to speed up or slow down your footage, depending on how creative you’re feeling.

Beats mode is a cinematic mode that enables anyone to produce a video with automatically added coordinated music with sequence changes and cuts. In the past, video editing has mostly been accessible to those with the professional video editing skills, but with as little as a single tap on Ego Cam, anyone can create a professional-looking video with music and cuts that perfectly match the beat. Usually a person that edits video would go through and hand-select the perfect sequence of video(s) to stitch together in a meaningful way, but Ego Cam can also do that part: Ego Cam has built-in intelligence to figure out which cuts and sequences go well together, creating a result that feels like it was handmade just for you.

You can select different tracks depending on your mood, and if the sequence doesn’t feel quite right, you can change it by re-tapping on the selected track or selecting a new track altogether.

Import function

This allows Ego Cam to be used as an auto-editing tool for existing videos. You can edit existing videos with just a couple of taps: just choose which mode you’d like to use for the imported video, tap the import button and select one or more videos. Since a face should be in the frame, our intelligent import picker will make it easy for you by only showing videos that are compatible with Ego Cam. You select the video(s) and Ego Cam gives you a buttery smooth version when using Normal mode, or a dramatic music video packed with cinematic cuts in Beats mode. If you don’t see a specific video available for import, it could mean that the video doesn’t show a visible face in all frames, so you can either re-record or edit the video so it fits the face criteria.

There’s no limit on how many videos you can choose for either mode, so you can create any number of interesting combinations.

Speed Control

Speed control can be used more frequently with Ego Cam compared to the shaky footage we usually have on our phone.

Stable subjects in video open up many doors, and one of those is speed control. When footage is stable it’s easier on the eye so we can work with that ease, and add new effects like speeding up a slow hike through the woods (something we usually see in a stable scenery time-lapses), or slow down some silly trampoline jumping to catch those extra details (something we usually see with stable GoPro footage).

How often do you see a sped up action selfie video like the below? Not very often, because it absolutely needs to be stable to change the speed in a visually pleasing way, and so far achieving that has always required hardware that most people just don’t have.

Centering

This coupled with the stabilization is what enables the above features. With centering there are a few things to keep in mind: since the main subject’s face will be moved to the center of the frame you’ll want to keep the face as close to the center of the frame as possible.

Here’s why, let’s say your face was on the left bottom corner of the frame, if we move your face to the center from the bottom left corner we’ll be shifting all the pixels in the frame towards the right and upwards. 

This would mean we have to cut out lots of pixels from the right side and top of the frame in order to move the face from the bottom left corner to the center. Once we move the pixels from the bottom left corner to the center, we won’t have any pixels to the left and below your face, since we would essentially have no pixels from the left side of the original frame we’d have to fill it in the blank with something, so we blur the last known pixels in order to dampen the jarring effect or blank pixels.

Though we want you to be aware of the above, we certainly don’t want you to feel like you have to constantly think about the blurring and centering, so we’ve created an interactive guide to do the reminding for you. Just follow the handy guide, knowing why it’s there, and you’ll have a great result.

 

 The Ego Cam App is available here for download in the App Store today.

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