revitalizing an image

Step-by-step guide to revitalizing an image - from animating it in MyHeritage to using augmented reality with EyeJack.

The video topic is reviving an old photo or any other picture with a character. In this idea, each character in the picture is able to tell a story or provide some information to us. We will present the process in three parts:

  1. In MyHeritage, the character can be animated.
  2. The Filmora software can be used to edit a video that adds information and atmosphere to an animation
  3. Making the character “come to life” in the EyeJack software by putting the video into augmented reality

Step 1 – Animate a character

It is a simple step that requires no effort on your part. You will need to upload a photo that has a minimum resolution, the face needs to be taken from the front, and…. press the animation button. It works if the image data is good, but if not, another image must be found. You can use the animation feature for a limited number of times for free. As soon as the animation process is complete, the image should be downloaded to the computer.

Step 2 – Editing a video

As a first step, we check the resolution of the image so that we can adjust the settings of the editing software so that the video we create matches the animation video’s size. It is important to avoid black edges, stretching where quality is lost, etc.

You can find the resolution by right-clicking on the image and choosing properties – details. Filmora software is simple and inexpensive, so I chose to edit with it. No subscription is required and it can be purchased forever. The animation video is uploaded to the software, then I drag it to the timeline.

The software may ask you whether to adjust the timeline’s resolution to that of the image – click yes… Alternatively, if the software did not ask and black borders are present, this can be done manually by setting the project. Squares are defined by choosing a video that fits the Instagram app 1:1, and setting the resolution accordingly to the May Heritage animation video. Consequently, the video we export will be the exact same size as the original.

By adding titles and music, the character will come to life in a more dynamic way. Once we’ve added text and music, it’s time to export the video. We will first take a screen shot of the character in order to use it as the image that will come to life.

Step 3 – augmented reality

In this step, an augmented reality technique is used to make a static image come to life. For this purpose, EyeJack is the perfect application. As long as a trigger has been loaded to the phone (trigger – the image the phone recognizes and raises an additional layer), there’s no need for internet.

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