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What Are Cliplets?

What Are Cliplets?

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In this guest blog post , Gareth Ritter describes a great free app from Microsoft Research

A still photograph is a limited format for capturing a moment in time. Video is the traditional method for recording durations of time, but the subjective “moment” that one desires to capture is often lost in the chaos of shaky camerawork, irrelevant background clutter, and noise that dominates most casually recorded video clips.

Microsoft Research Cliplets is an interactive app that uses semi-automated methods to give users the power to create “Cliplets” — a type of imagery that sits between stills and video from handheld videos. The app provides a creative lens one can use to focus on important aspects of a moment by mixing static and dynamic elements from a video clip.

Here is a video  tutorial that shows how easy this is to do

At the moment I am teaching my year 7 classes about the Orchestra, I have taken a clip from You Tube and selected the conductor as

the focal point, by using this tool I am able to help the pupils concentrate on the conductor by freezing the rest of the clip. I could do exactly the same if i was to talk about the brass section or even separating the 1st violins from the 2nd violins. This tool will make it easier for me to explain.

You can download Cliplets here

If you are still not sure what sort of effects Cliplets can produce then keeping checking out the Bing home page, that often uses a still picture with a moving effect.

  • Great Blog post and great tool! So, do you lose the sound, or was it deliberate to have no sound so you could concentrate on the movements of the Conductor? Either way, still a great tool with lots of potential applications!

    For example, you could show the growth of a flower and cut out all the movement and growth of things around it, or show a bicicle moving but with one wheel spinning only! Then, ask the learners to explain what would happen to the locked wheel and the cyclist if that happened in real life.

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