Neural networks paint China in a new light: Prisma app helps timelapse creator give China a distinct look


posted Monday, August 22, 2016 at 4:59 PM EDT


The recently-released Prisma photo app is proving to be quite popular having now been covered by over 300 publications and finding itself high on the Top Charts of both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. It has even caught the attention of Drew Geraci, owner of District 7 Media. The timelapse material in Netflix's House of Cards opening sequence? Geraci is the creative force behind that among three Super Bowl opening sequences and more.

While often using higher tech gear than an iPad and a free app, Geraci used Prisma to process 2,500 images and create a distinct timelapse video of China. Prisma offers users over 30 distinct visual styles that leverage neural networks to mimic the artistic styles of artists including Picasso and Van Gogh.

After 80 hours of work, Geraci created the video below, which is unlike anything I've seen. With the help of Prisma, China takes on a painterly look. Check it out below.

If you're curious what the frames looked like before they were put through Prisma, Geraci also uploaded a comparison video which you can watch below.

If you'd like to learn more about how to use Prisma -- perhaps just to edit a single photo rather than create a timelapse video from many images -- check out this video by Tech Insider. To see some photos created with the app, give Prisma a follow on Instagram.

(Seen via Fstoppers)