The Prisma photo-editing app has shot to prominence recently, and now Artisto looks to go one further.
Prisma uses machine-learning algorithms to make your photos into works of art inspired by world-renowned artists. It has become so popular that servers crashed due to a heavy workload, and cybercriminals have been offering fake versions of the app.
Artisto brings filters to your videos
Now there is a new app in town that goes one better. Artisto offers to lay filters over video, also using machine-vision based algorithms.
The developers of Prisma have revealed that they are working on video editing capabilities, but it seems that rival developer Mail.ru has beaten them to it. Prisma is expected to roll out the feature in the next few weeks after updating its computational infrastructure to handle the extra workload.
Mail.ru published Artisto under My.com, its American brand, and it is available for both iOS and Android. The company has been present in the U.S. app market for a few years.
Users report ease of use, some crashing
According to users the app is quite fast at applying the filters, in contrast to Prisma, which has been criticized for its slow speeds. Artisto lets you apply filters to videos that are already on your device, as well as those that you shoot in app. Videos are limited to 10 seconds in length.
Artisto offers a large number of filters, several of which are similar to those available on Prisma. However others are unique to Artisto.
Simply select a video, tap a button and your video is ready for sharing after just a few seconds. With the arrival of Artisto it is evident that there is growing competition in the artificial intelligence photo filter sector, and Prisma faces a challenge to hold on to its users after rip roaring early success.
Russian developer delivers impressive app
As it stands Artisto is free to download, but some users have reported frustration due to frequent crashing. Rumor has it that the app was built in just 8 days, so some kinks are to be expected if that turns out to be true.
“We decided to play with neural networks, which have become increasingly popular, and ventured to create a video-editing app,” wrote Mail.ru Vice President Anna Artamonova in a Facebook post.
The Google Play Store description likens the capabilities of the app to some of the biggest movie studios in the world. “Enjoy the super effects used to be available only to DreamWorks, Pixar, Disney and other famous studios! See the world through the eyes of Van Gogh, Dali, Picasso and other great artists!” it reads.
The stage is set for an interesting few months as users look for new ways to add a touch of originality to their social media posts. Should Artisto take off in the same way as Prisma, users may have to be wary about fake apps.
Cybercriminals looking to capitalize on the popularity of Prisma have uploaded malicious fake apps on to the Google Play Store. The apps attempted to get personal details out of gullible users by inviting them to upgrade to Android 6.0.
Security researchers also found that some of the apps were Trojan downloaders. They warn that people should double check the name of the app and developer to make sure that the app is legitimate.