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Prisma Updates iOS App With Artsy Filtered Videos, GIFs Coming Soon

The art filter photo app Prisma is adding a big new feature to its iOS app today: support for videos. Also Prisma plans to add a GIF creator very soon (probably later this month) to its iOS app. Android users are getting offline photo processing first.

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Not just photos, but videos as well

The Prisma app uses deep learning algorithms to process selfies of people in various graphic styles and turns them into cartoons. The app gained huge popularity soon after its launch this summer and has been downloaded millions of times since then.

In addition to creating artsy selfies, Prisma users will now be able to create animated videos from snippets of up to 15 seconds long. Currently, the app has nine filter styles, and its AI algorithms will weave a frame-by-frame transformation. It will allow people to turn a boring shot of a hallway into a moving comic book in a matter of minutes, says TechCrunch.

Prisma videos on iOS are just in beta at this stage. Co-founder Aram Airapetyan notes that going forward, there will be several improvements in the quality, along with a wider collection of art filters and style clips to choose from. Users can either record videos in the app or can choose from their camera roll for processing.

According to co Airapetyan, Prisma takes about two minutes to  process video on the iPhone 6, while for the iPhone 6s, it takes 55-60 seconds. On the iPhone 7, the timing is half a minute. The iPhone hardware heats up a bit, as all the processing happens locally, notes TechCrunch.

Prisma video will work only on iOS 10, and people need to have a little patience, as the processing of a video clip can take more than a minute. Factors like length, resolution and the iPhone model used will determine the amount of time it takes to play an important role as well, notes TechCrunch.

Prisma has something for Android as well

More patience is expected from Android users as no support for video is offered to them, but there is something else for them. The company is planning to offer offline photo processing on the Android app, and after this, it will “jump” on video development, informed Airapetyan.

The working of the app will remain the same as before, but an internet connection is needed to  download the new styles. Only 60% of the styles are available offline as of now, and the rest will be added by the end of the month. The device’s CPU will handle all the processing work inoffline mode; hence, it is advisable to have a high-end phone, says Android Authority.

Even if cheaper phones are used, the offline conversion should not take more than a few seconds. Offline mode will allow users to avoid the “Prisma is over capacity” messages, and according to Android Authority, this is the best thing about it. Only devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher will support offline mode, but Prisma is trying to extend the support to Android 4.4 KitKat also.