How AI made Facebook’s Portal your ‘personal cameraman’

Fast Company talked to the Facebook engineers who turned to the film industry to train the AI behind Portal’s camera. Facebook’s Portal home camera has its drawbacks–privacy concerns not least among them–but it does have one undeniably cool feature: its ability to intelligently frame shots and follow the action around a room during video calls. It’s a dramatic improvement over smartphone-based video calling where it’s entirely up to the humans on both ends to position the cameras (this often results in plenty of jitter, wall views, and up-the-nose shots). With Portal, it’s more like a separate human camera operator is thoughtfully framing scenes, moving smoothly from one subject to another. Read Full Story

How AI made Facebook’s Portal your ‘personal cameraman’

After releasing its Portal video-calling tool to largely positive reviews (especially from its employees) last November, Facebook is finally cracking open the device and giving the ...

Fri 15 Feb 19 from Engadget

Facebook’s Portal learned its video skills from some of Hollywood’s best cameramen

Fast Company talked to the Facebook engineers who turned to the film industry to train the AI behind Portal’s camera. Facebook’s Portal home camera has its drawbacks–privacy ...

Fri 15 Feb 19 from Fastcompany Tech

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