Originally Posted by SolipsismX
Originally Posted by PhilBoogie
Wow, talk about prior art¡
Lol. Good thinking of you, 'back in the day'.
It's too bad what we imagine can't also be what we can make.
Something about reach and grasp!
Amen to that. But realistically I don't think this will happen anytime soon. Just look at what a professional camera costs that can do over a thousand fps. Plus I believe there to be many factors dealing with such a vast amount of data, like, of who am I kidding, these factors you know already!
1) It would be a lot more data per second but Apple could just reduce the time allowed for slow motion grabs. Plus I think next year we'll see the NAND capacity double for the current price point.
2) Apple has a pretty solid track record of taking something only available at a professional level and making it a commodity feature.
3) What is the 4MB of RAM doing on the A7 chip? Could that be for processing images for burt mode and/or the slow motion camera? The most complex iPhone 5S still image I have taken is only 2.9MB.
Perhaps they could 'speed up' the process of capturing a high fps by only recording the changes to each photo after the first fully saved one. They can then re-create the following shots by replacing the pixels that differ from the first shot. Kind of a 'the more the subject changes the slower the fps are going to be'.
That's an interesting technique and perhaps patentable. If two images can be quickly compared and the differences show less than a certain percentage of difference start with a new image and/or it could section off an image into quadrants then do micro comparisons since only small portions of an image seem to have any real change when shot in rapid succession.
Apple has a new algorithm called InertiaCam in FCP 10.1.
You can retime a video or video from individual frames (image sequence), when you slow the video, the algorithm examines each frame and generates intermediate frames, as needed, based on the amount slowed.
On a Mac it is very fast and very good quality.
I suspect, that with the A7 and some RAM, that this could be done by iMovie on an iDevice...
...Maybe A8 or A9 tho...
The big question is: Do you really need to do this in real-time on the iDevice? I can envision some uses where the answer is yes... But for most, capturing video at 60 or 120 fps, then retiming/smoothing after-the-fact would be fine.
The neat thing, the new 64-bit architecture, Apple could leave the choice to the user.Edited by Dick Applebaum - 1/5/14 at 4:18pm