I don’t know about you, but this news reminded me of those moving portraits from the Harry Potter series. Okay, here is the news. Recently, the Chrome OS team added animated profile icons. The team is improving upon this new feature. Soon, you will be able to record a short video using your Chromebook’s camera and use that as an animated avatar.
Introducing “Motion Stills”
Google is calling this new feature Motion Stills. Here is the official commit log which explains how this feature will work.
Change Picture: Motion Stills
This takes advantage of the animated image support added
recently to allow users to capture short looping high-quality
mini videos as avatar picture. Videos are created using the
– 10 photos taken over the interval of 1 second.
– Stitched together in a seamless forwards/backwards loop.
– Playback at 20 FPS.
– Final animation time is 1 second.
– Playback is 2X the speed of capture.
The profile picture UI has been updated to support capture of
motion stills by allowing the user to switch between photo and
video capture by clicking a button in the camera element.
The bug created to track this request has a design document linked to it, but that is a private document. The code change was submitted yesterday. This means we will see this feature soon on the Canary channel of Chrome OS. After that, if everything goes well, Dev and Beta channels will get this feature too.
Soon, you will open up your Chromebook to see your own face looking back at you, smiling (I suppose?). I, strangely, do not even like standing in front of a mirror. I will skip this feature and probably stick to one of the stock animated pictures.
What about you?