Moving Stills

We all take a lot of pictures every day, capturing events that are dear to our heart. And while taking pictures is fun, viewing them as static flat images could be more exciting at times. What if we could breath new live into these pictures, ultimately helping us cherish and celebrate past moments?

Scanning and zooming a virtual camera is a common approach to animate still images, which is typically referred to as the Ken Burns effect. However, the resulting video lacks motion parallax and hence provides a limited perception of depth.

We extend this approach to the third dimension and introduce a technology to synthesize the 3D Ken Burns effect from a single image. This technology allows us to automatically animate otherwise still images in a three-dimensional manner.