Live photos (Live photos) – a software feature in iOS (Camera application) that allows you to receive animated photos on iPhone.
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Which devices support Live Photo shooting?
Live photos can only be taken on devices that support 3D Touch (technology for determining the pressure on the screen), which are:
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus;
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus;
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus;
- iPhone X.
How Live Photo Works
“Live photos” work very simply – after the start of shooting, the iPhone camera records 1.5 seconds of video before the picture, and then 1.5 seconds after it has been taken. As a result, a valuable “context” is added to the photo, information about what was happening around, and the output is a kind of mini-video. Animation is shown by 3D Touch-clicking on the photo.
Apple has already said that Live photo – not a video file, but a combination of a 12-megapixel photo in .JPG with a .MOV file. TechCrunch journalist Matthew Panzarino reports that the “live photo” includes 45 frames and plays at a speed of 15 frames per second (it turns out just 3 seconds).
The combination of the two formats .JPG and .MOV – also leads to the fact that the internal storage Live photo takes 2 times more space than a regular picture. Panzarino notes that he obtained successful Live Photo shots, but the function as a whole is still “damp”:
“In my case, Live Photo turned out to be ideal when it was necessary to shoot the“ atmosphere ”, but not the movement. Since the frame rate is quite low, moving the camera during shooting means getting problems in the picture. But if you shoot a still image with several moving elements, the effect is simply amazing. "
How to shoot Live Photos on iPhone?
one. Open app Camera.
2. Enable option Live photos in the top menu. The icon should be yellow.
3. Press the shutter button (white in the center) to take a picture Live photos.
Joanna Stern of The Wall Street Journal, however, calls Live photos "One of the best features on Apple smartphones." You can see several "live photos" of Joanna here.
How to remove sound, trim and apply effects on Live Photos on iPhone
With the release of iOS 11, Apple developers have added Live Photo editing tools to the Photo app. We described in detail how to crop and apply effects in Live Photos directly on the iPhone in this article.
In addition, on macOS High Sierra and later Mac OS versions, Live Photos editing tools have also appeared in the Photos application (in more detail).
What happens if you send Live Photo to an old iPhone or Mac
Due to features Live photos (combination.JPG + .MOV) you can fully enjoy “revived” photos only on devices with iOS 9 and higher, Apple Watch with watchOS 2 and higher, and Mac running OS X El Capitan and higher. If you want to send Live photo to an unsupported device. The MOV component will be removed and only the most ordinary photo in .JPG format will remain. In the Photos app, OS X Yosemite instead of one Live photo two files are displayed at once – one with .JPG resolution, the other – with .MOV resolution. There is already one file in El Capitan, the associated animation is played by double-clicking on it. But if you reset Live photo on iPhone 6, but with iOS 9 installed, there will be no problems – the animation will remain.
As you can see in the screenshots. The JPG component of the Live Photo shot taken on the iPhone 6s camera takes 2.5 MB. The MOV component "weighs" 1.7 MB. If you use the front camera for such shooting, then .JPG will be smaller – 1 megabyte, but the size. MOV will remain the same. The resolution of the .MOV file in both cases was 960 × 720 pixels at 12 FPS.