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Prisma Turned a Time-Lapse Video Into an Animated Movie

is a new, incredibly popular app for iOS (with an Android version coming soon) that uses AI to “paint” over images in the style of any of a number of famous artists. It works quite well for still images, and even turns the average selfie into something actually worth sharing. But as District 7 Media found out on a recent trip to China, the app is also capable of producing some absolutely stunning -lapse video footage.

For anyone who has used , this may come as a surprise, as the app doesn’t currently support video. (Prisma Labs has announced it is working on implementing the capability for future releases.) Instead, District 7 shot the entire video frame-by-frame within the app, one still image at a . “After 80 hours of post production and 2,500 individual frames, we were able to complete this tedious project and hand stitch it all together,” the company writes on its Facebook page. “The result is an immersive experience that paints a completely different picture from reality.”

Prisma is unique in that its renderings aren’t actually . The app completely redraws the image from scratch, using an advanced, deep-learning method that simply uses the source photo as a reference. As evidenced by District 7’s video, this results in footage that looks very much like a painted animation.

District 7 says it plans to release a side-by-side comparison between the original and the Prisma versions of the time lapse later this week.

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Announced earlier this month, Prisma racked up over 7.5 million downloadDownload LoveCycles – Period Tracker V3.4.2 APKs on iOS in its first week in the app store. A beta version for Android hit the Google Play store on July 19, and was so popular that it was taken down the very next day, according to The Next Web. For now, it looks like Android users will have to sit tight and wait for the final version, but iOS users can download the free app from the app Store right now.

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