As these corona-ridden times have proven, there’s really nothing better than losing yourself in a great film or passing away the days in the company of your favorite TV series.

But the coronavirus crisis is getting in the way of new, fabulous content being created, for it’s not as if a movie set teeming with hundreds of people can carry on now with business as usual.

An Israeli startup has come up with an innovative solution using technology that it developed for protecting people’s privacy against face-recognition algorithms. A tweaked version of this tech allows actors to manipulate still images of their faces to look realistically like they’re talking, smiling, and so on.

“We’re among the global leaders in facial deep learning and face recognition, from changing expressions, ages and ethnicity to animating people and moving actors around,” explains Gil Perry, the cofounder and CEO of Israeli startup D-ID.

“Something we immediately noticed that we could adapt our skills to, and that’s also right for the times, is that there’s big problems in the whole world of filming and production. Many times, the talents can’t leave home and productions that can number hundreds of people can’t meet,” he says.

“We took a component from our video solution and a component from our still image solution and added a few small things,” he says. “We created an advanced feature that enables actors and productions to film movies from home and save a lot of time and money on filming days.”

Expanding into media and entertainment

These video and photo solutions come from the world of privacy solutions for companies and organizations that photograph and record individuals – CCTV operators, car manufacturers and smart cities, for example. These enterprises are on the one hand prohibited from storing the footage they amass due to privacy concerns but on the other need to make use of the data……

 OCTOBER 13, 2020, 10:00 AM

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