Video time machine lets you zoom in on exact moments in time, space

Not content to just show people regular old boring static videos and gigantic web-based gigapictures, the GigaPan team at Carnegie Mellon University in America in collaboration with NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group and Google have developed a time machine.

The GigaPan Time Machine takes users on a super-high-res interactive video experience. A viewing experience that - like GigaPan's incredible gigapixel images - can be zoomed into, panned around and seen in extreme detail while the video keeps on playing.

"The sophisticated cameras the GigaPan team uses for their photographs capture hundreds or even thousands of digital pictures and stitch them together to form an interactive panorama," explained Google in an April 22 blog post about the GigaPan Time Machine.

"With Time Machine, the cameras capture these image mosaics at regular intervals to create a video with hundreds of millions or even billions of pixels in each frame. The result is a video that viewers have the ability to zoom in on while it's playing and see incredible detail," said Google.

The technology makes watching the grass grow pretty interesting joked Google.

The Time Machine has already been used to capture plant growth, a simulation of the early universe that is 600 million light years in width, and human anatomical datasets in billions of pixels - all of which can be viewed in Chrome 7.0+ or Safari 5.0+ web browsers.

Users are encouraged to create their own Time Machine mashups and gigapixle scale videos.

At the bottom of Time Machine videos, users will find a Time Warp editor that can be used to build "an animated tour through time and space to share." Time Warps can be saved and shared with friends.

GigaPan’s Time Machine website and how-to wiki provides detailed information about the equipment and software needed to create and stitch together interactive gigapixel videos.

A video demonstrating the features of the GigaPan Time Machine can be found at http://youtu.be/Dk9WanUO_gg.

http://timemachine.gigapan.org/wiki/Main_Page

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