For years, GigaPan team at Carnegie Mellon University has been making it possible to explore breathtaking panoramic photos from around the world. Now, the team launched "GigaPan Time Machine," which brings visual interactivity to video.
The GigaPan researchers were able to accomplish this successfully using HTML5's video tag feature, as well as by taking advantage of Chrome's speed, stability and support for the latest HTML5 to render the content smoothly as videos start and stop dynamically.
"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. 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," informs Google.
Watch the video demonstrating the technology below:
Time Machine is featured on the gallery of Chrome Experiments, a showcase of creative web apps submitted by developers around the world, and built using the latest web technologies.
While at it head over to GigaPan'is Time Machine to zoom around in space and time with some of the samples, or create your own Time Warp by building your own animated tour through any of the sample videos.
[Source: Google blog]