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New software to convert movies into comics

Hefei University of Technology has developed software that uses facial recognition to analyze movies to produce a comic book based on the movie.

Developed at the Hefei University of Technology, in China, the clever tech will first of all analyse a film, identify the characters via facial recognition, and then start taking screen-grabs of the action.

Once this is complete, it can shuffle and order the screen-grabs to tell a coherent story through the medium of the comic panel format.

And then finally it can add speech bubbles, and render the finished images in the chosen style, for instance as a cartoon-or as anime.

The Daily Mail notes that it’s only 85% accurate.

Community Comments

#1 Rich Diesslin
March/16/2012
@ 11:38 am

Sounds like pretty cool technology but going the wrong direction. What they need to do is take a comic book and generate a movie. Is there really a market for a movie in comicbook form? I know it has happened for some movies, just think that would be the exception rather than the rule.

#2 Phil Judd
March/18/2012
@ 4:30 pm

Not to mention an easy way for movie franchises to glut the market with a ton of new comic stuff…yikes…it would be a bit souless wouldn’t it?

#3 birdie
March/18/2012
@ 6:10 pm

It seems like a real waste of technology. Using pictures from a movie and putting them in a readable form doesn’t make it a comic. It just makes a readable movie.

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