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Nokia Storyteller gets final pre-Cyan update, Living Images working on the Lumia 930

Published by at 18:28 UTC, July 3rd 2014

We’ve had small tasters of Nokia’s Living Images system, of course, plus we’ve learned that the older Lumia 1020 won’t get the feature for stability reasons. But even on the newer and highest specified Lumia 1520, all the dots are still not joined up. Today sees an update to Nokia Storyteller (curiously still with the ‘Nokia’ branding!), v2.1.0.4, that adds the final touches to the application itself, with only the main Lumia Cyan update itself left to hit, at some point in the next couple of weeks. And for the brand new Lumia 930, which is hitting the first shops this week, this update fixes stability issues, making the Storyteller experience more reliable.

The Lumia 930 is due here for review imminently, but most people reading this will be looking forward to playing with Cyan, with Storyteller and with Living Images. Once Cyan appears (as an over the air update) for the Lumia 1520, in particular, this new version of Nokia Storyteller will be fully functional, working hand in hand with Nokia Camera to grab batches of stills and videos, as already detailed here.

Older and less capable handsets won’t be compatible with Living Images and this aspect of Nokia Storyteller, for performance reasons – even the 1020 wasn’t deemed capable enough, after much testing.

For completeness, the full changelog for Nokia Storyteller v2.1.0.4, over the version that shipped originally, is:

  • Living Images are displayed in Nokia Storyteller
  • Photos and videos in a story are combined with a backing track to create a 30-second story video
  • Nokia Storyteller integrates with Nokia Creative Studio and Nokia Video Trimmer for editing your photos and videos
  • Location data is associated with your photos within Nokia Storyteller

Interestingly, we still haven’t heard whether the Lumia 920 and 925 will be getting Living Images support. My guess is ‘no’, but then the smaller sensors and image pipelines in these devices might just make the concept feasible. Watch this space.

We’ll also be able to give our impressions of the feature, and Storyteller in its full form, on the Lumia 930, when it turns up.

From our earlier story:

Live “Living Images” can be viewed in Windows Phone’s standard camera roll, as shown in the embedded video, but can also be exported to Facebook and other social networking sites. Living images will also be created automatically when capturing photos using Nokia’s (Camera,) Cinemagraph and Refocus will also appear as “Living Images”, and will also be “bought to life” in the camera roll.

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Nokia Storyteller gets final pre-Cyan update, Living Images working on the Lumia 930

Published by at 18:28 UTC, July 3rd 2014

We’ve had small tasters of Nokia’s Living Images system, of course, plus we’ve learned that the older Lumia 1020 won’t get the feature for stability reasons. But even on the newer and highest specified Lumia 1520, all the dots are still not joined up. Today sees an update to Nokia Storyteller (curiously still with the ‘Nokia’ branding!), v2.1.0.4, that adds the final touches to the application itself, with only the main Lumia Cyan update itself left to hit, at some point in the next couple of weeks. And for the brand new Lumia 930, which is hitting the first shops this week, this update fixes stability issues, making the Storyteller experience more reliable.

The Lumia 930 is due here for review imminently, but most people reading this will be looking forward to playing with Cyan, with Storyteller and with Living Images. Once Cyan appears (as an over the air update) for the Lumia 1520, in particular, this new version of Nokia Storyteller will be fully functional, working hand in hand with Nokia Camera to grab batches of stills and videos, as already detailed here.

Older and less capable handsets won’t be compatible with Living Images and this aspect of Nokia Storyteller, for performance reasons – even the 1020 wasn’t deemed capable enough, after much testing.

For completeness, the full changelog for Nokia Storyteller v2.1.0.4, over the version that shipped originally, is:

  • Living Images are displayed in Nokia Storyteller
  • Photos and videos in a story are combined with a backing track to create a 30-second story video
  • Nokia Storyteller integrates with Nokia Creative Studio and Nokia Video Trimmer for editing your photos and videos
  • Location data is associated with your photos within Nokia Storyteller

Interestingly, we still haven’t heard whether the Lumia 920 and 925 will be getting Living Images support. My guess is ‘no’, but then the smaller sensors and image pipelines in these devices might just make the concept feasible. Watch this space.

We’ll also be able to give our impressions of the feature, and Storyteller in its full form, on the Lumia 930, when it turns up.

From our earlier story:

Live “Living Images” can be viewed in Windows Phone’s standard camera roll, as shown in the embedded video, but can also be exported to Facebook and other social networking sites. Living images will also be created automatically when capturing photos using Nokia’s (Camera,) Cinemagraph and Refocus will also appear as “Living Images”, and will also be “bought to life” in the camera roll.

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Nokia Storyteller gets final pre-Cyan update, Living Images working on the Lumia 930

Published by at 18:28 UTC, July 3rd 2014

We’ve had small tasters of Nokia’s Living Images system, of course, plus we’ve learned that the older Lumia 1020 won’t get the feature for stability reasons. But even on the newer and highest specified Lumia 1520, all the dots are still not joined up. Today sees an update to Nokia Storyteller (curiously still with the ‘Nokia’ branding!), v2.1.0.4, that adds the final touches to the application itself, with only the main Lumia Cyan update itself left to hit, at some point in the next couple of weeks. And for the brand new Lumia 930, which is hitting the first shops this week, this update fixes stability issues, making the Storyteller experience more reliable.

The Lumia 930 is due here for review imminently, but most people reading this will be looking forward to playing with Cyan, with Storyteller and with Living Images. Once Cyan appears (as an over the air update) for the Lumia 1520, in particular, this new version of Nokia Storyteller will be fully functional, working hand in hand with Nokia Camera to grab batches of stills and videos, as already detailed here.

Older and less capable handsets won’t be compatible with Living Images and this aspect of Nokia Storyteller, for performance reasons – even the 1020 wasn’t deemed capable enough, after much testing.

For completeness, the full changelog for Nokia Storyteller v2.1.0.4, over the version that shipped originally, is:

  • Living Images are displayed in Nokia Storyteller
  • Photos and videos in a story are combined with a backing track to create a 30-second story video
  • Nokia Storyteller integrates with Nokia Creative Studio and Nokia Video Trimmer for editing your photos and videos
  • Location data is associated with your photos within Nokia Storyteller

Interestingly, we still haven’t heard whether the Lumia 920 and 925 will be getting Living Images support. My guess is ‘no’, but then the smaller sensors and image pipelines in these devices might just make the concept feasible. Watch this space.

We’ll also be able to give our impressions of the feature, and Storyteller in its full form, on the Lumia 930, when it turns up.

From our earlier story:

Live “Living Images” can be viewed in Windows Phone’s standard camera roll, as shown in the embedded video, but can also be exported to Facebook and other social networking sites. Living images will also be created automatically when capturing photos using Nokia’s (Camera,) Cinemagraph and Refocus will also appear as “Living Images”, and will also be “bought to life” in the camera roll.

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Nokia Storyteller gets final pre-Cyan update, Living Images working on the Lumia 930

Published by at 18:28 UTC, July 3rd 2014

We’ve had small tasters of Nokia’s Living Images system, of course, plus we’ve learned that the older Lumia 1020 won’t get the feature for stability reasons. But even on the newer and highest specified Lumia 1520, all the dots are still not joined up. Today sees an update to Nokia Storyteller (curiously still with the ‘Nokia’ branding!), v2.1.0.4, that adds the final touches to the application itself, with only the main Lumia Cyan update itself left to hit, at some point in the next couple of weeks. And for the brand new Lumia 930, which is hitting the first shops this week, this update fixes stability issues, making the Storyteller experience more reliable.

The Lumia 930 is due here for review imminently, but most people reading this will be looking forward to playing with Cyan, with Storyteller and with Living Images. Once Cyan appears (as an over the air update) for the Lumia 1520, in particular, this new version of Nokia Storyteller will be fully functional, working hand in hand with Nokia Camera to grab batches of stills and videos, as already detailed here.

Older and less capable handsets won’t be compatible with Living Images and this aspect of Nokia Storyteller, for performance reasons – even the 1020 wasn’t deemed capable enough, after much testing.

For completeness, the full changelog for Nokia Storyteller v2.1.0.4, over the version that shipped originally, is:

  • Living Images are displayed in Nokia Storyteller
  • Photos and videos in a story are combined with a backing track to create a 30-second story video
  • Nokia Storyteller integrates with Nokia Creative Studio and Nokia Video Trimmer for editing your photos and videos
  • Location data is associated with your photos within Nokia Storyteller

Interestingly, we still haven’t heard whether the Lumia 920 and 925 will be getting Living Images support. My guess is ‘no’, but then the smaller sensors and image pipelines in these devices might just make the concept feasible. Watch this space.

We’ll also be able to give our impressions of the feature, and Storyteller in its full form, on the Lumia 930, when it turns up.

From our earlier story:

Live “Living Images” can be viewed in Windows Phone’s standard camera roll, as shown in the embedded video, but can also be exported to Facebook and other social networking sites. Living images will also be created automatically when capturing photos using Nokia’s (Camera,) Cinemagraph and Refocus will also appear as “Living Images”, and will also be “bought to life” in the camera roll.

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Nokia Storyteller gets final pre-Cyan update, Living Images working on the Lumia 930

Published by at 18:28 UTC, July 3rd 2014

We’ve had small tasters of Nokia’s Living Images system, of course, plus we’ve learned that the older Lumia 1020 won’t get the feature for stability reasons. But even on the newer and highest specified Lumia 1520, all the dots are still not joined up. Today sees an update to Nokia Storyteller (curiously still with the ‘Nokia’ branding!), v2.1.0.4, that adds the final touches to the application itself, with only the main Lumia Cyan update itself left to hit, at some point in the next couple of weeks. And for the brand new Lumia 930, which is hitting the first shops this week, this update fixes stability issues, making the Storyteller experience more reliable.

The Lumia 930 is due here for review imminently, but most people reading this will be looking forward to playing with Cyan, with Storyteller and with Living Images. Once Cyan appears (as an over the air update) for the Lumia 1520, in particular, this new version of Nokia Storyteller will be fully functional, working hand in hand with Nokia Camera to grab batches of stills and videos, as already detailed here.

Older and less capable handsets won’t be compatible with Living Images and this aspect of Nokia Storyteller, for performance reasons – even the 1020 wasn’t deemed capable enough, after much testing.

For completeness, the full changelog for Nokia Storyteller v2.1.0.4, over the version that shipped originally, is:

  • Living Images are displayed in Nokia Storyteller
  • Photos and videos in a story are combined with a backing track to create a 30-second story video
  • Nokia Storyteller integrates with Nokia Creative Studio and Nokia Video Trimmer for editing your photos and videos
  • Location data is associated with your photos within Nokia Storyteller

Interestingly, we still haven’t heard whether the Lumia 920 and 925 will be getting Living Images support. My guess is ‘no’, but then the smaller sensors and image pipelines in these devices might just make the concept feasible. Watch this space.

We’ll also be able to give our impressions of the feature, and Storyteller in its full form, on the Lumia 930, when it turns up.

From our earlier story:

Live “Living Images” can be viewed in Windows Phone’s standard camera roll, as shown in the embedded video, but can also be exported to Facebook and other social networking sites. Living images will also be created automatically when capturing photos using Nokia’s (Camera,) Cinemagraph and Refocus will also appear as “Living Images”, and will also be “bought to life” in the camera roll.

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Living Images not coming to the Nokia Lumia 1020 because of stability issues

Published by at 13:30 UTC, July 2nd 2014

Despite working after a fashion in Nokia Camera Beta, Living Images won’t officially be supported on the Nokia Lumia 1020 when Cyan rolls out, it transpires (from a reliable source), because of ‘stability’ issues. Which, when you think about it, is perhaps understandable…

The idea behind Living Images, last mentioned in the context of Nokia Camera beta here, is that images are constantly saved into RAM while focussing and taking a shot, and a short video is then composed and added before the final photo in the Photos gallery on Windows Phones. So, when flicking through photos, each comes to a life for a fraction of a second before settling on the eventual shot. It’s a great idea.

The concept does depend on the image processing being practical though, and the Lumia 1020’s slower processor and larger camera array means that there are clearly technical challenges to getting the Living Images working on this older (albeit with higher raw quality) hardware. Nokia seems to have tested Living Images in Photos on the 1020 and decreed that it’s too marginal and unreliable for mass market rollout.

The Lumia Icon, 1520 and 930 all have much faster chipsets and smaller image pipelines, making features such as continuous auto-focus, ultra fast burst modes and, yes, Living Image support fully practical. I’ll continue to monitor the progress of the technology on the editorial Lumia 1520 and will report back.

In the meantime, Lumia 1020 owners shouldn’t feel too miffed. The whole point of the 1020 was to get photos with absolute quality, not to get lost in interactive ‘gimmicks’ (and I use the term here with affection!) like Living Images!

Of interest, from our earlier stories:

Live “Living Images” can be viewed in Windows Phone’s standard camera roll, as shown in the embedded video, but can also be exported to Facebook and other social networking sites. Living images will also be created automatically when capturing photos using Nokia’s Cinemagraph and Refocus will also appear as “Living Images”, and will also be “bought to life” in the camera roll.

Source / Credit: Twitter

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Living Images not coming to the Nokia Lumia 1020 because of stability issues

Published by at 13:30 UTC, July 2nd 2014

Despite working after a fashion in Nokia Camera Beta, Living Images won’t officially be supported on the Nokia Lumia 1020 when Cyan rolls out, it transpires (from a reliable source), because of ‘stability’ issues. Which, when you think about it, is perhaps understandable…

The idea behind Living Images, last mentioned in the context of Nokia Camera beta here, is that images are constantly saved into RAM while focussing and taking a shot, and a short video is then composed and added before the final photo in the Photos gallery on Windows Phones. So, when flicking through photos, each comes to a life for a fraction of a second before settling on the eventual shot. It’s a great idea.

The concept does depend on the image processing being practical though, and the Lumia 1020’s slower processor and larger camera array means that there are clearly technical challenges to getting the Living Images working on this older (albeit with higher raw quality) hardware. Nokia seems to have tested Living Images in Photos on the 1020 and decreed that it’s too marginal and unreliable for mass market rollout.

The Lumia Icon, 1520 and 930 all have much faster chipsets and smaller image pipelines, making features such as continuous auto-focus, ultra fast burst modes and, yes, Living Image support fully practical. I’ll continue to monitor the progress of the technology on the editorial Lumia 1520 and will report back.

In the meantime, Lumia 1020 owners shouldn’t feel too miffed. The whole point of the 1020 was to get photos with absolute quality, not to get lost in interactive ‘gimmicks’ (and I use the term here with affection!) like Living Images!

Of interest, from our earlier stories:

Live “Living Images” can be viewed in Windows Phone’s standard camera roll, as shown in the embedded video, but can also be exported to Facebook and other social networking sites. Living images will also be created automatically when capturing photos using Nokia’s Cinemagraph and Refocus will also appear as “Living Images”, and will also be “bought to life” in the camera roll.

Source / Credit: Twitter

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Living Images not coming to the Nokia Lumia 1020 because of stability issues

Published by at 13:30 UTC, July 2nd 2014

Despite working after a fashion in Nokia Camera Beta, Living Images won’t officially be supported on the Nokia Lumia 1020 when Cyan rolls out, it transpires (from a reliable source), because of ‘stability’ issues. Which, when you think about it, is perhaps understandable…

The idea behind Living Images, last mentioned in the context of Nokia Camera beta here, is that images are constantly saved into RAM while focussing and taking a shot, and a short video is then composed and added before the final photo in the Photos gallery on Windows Phones. So, when flicking through photos, each comes to a life for a fraction of a second before settling on the eventual shot. It’s a great idea.

The concept does depend on the image processing being practical though, and the Lumia 1020’s slower processor and larger camera array means that there are clearly technical challenges to getting the Living Images working on this older (albeit with higher raw quality) hardware. Nokia seems to have tested Living Images in Photos on the 1020 and decreed that it’s too marginal and unreliable for mass market rollout.

The Lumia Icon, 1520 and 930 all have much faster chipsets and smaller image pipelines, making features such as continuous auto-focus, ultra fast burst modes and, yes, Living Image support fully practical. I’ll continue to monitor the progress of the technology on the editorial Lumia 1520 and will report back.

In the meantime, Lumia 1020 owners shouldn’t feel too miffed. The whole point of the 1020 was to get photos with absolute quality, not to get lost in interactive ‘gimmicks’ (and I use the term here with affection!) like Living Images!

Of interest, from our earlier stories:

Live “Living Images” can be viewed in Windows Phone’s standard camera roll, as shown in the embedded video, but can also be exported to Facebook and other social networking sites. Living images will also be created automatically when capturing photos using Nokia’s Cinemagraph and Refocus will also appear as “Living Images”, and will also be “bought to life” in the camera roll.

Source / Credit: Twitter

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Living Images not coming to the Nokia Lumia 1020 because of stability issues

Published by at 13:30 UTC, July 2nd 2014

Despite working after a fashion in Nokia Camera Beta, Living Images won’t officially be supported on the Nokia Lumia 1020 when Cyan rolls out, it transpires (from a reliable source), because of ‘stability’ issues. Which, when you think about it, is perhaps understandable…

The idea behind Living Images, last mentioned in the context of Nokia Camera beta here, is that images are constantly saved into RAM while focussing and taking a shot, and a short video is then composed and added before the final photo in the Photos gallery on Windows Phones. So, when flicking through photos, each comes to a life for a fraction of a second before settling on the eventual shot. It’s a great idea.

The concept does depend on the image processing being practical though, and the Lumia 1020’s slower processor and larger camera array means that there are clearly technical challenges to getting the Living Images working on this older (albeit with higher raw quality) hardware. Nokia seems to have tested Living Images in Photos on the 1020 and decreed that it’s too marginal and unreliable for mass market rollout.

The Lumia Icon, 1520 and 930 all have much faster chipsets and smaller image pipelines, making features such as continuous auto-focus, ultra fast burst modes and, yes, Living Image support fully practical. I’ll continue to monitor the progress of the technology on the editorial Lumia 1520 and will report back.

In the meantime, Lumia 1020 owners shouldn’t feel too miffed. The whole point of the 1020 was to get photos with absolute quality, not to get lost in interactive ‘gimmicks’ (and I use the term here with affection!) like Living Images!

Of interest, from our earlier stories:

Live “Living Images” can be viewed in Windows Phone’s standard camera roll, as shown in the embedded video, but can also be exported to Facebook and other social networking sites. Living images will also be created automatically when capturing photos using Nokia’s Cinemagraph and Refocus will also appear as “Living Images”, and will also be “bought to life” in the camera roll.

Source / Credit: Twitter

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Nokia Camera Beta update and the files behind Living Images

Published by at 14:23 UTC, June 8th 2014

The pieces are all falling into place for the Lumia Cyan roll-out, it seems. A couple of days ago, an update appeared in the Windows Phone Store for anyone with Nokia Camera Beta installed, ostensibly bringing just bug fixes, but there’s more under the hood, it seems, preparing for Cyan. Widely disseminated across the interwebs over the last couple of days has been a trick where tapping ‘Use default settings’ in the application actually enables ‘Living Images’ support, even though the claimed prerequisite of Cyan isn’t yet present.

Living Images have been covered here before, of course:

From a technical point of view the “Living Images” appears to be the augmentation of a standard photo by the capture of a few additional frames before you press the camera capture button, thus allowing for the creation of a short animation that is intended to evolve the “way you view your memories”. Nokia describes this as a way to “turn static pictures into living memories” and that it “deepens the way you capture and relive your pictures”. 

Essentially, the “Living Images” features combines a standard photo capture with Smart Camera Mode (burst) capture, albeit with a shorter burst length (around a second). Our assumption would be the the additional frame captures are at a lower resolution than the main image capture.

Live “Living Images” can be viewed in Windows Phone’s standard camera roll, as shown in the embedded video, but can also be exported to Facebook and other social networking sites. Living images will also be created automatically when capturing photos using Nokia’s Cinemagraph and Refocus will also appear as “Living Images”, and will also be “bought to life” in the camera roll.

With the ‘default settings’ trick mentioned above, anyone with Windows Phone 8.1 and the new version of Nokia Camera Beta can create living images, and I was interested to see what’s happening behind the scenes. After capturing an image, tapping on the (top left) circular icon brings you to a Cyan-compatible preview – in which living images are indeed shown. You can swipe left to move between your captures, as usual.

You can’t access these living images from anywhere else on your phone – yet. Updates to both Nokia Storyteller and the base Photos (Camera roll) app are needed, the latter in the Cyan firmware update, of course.

Looking under the surface, I see two extra files for each photo (beyond the base of two in default dual capture configuration on the higher spec devices like my Lumia 1020):

Screenshot, files

The ‘.mp4.tnl’ one is a 1280×720 JPG of the final frame, effectively a screen resolution preview of the main 5MP and (in the 1020’s case) 34MP JPG versions, while the ‘.mp4.thm’ file appears to be a screen resolution (so about 1MP) MPEG-encoded movie, the very short burst of frames shown as you browse from living image to living image.

Importantly, the presence of these two extra files don’t appear to get in the way of other usual photo operations on the phone.

Roll on Cyan, where these images can be surfaced in more places! In the meantime, you can grab Nokia Camera Beta here.

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