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One of the coolest things about our Mars expedition is how NASA eagerly encourages anyone to play with its images, videos and data however they like. Indeed, scientists at the agency say they learn a lot from what outsiders do with their work product.
In this phenomenal video independent producer Bard Canning spent four weeks painstakingly reprocessing real NASA imagery showing the rover’s near-perfect descent and its first views of the Martian surface.
Again, this video is based on real images captured by the orbiter and the rover.
Canning used a video processing technique known as motion-flow interpolation, which involves creating new frames to fit in between existing frames, increasing the overall frame rate from the original, which was just 4-frames-per-second, and making the video appear more fluid at 30 frames-per-second.
“I manually added thousands of motion-tracking and adjustment points,” Canning wrote of his process on Reddit. “I had to go the laborious manual route because the original frame-rate was too low causing the footage to jerk around too quickly for automated motion tracking to handle it.”
Thanks again to NASA and its partners around the globe for getting the job done.
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. — Carl Sagan
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