This iPhone app scans your videos to pull fantastic still photos

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There are some fantastic photos hidden in the videos you’ve shot on your iPhone over the years. You just need to know where to look.

That idea’s the starting point for new iOS app Vhoto, which uses computer vision technology to intelligently scan through your videos to find and extract the best photographic moments.

It’s a neat concept, and one that builds on the idea that — in a digital age — photos and videos (and the tools used to capture them) are really no different.

But going through past videos isn’t all that Vhoto does. It also offers a Smarter Camera function, which learns your photographic preferences as you use it. Tap the screen while you’re recording a video and Vhoto will focus on that part of the shot. The more you use the app, the better it will be able to predict which photos you are interested in pulling.

Finally the app offers a photo editing feature, along with the ability to share your finished images via social networks.

I haven’t had the chance to have a proper play around with Vhoto yet, but the initial pics I snapped looked impressive. Well worth a download if you’re looking for a new photo app!

Vhoto is available for free in the App Store, designed for all iOS devices running iOS 7.0 and above.

About the author

Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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