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Fake videos? Computer program generates creepy realistic images fake

A new computer program can edit a video, so that the subject mirrors the movements of someone else in a different video. In this case, the images of Russian President Vladimir Putin adjusted to match those of the former President Barack Obama.

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Don’t believe everything you see.

We are all aware of the ongoing battle against fake news, which often contains fictional text and doctored images, but a new computer program can manipulate video in a way that is disconcertingly convincing.

The program can change video in such a way that the person on the screen mirrors the movements and expressions of someone in a different video.

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Set to be revealed on a computer animation festival in Vancouver, the software can also tweak head and torso forms, eye movements, and background information to create more convincing fake, according to the Science News.

This video of the counterfeits are “amazingly realistic,” Adam Finkelstein, a computer scientist at Princeton University not involved in the work, told Science News.

The program could have practical applications, such as the production of dubbed films in which actors’ lip movements match up with a voice-over, but it can also be the problem of false news on a whole new level.

A new computer program analyzes the appearance of someone in a video (“input”) and the transfer of that person’s facial expression, head pose, and the line of sight to a person in another video (“output”).

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Science News reports the algorithm begins with the scanning of two different videos frame by frame, the track 66 so-called “facial landmarks” card from someone, expression, head tilt, and the line of sight.

For example, in the example posted above, which shows that the former President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the program would distort Putin’s image to take Obama’s head, posture and facial expression.

The technique can even tweak shadows, change someone’s hair or adjust shoulder height.

The result? A bizarre video of Putin doing a convincing imitation of Obama’s exact movements and expressions.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for FoxNews.com. He can be reached at christopher.carbone@foxnews.com. Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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