Make your own focus-shifting photos without a Lytro Camera

The Chaos Collective's browser app turns video clips into interactive images.

The Lytro Camera lets you snap a picture and pick any point you want to focus on later, but you’ll pay $400 for privilege. A browser app developed by The Chaos Collective hopes to make that functionality a bit more accessible, letting you convert a short video clip captured by an ordinary digital camera to create an interactive depth-changing image.

To get the Chaos Collective’s tool to work, you need to take a stationary video of whatever you want to capture while you gradually changing the focus on your lens. You can upload your video directly to the Chaos Collective site where the tool will process the video right in your browser. After a few moments or minutes, depending on the size of your video, the tool spits out an interactive image that lets you change the depth of field, and a code you can use to embed the image.

[The Chaos Collective via Lifehacker]

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