Facebook quietly bought a startup that can manipulate videos

Eloi Lecerf
Agosto 12, 2017

In a bid to build on its Augmented Reality (AR) ambitions, Facebook has acquired German computer vision startup Fayteq, which is known for its video-editing technology that makes it possible to add or remove objects from existing videos. The startup is Germany-based, with its LinkedIn page suggesting that it has between 11-50 employees, and a statement on Fayteq's website claiming that its "products and services are not available for purchase". Deutsche Startups first reported the news. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the deal when contacted by Variety, but declined to comment further.

Fayteq had been selling plug-ins for video editors like "Adobe After Effects" that allowed video-editors to track objects in videos and then add or remove objects with help of the tracking data.

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That has implications for Facebook's heavy investment into augmented reality and video, technology that offers a technical challenge but promising benefits.

Facebook confirmed the acquisition, but had no additional info to share regarding their plans for the company.

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