How Google’s neural network will improve YouTube

For many people who post videos on YouTube, an enticing thumbnail can make or break whether viewers decide to click on a video or scroll to the next one. But what if the video sharing site could pick the best image for each video automatically?That was the question researchers from Google, which owns YouTube, attempted to answer recently by feeding thousands of high-quality images into a computer in order to train it to do what photographers would likely argue is a high subjective task: select the best quality photo from each video on the site.The company unveiled its automatic “thumbnailer” in a blog post last Thursday, explaining that the tool analyzes a user’s video at one frame per second, giving each frame a score. The software then selects the thumbnails…


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