The popular photo-video filter application Prisma seems to be one of the biggest competitors for Facebook’s Live video feature. As the preview from October reveals, Facebook will have its own style transfer feature, which might be why it blocked access to Prisma’s live video support on its social platform.
Prisma went crazily viral among users for artistically converting selfies into various kinds of stylish paintings. The app gained popularity through the Instagram photo-sharing feature. The Prisma API downloads racked up to more than 70 million in October after its launching in June, and now it added support for Video as well.
Facebook says Prisma’s app streams video from a mobile camera which can already be done through the Facebook app. The Live video API is created for professional cameras, multi-camera set-ups, games, and screen-casts, and the social media giant in its FAQ explains about Facebook Live API which says,
The Live API is a data feed and the “glue” needed to create higher-quality live videos on Facebook from any camera. It’s best for broadcasters interested in leveraging a piece of software to arrange multiple streams and graphics prior to sending the complete feed to their Facebook page.
The above FAQ contradicts Facebook’s statement. Despite being prohibited to Facebook, Aram Airapetyan from Prisma says it has “big plans for live”. They will probably be featuring its video filter streaming through other websites in coming days.