"In our heads it's like a big world of small motions out there."
Bill Freeman, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and associate department head of the Electrical Engineeering and Computer Science at MIT describes in a NY Times video, the motivation for developing the software that enables video magification to see what we can't normally see but might like to. Watch this video and read more about the research in the June 21, 2012 MIT News Office article by Larry Hardesty titled "Researchers amplify variations in video making the invisible visible. New software amplifies changes in successive frames of video that are too subtle for the naked eye to see."
The MIT CSAILresearchers working on this project the Eulerian Video Magnification system also include graduate student Michael Rubinstein, recent alumni Hao-Yu Wu '12 and Ugene Shih SM '01, PhD '10, and EECS professors Fredo Durand and John Guttag. Read more in the Feb. 28, 2013 CSAIL article.