Google has purchased an Irish video technology company, Green Parrot, whose software can improve the quality of moving images, for an undisclosed sum.

By using the company’s software, shaky, unsteady video footage can be stabilized. Their unique code can also remove noise, flickers and lens smudges from moving images.

The new deal means that the indigenous firm will have to relocate to California in the coming months to begin their work alongside YouTube engineers.

Green Parrot’s technology has been previously used on the big screen in such movies as “Lord of the Rings” and “Spider-Man.”

The company was founded in 2004 by its current chief executive Anil Kokaram, an associate professor at Trinity College in Dublin.

In a blog post, Jeremy Doig, director of Google Video Technology, said he was delighted with the acquisition.  “In the last six years, (Green Parrot Pictures') small team of engineers has built cutting-edge video quality improvement technology that has been used in major studio productions, from ‘Lord of the Rings’ to’ X-Men’ to ‘Spider-Man.’ Their technology helps make videos look better while at the same time using less bandwidth and improving playback speed.”

Screengrab of Green Parrot's website