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Old February 7th, 2020 #1
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Default Neural Networks Upscale Film from 1896 to 4K, Make It Look Like It Was Shot on a Modern Smartphone

Neural Networks Upscale Film from 1896 to 4K, Make It Look Like It Was Shot on a Modern Smartphone


There are lots of valid reasons to be worried about how deep learning techniques could potentially be used to manipulate footage for nefarious reasons. But as Denis Shiryaev demonstrates by upscaling some old black and white film footage from 1896, those AI-powered tools can also be a powerful way to bring the past back to life.

When watching old film footage thatís plagued with excessive amounts of grain, gate weave, soft focus, and a complete lack of color, itís hard to feel connected to the people in the clip, or whatís going on. It looks like a movie, and over the years that medium has taught our brains that what theyíre seeing on screen might not actually be real. By comparison, the experience of watching videos of friends and family captured on your smartphone is completely different thanks to 4K resolutions and high frame-rates. Those clips feel more authentic and while watching them thereís more of a connection to the moment, even if you werenít actually there while it was being shot.

https://gizmodo.com/neural-networks-...t-l-1841449875
 
Old February 7th, 2020 #2
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They've been using this same technology with a lot of century-old films of street life in London and New York and elsewhere and it's uncanny how the "remastered" versions make them seem like they were shot yesterday, even though all the people's faces are long dead. Still, they seem so alive. And looking at those long-ago faces, I sometimes wonder if my "soul mate" might have instead been among those seemingly vibrant and alive people walking to and fro down those long vanished streets....

 
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