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

Denis Shiryaev wondered if it could be made more compelling by using neural network powered algorithms (including Topaz Labs’ Gigapixel AI and DAIN) to not only upscale the footage to 4K, but also increase the frame rate to 60 frames per second. You might yell at your parents for using the motion smoothing setting on their fancy new TV, but here the increased frame rate has a dramatic effect on drawing you into the action.

Aside from it still being black and white (which could be dismissed as simply an artistic choice) and the occasional visual artifact introduced by the neural networks, the upgraded version of L’Arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat looks like it could have been shot just yesterday on a smartphone or a GoPro. Even the people waiting on the platform look like the costumed historical reenactors you’d find portraying an old-timey character at a pioneer village.

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