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Deep Learning and Lumière Brothers Footage: 1896 and Hand-Cranked Cameras vs. AI and 4K, Everybody Wins

A neural network was utilized to create a 4K version of The Lumière Brothers' film "Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat.”

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“There are lots of valid reasons to be worried about how deep learning techniques could potentially be used to manipulate footage for nefarious reasons,” writes Andrew Liszewski for Gizmodo. “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.”

Head to Shiryavez’s YouTube description for details on the sources, algorithms, upscaling and frame rate tools and the neural network utilized to create a 4K version of The Lumière Brothers’ film “Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat.”

Here’s the original:

Here’s a colorized version of the material using the DeOldified neural network:

1896’s “Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat” upscaled and smoothed with AI

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