Although footage colorization makes some historians upset, many of us find them fun to watch. A recent video from Glamour Daze shows 1920s New York but in a completely new light. Using AI upscaling and colorization, the video gives us a new look at the Roaring 20s.
This colorized video is a time machine to Victorian England
While many historians argue that we should leave old black-and-white photos and videos untouched, many people enjoy their colorized versions too. And I admit I’m one of them. While I highly appreciate the original sources unchanged, giving them some color gives them a different feel and gives viewers a new, perhaps more personal look on them.
If you enjoy colorized old footage too, you’ll enjoy this video from Vintage Stories. It takes us 130 years back to Victorian England, giving us a glimpse of life as it was back in the late 19th century.
New Stable Diffusion’s AI Upscaler gives your photos four times bigger resolution
Stability AI has announced a new image upscaler, an AI-based tool that can give your photos up to 4x bigger resolution. The company behind the somewhat controversial Stable Diffusion promises that the new tool can increase your images and not compromise their sharpness in the process. In fact,they claim that it could even improve it.
The best photo upscaling AI in 2022. Compared.
It’s time for another software battle! So far, we’ve compared AI photo sharpening and AI photo noise reduction. Next up, is AI photo upscaling, and we’re putting Adobe Photoshop, Topaz Gigapixel AI, Skylum Luminar Neo Upscale AI, and ON1 Resize AI 2023 up against each other. Upscaling images is important for print purposes, and it even slips in with pro-stock shooters who need to create images at specific resolutions. Having AI helps us by upscaling whilst preserving details and filling in the blanks sounds great, but which software does it best?
PicsArt’s AI tool can now upscale your photos in just a few seconds
There are now several ways to upscale small photos without them losing quality. And now there’s another one that lets you do it from your phone or web browser in only a few seconds. Picsart has now added a brand new AI-powered tool that allows you to upscale small images (and keep them sharp!) in literally a couple of seconds. But is that a good thing? Let’s discuss.
Enhanced video shows vivid 1930s Los Angeles streets at 60fps and in color
Although some historians are not happy about upscaling and colorizing old footage, there are still many people, including me, who enjoy watching videos like that. NASS has recently published one from the 1930s, showing the vibrant streets of Los Angeles in the 1930s. Upscaled and colorized, it gives a new life to the footage and it’s a real treat for everyone who likes this kind of video work.
Google’s latest upscaling technology makes CSI TV shows a reality
Google has introduced a new upscaling technology that turns low-resolution images into detailed high-resolution ones It can start with a portrait as tiny as 64×64 upscale it to 1024×1024 while preserving all the detail.
AI-powered Super Resolution upscaling is now available in Adobe Camera Raw
Adobe Camera Raw now includes a new feature that will be coming soon to both Lightroom and Lightroom Classic. It’s called Super Resolution and it’s essentially a machine learning AI-powered method of upscaling that offers massive image upscaling benefits at the push of a button. Well, you have to push it a couple of times and check a box in a dialogue, but then it’s at the push of a button.
Julieanne Kost, Principal Evangelist at Adobe posted a video about the new feature to YouTube saying that the model for the new feature was trained on millions of photos, and uses that data to “intelligently boost the resolution of an image while maintaining clean edges and preserving important details”.
Historians upset over upscaling of old footage
Recently, we’ve seen a bunch of upscaled and colorized historic footage: from 1911 New York to 1972 Apollo 16 Lunar Rover ride. Even videos as old as the iconic 1896 The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station are possible to upscale to 4K and get a splash of color. While many of us find them inspiring and exciting, historians don’t seem to share the opinion. In fact, they argue that the whole process is “nonsense” and they’d like YouTubers to stop doing it.
Behold the video of 1972 Apollo 16 lunar rover ride in 4K and colorized
NASA’s Apollo missions have left us with some iconic images and videos. One of these videos shows astronaut John Young as he was testing out the electrically powered lunar rover during the Apollo 16 mission. Denis Shiryaev took this video and gave it the same treatment as he did to a few other iconic videos. He upscaled it to 4K and colorized it, giving us an immersive, awe-inspiring experience.
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