Date:February 24, 2020

Youtuber Upscales 1895 Film to 4K 60 FPS by Using Neural Networks

Did you ever think about experiencing the past as we experience today?
What about, watching New York City in the 1920s in color is bound to make you feel weird since the past truly doesn’t seem so far when you can see it like this.

To create a stunning 4K version of the classic black and white film L’Arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat, has been used Artificial intelligence (AI). This 45-second clip is famed for the urban legend which is now thought to be false that cinema-goers fled the theatre when for the first time they saw the film for fear the train would burst through the screen.

YouTuber Denis Shiryaev posted the remastered video on his site which is now in 4K quality at 60 frames per second, and to do that he used several neural networks to upscale a famous French short from 1895 to make it look as though it were filmed on a smartphone. The result is nothing short of amazing.

The original video:

The updated one:

The sound added to the video makes it feel like it was shot in the 2020s with weirdly dressed people.

In order to make the impressive upscaling possible, he used Gigapixel AI and Topaz Labs. Apparently he “set up some settings before Topaz upscale, and after some tuning, got nice sharp results.”

This is a great step, that might open up a world of possibilities for the future of restoring old movies. While there are certain elements such as grains and over smoothing in the video, these are nothing that can not be fixed. It is certainly exciting to think about this technology’s advancement in 10 years!