How A Classic 1896 Short Film Got Upscaled Using Neural Networks?

With the advancement of technology, watching a 4K video at 60 fps can’t be a headline these days. Even your tiny smartphone can shoot a 4K even an 8K video these days. But, let’s admit it, the filmmakers in the past didn’t have such luxury.
In fact, it wasn’t until 2001; we didn’t even see any full-HD 1080p movie. That credit goes to Sony HDW-F900 for giving us the pleasure of watching Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Still, that movie was shot in 24 fps.
Clearly, we can’t expect to see a movie in 4K resolution having 60 fps that was released in 1896.
Or can we?!

How A Classic 1896 Short Film Got Upscaled Using Neural Networks?

The short film L’Arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat, aka Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station, is one of the first short motion pictures the world has ever seen. Today’s movie lovers will not find the short film that fascinating as the film shows a coal-powered train arriving at a station and crowd getting aboard the train with a rush.
However, there is an urban legend that revolves around this short silent movie. Legend says, when the short film was premiered, the audience got terrified, seeing a moving train on a screen. Some even fled to the back of the room!
As you can imagine, this is one of the striking moments that changed the world of content creation. Here’s the original one.

Recently, a Redditor and YouTuber, Denis Shiryaev, did something brilliant. He upscaled the silent short to 4K, 60 fps. He even added sound to the film, making it complete and fresh. The result will blow your mind!

Denis used a few tools to make the upgrade. First, he used DeOldify, which is a Deep Learning based tool that enhances the colorization and restoration of old images. The tools use Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN) with the iterative interplay between two neural networks.

He also used two other algorithms – Gigapixel AI and Dain. Gigapixel AI is a neural network tool from Topaz Labs that enhances the image quality. Denis used it to increase the resolution to 4K.

How A Classic 1896 Short Film Got Upscaled Using Neural Networks?

The other neural network, Dain, increases the number of frames per second. It synthesizes non-existent frames in between the original frames.
That’s how Denis gave re-birth to the masterpiece. Just like the original movie, the remastered version is also a thing of wonder and deserves applause from us!