Shot by the Lumière Brothers in 1896 this is some of the first footage committed to film. There is now a technique to upsample this footage to high resolution 4K/60p using neural networks. Here it is in action on the piece “Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat”.
Imagine being the first to hold a movie camera and whatever you film goes down in history, even a train arriving at a platform.
Here’s the quality of the original (albeit quite compressed due to being on YouTube and not a high quality master).
The difference is amazing but I think the end-result could do with some improvement…
- Quit with the 60fps. Put it to 24p
- Stop with the crop. We can do without the Warp Stabilisation
- Find a higher quality original with less compression
- Make a higher bitrate version available for download.
So that dear EOSHD readers is the challenge I set for you!
The software is freely available on the internet to process old footage.
Gigapixel AI – Topaz Labs https://topazlabs.com/downloads
To set FPS to 24p with video frame interpolation: Dain https://sites.google.com/view/wenbobao/dain
And here’s more from The Lumière Brothers, and their humble camera with limited dynamic range!