Classic 1896 short film gets upscaled to 4K using neural networks

One of the most famous short films in cinema is an 1896 silent film about a train pulling into a station. An intrepid Reddit user has upscaled that film to 4K, brought its frame rate up to 60fps, and even added sound. The effect is impressive, turning a movie that’s over 120 years old into something that seems like it could have been filmed today (via Digg).

Denis Shiryaev, who did the upscaling, said he used several neural networks to upscale the original film, L’Arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat (translated to Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station). The upscaled version, while not perfect, looks crisp, and I recommend comparing the original film and Shiryaev’s version side by side. The differences are quite apparent.


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