They manage to rescale a black and white video from 1896 at 4K resolution

After 124 years, one of the most famous short films in history is back in the news thanks to artificial intelligence. This is ‘ L’arrivée d’un train à La Ciotat ‘, a French documentary by the Lumière Brothers that marked the history of cinema. It barely lasts 50 seconds and its fame is due to the impact it caused among the spectators.

The Russian programmer Denis Shiryaev has updated this classic of 1896. With the help of several neural networks, he has managed to expand the sharpness of the short film by scaling the image at a resolution of 4K and 60 FPS, using a tool that allows to generate pixels intelligently and Add the missing frames.

The film was one of the first to capture moving images, it was recorded in analog in a 35 mm format. The final result impresses with the detail achieved: the noise and the original blur have disappeared. The programmer has shared his work through YouTube so that we can appreciate the difference, in fact, it seems that the video has been recorded with a latest generation smartphone. Below we show you the original video:

‘L’arrivée d’un train à La Ciotat’, produced by the Lumière Brothers, was first shown to the public in 1896. It is famous for causing panic among spectators, who thought the train was going to crash into them.

Denis Shiryaev has updated this short film with the help of neural networks. Here is the video at a resolution of 4K and 60 FPS , which the same programmer has shared on his YouTube channel:

The difference between the two is easily noticeable. The updated shows the sharpest images, it is more pleasing to the eye and we can appreciate more details with hardly any effort. In general, it is a smoother and more natural image compared to the original one, more blurred and grainy.

Artificial intelligence is present in different industries, and it is not the first time that the world has explored cinema. This excellent work is a demonstration of what new technologies can offer us.

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