Yeah, I’m tired. That is the best title my brain could come up with for this post. If you are a train and camera enthusiast or know someone who is, then this article from The Vintage News should be right up your alley!
‘The Flying Train’ Now Colorised, 1902 Film Captures Futuristic Ride on a Suspended Railway
Oct 22, 2020 Steve Palace
Vintage short ‘The Flying Train’ (1902) has been upscaled using Artificial Intelligence. This slice of life, shot aboard iconic vehicle the “Wuppertaler Schwebebahn”, is now a smoother ride than ever. What’s more, the comings and goings are presented in living color.
Starting with 68 mm footage from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), tech wrangler Denis Shiryaev applied what are known as neural networks to ‘The Flying Train’.
Put simply, these networks mimic animal brains in order to work with and flesh out source material… in this case nearly 4 mins of celluloid. Jerkiness is substantially reduced by the addition of extra frames, which feel like part of the original film.
Shiryaev, who’s upscaled various old film projects for his YouTube channel, is part of the engineering group Neural Love. “Our neural network will ‘redraw’ the missing data and increase the frame resolution 4x or more” their website explains. They also bring in “approximate artificial colorization” to further enhance the viewing experience.