[Video] AI Video Upscaling: Super-Resolution Group Test

AI video upscaling / super-resolution group test, comparing AVCLabs Video Enhancer AI, Topaz Labs Video Enhance AI, and Waifu2x-Extension-GUI. Note that I have no association with the developers of any of these packages, but that you can learn more about and obtain them at the following links:

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33 Comments on “[Video] AI Video Upscaling: Super-Resolution Group Test”

  1. I don’t understand why you favour AVC so much because the details in the background have completely been overprocessed and look smeared. Same goes for the body of the butterfly and the flower that the butterfly sits on, it’s been deformed and looks smeared, not at all ‘natural’. I think Topaz and Waifu did a much better job at presenting a video that didn’t look over-sharpened and artificial. Comparing the blurry background in the top left corner, I would say Topaz does a slightly better job and maintaining the details whereas Waifu was a bit more aggressive in smoothing things out. That’s my opinion anyway and I must again say I am amazed the AVC upscaler came out as the subjective best due to all the artifacts it seemed to generate (including the shimmering but also the distortion of the yellow flower at the bottom left).

  2. Amazing, the TV show fantasy of infinite surveillance camera resolution might come true. Usually on a series called something like CSI:Crackpot, the detective says “enhance it … enhance it” about ten times until the originally grainy image finally reveals the reflection of the perpetrator in the corner of a shiny butter dish. They weren‘t full of baloney, they were just ahead of their time!

  3. Very impressive however I love looking at old and faded films and photos it is the nostalgia of it, a time gone by. My grand children seeing old photos asked why they were small and not so sharp, you explain it was the technology of the time.Upscaling them you have no idea of age or era.

  4. I can tell you don't watch anime because you pronounced Waifu wrong but that's OK. It made me laugh a little. The problem with a lot of these AI upscalers is that they loose a lot of detail, I find Wiafu damages the detail the least and look most natural.

  5. I gave up trying to upscale video footage. I used Topaz Video Enhance and it took ages to upscale a 6 minute clip. I'd never bother again. The Topaz Gigapixel for stills is pretty good though. Thanks for the comparisons though. It reiterates my thoughts never to bother trying to upscale video.

  6. something interesting for photos is technology that astro-physicists use to sharpen pictures of distant stars/galaxies, but works for regular pictures. the premise is that all blurry pictures actually do contain thr pixel data for a sharp picture but, they're not in the right place. when you know the exact characteristics of the lens and know or work out how the camera settings were, you can put the pixels in the right place.
    in the old days we used to use a sharpen filter, which doesnt produce very good results.

  7. Waifu: A word jokingly created by using the Japanese pronunciation of wife (why – fu) which has come to refer to cute girls drawn in the style of Japanese animation.

    That aside, I wonder how it would look if you upscaled past your target resolution via ML and then scaled down to it normally, as opposed to just straight upscaling to your target resolution. It was a common technique when we just didn't have enough pixels in games to make good anti-aliaising solutions, and I wonder if the technique couldn't get a second lease on life in this area.

  8. I don't like when upscalers are overdoing the enhancement so the picture looks like oil painting. I would prefer more subtle filter. Anyway, it's an interesting technology but I'm keeping my honest low resolution videos for now.

  9. Hi, very informative video. Thanks for making it. I have a video idea where you run raspberry pi with 5 volt capacitor. When electricity is off the raspberry pi runs an emergency shutdown to save data and avoid data from getting Corrupt. Make something similar

  10. considering the amount of repeats of sd programs it is a shame that the tv companies don't use this technology or are they waiting for the tvs to do it on the fly.

  11. New subscriber here, found the video very informative. Really want to get into A.I. software just to see what could be done with it. It would be nice to upscale all the videos I've collected from YouTube over the years.

  12. I've used Topaz. I would say it's easy enough to use with reasonable results. But one day I tried upscaling a 480p quality Bruce Campbell action comedy TV show from 20 years ago using the Proteus auto-tune feature and suddenly the results at 4K were astoundingly clear like a true remaster. But I can't get the same level of improvements in other similarly low-res content. It really seems like either some source media types are resistant to enhancement or the magic is learning how to adjust those settings manually. Still searching for the key, either in prepping the source material or finding a multi-pass enhancement that unlocks the potential.

  13. Very interesting…great possibilities.
    However, I've installed and am running Waifu for 35 minutes and it remains at 0%. Also, the Output folder is greyed out. Is this to be expected as just running slow?
    I noticed a message after the compatibility test ran which flashed by and I couldn't grasp what problem there was, if any, that would fail the process.
    I have a brand new Windows 11 PC with 32.0 GB RAM. Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-10210U CPU @ 1.60GHz 2.11 GHz
    Have I missed something or is it just taking long and to be expected?

  14. I think this kind of software definitely has it's uses currently. It's commonly discussed but I don't believe it should be used for restoring older films, games and TV shows, at least at this moment in time, since it can only really approximate details that were never present in the source, which can lead to inaccuracies and smeary results. For example I tried a painting through Topaz once and the final result ended up looking more like a pencil drawing.

    I've always seen it as more of a tribute than a restoration personally. It is seriously impressive tech never the less.

    I'm also ready to eat my words in 10 years time when it becomes almost impossible to tell 😄

  15. Very interesting. You mention about being able to do this in real time at the end, the Nvidia shield claims to be able to do this already though only from 720p up to 4K so I guess lower start resolutions can’t be to far away.

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