Karen M
Animated Photos - Ringo
Sat May 21, 2022 6:22

I'm not sure if others have come across this on the MyHeritage site -it's a photo animation feature they it "Deep Nostalgia". It allows you to upload old photos and they use AI (or "deep learning" as they call it) to animate the picture.

In their words, it "produces a realistic depiction of how a person from an old photo could have moved and looked if they were captured on video".

So of course I tried it with Ringo.

I used 2 different versions of the photo. One is an unaltered version and the other has been sharpened up a bit. Hopefully these links work, you might have to cut and paste them into your browser:

Unaltered photo - https://myhr.tg/1imxbZZY
Sharpened photo - https://myhr.tg/1JfwFrtI

What do you think? It's kind of eerie but I can't stop looking at them! Even though the technology isn't perfect, it does make him seem more "real".

    • Re: Animated Photos - RingoPam Potter, Tue May 24 2022 7:13
      It would be interesting to do this on a photo of yourself or someone you know well, to test how like that person the animation technique really is. I find it more creepy and gimmicky than actually enhancing... more
      • Excellent idea - I tried it outKaren M, Wed May 25 2022 2:19
        It was a mixed bag, and it a seemed to work better with men. It even did a better job with a bearded face than it did with mine. It warped my face in 2 pictures almost cartoonishly. However, when it... more
    • Does anyone know what became of the original photo?Karen M, Sat May 21 2022 15:02
      I’m wondering if I can get a hold of a scan of it, or even a first hand picture taken of the original. I want to try and get it restored by the person whose work I’ve posted links of (in a separate post).... more
    • "Fighting Earps" in actionJerry Prather, Sat May 21 2022 12:57
      Very well done. If someone likes that, perhaps they will also like this from Old West Magazine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIZF_W3dwMA Jerry
      • This is great! Here's Billy the Kid restoredKaren M, Sat May 21 2022 14:10
        I was wondering if anyone had tried it with others. Having good quality pictures makes a huge difference! I know of a person that restores and colourizes old photos, and the results are seriously amazing.... more
    • Re: Animated Photos - RingoBob Cash, Sat May 21 2022 7:47
      I am stunned. I had seen some version of this technology applied to several Old West characters, but, while impressive, it did not give the subjects of the photos the ability to totally change their position.... more