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Author Topic: Topaz Video Enhance AI Upscaling  (Read 211 times)

Alex Atkin UK

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Topaz Video Enhance AI Upscaling
« on: January 28, 2021, 12:50:55 AM »

I've been playing with the Topaz Video Enhance for some months now but recently the Artemis v10 model has taken some huge strides.

Upscaling a shitty Amazon 1080p stream to 2160p:

Before:

After:


With the right source material it can bring out insane amounts of detail, sharpen up the image and remove macro-blocking.

It doesn't always look good in stills (but this particular shot I think does), but when in motion on a TV it can look insane.

Video sample even with YouTube compression shows how much detail its brought out.
« Last Edit: January 29, 2021, 06:10:43 AM by Alex Atkin UK »
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Re: Topaz Video Enhance AI Upscaling
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2021, 10:07:47 PM »

Its still done a good job at enhancing.    I've used some of topaz lab's software years ago with photos, it is remarkably clever at being able to identify wanted and unwanted backgrounds for images - far better than the standard photoshop tools and masks.   

Ive been getting offers from then for about the past 6 months or so from them about their Sharpen AI and De-noise AI products for still images.   Some of the examples are quite remarkable.  They had a really good offer on during BlackFriday when they were offering Studio and a good portion of their other image editing filters for iirc 100.  I was in hospital at the time, so didn't see the email until much later otherwise I may have been very tempted.   Then again perhaps it was for the best as I'm not really doing a lot with images these days.

I hadn't realised they'd moved over to video, but natural and obvious progression.  One thing I like about Topaz is you buy the software and then its yours.   

I really don't much like how a lot of software is now becoming licenced as monthly subscription via the cloud, which means the likes of Photoshop is now far out of reach for the average person.  I didn't mind so much if you saved up and bought it and then it was yours forever.  Whereas now you pay monthly, after 2 years you could have bought it outright at the old pricing, but this way you never,ever own it.  I suppose its a way for them to make more money as I tended to continue to use the boxed version for more than 2yrs.  It never really bothered me that I hadnt got the latest version.   In a way they've also probably lost out because the likes of myself could not justify the pay monthly prices when some months I wouldn't even use it al all.     
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Re: Topaz Video Enhance AI Upscaling
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2021, 05:41:18 AM »

I've trialed denoise and sharpen, could never get results that seemed any better than just running the files through Gigapixel instead.

I hadn't realised they'd moved over to video, but natural and obvious progression.  One thing I like about Topaz is you buy the software and then its yours.   

While this is true they have moved over to a "you only get updates for a year" model.  To be honest its probably fair, training AI models is not going to be cheap.

Mum is still using Paintshop Pro 7 & 9, although she got fed up with Win10 and I moved her to Linux where it still mostly works but confuses her sometimes due to being more loosly tied into the OS.  I moved over to GIMP a long long time ago.
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