Deep Nostalgia, the AI that brings old photos to life by turning them into stunning videos
As much as a picture is worth a thousand words, a video can often give more connection to the event than static photography. It is something that MyHeritage has in mind in its new tool called ‘Deep Nostalgia’. It is an artificial intelligence that convert photos of the past into video in an incredible way to move the user through nostalgia.
The tool, according to we see in Genbeta, offers a similar result to Apple Live Photos. That is, it shows short videos of several seconds prior to the photograph taken. In this case the video is actually generated by artificial intelligence and it is not exactly what happened, but of course its realism is amazing.
The idea behind it? Recreate the moments before the photograph was taken, when the protagonists of the photograph prepare to pose. To do this, artificial intelligence makes the subjects in the photograph blink, look at different places, move their heads and smile.
According to MyHeritage, the process is fully automated. Once the photos are uploaded to the tool’s website, it analyzes them to understand the orientation of the subject, the depth of the image and the main elements and points of the face. Then choose one of the previously prepared guide videos of real people posing and apply the movements to the image.
The results that MyHeritage shows are without a doubt surprising, disturbing and realistic at the same time. It incredibly maintains the style of the photography and does not distort the elements. Your only two limits at the moment are that you can only animate the head and one person per photo.
How to Animate Old Photos with Deep Nostalgia
The new MyHeritage tool, although it is part of their services, offers a free version. In the free version it is possible to animate a total of five free photos. To animate more photos, you will have to pay a subscription to the service. MyHeritage’s requirement to use Deep Nostalgia is to sign up for a free account.
To do this we simply have to go to the web of MyHeritage and upload a photograph to the service. Automatically the web app will analyze the image and return a video with the person’s face animated. It is preferable to upload old, black and white photos, which is what the AI has been trained to do.
“Resurrect” people from the past by deepfakes it’s not something entirely new, recently in fact we saw it in a Cruzcampo campaign with Lola Flores. In the movie industry indeed it is already common. There are those who even use it to speak in different languages.