Vault of Vintage Toys recently posted an image of the box for a 1970s-era MEGO Planet of the Apes (check out
The sinister global adtech cabal has been showing me adverts for image enhancement apps and services lately, so I wondered what was freely available nowadays in terms of “smart” beep-boop-beep “A.I.” video upscaling tools. In the end, I was able to get 2 tools to run: esrgan-upscale-video (hereafter to be referred to as
ESRGANUV) and Waifu2x-Extension-GUI. In my subjective opinion, on this one video (which itself is likely not the sort of target intended for video upscaling and enhacement), and using the settings that I chose for the latter, the former yielded better results.
OTOH, I was able to get video out of Waifu2x-Extension-GUI and my ESRGANUV runs ended in errors without yielding videos. I commented out the line in ESRGANUV‘s main.py that deletes the upscaled frame image files (1280 by 960 pixels) and their containing folder and fed some sequences of those PNG files to gifski (e.g.
gifski -o output.anim.gif -W 1000 --quality 100 input-frames/*.png) to produce the animated GIFs in this post.
It was a fun exercise.