Video: AI Enhances Historic Moon Landing Footage

Sunday, July 26, 2020 - 11:41

New developments in artificial intelligence provides great opportunity for a photo and film restoration specialist, who goes by the name of DutchSteamMachine, to work some AI magic to enhance original Apollo film, creating strikingly clear and vivid video clips and images.

According to the Science Alert report, this technology helps us take a look at how clearly Neil Armstrong is visible in this enhanced version of the often-seen "first step" video from Apollo 11 taken by a 16mm video camera inside the Lunar Module:

"I really wanted to provide an experience on this old footage that has not been seen before," he told Universe Today.

Motion interpolation or motion-compensated frame interpolation is a form of video processing in which intermediate animation frames are generated between existing ones, in an attempt to make the video more fluid, to compensate for blurriness, etc.

"People have used the same AI programs to bring old film recordings from the 1900s back to life, in high definition and color," he said. "This technique seemed like a great thing to apply to much newer footage."

DutchSteamMachine said that a video of just 5 minutes can take anywhere from six to 20 hours to complete. But the results speak for themselves.


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