I was just experimenting on the trial version of the Video Enhance AI by Topaz Labs yesterday and then I saw this: Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up music video remastered into 4K 60 fps. Glorious.
The video was remastered by YouTube channel Revideo and it is one Rickroll no one would mind. The result is more frames of Rick Astley than anyone could asked for. But it is not without its flaws.
If you pay close attention to the remastered video, you may notice subjects that are far away sometimes get smudged face and then there’s the motion blur when the dance pulled off fast moves.
Not perfect obviously, but good enough to answer the one very important question I had on my mind since the development ultra high definition video: what would 21-year-old Rick Astley actually looked like in video like we would have see him in real-life in 1987?
In case anyone wanted to have ago with Topaz Labs’ software, be prepared for a long and arduous journey. I tried upscaling a low quality video (360 by 640) to 720 by 1,280 pixels, and holy freaking shit.
It will take my slow-poke 2019 MacBook Air a glorious 1 day and several hours. And that video was just 3 minutes plus long. The take away for me was: my sucky laptop can’t do shit.
In any case, I can only imagine the time Revideo had put in.
Skip ahead for the video. Be sure you are watching with a machine that’s capable of watching 4K videos and switch to 4K to watch Never Gonna Give You Up music video like you never watch it before.
Images: YouTube (Revideo).