This AI Tool Is The Modern Day Resurrection Stone
So my fellow potterheads, one of the three deathly hallows has come true. The Resurrection Stone. This gives you the power to bring back a form of dead and see them move, blink and smile.
Deep Nostalgia is a new AI-powered technique from online family tree service MyHeritage, which adds facial animations such as smiles, nods, blinks, and head tilts to still portrait photos. The technology has gone viral on social media, with people posting examples of “Harry Potter”-style animated portraits.
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Deep Nostalgia is the newest AI-based photo tool on MyHeritage, and comes on the heels of two highly-acclaimed features that the company released last year, the MyHeritage Photo Enhancer and MyHeritage In Color, which colorizes black and white photos and was recently expanded to also restore the colors in faded color photos.
TechCrunch reports that the tool, which lets you upload photos of one or multiple people, animates individual faces and has been used over 30 million times. It’s all thanks to the magic of deepfakery. The result is so lifelike that you can’t help but stare at the screen for sometime. Apart from creating videos of their loved ones, people are using it to create live videos of famous personalities like freedom fighters, political faces etc.
“You’ll have a ‘wow moment’ when you see a treasured family photo come to life with Deep Nostalgia,” said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “Seeing our beloved ancestors’ faces come to life in a video simulation lets us imagine how they might have been in reality, and provides a profound new way of connecting to our family history.”
The Technology Behind Deep Nostalgia
According to MyHeritage, the technology for animating the faces in photos was licensed from D-ID, a company that specializes in video reenactment using deep learning.
“This new product integration is an exciting collaboration between two innovative companies,” said Gil Perry, Co-Founder and CEO of D-ID. “We’re thrilled that our technology will be accessible to millions of people on MyHeritage and hope many of them will enjoy the impact of video reenactment for historical photos.”
Deep Nostalgia uses several pre-recorded driver videos prepared by MyHeritage, which direct the movements in the animation and consist of sequences of real human gestures.The company in its blog post said that it analyses the orientation of the head and the direction of the eyes, and chooses automatically which driver is best and will be applied to the selected face. A preferred driver is automatically selected. The result is a short, high-quality video animation of an individual face that can smile, blink, and move. To achieve optimal results, the photos are enhanced prior to animation using the MyHeritage Photo Enhancer, which brings blurry and low-resolution faces into focus and increases their resolution
How To Use
Using this new AI tool is really simple. All you need to do is go to myheritage.com/deep-nostalgia, upload a photograph and follow the instructions on the screen. Users can sign up for a free account to use Deep Nostalgia, but will be limited to a small number of animations unless they purchase a subscription plan. Animations can easily be posted to social media and exported as MP4 files.
This tool is really fun and can make you emotional too. Head to the MyHeritage website and try for yourself. Here are some of the creations that caught my attention.