For non-film aficionados, the Roundhay Garden Scene is basically an 1888 short silent actuality film recorded by French inventor Louis Le Prince at Oakwood Grange in Roundhay, Leeds, in the north of England. It’s believed to be the oldest surviving film in existence, but what happens when you use AI-powered neural networks to upscale it to 60FPS? Read more to find out, thanks to Denis Shiryaev.
On PBS’s Spy in the Wild 2 – Episode Two: The North, a spy camera disguised as a macaque join a group of primates in the Jigokudani Monkey Park. These monkeys begin most days with a relaxing dip in Joshinetsu Kogen National Park in Japan’s Nagano prefecture.This primate-only onsen is world-famous as the preferred simian hot spring. Read more for a video and additional information.
Hobbyist Denis Shiryaev is back at it again, and this time, he’s upscaled footage of Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1922, with plenty of crowds and even a few shots of its famous canals. To accomplish this, neural networks boosted the footage to 60 frames per second, upscaled video to 4K, improved video sharpness, stabilized everything, and then last, but not least, added some color. Read more for the video.
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Raspberry Pi 4 is a mini computer priced under $100, so it’s no surprise that the same company would release a high-quality, budget-priced digital camera. Featuring a 12.3 megapixel Sony IMX477 sensor, a back-illuminated sensor architecture for improved sensitivity, support for off-the-shelf C- and CS-mount lenses, and an integrated back-focus adjustment ring and tripod mount. Read more for a video and additional information.
Pilot Bryan Keith took his Grumman Tiger for a low altitude flyby over the closed runway of Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) in Victorville, California. This is where you’ll find over 400 planes in long-term parking from various airlines, including Delta, Southwest, and more, due to the decrease in passenger flights during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more for a video and additional information.
The DJI Mavic Air 2 has been officially unveiled and it builds upon its predecessor in more ways than one. Its biggest upgrade is an improved camera system, which includes a 1/2″ sensor that can shoot 48MP stills and 4K video at 60 fps. Plus, you get multiple new shooting features, like the latest versions of ActiveTrack, Point of Interest, and Spotlight, as well as a full suite of HDR modes and functions. Product page. Read more for two videos, including a hands-on review, and additional information.
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The White Sands rocket, officially called V-2 No. 13, was basically a modified V-2 rocket that became the first man-made object to take a photograph of the Earth from outer space. It was launched on October 24, 1946 at the White Sands Missile Range in White Sands, New Mexico, and the rocket reached a maximum altitude of 65-miles. Read more for a video and additional information.
With a red tide here to say in Southern California’s coastline, there’s a regularly occurring nightly display of bioluminescence, but this past Thursday might have been the greatest show yet. A photographer managed to capture a pod of neon blue dolphins gliding through the tide in Newport Beach. These creatures were swimming alongside crews with Newport Coastal Adventure, a whale watching company in Newport Beach. Read more for a video and additional information.
NASA is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope with a stunning “Cosmic Reef” image, which depicts a firestorm of starbirth in a neighboring galaxy. What you see here is a giant red nebula (NGC 2014) and its smaller blue neighbor (NGC 2020) are part of a vast star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, located 163,000 light-years away. Read more for a video and additional information.
Bioluminescence turned waves neon blue in Newport Beach this past week, a moment that was captured on camera by three Southern California photographers who stumbled upon the extraordinary sight. They happened to be at the right place and time after spotting a thick red tide that turned the ocean a rusty red earlier that day. Read morefor two videos and additional information.