AI Reanimation Brings Portraits To Life
Written by David Conrad   
Sunday, 28 February 2021

A new AI-derived feature added to genealogy site, MyHeritage lets you see how a person from an old photo might have looked if they were captured on video.

Are there no limits to how deep learning can be used to transform old photos? We've already seen how it can be used to repair and restore damaged photos and to add realistic color to black and white prints from yesteryear. The latest tool, called DeepNostalgia is intended to allow users of the MyHeritage website to animate faces in photos. The technology it uses comes from D-ID, a company based in Tel Aviv, Israel, specializing in video re-enactment using deep learning and MyHeritage has used it to make faces in photos move, blink, and smile. There are several predefined sequences of gestures that can be applied to a photo and while the MyHeritage system will automatically decide which sequence to apply to a specific face based on its orientation you can select a different one.


This tweet from MyHeritage brought the Deep Nostalgia™ feature to public attention and while you might consider it creepy or a Deep Fake too far, most of the comments were postive and people have also added their own results with the technology. 

It has inspired Fake History Hunter to upload animations from photos and paintings of Charles Dickens, Lord Byron, Queen Elizabeth and many more, including the Mona Lisa. 


While you can animate all the faces in a photo, in the current version they cannot all be animated at the same time. So if you have formal posed photo portraits of your great grandparents you can now see what they would have looked like in more informal situations.



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