Thursday, February 25, 2021

MyHeritage Introduces Deep Nostalgia™ to Animate Your Family Photos

 I received this information from Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage today:


I’m excited to announce the release of our latest feature for historical photos, Deep Nostalgia™! Deep Nostalgia™ animates the faces in still photos, and gives family history a fresh new perspective by producing a realistic depiction of how a person could have moved and looked if they were captured on video.

Here’s an example of how it works:

Original photo

Photo animated using Deep Nostalgia™

The technology for animating the faces in photos was licensed by MyHeritage from D-ID, a company that specializes in video reenactment using deep learning. Deep Nostalgia™ uses several pre-recorded driver videos, which direct the movements in the animation and consist of sequences of real human gestures. A preferred driver is automatically selected for each face based on its orientation, and then seamlessly applied to the photo. 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.

I invite you to visit our new Deep Nostalgia™ page or visit the My Photos section of your family site to try it out. Like our other photo features, Deep Nostalgia™ does not modify your original photos; it creates a short video animation of a single face that you can easily download or share.

Read more about this remarkable new feature in our press release, and in our blog post .


Disclosure: I receive a complimentary subscription to MyHeritage, and gave received other material consideration in past years. I uploaded my autosomal DNA raw data to their DNA product. This does not affect my objective analysis of MyHeritage products.

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