This post contains Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”–but for a very interesting reason.

If you’ve ever been rickrolled–and really, who hasn’t?–you were inevitably redirected to a video shot in 1987 with 1987 technology. That meant using 16 mm film at 24 frames per second or maybe old-school Betacam at 30 frames per second. It looked like this:

Compared to today’s video, it’s fuzzy and lo-fi. But now a company called Revideo has used the the clip to demonstrate how machine learning can upscale the resolution to 60 frames per second and 4K. It’s pretty…cool.

This is a fantastic proof of concept. Could it result in all kinds of old video (music videos and otherwise) being brought into the 21st century?

(Via Boing Boing)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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