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Oldest ever video footage is remastered in 4K

By T.K. Randall
August 22, 2020 · Comment icon 6 comments

The footage has been remastered in remarkable detail. Image Credit: YouTube / Denis Shiryaev
A historic piece of video footage recorded 132 years ago has been enhanced using artificial intelligence.
Shot on October 14th, 1888, the historic 'Roundhay Garden scene' - the oldest video footage known to exist - shows two men and two women at the Oakwood Grange in Leeds, England.

Their names were Harriet Hartley, Adolphe Le Prince, Joseph Whitley and Sarah Whitley. Le Prince happened to be the son of French inventor Louis Le Prince who was behind the camera.

The original clip is blurry, monochrome, lasts a mere 1.66 seconds and contains only 20 frames.
Now though, thanks to some serious computer wizardry, YouTuber Dennis Shiryaev, who is well known for remastering old footage, has converted the video into 4K.

The resulting clip offers the clearest ever look back to a time that far predates anyone alive today.

You can check out some of Shiryaev's other remastered videos - here.

Source: Science Times | Comments (6)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by pbarosso 2 years ago
so its just 20 pictures laced together. you gotta remember what video actually is.
Comment icon #2 Posted by TigerBright19 2 years ago
The few frames that exist were digitally cleaned up and colourized, and new framesweregenerated to fill in the gaps between the few existing frames they have to create a smooth running video like a modern day camera. Perhaps the same technology can be used to fill in the missing frames in the JFK assassination video?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Seti42 2 years ago
Don't they mean 'film footage'? Obviously video didn't exist 132 years ago...
Comment icon #4 Posted by diddyman68 2 years ago
Sounds like what they did with the first world war footage,they even added sound..they shall not grow peter jackson. I think the full movie is on netflix...damned good film.
Comment icon #5 Posted by MissJatti 2 years ago
Comment icon #6 Posted by ChrLzs 2 years ago
Please be aware that the term video can be used in two ways. It can refer to the newer digital media, as per video-recorders and that technology, BUT it can also simply mean 'recorded moving images'. Google "video definition" and read both common usages... {/end semantics} (hopefully..)

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