My inheritance introduced some interesting tools that add a new dimension to your old family photos. it offers colorization and image enhancement, and both are powered by AI and available at the click of a button. Now there’s Deep Nostalgia, a new tool that lets you liven up your photos. I tried it, and I’m not sure if I’m more impressed or scared by it.
As the name suggests, Deep nostalgia relies on deep learning to turn your still images into moving videos. Gizmodo compares it to the Live Photos feature in iOS and iPadOS. I have something similar on my Huawei phone and I can take a “motion picture” of sorts. I never found a goal, but that’s a different topic.
However, the point of Deep Nostalgia is not to select the perfect shot like Live Photos or to create animation from a video. Instead, he wants to turn your old photos into animated videos to help you “connect” more with your ancestors. In these videos, people seem to be looking around before posing for the camera.
If you want to test the tool, you must have a MyHeritage account. I already have it because I tested Photo Enhancer some time ago, so I logged in to try Deep Nostalgia. I just uploaded this photo to my computer so thought I could use it first.
It shows my deceased grandmother and grandfather, along with their three children who are all thankfully alive and well. By the way, the one on the left is my mother.
It should be noted that Deep Nostalgia did not recognize my grandfather’s face, possibly because his head is turned to the side. So when uploading photos, make sure people’s faces are facing the camera. Other than my gramps, the AI recognized and animated everyone in the photo. In this article, however, I will not be downloading the animations. I don’t have permission from my mother, aunt and uncle, and the moving photo of my late grandmother scares me.
So to show you the result, I also used a photo of my very vivid self, and this is what turned out:
Then i downloaded this photo by Emile Henri Pied from the Europeana gallery. He was a soldier who died in action during the First World War. Here is the original image and animation I pulled from it:
I wanted to improve the image with the enhancer from MyHeritage and then make an animation, but this blurry mess is what I got. Very strange.
Playing with Deep Nostalgia was so much fun when I used photos of myself and my living family members. Some of the results are hilarious, but some are actually quite good! Especially if you take into account that these are all animations made from old still images in seconds.
However, when I used photos of deceased people it totally scared me. I found it to be a very unpleasant experience and I think it will give me nightmares tonight. But if you feel like it will bring you closer to your ancestors or your historical idols, then Go for it.