Those family photos hung on the wall might soon take on a new life.
The genealogy platform MyHeritage released a feature that animates faces in still photos using video reenactment technology.
The feature, called Deep Nostalgia, produces a realistic depiction of how a person could have moved and looked if they were captured on video.
Deep Nostalgia, licensed from the AI face platform D-ID, uses pre-recorded driver videos prepared by MyHeritage. The pre-recorded videos direct the movements in the animation and consist of sequences of real human gestures.
Users can upload a picture regardless of the number of faces in it. The photos are enhanced prior to animation using the MyHeritage Photo Enhancer.
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Depending on the picture, the feature will select the best driver to apply to the photograph. The feature will then produce a short video animation of an individual face that can smile, blink, and move.
“You’ll have a ‘wow moment’ when you see a treasured family photo come to life with Deep Nostalgia,” said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “Seeing our beloved ancestors’ faces come to life in a video simulation lets us imagine how they might have been in reality, and provides a profound new way of connecting to our family history.”
Users can animate five photos for free before requiring a subscription to upload more.
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