Topaz Gigapixel AI for Video – AI-Driven Video Resolution Upscale

December 30th, 2019
Topaz Gigapixel AI for Video - AI-Driven Video Resolution Upscale

Gigapixel AI for video is a tool created by Topaz Labs which can upscale videos by up to 400%. It can create 5K video from 720p footage or 8K video from 1080p footage with quite impressive results. It is based on Gigapixel AI for photos, which has been available for some time already. Gigapixel AI for video is currently available as a paid service or as a free beta version desktop application for Windows.

Gigapixel AI for video – upscaling example. Source: Topaz Labs

Topaz Labs is a software company known rather for their photography adjustments software Topaz Studio. Among other functions and filters, it offers Gigapixel AI for photos, which upscale them by up to 600% while preserving image quality. Recently, the company launched Gigapixel AI for videos as well. What does it offer?

Topaz Gigapixel AI for Video

According to Topaz Labs, Gigapixel AI for video has been trained on thousands of videos and it combines information from multiple input video frames to provide good results. It is able enlarge videos to a maximum of 8K resolution with more details and motion consistency.

Judging from Topaz demo videos on their Vimeo channel, I have to say that the results look better than I would expect from an artificial upscaling software. There are some limitations, however – if the input clip is a very low quality file, the upscaled version is not ideal. It is quite obvious from the wildlife example with running horses on the beach.

Gigapixel AI for video – Low resolution upscaling example. Source: Topaz Labs

In many scenarios, the quality is actually good enough for me. Especially when upscaling 720p or 1080p footage, because that gives the computer more detailed image to begin with.

Gigapixel AI for video – upscaling example. Source: Topaz Labs

Topaz Gigapixel AI for video is currently available either as a paid online upload service or as a desktop application (currently free, but still in beta version). The app is only available for Windows 10 computers.

Online Upload Service

The online upload service requires users to send the desired input video file to Topaz Labs and when done, they will send the resulting upscaled file back.

They offer free proof comparison. You can send the desired video to them and receive a maximum 60 seconds long video limited to 200MB and up to 8K (7680×4320) resolution. It is a side-by-side video which also includes their watermark.

The full paid service limits the upload to 10GB in size. Topaz Labs will send you the resulting ready-to-use file in up to 8K (7680×4320) resolution back. It is not limited in length, nor does it have a watermark. Pricing consists of base fee of $2 and then $0.001 (for 2x upscaling) or $0.002 (for 4x upscaling) per 1 milion input pixels processed.

Gigapixel AI for video – Online service pricing examples. Source: Topaz Labs

Windows Desktop Application BETA

If you want to employ your own machine’s computing power, Topaz offers Gigapixel AI for video as an app for download. It is currently free of charge (only for non-commercial purpose) and still in open beta testing version. Topaz is gathering feedback from users so that they can improve the app for its final release. It works only for computers with Windows 10 operating system.

As any serious AI software, it requires a fast computer. The recommended system configuration is 32 GB RAM plus an nVidia graphics card with 6GB or more VRAM. According to Topaz Labs, you can still run it on a less powerful machine, but it is going to be slow.

Gigapixel AI for video – Windows desktop app BETA. Source: Topaz Labs

After you download and run the Windows installer, you can use it directly using the context menu (right click on a video file) in Windows file explorer. Other option is via the command line. Please refer to the documentation for help with advanced usage via command line options.

Did you try to upscale any of your videos? How do you like the Topaz Gigapixel AI for video? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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Maria Collins
MemberFebruary 15th, 2020

The app looks great albeit still in Beta. But beware is extremely slow even on fast computers.

I’ve done some initial testing and resizing-up low/SD res/interlaced clips brings out much more of this app’s true capabilities than for example 1080p footage to 4K, that gives me muted and mixed results. Thus so far, I am more pleased in using this as restoration tool for old footage than a tool to up-sample HD footage to anything higher.

Again, this is still in beta and Im sure will get better over time.

antigravity
antigravity
GuestMarch 26th, 2020

maybe ai upscale player next ?

Jeremy Wilker
MemberDecember 31st, 2019

results look useful. if they can reduce some of the artifacting it’ll be downright impressive. also, wouldn’t this more accurately be called ML than AI?

Werner Rebel
Werner Rebel
GuestJanuary 21st, 2020

looks usefull, i tried a little clip online and now i try to upscale a 4Min 2,7k Clip to 4k at my desktop. Seems, it doesnt work well with my radeon r9 200 with 3GB. Is runnig for 47hours now, finished 53%.
Are only Nvidia adapters working?

 Maria Collins
Maria Collins
MemberFebruary 15th, 2020

To my knowledge at this point, yes. I could be wrong..

Uli Plank
Uli Plank
GuestFebruary 25th, 2020

It runs on Nvidia for speed, but even without one, it’ll eventually finish, using QuickSync on an Intel CPU. IMHO, the results from progressive footage are impressive and beyond what other upscalers do. But if your base is interlaced SD, it’ll look bad, whatever de-interlacer you use.

John Norton
John Norton
GuestDecember 30th, 2019

No 25fps, SD 720×576?

Austin Adams
Austin Adams
GuestDecember 30th, 2019

Just tried their demo 60s upload tool and the results are insane, if their before and after split test video is actually accurate and the 4x non-ai upscale version they show you isn’t modified to look poorly. Definitely check this powerful ai software out!

Spanks
Spanks
GuestDecember 31st, 2019

No mac version. Seems like a perfect fit for the new macpro with all that horsepower under the hood. Oh, only nvidia support. Damn.

bitch
bitch
GuestMay 12th, 2020

Mac Pro? Horsepower? HAHAHAHA

Ed Hecht
Ed Hecht
MemberMay 7th, 2020

I finally had a chance to put the trial app through its paces and in a nutshell, I am unimpressed. (I am a HUGE fan of their entire suite of still image plugins though!) I tested on a Quadro-equipped PC and a Radeon-equipped iMac Pro. Besides being GLACIALLY slow, the (preview) results are painfully posterized. You may as well simply do a basic upscale in Adobe CC. I tried a 720p clip from my iPhone, upscaling it to 300% (to make it UHD) in one AFX comp, applying a mild BCC Unsharp Mask (1.0 Radius) and the results were better and less posterized. (Results using AFX native Unsharp mask were a tad less pleasing to my eye.) Based on my results, I wouldn’t use it even if it were free.

 John Frank
John Frank
MemberDecember 31st, 2019

They should call these plug-ins ‘better sharpening’

 Maria Collins
Maria Collins
MemberFebruary 15th, 2020

No.

This app does much more than sharpening as is AI model based, reason for which installed is almost 2Gb in size and just not a simple sharpening algorithm. Compared to simple sharpening, it is very noticeable the increase in artificial detail (that looks very realistic) in areas that before were smudged or full of compression artifacts. Sharpening alone does not touch areas where there is no detail to start with and generally makes things much worse when sharpening artifacts.

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