We have heard of deepfake and faceswap. Now there is a new app in town that levels up the game when it comes to synthesising human images. Enter Deep Nostalgia, an app which utilises AI-powered tech and video re-enactment technology to animate the faces in still photos.
Web users are having fun with the app to create high-quality, realistic video footage from old photographs. Some have decided to animate old photos of their ancestors to see them moving for the first time.
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Deep Nostalgia is generating buzz on social networks. While some internet users have played the game by bringing their ancestors to life in a fun way. There are others who have hijacked the application to make some famous people of the past move.
The rather unusual application allows you to animate any image. The app’s main goal is to bring to life people from the past that you have never seen in motion. This includes one of your distant ancestors, which you may only know through an old, yellowed photo.
Thanks to a series of algorithms, the application produces a video where the photo really appears to come to life. The short clip showcases the individual smiling, blinking, and turning their head. The result is particularly impressive.
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Many users have “hijacked” this tool by feeding the program photos of famous men and women. Deep Nostalgia has so far been used to bring many writers, composers, crowned heads, former American presidents, and painters to life. One has even managed to breathe life into Mona Lisa, whom no one has ever seen before in motion.
The app is made available online by MyHeritage, the world’s leading consumer DNA testing platform. Users who have a paid subscription will be able to animate an unlimited number of photos. The free offer however is limited to a few examples only.