MyHeritage online genealogy company has a new tool that can help bring your family history to life. Kind of.
Deep Nostalgia is a new AI-powered tool that can animate photos of people by adding simple effects like smiles, nods, and eye blinks. It can add movement to any old photo and is free, as long as you create an account with MyHeritage.
After uploading a photo of a loved one, it is processed through AI which adds a set of animations based on the facial expressions of MyHeritage employees. The result – available in 10-20 seconds – is presented to you in the form of a very short video clip or gif.
A company called MyHeritage is now offering a new service, called Deep Nostalgia, which can bring people to old photos by creating a short video that looks like it was recorded while they were posing and preparing for the portrait. [read more: https://t.co/TvjAQdSf9A] pic.twitter.com/5Mn3YLgi6WFebruary 27, 2021
The AI was licensed by the Israeli company D-ID (which means ‘disidentification’) and is currently only capable of animating people’s faces. Even multiple faces in a single photo can come to life.
Whether the idea of bringing deceased relatives to life is brilliant or scary, maybe it’s up to you. Even MyHeritage admits it can be polarizing.
“Some people love the Deep Nostalgia feature and consider it magical,” MyHeritage says in the FAQ section of its Deep Nostalgia page, “while others find it scary and don’t like it. Indeed, the results can be controversial and it is difficult to remain indifferent. this technology. “
Has gone viral
Deep Nostalgia went viral on Twitter over the weekend, with people keen to bring loved ones who have passed on to life. Some, however, have gone further and tried it out on photographs of historic statues … with interesting results.
If you want to try this out for yourself, go to the Deep Nostalgia website and create a free account. You can upload up to five photos for free, but more you’ll need to get a paid account. If you already have a full subscription with MyHeritage, you can use the service at no additional cost and upload unlimited photos.
If you’re concerned about privacy, MyHeritage says it doesn’t share photos with third parties and, as mentioned on the Deep Nostalgia homepage, “photos uploaded without completing registration are automatically deleted to protect your privacy “.