Colorizing classic movies

Back in the 80s, Ted Turner scandalized the film world by colorizing tons of classic films. Setting aside the artistic implications of modifying an epic like Citizen Kane, colorization required a lot of manual labor back then.

Fortunately, it’s 2016 and we’ve got way better resources now. At least, that’s what Andrea Kimball and Mike Bartoli thought when they decided to colorize Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960 film Breathless at the 5C Hackathon.

Combining GPU power, Python, and a pre-trained CNN, Autocolorization implements a deep learning algorithm that can colorize, denoise, and upscale b&w frames from full motion video.

It’s not perfect, but it’s a damn good start and an excellent demo. Everything you need to run Autocolorization is packaged up in a Docker container, so go nuts and colorize your favorite Fellini!

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