My Heritage (myhertiage.com) has some tools to use on photos. I wrote a few blog posts a while ago where I showed what their tools could do. Here are links for them.
Colorization Makes Old Photos New Again
They’ve added more tools recently, and I tried them out on a photo of my uncle, Carlisle Entzminger MARTIN who died in the 1977.
Why did I use Uncle Carlisle?
Well, he didn’t have any children that might be upset by seeing his move and hearing him ‘talk’.
The photo I choose is one taken of Uncle Carlisle when he was in the Navy. These tools work best with a clear photo showing the person’s face.
Here’s the cropped photo I made of the original.
Now let’s get to what the tools can do.
One of the new tools animates photos. And there are several animation styles to choose from. The basic tool creates a pretty good animation.
I also animated Uncle Carlisle’s photo in other styles. Some were ok. Some didn’t fit his personality, so they weren’t right. And a few were comical. Take a look at a select few of them.
The other new tool is called DeepStory.
With this tool, you write a first-person narrative that the photo will ‘read’ to you. It sounded cool, so I gave it a chance. Watch below.
My assessment of these tools
The animation tool is awesome. I also animated my grandmother, Florrie THOMAS MARTIN, and I cried when I watched it. It looked like how Grandma moved. I will do a separate blog post with her animation tests in it and those of a few other deceased family members like my Heiser grandfather, Daniel W. HEISER.
The DeepStory tool is not one I would use again. There are a limited number of computer-generated voices to choose from, and none were close to Uncle Carlisle’s real voice. Also, the mouth movement wasn’t authentic enough for my liking.
What do you think about these animations and the DeepStory tool from what you’ve seen in this blogpost? Comment and let me know.
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