I’ve long been frustrated that one of my favorite canceled shows, VR.5, was only ever available on VHS. And not even commercial VHS - fans have had to rely on home recorded copies. The best ones I was able to find online were at 320x240 resolution. After finding some open-source AI upscaling software (Video2x) that’s about as easy to use as Handbrake, I decided to see how much I can clean up the video. The audio sounds pretty good anyway.
This is going to be somewhat slow, but I should have the first episode ready within about a day. My computer is a 12th-generation Core i5 with a GeForce 1660 Super in it, and 32GB of RAM. It can play any game I want, usually at maximum settings for 1080p. And Video2x is using Vulkan for upscaling, which should mean it can use as many of the video card’s cores as it needs. But still, it runs three passes for each file, and each one takes 8 or more hours. Still, after seeing what AI upscaling was able to do with Xena: Warrior Princess and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, I am cautiously optimistic that this will be a good deal better.
I’ll post some Dropbox links to screenshots when I have them.