1911 New York journey: 4K Video

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Denis Shiryaev, the video blogger and product manager of the Committee, published an eight-minute video entitled Traveling New York in 1911, which takes viewers back to the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park, New York Harbor, and Flatiron Building. and on Fifth Avenue.

The video was based on the shooting of the Swedish group of cameramen Svenska Biografteatern, which at the beginning of the 20th century visited Niagara Falls, Paris, Venice, Monte Carlo, as well as New York. These shots were first released in 2018 by the Museum of Modern Art.

“The video was shot just three years before the outbreak of the First World War, and the daily life of the city, recorded here – traffic, people doing their own business – is random, almost pastoral in nature,” the museum said.

Denis Shiryaev processed the video using algorithms based on neural networks, such as Gigapixel AI and DAIN, increased FPS (frame rate) to 60 frames per second, comfortable for perception, expanded the image scale to 4K resolution, smoothed out the video sharpness and passed the resulting clip through the neural network Oldify NN, which automatically painted black and white frames.

The first thing that Swedish operators captured upon arrival in New York was the Statue of Liberty. The viewer then enters New York Harbor, which has now become a tourist attraction and is still used by tourist boats and ferries.

Fifth Avenue in 1911 was not as busy as it is now, and there was much more room for pedestrians on the Brooklyn Bridge. The film shows the New York Herald building, which no longer exists, but the statue of US-Swedish inventor John Ericsson in Battery Park has not changed much.

The famous Flatiron building, known for its strange shape, also came to us in an unchanged form.

Earlier, Denis Shiryaev released an updated version of the short film of the Lumiere brothers “Arrival of the Train at La Ciotat Station”, which premiered in 1896.


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