A professor at the University of Maryland, Aniket Bera started a personal project during quarantine after the COVID-19 outbreak using AI technology to color a classic Satyajit Ray film, Pather Panchali. The film uses artificial intelligence to color the scenes and Bera uploaded the 2.14 minute long video earlier in May, garnering attention globally.
He speaks about his project, “again, this is not the way to watch the movie but only an academic experiment. A lot of US professors and researchers experiment with so many old footage from the West. I wanted to try it out on something very close to my heart!" The process of incorporating colors and restoring the cinematic scenes took about 6-7 hours with no manual input required.
Image Credit: Aniket Bera