My first experience with a Topaz Labs’ product was Gigapixel which upscaled still images. It was incredible. I upscaled a small jpeg 600%, and the result was much better than the original.
When a video project came up that required upscaling, I purchased Video Enhance AI (pre-cursor to Video AI) a few years ago. It’s amazing. Not only does it uprez, but it de-blurs, de-noises and makes other positive picture improvements. I’ve used it with bad footage and in my experience, the result has looked better than the original.
I was editing an HD project and after watching a wide shot, the director asked me if we could zoom in to lose part of the foreground. As it required a 40% zoom in, I up-rezed the HD clip to 4K, which I then used in the HD timeline. After zooming in, the result looked exactly like the original HD.
I’ve been recommending Topaz Labs’ products for years. I’ve used them for forensic projects, and they shine. Topaz Labs has fully functional trials, so see for yourself.
As with any workflows and software solutions, the results are subjective. I use the Topaz Suite (Sharpen, Noise Reduction, Gigapixel). I have dialed in the results and love the software. I just purchased Video AI on a special and look forward to doing the same. For Photo AI and all the products it is not for all images or videos and just a tool for enhancing certain content. Certainly a game changer. I shoot with Nikon D500s and D7500 and older D lenses. With this workflow and process I can put my name on it.