It’s no secret that Deep Space Nine is one of my favorite shows of all time. In fact, I think it represents the high-water mark of Star Trek. Sadly, CBS doesn’t see it the same way and the licensing around Star Trek is split between CBS and Paramount. That leads to some “interesting” creative choices.
What’s interesting is how a fan was able to up convert footage shot on NTSC video to HD using AI.
From the article:
Don’t expect to see a fully upgraded DS9 hit the web in the near future. Legal issues notwithstanding (CBS is already antsy about unofficial Star Trek material), it’s still a technical challenge. It took CaptRobau two days to process five minutes of footage on his PC, and there are 176 episodes of the sci-fi classic. It’d take enthusiasts a long time to remaster everything. And you can likely forget about a fan-made 4K update. While AI Gigapixel does work, it’s both more intensive and has the unusual effect of creating very sharp edges while doing relatively little to sharpen everything else.