Word of warning, get ready to be rickrolled like you’ve never been rickrolled in the past. Thanks to AI software, you can now fool your friends with Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” in crisp UHD.
CNET located the video, which was uploaded by YouTube user Revideo in late January, only to be discovered recently over the Internet in general this week. Revideo said it used Topaz Video Enhance, an AI-powered program to scale up the video, to remaster the clip in 4K and RIFE (Flowframes) to smooth it to 60 frames per second. We saw other people like Denis Shiryaev using similar software to update a silent film from 1896 and a tour of Tokyo before the First World War. Considering all this, it is surprising that it took so long for someone to apply the same treatment to “Never Gonna Give You Up”. After all, it’s just one of the favorite videos on the internet.