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Disney's Deepfakes Closer to Big-Screen Debut


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An original image (left) and a deep fake based on it.

Disney researchers demonstrated what they described as the first photorealistic deepfake at megapixel resolution.

Credit: Disney Research

Disney researchers have demonstrated what they described as the first photorealistic deepfake at megapixel resolution.

The maximum-resolution videos the scientists could create using the open source DeepFakeLab model were just 256 x 256 pixels in size, while their latest model can generate video with 1,024 x 1,024 resolution.

The model can swap the semblance of two individuals while maintaining the target's facial expressions, although videos indicate it can only generate deepfakes of well-lit individuals looking more or less directly at the camera at present.

The researchers said their goal is to produce deepfakes of sufficient quality for commercial projects, as a less time-consuming and more affordable alternative to traditional visual effects for film.

Deepfakes need far less supervision once the original model is assembled, and can produce video in just hours.

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