Comixify VFX Platform & Style Transfer used in “The Watch” produced by BBC America

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Give an Imp a couple mice and it’ll paint whatever you like! everyone knows that… everyone knows that!… Lady Sybil Ramkin The Watch TV Series, season one episode six “The Dark in The Dark”

By Bolesław Michalski

The TV Series The Watch produced by BBC America is now aired and we are proud to see our tech being used in it! In fact, and there is no other way to say it, we are the Imps as our tech was used to help the postproduction process in a recreation of hand-drawn, Imp made, animation sections. Our Style Transfer was used by Lola Post Production, currently delivering over 650 shots as the VFX vendor of The Watch inspired by the characters created by Sir Terry Pratchett Discworld novel, for specific scenes redrawn into an animation. We are extremely proud to work with one of the most respected and reliable independent VFX studios in London especially on BBC America produced TV series! And the effects of this cooperation might be seen in two episodes of season one!

Comixify.ai VFX Platform and Style Transfer tech used to aid animation post production process “The Watch Episode 6″
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Comixify VFX Platform now with Colorization!

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by Maciej Pęśko

A few weeks ago we released the Inpainting module. However, we are not slowing down and today we are pleased to announce the release of the sixth module, the Colorization! From today anyone can use it in our Comixify VFX Platform. The new functionality is available for free for all beta testing users. If you are not one of them, you can create an account here. It is totally free!

What can be achieved with the new Colorization module? Well, basically it does exactly what it sounds! Let’s imagine one has a massive amount of old, grayscale video sequences. Be it old family recordings or sports, historical archives. There are plenty of such materials that await to be brought to life by applying beautiful, vivid colors. Sadly, the standard colorization process is difficult and arduous. It requires plenty of manual labor from a qualified artist to get satisfying effects.

Comixify Colorization Q1 2021 Demo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iue7ulM8nQQ
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Comixify Testing – OpenCV AI Kit

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by Maciej Pęśko

Embedded Computer Vision – OpenCV AI Kit + DepthAI

We have recently got a small Computer Vision toy to play with, namely OpenCV AI Kit. It is a portable, complex device equipped with a camera along with quite considerable computing power to run simple AI models, which gives us a wide range of possibilities to use it in a fairly easy manner. For instance, we can simply create a parking monitoring device for cars and their license plate by using only this one device. The fact that we can easily use it with a library like DepthAI that comes with a quite big number of pre-trained models ready to use on such embedded devices makes it even easier to use and really cool.

Fig. 1 OAK-D and OAK-1.
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VFX Platform beta testing in numbers

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by Maciej Pęśko

Recently, we have finished the closed beta testing phase on our VFX Platform and moved to the open beta where everyone can set up an account and try out our amazing tools for free! We would love to share with you some numbers and information that we gathered from our users to give you a better picture of what we do, where we are and where we tend to be!

 Users structure

During recent 5 months our main goal was to test our core ideas with a diverse group of people from VFX producers to amateur video enthusiasts. Over 700 users applied to get access to our tools and we selected around 500 of them. The final users type structure can be seen below.

Fig. 1 Closed beta testing users types structure.
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VFX platform now with Inpainting!

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Video Inpainting is here!

by Maciej Pęśko

We are happy to announce that another module is available in Comixify VFX Platform. This time it is Video Inpainting! New module is available for free for all the beta testing users (If you are not one of them, you can create a beta testing account under this link). 

What exactly hides under this name? Well, let’s imagine one has a video sequence with some undesired objects, person, text or logo that should not be there. In general there are three ways to deal with it. The first one is to record a video from scratch, but in most cases this will be very expensive, time-consuming and sometimes even impossible. So the second option is to hide unwanted objects under some artificially added stuff. Yet here comes other problems like setting proper perspective and light for it or just simply one does not want to have any new elements in the sequence. From here we go to option 3, we could try to remove the unwelcome part of the sequence by replacing it with the background borrowed from other frames. In simple words, that is what Video Inpainting is doing.

Comixify.ai Inpainting – removing skiers form the video!
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Comixify Q&A VFX Post Production Forum

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By Bolesław Michalski

The Story of Post Production Forum (PPF) is interesting.

As you can read on PPF’s website: “The initiative to organize Post Production Forum, an event dedicated to people who work on the film after the shooting period, was born in 2016 in the city of Lódź. Initially, the festival called Montage Film Festival was focused on the role of editors in the process of creating a film work. Golden Scissors statuettes in the short film competition were handed out to Polish and foreign editors. Over time, the festival formula naturally began to expand to include events, meetings, workshops and panels about other processes that occur during post-production.”

We were invited to the 2020 edition with our prelection about AI usage in VFX post-production. We were able to showcase our AI VFX Platform and its modules used for Rotoscopy, Style Transfer, Super Resolution and Super Slowmotion.

Bolesław Michalski COO & CMO Comixify.ai during his Post Production Forum Panel.
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Comixify platform used to help kids with autism

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By Bolesław Michalski

Our platform is used by teachers and students on a daily basis. Mainly as a creative solution for homework, posters and sometimes presentations. We are happy to support every educational project. However, this project was different and made us all very proud! This time, the authors of the project together with Polish Scientific Publishers PWN created comic stories that are used to help people with autism.

“Jestem ZA rozmową”, “Im FOR the convesrsation” (ZA translates to for but it is also shortcut of Asperger’s Syndrome). Authors: Joanna Latosińska-Kulasek, Paulina Zawadzka
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Comixify with a new Super Resolution model!

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VFX platform now with Super Resolution!

by Maciej Pęśko

It has been a while but we are pleased to announce that Comixify VFX Platform has been extended with an additional module. Please welcome Super Resolution! This new functionality is now available for free for all the beta testing users (If you are not one of them, you can still apply for a free beta testing account under this link). 

Comixify VFX SaaS Platform
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Michael DaCosta Babb to join Comixify as an Investors Relations Advisor

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Comixify ready with products for B2B and B2C

By Bolesław Michalski

Closed Beta Tests of the SaaS Platform developed by Comixify are coming to an end. After almost three months of testing the platform by a selected group of users, we know that our product not only meets the needs of the professional market but also enjoys interest among people looking for creative video editing solutions.

Over 25% of beta testers describe themselves as a “video enthusiast.”

Seeing such a strong B2C interest, we introduced a number of improvements. Such as a mechanism for an on-screen painting of rotoscope masks and the short preview videos for the Style Transfer tasks. This way we made adding tasks simple! Now even an amateur gets access to tools that were previously reserved mainly for the professional market.

Style Transfer task creation sample
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The story of Comixify.ai

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Find out more about our story!

by Maciej Pęśko

It has been 2.5 years since our five-member team has known each other and frankly speaking it has been a really crazy and intensive time. We decided to share our story with you to inspire everyone to work on making dreams come true. 

How It all started

It was February 2018, we were working in different companies and we barely knew each other. What we had in common was a strong computer vision background and passion to create something great. At that time, three of us, namely Paweł, Adam and I were still Warsaw University of Technology students looking for their thesis topics. We knew that we wanted to do something special and non-trivial concerning Deep Learning and Computer Vision, hence our supervisor choice was Tomasz Trzciński. One of the greatest Computer Vision and Machine Learning specialists at the University. There we met and rapidly came up with the very first idea. Adam is a great fan of comics and he proposed an extraordinary idea, “Let’s create an end-to-end algorithm to transform videos into comics”. We all agreed on it, split the problem on smaller tasks, redistributed work and started our research.

Fig. 1. comixify.ai web page look in December 2018 (Left) and September 2020 (Right)
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