UPDATE 3: This method/bug is no longer working. Topaz fixed it. You don’t have to worry about it anymore.
UPDATE 2: I believe this is some kinda drivers issue. I might be wrong but I still have no answer for it.
When I use 4K UHD 200% with 4K output, it uses this model (ahq-v11-fnet-fp16-576x672-4x-ox.tz)
When I use Custom setting standalone with 200% output, it uses this model (ahq-v11-fnet-fp16-576x672-2x-ox.tz)
Appearently, I can see VEAI is using wrong models. At least on my machine with dual RTX 3090 (All GPU option).
I know it sounds weird, but I’ve been using VEAI for months with Artemis artifacts here and there. I know a lot of people dealing with things like detail smoothout, or weird faces, or artifacts in general. But here I found the solution and I would like to ask everyone to test it out. I’m sure that it will blow your mind.
Normally, we all pick Full HD or UHD options for videos and then let it run right? Some users will adjust the custom settings AFTER you pick Full HD or UHD right? You’re not alone, I did that all the time. But why I highlighted AFTER? Let me explain.
I believe that VEAI has some presets for UHD and Full HD that are “incorrectly” upscale the pixels. Since not every video has the same quality, these FHD and UHD options basically just try to guess missing pixels. I don’t know if it’s true, I might be wrong, but I’m just trying to explain my thoughts about it.
Today, I tested something that I haven’t tried before. I picked Custom setting option FIRST. Then choose 100-200-400-450% upscaling. And you know what? Almost no artifacts for every model, including Artemis and Dione models. It’s just like… magic. No over detail smoothout, no artifacts (except grass and trees if you zoom in, but less visible than before). This is AMAZING. I’m not sure how to explain it, but the developers will know what I’m talking about. If you (the developers) read my post, please give me and the others an explanation. This is very interesting to me to test out every single model again with this method. You might think it is the same when you pick Custom setting only vs FHD/UHD + Custom setting, but it is NOT. Test it out yourself and you will see what I mean. I was upscaling DVDs with Gaia CG the most, because other models just gave me a ton of unwanted artifacts. But this method just solved 90% artifacts I had. Trees and grass are less “over-upscaling”, skins without detail smoothout, but 200% is much better than 400% for footages that have trees and grass. But still very very precise.
After pick the settings, look at the model indicator on the lower left corner of the video. It should show “Artemis High Quality v11 ERR” or something like that. If you choose FHD or UHD first, it will show “Artemis High Quality v11 4K/HD/200%/400%/100%”. It must be ERR to work perfectly.
Now I just go ahead and test every single model again to find out what is good for DVD and Blu-Ray contents again. I will wait for you guys replies and see if I’m right. If it doesn’t work for you, it’s okay, but please try again with other footages. I believe this method will change your mind about VEAI from now on.