I’m having a conundrum.
I’m still not over the “Artemis-MQ” mode from version 1.2.0. Let me explain why.
Video Enhance AI 1.2.0 was online at the Topaz Website only briefly. It was removed after something like a day or two because (if I recall correctly) it had too many compatibility problems with different video cards.
When version 1.2.1 came out, not only was Artemis-MQ removed, but the other two Artemis modes changed quite a bit. They didn’t produce the same results as the models from 1.2.0. I felt they were worse actually!
A lot of people say that Gaia-HQ is the best mode. I experimented with this mode again starting at version 1.3.8 and found that it was indeed better at some things… but it was not altogether better.
Gaia-HQ is very good with faces and hair. It can also bring more “imagined” detail out of certain objects and textures. But it does not do as well with overall focus, background objects, and textures in a scene. For that, “Artemis-MQ” gives the best results so far in my testing.
It would be REALLY nice, to see the Gaia-HQ mode improved… maybe “combined” with Artemis-MQ, so that it can do more unblurring than it currently does.
(Frankly I’m kind of not liking hearing that more models are going to be added… that seems like it’s just going to make users have to spend even more time experimenting with different settings. I feel like I want the program to be more like Gigapixel, where you just press the “enhance!” button and it gives the best result it can!)
So, I found some good examples of frames where some parts have superior results with Gaia-HQ, and some parts of the same frame look better with Artemis-MQ.
On both of the above examples, the first image is Artemis-MQ, the second is Gaia-HQ, the third shows a cropped area with better Gaia-HQ results, and the fourth is a cropped area with better Artemis-MQ results.
When doing final processing on the results, putting them on a DLNA server and watching them on a 65 inch higher end television, I feel like Artemis-MQ is the preferred result, because while it doesn’t have the extra “imagined” detail of Gaia-HQ, the overall focus of everything is better and sharper, so it gives more of an “HD” impression.
Again, I feel what I really want is some kind of combination of Gaia-HQ and Artemis-MQ. (Artemis-MQ almost kind of reminds me of the “focus” mode of Topaz Sharpen AI in fact.)