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How Samsung’s AI upscaling works on its new 8K QLED TVs

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One thing is for certain – 8K TVs are coming to Australia in 2019.  And Samsung is focusing on the customer experience and the amazing content we will be able to watch on these mesmerising new screens.

 There is no easily accessible 8K content a person can access to showcase these new TVs – for now.

Samsung knew this and in creating their incredible 8K TVs also came up with a remarkable intelligent upscaling feature.

Apart from looking amazing, the 8K TV also has plenty of power under the hood.

Part of that processing power is machine learning that is able to help transform lower resolution content into a spectacular image that will look great on an 8K panel.

Although picture quality will naturally depend on what content you are upscaling, viewers can watch just about anything all the way to 4K and it will almost magically be enhanced to help display an amazing picture on these new Samsung 8K TVs.

Yes, there are a lot more pixels to play with – more than 33 million as a matter of fact.

4K video (left) and 8K upscaled video (right): the 8K image appears more realistically rendered compared to the 4K one thanks to the enhanced detail of the objects depicted.

That’s four times as many as you will find on a 4K TV.

So the task of upscaling is certainly an important one that provides viewers with never-before-seen quality and experience of their favourite content.

The new Samsung 8K TVs can take everything from YouTube content and DVDs all the way up to the latest 4K movies on disk and  enhance the image experience*.

Samsung’s 8K intelligent upscaling isn’t just about adding pixels but a number of things including light, colour and line differentiation.

TV is intelligently analysing the image working out the necessary features and aspects that need to be improved.

The on-board Samsung Quantum Processor 8K does most of the heavy lifting here by restoring texture with delicate detail and drastically reducing visual static.

Just as the human eye takes in what is in front of it with no obfuscation and object depth differentiation, so the 8K QLED delivers scenes in detailed clarity thanks to the intelligent reactivity of 8K AI Upscaling (as compared with the FHD quality image on the 4K QLED TV [left]
Lower definition edges are then sharpened to help reduce blurriness while restoring lines.

That’s where machine learning comes into play while an intelligent algorithm can learn the differences and remember what it takes to take it from low definition to high definition content.

The intelligent TV knows that lines must be thin and thick rough areas must be more vivid.

It can also handle movement like camera hands and sweeps across an environment which is made to replicate how our eyes react to changing stimulus and helping to remove potential blur in the process.

With Samsung’s latest 8K TVs, upscaled content is designed to look sharp and clear. Images are rendered in real time to make them look like real objects that you can reach out and touch. In a landscape scene, an upscaled image can look more multidimensional.

HD video (left) and upscaled 8K video (right): Clearer letter outlines are noticeable in the upscaled image

The upscale texture is rendered to every surface to enhance the detail and make you think you’re almost looking at the real thing.

When examining objects in the upscaling process, TV can intelligently streamline thick and rough outlines and make them sharper.

A great example of this is making text more legible on-screen which can help reduce eyestrain.

The 8K intelligent upscaling also uses dense contrast expression which means objects and detail on a black background can become even more detailed compared to the original source resolution.

This heightens the realistic viewing experience while the intelligent algorithm studies black video patterns so it can portray deep black.

And the more upscaling it does the more it learns and improves.

4K video (left) and upscaled 8K video (right): More detailed contrasts highlight the details of objects in the black background

Like anything, the more you do something, the better you get at it.

It will develop and adapt as more video data becomes available for analysis.

But right out of the box, the Samsung 8K QLED TVs will find the right combination of colour, light and texture and offer it in amazing quality.

That’s the big difference with Samsung’s 8K intelligent upscaling technology which goes beyond improving resolution and image quality.

* Picture quality of upscaled content will vary depending on the quality and resolution of source content.

This post was sponsored by Samsung