Deblur Photos with DeblurGAN-v2 and OpenVINO™

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This tutorial demonstrates Single Image Motion Deblurring with DeblurGAN-v2 in OpenVINO, by first converting the VITA-Group/DeblurGANv2 model to OpenVINO Intermediate Representation (OpenVINO IR) format. For more information about the model, see the documentation.

What is deblurring?

Deblurring is the task of removing motion blurs that usually occur in photos shot with hand-held cameras when there are moving objects in the scene. Blurs not only reduce the human perception about the quality of the image, but also complicate computer vision analyses.

For more information, refer to the following research paper:

Kupyn, O., Martyniuk, T., Wu, J., & Wang, Z. (2019). DeblurGAN-v2: Deblurring (orders-of-magnitude) faster and better. In Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (pp. 8878-8887).


%pip install -q "openvino-dev>=2023.1.0"
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Note: you may need to restart the kernel to use updated packages.


import sys
from pathlib import Path

import cv2
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np
from IPython.display import Markdown, display
import openvino as ov

from notebook_utils import load_image


# A directory where the model will be downloaded.
model_dir = Path("model")

# The name of the model from Open Model Zoo.
model_name = "deblurgan-v2"
model_xml_path = model_dir / f"{model_name}.xml"
ov_model = None

precision = "FP16"

Select inference device

select device from dropdown list for running inference using OpenVINO

import ipywidgets as widgets

core = ov.Core()

device = widgets.Dropdown(
    options=core.available_devices + ["AUTO"],

Dropdown(description='Device:', index=1, options=('CPU', 'AUTO'), value='AUTO')

Download DeblurGAN-v2 Model

Model defined in VITA-Group/DeblurGANv2 repository. For converting model we should clone this repo and install its dependencies. To reduce conversion step, we will use OMZ downloader for downloading model weights. After downloading is finished, model related code will be saved in model/public/deblurgan-v2/models/ directory and weights in public/deblurgan-v2/ckpt/fpn_mobilenet.h5

download_command = (
    f"omz_downloader --name {model_name} --output_dir"
    f" {model_dir} --cache_dir {model_dir}"
display(Markdown(f"Download command: `{download_command}`"))
display(Markdown(f"Downloading {model_name}..."))
! $download_command

Download command: omz_downloader --name deblurgan-v2 --output_dir model --cache_dir model

Downloading deblurgan-v2…

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Prepare model

DeblurGAN-v2 is PyTorch model for converting it to OpenVINO Intermediate Representation format, we should first instantiate model class and load checkpoint weights.


import torch

from models.networks import get_generator

class DeblurV2(torch.nn.Module):
    def __init__(self, weights, model_name):

        parameters = {'g_name': model_name, 'norm_layer': 'instance'}
        self.impl = get_generator(parameters)
        checkpoint = torch.load(weights, map_location='cpu')['model']

    def forward(self, image):
        out = self.impl(image)
        # convert out to [0, 1] range
        out = (out + 1) / 2
        return out

Convert DeblurGAN-v2 Model to OpenVINO IR format

For best results with OpenVINO, it is recommended to convert the model to OpenVINO IR format. To convert the PyTorch model, we will use model conversion Python API. The ov.convert_model Python function returns an OpenVINO model ready to load on a device and start making predictions. We can save the model on the disk for next usage with ov.save_model. For more information about model conversion Python API, see this page.

Model conversion may take a while.

deblur_gan_model = DeblurV2("model/public/deblurgan-v2/ckpt/fpn_mobilenet.h5", "fpn_mobilenet")

with torch.no_grad():
    ov_model = ov.convert_model(deblur_gan_model, example_input=torch.ones((1,3,736,1312), dtype=torch.float32), input=[[1,3,736,1312]])
    ov.save_model(ov_model, model_xml_path, compress_to_fp16=(precision == "FP16"))

Load the Model

Load and compile the DeblurGAN-v2 model in the OpenVINO Runtime with core.read_model and compile it for the specified device with core.compile_model. Get input and output keys and the expected input shape for the model.

model = core.read_model(model=model_xml_path)
compiled_model = core.compile_model(model=model, device_name=device.value)
model_input_layer = compiled_model.input(0)
model_output_layer = compiled_model.output(0)
<ConstOutput: names[image] shape[1,3,736,1312] type: f32>
<ConstOutput: names[] shape[1,3,736,1312] type: f32>

Deblur Image

Load, resize and reshape input image

The input image is read by using the default load_image function from notebooks.utils. Then, resized to meet the network expected input sizes, and reshaped to (N, C, H, W), where N is a number of images in the batch, C is a number of channels, H is the height, and W is the width.

# Image filename (local path or URL)
filename = ""
# Load the input image.
# Load image returns image in BGR format
image = load_image(filename)

# Convert the image to expected by model RGB format
if image.shape[2] == 4:
    image = cv2.cvtColor(image, cv2.COLOR_BGRA2BGR)
image = cv2.cvtColor(image, cv2.COLOR_BGR2RGB)

# N,C,H,W = batch size, number of channels, height, width.
N, C, H, W = model_input_layer.shape

# Resize the image to meet network expected input sizes.
resized_image = cv2.resize(image, (W, H))

# Convert image to float32 precision anf normalize in [-1, 1] range
input_image = (resized_image.astype(np.float32) - 127.5) / 127.5

# Add batch dimension to input image tensor
input_image = np.expand_dims(input_image.transpose(2, 0, 1), 0)

Do Inference on the Input Image

Do the inference, convert the result to an image shape and resize it to the original image size.

# Inference.
result = compiled_model([input_image])[model_output_layer]

# Convert the result to an image shape and [0, 255] range
result_image = result[0].transpose((1, 2, 0)) * 255

h, w = image.shape[:2]

# Resize to the original image size and convert to original u8 precision
resized_result_image = cv2.resize(result_image, (w, h)).astype(np.uint8)

Display results

# Create subplot(r,c) by providing the no. of rows (r),
# number of columns (c) and figure size.
f, ax = plt.subplots(1, 2, figsize=(20, 20))

# Use the created array and display the images horizontally.


Save the deblurred image

Save the output image of the DeblurGAN-v2 model in the current directory.

savename = "deblurred.png"
cv2.imwrite(savename, resized_result_image);