Video Super Resolution with OpenVINO™

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Super Resolution is the process of enhancing the quality of an image by increasing the pixel count using deep learning. This notebook applies Single Image Super Resolution (SISR) to frames in a 360p (480×360) video in 360p resolution. A model called single-image-super-resolution-1032, which is available in Open Model Zoo, is used in this tutorial. It is based on the research paper cited below.

Y. Liu et al., “An Attention-Based Approach for Single Image Super Resolution,” 2018 24th International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR), 2018, pp. 2777-2784, doi: 10.1109/ICPR.2018.8545760.

NOTE: The Single Image Super Resolution (SISR) model used in this demo is not optimized for a video. Results may vary depending on the video.



import time
import urllib
from pathlib import Path

import cv2
import numpy as np
from IPython.display import (
from openvino.runtime import Core
from pytube import YouTube


# A device to use for inference. For example, "CPU", or "GPU".
# 1032: 4x superresolution, 1033: 3x superresolution
MODEL_FILE = "model/single-image-super-resolution-1032.xml"
model_name = Path(MODEL_FILE).name
model_xml_path = Path(MODEL_FILE).with_suffix(".xml")


def write_text_on_image(image: np.ndarray, text: str) -> np.ndarray:
    Write the specified text in the top left corner of the image
    as white text with a black border.

    :param image: image as numpy array with HWC shape, RGB or BGR
    :param text: text to write
    :return: image with written text, as numpy array
    font = cv2.FONT_HERSHEY_PLAIN
    org = (20, 20)
    font_scale = 4
    font_color = (255, 255, 255)
    line_type = 1
    font_thickness = 2
    text_color_bg = (0, 0, 0)
    x, y = org

    image = cv2.UMat(image)
    (text_w, text_h), _ = cv2.getTextSize(
        text=text, fontFace=font, fontScale=font_scale, thickness=font_thickness
    result_im = cv2.rectangle(
        img=image, pt1=org, pt2=(x + text_w, y + text_h), color=text_color_bg, thickness=-1

    textim = cv2.putText(
        org=(x, y + text_h + font_scale - 1),
    return textim.get()

def load_image(path: str) -> np.ndarray:
    Loads an image from `path` and returns it as BGR numpy array.

    :param path: path to an image filename or url
    :return: image as numpy array, with BGR channel order
    if path.startswith("http"):
        # Set User-Agent to Mozilla because some websites block requests
        # with User-Agent Python.
        request = urllib.request.Request(url=path, headers={"User-Agent": "Mozilla/5.0"})
        response = urllib.request.urlopen(url=request)
        array = np.asarray(bytearray(, dtype="uint8")
        image = cv2.imdecode(buf=array, flags=-1)  # Loads the image as BGR.
        image = cv2.imread(filename=path)
    return image

def convert_result_to_image(result) -> np.ndarray:
    Convert network result of floating point numbers to image with integer
    values from 0-255. Values outside this range are clipped to 0 and 255.

    :param result: a single superresolution network result in N,C,H,W shape
    result = result.squeeze(0).transpose(1, 2, 0)
    result *= 255
    result[result < 0] = 0
    result[result > 255] = 255
    result = result.astype(np.uint8)
    return result

Load the Superresolution Model

Load the model in OpenVINO Runtime with ie.read_model and compile it for the specified device with ie.compile_model.

ie = Core()
model = ie.read_model(model=model_xml_path)
compiled_model = ie.compile_model(model=model, device_name=DEVICE)

Get information about network inputs and outputs. The Super Resolution model expects two inputs: the input image and a bicubic interpolation of the input image to the target size of 1920x1080. It returns the super resolution version of the image in 1920x1080.

# Network inputs and outputs are dictionaries. Get the keys for the
# dictionaries.
original_image_key, bicubic_image_key = compiled_model.inputs
output_key = compiled_model.output(0)

# Get the expected input and target shape. The `.dims[2:]` function returns the height
# and width.The `resize` function of  OpenCV expects the shape as (width, height),
# so reverse the shape with `[::-1]` and convert it to a tuple.
input_height, input_width = list(original_image_key.shape)[2:]
target_height, target_width = list(bicubic_image_key.shape)[2:]

upsample_factor = int(target_height / input_height)

print(f"The network expects inputs with a width of {input_width}, " f"height of {input_height}")
print(f"The network returns images with a width of {target_width}, " f"height of {target_height}")

    f"The image sides are upsampled by a factor of {upsample_factor}. "
    f"The new image is {upsample_factor**2} times as large as the "
    "original image"
The network expects inputs with a width of 480, height of 270
The network returns images with a width of 1920, height of 1080
The image sides are upsampled by a factor of 4. The new image is 16 times as large as the original image

Superresolution on Video

Download a YouTube video with PyTube and enhance the video quality with superresolution.

By default, only the first 100 frames of the video are processed. Change NUM_FRAMES in the cell below to modify this.

NOTE: The resulting video does not contain audio. The input video should be a landscape video and have an input resolution of 360p (640x360) for the 1032 model, or 480p (720x480) for the 1033 model.


VIDEO_DIR = "data"
OUTPUT_DIR = "output"

# Maximum number of frames to read from the input video. Set to 0 to read all frames.
# The format for saving the result videos. The `vp09` codec is slow, but widely available.
# If you have FFMPEG installed, you can change FOURCC to `*"THEO"` to improve video writing speed.
FOURCC = cv2.VideoWriter_fourcc(*"vp09")

Download and Prepare Video

# Use pytube to download a video. It downloads to the videos subdirectory.
# You can also place a local video there and comment out the following lines
yt = YouTube(VIDEO_URL)
# Use `yt.streams` to see all available streams. See the PyTube documentation
# for advanced
# filtering options
    stream = yt.streams.filter(resolution="360p").first()
    filename = Path(stream.default_filename.encode("ascii", "ignore").decode("ascii")).stem, filename=filename)
    print(f"Video {filename} downloaded to {OUTPUT_DIR}")

    # Create Path objects for the input video and the resulting videos.
    video_path = Path(stream.get_file_path(filename, OUTPUT_DIR))
except Exception:
    # If PyTube fails, use a local video stored in the VIDEO_DIR directory.
    video_path = Path(rf"{VIDEO_DIR}/CEO Pat Gelsinger on Leading Intel.mp4")

# Path names for the result videos.
superres_video_path = Path(f"{OUTPUT_DIR}/{video_path.stem}_superres.mp4")
bicubic_video_path = Path(f"{OUTPUT_DIR}/{video_path.stem}_bicubic.mp4")
comparison_video_path = Path(f"{OUTPUT_DIR}/{video_path.stem}_superres_comparison.mp4")
Video Leading Intel with CEO Pat Gelsinger downloaded to output
# Open the video and get the dimensions and the FPS.
cap = cv2.VideoCapture(filename=str(video_path))
ret, image =
if not ret:
    raise ValueError(f"The video at '{video_path}' cannot be read.")
fps = cap.get(cv2.CAP_PROP_FPS)
frame_count = cap.get(cv2.CAP_PROP_FRAME_COUNT)

if NUM_FRAMES == 0:
    total_frames = frame_count
    total_frames = min(frame_count, NUM_FRAMES)

original_frame_height, original_frame_width = image.shape[:2]

    f"The input video has a frame width of {original_frame_width}, "
    f"frame height of {original_frame_height} and runs at {fps:.2f} fps"
The input video has a frame width of 640, frame height of 360 and runs at 29.97 fps

Create a superresolution video, a bicubic video and a comparison video. The superresolution video contains the enhanced video, upsampled with superresolution, the bicubic video is the input video upsampled with bicubic interpolation, the comparison video sets the bicubic video and the superresolution side by side.

superres_video = cv2.VideoWriter(
    frameSize=(target_width, target_height),
bicubic_video = cv2.VideoWriter(
    frameSize=(target_width, target_height),
comparison_video = cv2.VideoWriter(
    frameSize=(target_width * 2, target_height),

Do Inference

Read video frames and enhance them with superresolution. Save the superresolution video, the bicubic video and the comparison video to a file.

The code below reads the video frame by frame. Each frame is resized and reshaped to the network input shape and upsampled with bicubic interpolation to the target shape. Both the original and the bicubic images are propagated through the network. The network result is a numpy array with floating point values, with a shape of (1,3,1920,1080). This array is converted to an 8-bit image with the (1080,1920,3) shape and written to a superres_video. The bicubic image is written to a bicubic_video for comparison. Finally, the bicubic and result frames are combined side by side and written to a comparison_video. A progress bar shows the progress of the process. Both inference time and total time to process each frame are measured. That also includes inference time as well as the time it takes to process and write the video.

start_time = time.perf_counter()
frame_nr = 0
total_inference_duration = 0

progress_bar = ProgressBar(total=total_frames)

cap = cv2.VideoCapture(filename=str(video_path))
    while cap.isOpened():
        ret, image =
        if not ret:

        if frame_nr >= total_frames:

        # Resize the input image to the network shape and convert it from (H,W,C) to
        # (N,C,H,W).
        resized_image = cv2.resize(src=image, dsize=(input_width, input_height))
        input_image_original = np.expand_dims(resized_image.transpose(2, 0, 1), axis=0)

        # Resize and reshape the image to the target shape with bicubic
        # interpolation.
        bicubic_image = cv2.resize(
            src=image, dsize=(target_width, target_height), interpolation=cv2.INTER_CUBIC
        input_image_bicubic = np.expand_dims(bicubic_image.transpose(2, 0, 1), axis=0)

        # Do inference.
        inference_start_time = time.perf_counter()
        result = compiled_model(
                original_image_key.any_name: input_image_original,
                bicubic_image_key.any_name: input_image_bicubic,
        inference_stop_time = time.perf_counter()
        inference_duration = inference_stop_time - inference_start_time
        total_inference_duration += inference_duration

        # Transform the inference result into an image.
        result_frame = convert_result_to_image(result=result)

        # Write the result image and the bicubic image to a video file.

        stacked_frame = np.hstack((bicubic_image, result_frame))

        frame_nr = frame_nr + 1

        # Update the progress bar and the status message.
        progress_bar.progress = frame_nr
        if frame_nr % 10 == 0 or frame_nr == total_frames:
                    f"Processed frame {frame_nr}. Inference time: "
                    f"{inference_duration:.2f} seconds "
                    f"({1/inference_duration:.2f} FPS)"

except KeyboardInterrupt:
    print("Processing interrupted.")
    end_time = time.perf_counter()
    duration = end_time - start_time
    print(f"Video's saved to {comparison_video_path.parent} directory.")
        f"Processed {frame_nr} frames in {duration:.2f} seconds. Total FPS "
        f"(including video processing): {frame_nr/duration:.2f}. "
        f"Inference FPS: {frame_nr/total_inference_duration:.2f}."
Processed frame 100. Inference time: 0.12 seconds (8.46 FPS)
Video's saved to output directory.
Processed 100 frames in 246.01 seconds. Total FPS (including video processing): 0.41. Inference FPS: 8.36.

Show Side-by-Side Video of Bicubic and Superresolution Version

if not comparison_video_path.exists():
    raise ValueError("The comparison video does not exist.")
    video_link = FileLink(comparison_video_path)
    video_link.html_link_str = "<a href='%s' download>%s</a>"
            f"Showing side by side comparison. If you cannot see the video in "
            "your browser, please click on the following link to download "
            f"the video<br>{video_link._repr_html_()}"
    display(Video(comparison_video_path, width=800, embed=True))
Showing side by side comparison. If you cannot see the video in your browser, please click on the following link to download the video
output/Leading Intel with CEO Pat Gelsinger_superres_comparison.mp4