Video Enhance AI v2.6 at a glance

  • Native Apple M1 silicon support – Experience a 20-30% performance boost compared to the previous version that required Rosetta emulation.
  • New Chronos Fast AI model – Built for high-resolution video clips with fast motion, delivering 2-3x faster performance than the current Chronos v2 AI model.
  • New Proteus, Artemis, and Dione AI models – Optimized to be about 30% faster on Windows computers while providing improved quality compared to previous models. Refinements to these AI models also increase video quality compared to previous versions.
  • Lots of usability improvements and bug fixes – We’ve made many improvements to our AI engine for improved speed and stability across a wider range of hardware, as well as including several helpful usability improvements.

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Release Notes

Native Apple M1 silicon support

While Video Enhance AI has worked on Apple’s new integrated M1 System on a Chip architecture using Rosetta emulation, we’re now excited to offer native support for the latest generation of Apple M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max computers. Apple M1 users can expect a 20-30% performance boost across the board when compared to using Rosetta emulation, as well as significant gains when compared to Intel-equivalent machines. Here is a chart illustrating the performance gains across several Apple computer configurations.

New Chronos Fast AI model

We introduced the Chronos model to provide exceptional quality when slowing footage down (up to 2000%), as well as converting the frame rate of your video clips. Both of these frame interpolation processes can be very processor-intensive and could take a long time to complete. The new Chronos Fast model addresses this speed issue by analyzing larger blocks in each frame, which is especially helpful for high-resolution videos beyond HD (think 4K and 8K clips). As a result, the new Chronos Fast model provides an impressive 2-3x faster processing. Here are two charts illustrating the processing speed increase of Chronos Fast on both Mac and Windows machines, as well as a clip slowed down by 400% while also increasing the frame rate to 60 FPS.

New Proteus, Artemis, and Dione models

One of our chief goals when training updates to our AI models is to provide faster processing times and improve fine-tuned details for better frame quality. This updated training helps to reduce artifacts and improve details when compared to previous versions. That is why we have optimized new Proteus, Artemis, and Dione models, all of which now deliver 20-30% faster performance for Windows-based GPU-enabled machines. We are also working hard to bring similar performance improvements to our Mac users soon.

Lots of usability improvements and bug fixes

We’ve tightened up a lot of usability issues to make Video Enhance AI more stable and reliable. You will now be provided with a much more accurate ETA estimate when performing video processes in the timeline. We’ve also improved the consistency of maintaining model parameters when using batch processing, along with a number of other functional improvements.

About the Author: Brian Matiash

Brian Matiash serves as Product Marketing Manager for Topaz Labs and manages the Topaz Labs Learning Center. He is also a photo educator and author, with his work being featured in dozens of international publications. Learn more about Brian by visiting his website.
Published On: November 9th, 2021 / Categories: Product Update, Video Enhance AI /


  1. BG November 21, 2021 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    is there a feature like automatically scan folders for new videos and upscale them with presets set for the folder? Is something like this on the roadmap?

    • Brian Matiash November 22, 2021 at 5:21 pm - Reply

      That’s a great feature request! While we don’t currently have this support, I did submit it to the product team for consideration. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  2. wjohnas November 15, 2021 at 9:34 am - Reply

    I have a question, it seems like Artemis model on Apple silicon mac uses apple’s neural engine. Would that means M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max will have similar performance on Artemis?

    • Brian Matiash November 15, 2021 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      You’re correct. While all of the M1 computers should offer similar performance, especially when compared to Intel-based Macs, there will be some variation because the M1 Max and M1 Pro have more neural cores than the original M1. Still, you should see performance improvements.

  3. wjohnas November 15, 2021 at 9:30 am - Reply

    I just try your demo software. wow. you guys are amazing!

    • Brian Matiash November 15, 2021 at 10:48 am - Reply

      Thanks so much for giving Video Enhance AI and shot and for the kind words! We really appreciate it!

  4. Kendall November 15, 2021 at 2:20 am - Reply

    I noticed with both the updated v2 Chronos model, and the new fast Chronos model, that you are no longer able to enter a custom framerate up to 10x of the input. Is this an intended change, or a bug? Other than that, great update.

    • Brian Matiash November 15, 2021 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      Hey there, Kendall. You can still manually type in a custom frame rate in that field, but according to my tests, it won’t support a frame rate above 120 fps.

  5. Peter November 14, 2021 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    Are you able to save a project? I don’t see that option in the trial version.

    • Brian Matiash November 15, 2021 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      Hey there, Peter. Saving projects is a feature that we are looking into, but it is not currently supported.

  6. Bud Martin Budzynski November 12, 2021 at 3:33 am - Reply

    Hello Brian, my name is Bud Martin Budzynski from the UK and I’m an Astrophotographer specialising in hi quality, hi resolution Lunar imaging. My process begins with a 30 second video stream (approx 2000 frames) which I then process through an app which scans the video frame-by-frame to select the best (sharpest) frames (and rejecting those with atmospheric turbulence). This software then stacks these good frames into a single image which I can then further refine with my other Topaz products. I’ve tried using VE to improve the clarity of the initial video but without any real success… I’m assuming your AI models are ‘Earth’ based and don’t recognise anything like the rugged Lunar topography. Any thoughts? Kindest regards. Bud

    • Brian Matiash November 12, 2021 at 1:31 pm - Reply

      That’s so cool, Bud! You’re correct in assuming that our models are predominantly trained on terrestrial footage, primarily because we don’t have a large enough library of lunar footage. With that said, I have run archival footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing through VEAI to deinterlace it and the results were very impressive. So, it should provide some improvement.

  7. Joey November 11, 2021 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    After purchasing, how long can I expect to be able to update to the latest version?

    • Brian Matiash November 12, 2021 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      Every purchase of our applications comes with one year of upgrades included. After that year, you have the option to purchase another year of product upgrades, but you’ll also have lifetime access to the latest version available at the time of your one-year upgrade expiration. You can learn more about our pricing and upgrade structure here.

  8. Thomas Hartkop November 11, 2021 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    I purchased video enhance AI and have been using version 2.4.
    I am having problems downloading 2.6.
    Mac iOS 12.0.1, Monterey, MacPro 2019, 192 GB RAM, 8 TB SSD.
    Somewhere in the didactic of one of your upgrade ads it talked about not compatible with certain Mac Computers is that true. Is that the reason that it will not download.

    I am up rezzing old Betacam, Beta, VHS and Umatic masters to 1080p from interlaced SD tv.

    • Brian Matiash November 12, 2021 at 2:07 pm - Reply

      Hey there, Thomas. You should certainly be able to download and install Video Enhance AI v2.6 on your Mac. Your hardware is more than sufficient to run it. Here is the Mac installer link that you can use in the meantime. Let me know if that helps.

  9. Mimmo Curreri November 11, 2021 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    What video encodings can capture, reads Apple ProRes files or Avid files

    • Brian Matiash November 15, 2021 at 2:28 pm - Reply

      Video Enhance AI should support Apple ProRes files, but we haven’t been able to confirm whether Avid files work.

  10. Brian Kushner November 11, 2021 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Does this software reduce video noise?

    • Brian Matiash November 12, 2021 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      Hey there, Brian. Yup! The Proteus model in Video Enhance AI has a noise reduction control that you can apply to your video clips.

  11. Anthony Cayetano November 11, 2021 at 8:58 am - Reply

    My question is that does the M1-native app fully leverages the Mo’s GPU and/or Neural Cores? Or is there still room for performance improvements? Thanks!

    • Brian Matiash November 12, 2021 at 3:01 pm - Reply

      Hey there, Anthony. I can tell you that we are actively working on further optimizing performance with the M1/Pro/Max architecture. It’s already blazing fast but there will definitely be more improvements coming.

  12. John Reichel November 10, 2021 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    Good description, Brian. I’ve been using it to improve all kinds of old source material (8mm and VHS analog video, old digital cameras, 720P digital video). Then I edit them with my regular video editor.

    • Brian Matiash November 12, 2021 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      That’s wonderful to hear, John! I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying Video Enhance AI!

  13. H.M. November 10, 2021 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Still Not HDR Supported ?

    • Brian Matiash November 12, 2021 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      Not yet… Video Enhance AI does not currently support HDR video.

  14. Tony Serra November 10, 2021 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    How does the upgrade process work? Do you have to uninstall the older version, then do a completely new install?

    • Brian Matiash November 15, 2021 at 2:28 pm - Reply

      You can uninstall the previous version if you’d like. Or you can copy the new version to your Applications folder and overwrite the previous version.

  15. Juiog November 10, 2021 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Any of these AI versions trained & capable to improve VHS video, digitized to interlaced MPEG2 none the less?

    • Brian Matiash November 10, 2021 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      We have LOTS of users who use Video Enhance AI to improve the quality of digitized VHS tapes, including upscaling and deinterlacing them.

  16. SHP November 10, 2021 at 11:54 am - Reply

    If you use a trial mode, watermark will be added.

    • Brian Matiash November 10, 2021 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      That is correct. A watermark will be added if you export the clip, but it will not be visible while using the app itself.

  17. colin dearing November 10, 2021 at 2:33 am - Reply

    Is this a video editor? I have home videos dating back to 1990 that are very poor quality in comparison to today’s capture standard. Could your software make vast improvements or can it only work so much with what it is given?

    • Brian Matiash November 10, 2021 at 12:11 pm - Reply

      Hey there, Colin. Video Enhance AI isn’t a video editing app in the traditional sense where you’d layout video and audio clips to create a full video. Rather, you’d use Video Enhance AI to perform specific tasks, such as upscaling, frame rate conversion, slow motion, and de-interlacing, to improve the overall quality. You would then use those output clips as part of your video project. I hope that helps!

  18. Ee Thai November 9, 2021 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    Just the update I’ve been looking forward to, thanks!

  19. Manny November 9, 2021 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Is this download (Windows), is it a trial version or a stand-alone program?

    • Brian Matiash November 10, 2021 at 10:53 am - Reply

      There are both Mac and Windows downloaders. They’re the full versions of the app but will function in Trial mode until you purchase a license.

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