Can a still photo be used to improve video quality?

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My brother uses fancy video editing software to create videos for customers.   Some of those customers give him videos that they already created with cell phone cameras, and the quality is not always satisfactory.   It occurred to me that in some cases, he could go to the scene of the video and take a high resolution shot with a good still camera, and perhaps then video-editing software could use that still shot to fill in the textures and colors of the video better.   Is this possible?   I know that A.I. allows for distinguishing objects, so if its not possible in existing video-editing, perhaps it is doable.  Anyway, if this hasn't been done yet, it would be useful, at least for him.
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To the best my knowledge, if you can go out and take a quality photograph of a scene. And somehow intertwine it with lousy video footage to improve it. I’ve never heard of it.

 If someone is going to go to the original scene with a camera. They should take along a good video camera. And reshoot the footage while they’re there.

If you think about it. Lighting conditions, weather conditions, lens distortion, lens used, where exactly was the camera person standing to within a very small margin of error, because perspective matters. Even if the technology existed, with all the variables. I could list many more. How would you ever get a matching photograph to work with?

You can take poor footage, adjust the contrast, brightness etc. and so forth. But you still have poor footage in the long run. Unfortunately, there’s no magic bullet for that.

You can take a program like After Effects. Then, through a painstaking process you can replace a building in a dynamic and moving video scene. Replace the sky while you’re at it. Even add a electronic billboard to another building. And more. As shown in the image below.

In the project monitor on the left you will see the completed project. The new replacement building, new sky and electronic billboard.

In the right hand monitor your seeing After Effects user interface and the original unaltered video.

This is accomplished primarily through 3D motion tracking and a lot of painstaking rotoscoping work for the foreground objects in front of the building that was replaced. Masking and other effects.

The building and sky were PNG images. But the video and PNG images had to both be of high and matching quality.

I couldn’t mix-and-match a high quality image with a blurry video and get away with it. It would be obvious I was mixing different media sources together.  And it would look very unprofessional.

Anyway, that’s my take on it.

Regards, Joe

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While it wasn't intended for video, Microsoft teamed up with the University of Washington a few years back and created a product known as PhotoSynth. I'm not sure if it could be used for this purpose but it came to mind as I read the initial post. It was an interesting product.

You can read more about it at the link below.

Cheers... Rick :)