Jimi Hendrix: Sweden 1969 – 4K AI Upscale

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience – January 9, 1969, Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden – Pro-Shot Full Show – 4K AI Upscaling

It’s time for the first full concert upscale. Why not start with one of the best? Jimi Hendrix! Black and White footage from Stockholm, Sweden. Impressive video from 1969 to begin with. It’s 1st gen SVHS and after the 4K AI conversion it’s almost as good as new. Read more about the VHS tape (rollingstone.com). YouTube encoding does eat fine details, but overall. I’m really happy how this turned out. I could have cranked out the details even more, but it makes the footage look cartoonish. I prefer the original film look.

It’s a strange experience to watch this. Band does a quick “soundcheck/tuning” (you don’t see that nowadays with bigger acts) audience is quiet during the show, and everyone is seated. Even the first row! Also I love the lack of camera angles. Really. All you need is a few camera angles and that’s all. You can really focus on music. Modern concert videos have dozens of cameras, and the angle changes every two seconds. 

It’s not their best performance, but I don’t think it’s as bad as people say. Tuning problems, lack of enthusiasm…Sure they haven’t played for 6 weeks. It was snowy and cold in Sweden (yes, I did check the weather report from that day), and the concert started late. We don’t know all the details.


01 Killing Floor  (Howlin’ Wolf cover)
02 Spanish Castle Magic
03 Fire
04 Hey Joe
05 Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
06 Red House
07 Sunshine Of Your Love (Cream cover)

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Tech Stuff:

Topal Video Enhance AI works great when there isn’t much noise to begin with. Of course I tried all the deinterlacing methods that VEAI offers first, but once again it was time to fire up the method that is usually the best; QTGMC deinterlacing. I could have used the double framerate the QTGMC offers, but my new PC is still too slow for that. 4K render with VEAI would have taken two days, instead of one day. I don’t know how much that would have improved the end result. Of course AI upscaling is just a part of the story. Some other edits with Hitfilm Pro.

When it comes to audio. Minor tweaks with the audio levels. Also removed the 50hz hum that goes between the songs. Plenty of bass on this one. I tried to do something with it, but if you remove it. You’ll lose the soul. 

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One comment

  1. I want to thank you for keeping Jimihendrix Alive and Well. We owe it to all who have EARS to keep Jimi in the history of Man, One person who has created A wonderful world changing Effect that should NEVER EMPTED into the ill forgotten sins of the other Side!!

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