Follow the "government method of improving a blurry photo" illustrated in this youtube video.

I saw this youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOVziSwbgss that appears to illustrate a method "used by the government?" in Photoshop to enhance a blurry photo whereby not enough pixels exist to make the image clear.  I have CS6 v13.0.1 Expanded.

He appears to use some other version than mine. All I have that looks similar is the "Refine Edge" tool shown here http://screencast.com/t/FRF3KVB18NA5 which is not the same according to what he says in his youtube video.

Assistance in following his steps on this are greatly appreciated.
frugalmuleAsked:
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Robert ShermanOwnerCommented:
From the poster's comments on his youtube video:

"Then I found a leaked governmental Photoshop plugin which enables the user to do exactly the same thing as in the movies! I didn't find that plugin somewhere on the web, though, so I doubt there are ways to get it other than getting a leaked version from a friend..."

As you yourself have stated, there is not enough pixel information in order to produce the clear image that miraculously appears in the video.  Pretty sure the "technique" used in the video is just the reveal of the original image that he had all along, because there's no way to get those results from the blurred image he started with.
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jmpg_70Commented:
Im going to say, HOAX.
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Tom BeckCommented:
"Camera shake" type blurring can be fixed because the computer can determine the path created by similarly colored pixels as the camera lens moves during exposure. It then determines the center of the path and focuses all similarly colored pixels to that central point.

http://prodesigntools.com/photoshop-cs7-image-deblurring.html

But there is no way a computer can find the edges of objects in an image when there's not enough pixel information. The contrasts are too vague. Too few pixels mean the edges of objects are jagged anyway.
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frugalmuleAuthor Commented:
Ok, well some think this is a hoax video.  I'm not entirely convinced.  What is this tool?

Video Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOVziSwbgss

This looks different than my 'refine edge' tool and the author confirms that it is 'similar to' it.  So what is this tool?
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Tom BeckCommented:
It's called the Hollywood Tool. Similar to watching a high tech detective show where the computer geek brings up a blurry image of a bad guy on a security camera and the boss detective says "enhance that for me!" and the image of the bad guy suddenly comes into sharp focus.

The state of computer intelligence is at a point where a computer can inconsistently isolate a human face in an image. It's possible because every human face has two eyes a nose and a mouth roughly in the same place on the front of the skull. Do you really think that the technology has advanced to the point that a computer can recognize and isolate a dozen multi-colored plastic clothespins on a clothes line  from a blob of fuzzy pixels and render them perfectly?
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MereteCommented:
Depending on the degree and what the problem is, is it fuzzy or motion blur or out of focus, different tools for different problems.
It is quite difficult to remove them entirely,  but you can reduce blurriness from photos by increasing the sharpness using a good photo editor.
As mention above not all problems are fixable if the image is missing the main focus points.
If your image editor has an Unsharp Mask tool, use this instead of a basic Sharpen tool.
There are some very good tools I have used for out of focus images.
But I'd suggest you read up a little first with this great article from How to Geek on the different problems.
He also explains what is needed what can be done to give you a good base understanding.
http://www.howtogeek.com/108789/reader-request-how-to-repair-blurry-photos/
There is Paint Net free I use this little a lot has awesome amount of plugins
http://www.getpaint.net/index.html
plugins
http://paint.net.amihotornot.com.au/download/pluginspack/
drop your fuzzy image on then go to effects>photo and sharpen
example of one of my photos, I don't have any fuzzy  photos but if you post your photo I'll have a look at it and post back my steps/ if you can see the image on the right is sharper
Paint Net sharpen an image
If you have photoshop you have a great tool there.
How to Fix Blurry Photos in Photoshop
http://photoshop-tutorials.wonderhowto.com/how-to/fix-blurry-photos-photoshop-297855/
With my Nikon Camera I have the Arcsoft image editor and it's good for this problem
Here's the how using the same principal
http://www.arcsoft.com/topics/photo-editor/how-to-sharpen-blurry-photo.html
I have used Smart De Blur with some success, as they have trials give it a go
http://smartdeblur.net/
Focus Magic 65 dollars I have not tried but has good ratings.
 Features
Focus Magic uses advanced forensic strength deconvolution technology to literally "undo" blur. It can repair both out-of-focus blur and motion blur (camera shake) in an image. It is the only software that can significantly recover lost detail from blurry images.
http://www.focusmagic.com/

Your thoughts questions
Regards Merete
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David BruggeCommented:
Let me start with a little background in order to clear up some universally held misunderstandings.

The commonly used sharpening tools, do not actually sharpen, they detect changes in contrast and estimate them to be edges. Then it darkens the area on one side and lightens the pixels on the other. When viewed at a distance, this makes the ramp or gradation of the blur less pronounced shifting the eye to the collection of darker pixels in the center. This gives the ILLUSION of being sharper.

This technique was first developed by NASA decades ago in order to enhance the appearance of low resolution images returned from spacecraft. It has been refined over the years, mostly along the line of smarter algorithms that determine type and direction of blur and customizing the increase in contrast to match those areas.

What this video is allegedly showing is debluring, also known as deconvolution. There have been tremendous advances made in the science of actually removing blur from images. As Tom Beck has pointed out, the algorithms for detecting camera shake and motion blur are pretty robust and some of them have already been incorporated into the latest versions of Photoshop. As with all filters, these work amazingly well in some situations and very poorly in others. (In addition, Adobe does a very poor IMHO job explaining the proper use of the filters which is bad for the user, and an insult to the hard work engineers put into developing the feature in the first place).

Take a look at some of these scientific presentations to get a feel for where the start of the art was several years ago. You should know that in order to test the algorithms to see if they are detecting the type and degree of blur (blurs) that is in the image, scientist take a sharp image and intentionally blur it using various methods. They want to know if their program is able to detect the type or types of blur present and apply the right compensations and in the right order.

Nevertheless, the results are amazing.

http://www.cse.cuhk.edu.hk/~leojia/projects/robust_deblur/

http://grail.cs.washington.edu/projects/mdf_deblurring/synth_results/index.html

Also look at this video from 2011
http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/adobe-unveils-more-unblur-photoshop-feature-details-other-sneak-peeks/
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frugalmuleAuthor Commented:
Great stuff!
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MereteCommented:
Glad to help thankyou!
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