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Model Description

This is a Pytorch Lightning checkpoint of VQGAN, which learns a codebook of context-rich visual parts by leveraging both the use of convolutional methods and transformers. It was introduced in Taming Transformers for High-Resolution Image Synthesis (CVPR paper).

The model allows the encoding of images as a fixed-length sequence of tokens taken from the codebook.

This version of the model uses a reduction factor f=16 and a vocabulary of 13,384 tokens.

As an example of how the reduction factor works, images of size 256x256 are encoded to sequences of 256 tokens: 256/16 * 256/16. Images of 512x512 would result in sequences of 1024 tokens.

Datasets Used for Training

We fine-tuned on CC3M and YFCC100M to improve the encoding quality of people and faces, which are not very well represented in ImageNet. We used a subset of 2,268,720 images from CC3M and YFCC100M for this purpose.

Training Process

Finetuning was performed in PyTorch using taming-transformers. The full training process and model preparation includes these steps:

  • Pre-training on ImageNet. Previously performed. We used this checkpoint.
  • Fine-tuning, Part 1.
  • Fine-tuning, Part 2 – continuation from Part 1. The final checkpoint has been logged as an artifact in the training run and is the model present in this card.
  • Conversion to JAX as flax-community/vqgan_f16_16384.

How to Use

The checkpoint can be loaded using Pytorch-Lightning.

Note: omegaconf==2.0.0 is required for loading the checkpoint.

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