Motion DSP vReveal Software Reviewtacohunter52 - April 6, 2009
MotionDSP included 7 main tools in vReveal to help you make your video just the way you want it. These tools consist of Clean, 2x Resolution, Sharpen, Light & Contrast, Color, Stabalize, and Deinterlace. By themselves they don't really do all that much, but together they can change your not-so-great video into something pretty decent. I'll give you a quick run down of each of these tools and what they do.
Clean removes noise artifacts from your video. This includes pixelation and grain. Clean has three settings - Low, Medium, and High. Low is labeled faster and High is labled slower. What this means is that the higher the setting, the longer it will take to process. Although this is a small price to pay in order to make your movie look better, I would suggest putting Clean to High for all of your videos. However, if you're pressed for time a lower setting may be favorable.
2x Resolution is actually a pretty cool tool. What it does is double the height and width of your video, so a lower resolution video of say 320x240 will be scaled to 640x480. This feature is only available to videos with a resolution of 352x288 or smaller. If your video happens to be in this range of resolutions, then I'd once again have to say turn it on for every video.
Sharpen is a great tool for blurry videos, because what it does is sharpen the edges of objects. This basically means it will make things stand out from one another, instead of just being one big smudge. The higher you set your sharpening the more it will sharpen your video. The amount you do this will vary depending on your needs, but be aware that too much sharpening can detract from the image. Focus adjusts the point-spread of sharpening in your video. As you increase Sharpening, I'd suggest decreasing Focus. This will help make the objects in your picture smoother. Sharpening's default setting is 0, whereas Focus is automatically set to 1.
Light & Contrast:
Light & Contrast gives you several options and the likelyhood of them being needed in any video is quite high. The first option is Fill Light, which brightens your video. If you have a very dark video, you may wish to set this as high as it will go. If your video is already well lit, it might be best to just leave it. Highlights will increase the intensity of bright spots in your video. This tool should be used in small doses or else your video might end up looking like something from an art show. Shadows darkens the dark bits of your video. This again should not be set to maximum, unless of course you don't like seeing what you recorded. Auto Contrast does just what the name says it does. It will automatically contrast the Highlights and Shadows for the best possible outcome. The Fill Light default setting is 0. The Highlight default setting is 255, and the Shadow default setting is 0.
I'm sure that every one can guess what Color does. It allows you to adjust the color in your videos. You have two options, the first of which is Saturation. Saturation is automatically set at 50. What it does, is change strength of the colors in your video. If you set it to 0 you'll end up with black and white. With a setting of 100, you'll end up with the opposite of black and white. Your second option is White Balance, which is set at neutral. You can change it to cool, which means blue, or to warm, which means red. I'd suggest leaving White balance alone for the most part, especially if you are color blind!
This setting assists in mitigating the blur we get from shaky videos. Let's be honest - unless we are using tripods every time we record an event, our recordings are shaky! The shakier your video, the higher you should set stabilize. Zoom is very useful if you'll be stabilizing your videos, because when you stabilize, a black frame will appear around your video. You should zoom in untill the black areas are gone.
Deinterlacing is used to split interlaced video into separate fields. 1 frame = 2 fields.
You can see that separately these settings really don't do much. Like I said before, together they're strong (yes I got that from a disney movie script, or was it my PE coach?). To start off, I set Clean to high and turned on 2x Resolution. I then set Sharpen to 49, and lowered Focus to .80. For lighting I set Fill Light to 100, turned Highlights down to 201, and actually turned up Shadows to 49. For color, I turned Saturation up to 89, and kept White Balance at neutral. Who needs red pictures anyway? I did turn on Stabalize, but I kept it low, as you will not be able to see the effects through a picture.