New video-editing software gets multiframe tech

Analyzing multiple frames of a video lets vReveal software extract better image quality from each frame, MotionDSP says. Also: a boost from Nvidia graphics chips.

MotionDSP, the company that offered a novel approach to improving photos and video through its now-discontinued FixMyMovie Web site , plans to release a promised version of its software for personal computers.

MotionDSP's vReveal software can extract higher quality from videos by drawing on the data in multiple frames showing the same scene.
MotionDSP's vReveal software can extract higher quality from videos by drawing on the data in multiple frames showing the same scene. MotionDSP

The $49.99 software program, called vReveal, analyzes a video's adjacent frames and combines the data to create a higher-quality version. This can bring out details in dim areas, correct camera shake, and remove noise and blocky compression artifacts, the company said. The software also can rotate videos, increase video resolution, and extract still images.

In addition, the company said the software can employ the CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture) technology from graphics chipmaker Nvidia, enabling PCs with appropriate video cards to accelerate the processing-intensive task. The technology doesn't work with all Nvidia graphics processing units, but it works on systems without a compatible video card, the company said.

"It can run up to five times faster when you have a CUDA-enabled Nvidia GPU in your system," said vReveal product manager Mike Sonders. "This multiframe analysis is incredibly hardware intensive."

CUDA offloads some processing to an Nvidia graphics chip, but software must be specially adapted to take advantage of the extra horsepower.

About the author

Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.

 

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