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low to high quality converter?

Post  GottaLaunch on Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:01 pm

Hey Folks,

Previous week I came across this: Magic bullet Instant HD Advanced.

It says it can easely convert lower quality to HD format...

Wouldn't this be THE solution when working with a low resolution camera??? Shocked


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Re: low to high quality converter?

Post  David on Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:46 pm

WVD wrote:

Wouldn't this be THE solution when working with a low resolution camera??? Shocked



Very intertesting product.

This could be a solution, but there are some questions I would have that the demo video did not answer.

Composition of your shots for the most part. Since it alters the footage by zooming in and doing a fill crop, the orginal footage composition and framing gets changed. This might make your well framed shot look unprofessional after the conversion. Knowing ahead of time you are going to convert the footage might help to better plan your shots for this. I believe I would have to play around with test footage first so that I would get a feel of how the framing and composition change before using it on real work.

The other issue I find is that the product is a plug-in with very limited support. If you edit on PC, your only choices are Adobe AE or Premiere Pro. So unless you use either of these application this is not an option. I would really like to see more support for this tool, or having it as a stand-alone application.

I use AVID mostly, but I do have a copy of CS3 Premiere that I might re-install to test this out. I have some old SD footage that I can play around with it on.

Thanks for the link, I enjoyed the read.

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Post  GottaLaunch on Sun Jan 04, 2009 5:32 am

I've tested Instand HD Advanced with After Effects, by converting DV PAL Widescreen (720x405) to HD 720 (720x1280).

I also compared it to the built-in sizer of AE.

The result: the After Effects sizer works fairly well, but is a bit blurry, but with the Instand HD Advanced upsizing you get a sharper image, which makes the overall image look nicer!


It isn't perfect (there is some small artifacting going on at some edges), but I can recommend using this plug-in when using DV footage Very Happy

I'll soon post some comparison-pics

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Re: low to high quality converter?

Post  Mark Apsolon on Sat Jan 17, 2009 2:31 pm

I heard of the program but honestly you can not make a low res image into a high res image. It is really not possible. I just had to use the term "crap in crap out" because that what video really is. If you get bad footage there is little you can do to make it corrected in editing.
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Re: low to high quality converter?

Post  SonicOrbStudios on Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:20 am

For still images there is a trick I learned in Avid a while back. Use a high quality still camera and take a picture of an actual image. Avid offers a setting which allow you to link to that actual image without lowering the resolution. This means you can zoom into the image quite far before you get any bluing.

When it comes to video, this cant be done.

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the result

Post  GottaLaunch on Sun Jan 18, 2009 6:22 am

here it is; the comparison!

In the middle you can see the original 720x405 DV PAL widescreen footage.
On the right I put the original footage in a HD 720 composition and just resized it to the frame, and to the left I resized it with Instant HD Advanced.

http://www.wetenschapvoordummies.com/comparison_small.jpg

BTW; the original was zoomed in 400% or so, it wasn't really that bad Laughing .

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Re: low to high quality converter?

Post  smifis on Fri Jan 23, 2009 7:16 pm

You can get a simular effect in premiere by enlarging the footage then adding a blur effect to it then you add a sharpen effect to it. IT kindof works. it gets rid of the sharp edges and pixles.

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Re: low to high quality converter?

Post  David on Fri Jan 23, 2009 7:50 pm

Mark Apsolon wrote:I heard of the program but honestly you can not make a low res image into a high res image. It is really not possible. I just had to use the term "crap in crap out" because that what video really is. If you get bad footage there is little you can do to make it corrected in editing.

I do have to agree with the crap in - crap out remark. But there are some editing tricks to help video in post. Not a lot, and for the most part you want to go to post with the best quality you can.

My biggest issue, as I stated above, zooming in and cropping takes away my composition and framing I had on set. I would rather keep good composition than try to make standard video look HD.

Just my 2 cents

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Re: low to high quality converter?

Post  mafiafran on Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:59 am

This means you can zoom into the image quite far before you get any bluing.

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