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What can vReveal do?
Although vReveal deals with video, we can better study its touch-up features using still screenshots. The only feature that really must be seen in motion is image stabilization. We've resized our shots of the original clips to provide a more direct comparison with their higher-resolution, enhanced counterparts.

Unless otherwise noted, all of these videos were shot with a Nokia N82 camera phone at a resolution of 320x240 at 15 frames per second. After all, it wouldn't make sense to put vReveal through the paces with footage from a high-defintion camera, and camera phones are some of the most popular devices for capturing video on the go. First up is a video of some racked billiard balls:


Original


Enhanced with Clean, 2x Resolution, Sharpen, and Auto Contrast

Right off the bat, we can see how vReveal can clean up a typical video from a handheld device. The original video is rife with macroblocking (also known as tiling) as well as a lack of definition around the hard edges of the billiard balls. The entire image is also a little desaturated, which is a common issue with lower-quality imaging sensors.

The enhanced video has noticeably more impact thanks to the automatically adjusted contrast, and the cleaned up macroblocking and sharpened edges have added definition to the image, as well. vReveal's 2x Resolution algorithm has also improved clarity, particularly with the numbers on the balls. While the video still won't win the Oscar for best cinematography, vReveal's got it looking better than it did before. Next up, let's expose my unabashed fandom for Batman comics:


Original


Enhanced with Clean, 2x Resolution, Sharpen, and Auto Contrast

We saw a hint of this with the numbers on the billiard balls, but vReveal does a surprisingly good job of cleaning up text in low-quality videos. The combination of vReveal's 2x Resolution algorithm and contrast adjustment generally makes text more legible, and it makes lettering pop out instead of getting lost in macroblocking. I don't know who would normally shoot a video of comic books, but my Batman graphic novels show what this software can do with a more complicated scene.

vReveal's algorithms can only go so far to compensate for low-resolution videos, but the text is definitely improved on the covers for The Killing Joke and Dark Victory. High contrast areas receive the most love, with the white lettering and detail in Commissioner Gordon becoming more noticeable. Once again, the enhanced picture is more vibrant than the original.