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VideoGenetics software
by Rick Smith (January 2, 2000)

The latest digital imaging product from Q-Research, VideoGenetics, automates digital video enhancement. Through a simple interface, the powerful, patent-pending genetic image optimization engine is used to make complex imaging adjustments easier, without requiring a technical user. By simply allowing the user to decide what looks best, VideoGenetics software converts the images to reflect the preferences of that particular user.

The program shows you two displays side by side, as shown, with a sample of the original video on the left and a variation on the right which is generated by the VideoGenetics software. A series of variations can be displayed, and a dozen characteristics such as hue, gradient, color balance, contrast, gamma, color temperature, color shift and saturation can be altered. With your mouse, you click to rate how much better or worse each variation is, compared to the original. Once the selections are made, the desired enhancements are then applied to the video.

The video can be enhanced while it is playing, or organized into separate segments, to enhance as needed. When you are satisfied with the results of the optimization, the new version can be saved. To conserve space, these enhancements may be saved in a separate file that contains a link to the original video. Movies can be played in any program supporting Apple QuickTime, such as QuickTime Movie Player or Adobe Premiere. More than one set of enhancements can be applied to a video and linked with fade-ins and fade-outs. Once saved, a set of enhancements can be applied to other video segments, shot in similar conditions, for even faster enhancements. Unfortunately, VideoGenetics is currently only available for the Macintosh at this time, but a Windows version will be available soon. I can hardly wait! Minimum requirements include a Power Macintosh, 16 MB RAM, OS 8.5 and up and of course, QuickTime 4.0. Q-Research VideoGenetics costs $249, and has an introductory price of $199 through April 3,2000.

Copyright 2000 Rick Smith All rights reserved.

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