One of the most exciting aspects of watching camera phone technology progress is the incorporation of features that have traditionally been used in cameras. Vidhance is one of the video enhancement software platforms that's been focused on improving camera phone capabilities.
The Vidhance software from company Imint has been incorporated into several camera phones and is based on video enhancement algorithms. It's designed to deliver a superior end-user experience and maximize the potential of the underlying software.
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One of the features that the Vidhance software offers is image stabilization, which is designed to create smooth and stable video footage – even when the user is walking, running or otherwise moving their hands. However, there are plenty of other exciting features that Vidhance offers as well.
The Vidhance software even currently holds the highest DxOMark testing score, which is the global market reference for image quality. While Vidhance isn't available for individual users to download, it's being used in many of the leading camera phones on the market today.
Vidhance's features are designed to enhance four key aspects of creating images and video – composition, capture, post-processing and consumption. We explore how these aspects are designed to be improved by Vidhance below…
Vidhance uses the Live Composer feature to help ensure that each video captured on a camera phone has the best composition possible. This feature is essentially made up of two separate functions that work together. The first is the Stable Zoom in Real-Time function, which follows the object that the user wants to capture, ensuring that any wobbly hands don't affect the end result.
The second function is the Object Tracking Assistance. If you're filming a moving object, Vidhance is designed to smoothly follow, detect and track it – even if you want to zoom and pan. This essentially means that users should be able to simply tap on the object they want their camera phone to follow and then let Vidhance do the rest of the hard work.
You can see this at play with the sample video below, filmed with and without the auto-zoom feature. As you can see, the video on the right that's shot with Vidhance shows beautifully smooth footage with full attention on the boat subjects.
Not only does Vidhance use image stabilization, noise reduction, blur reduction and lens distortion correction, but there are even add-on features for camera phone companies to choose from, such as Active OIS support, 4K 60p support and front camera stabilization.
Another exciting feature of Vidhance's Capture-focused technology is its horizon correction technology. As Vidhance notes on its website, a still image can be "quite easily corrected afterwards. But for a video, where the angle can change over time, it is much more difficult".
The Vidhance Horizon Correction feature means that the user should be able to automatically level the horizon within a predefined range of tilt without impacting stabilization quality. This means that videos taken while walking, panning or using a selfie stick will be free from slanting horizons and look more professional.
This video shows the difference between the Google Pixel and a Nexus 6P using Vidhance technology.
The Vidhance video stabilization software can also be applied in post-production, which should be useful for low-end devices that have less processing power. It's also possible to apply other Vidhance features in post-production, including Perspective Correction, Live Composer and more.
One of the most interesting aspects of the Vidhance software is that it's capable of using AI technology and data drawn from the user's videos to tag and rate their footage. This means that the user will be able to find the best parts of the right videos when they want them – perfect for when you've shot loads of footage and you don't want to watch everything to find one tiny clip.