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Video Enhancer

At a Glance
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VirtualDub

Though much friendlier than VirtualDub's, Video Enhancer's interface is meant to speed the process for users who already possess some understanding. That said, the process simply isn't that difficult. Locate the file you want to enhance and click preview. There's a simple mode and an advanced mode which allows you to install and use the aforementioned VirtualDub plugins. I wish the authors had opted for the word "remove" instead of fear-invoking "delete" when you dump a plug-in from the FX chain, but that's about my only complaint.

I wasn't overly impressed with the results of Video Enhancer's stock enhancement. It seemed to do some anti-aliasing and not much else, though it also seemed a bit faster than VirtualDub. I was still left with large pixelation blocks in my test file as well as some interlace artifacts. Once I dug into the VirtualDub plug-ins (which are separate downloads) though, I had a lot of fun and experienced much better results. Hence, you should consider Video Enhancer to be first and foremost, a front-end for the free plug-ins.

Video Enhancer's other major advantage over VirtualDub is that it recognizes DirectShow filters. Hence, you can load Real Media, Quicktime, and other types of files once you install the codecs. VirtualDub only loads the files that it recognizes--AVI, MPEG, etc. All in all, Video Enhancer is a nice little utility. But I'm not sure it's $30 better than VirtualDub, so you might want to try them side by side.

--Jon L. Jacobi

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At a Glance
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