I'm new to video and to VirtualDub.
I have a from-VHS video whose current histogram is greatly squished on both ends. (I am a long-time Photoshop user from which I am very familiar with the tool.)
I observe that VirtualDub has a "Levels" filter (which naturally includes a histogram of the data).
Question: For the VirtualDub Levels/Histogram filter I am describing, is its functionality applied DURING capture or AFTER the video is captured?
Or, by the very nature of being a "FILTER", does that mean that it is to be applied AFTER capture?
Thank you for your help.
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Last edited by Avagadro1; 15th Aug 2020 at 15:45.
Most VirtualDub filters can be used while capturing (if your computer is fast enough). But VirtualDub's levels filter cannot be used to recover super-blacks and super-brights in YUV video. They are crushed before the filter adjusts levels. Use the Brightness/Contrast filter instead. Even better, use the capture device's video processing amp.
Last edited by jagabo; 15th Aug 2020 at 20:57.
Thank you, jagabo.
I've been experimenting on this matter for a couple of hours. As a long-time Photoshopper, I have been testing multiple iterations of the Levels filter while watching the Histogram overlay. After some tinkering, I was able to make the Histogram appear ideal: just about touching, but not smashed against, both the shadow and highlights ends of the graph. Then a bit of adjustment of the mids ---- and the ONSCREEN result is MUCH better than the video as captured from the VHS tape.
What I imply from your message (see above), however, is that I need not be so exacting with respect to the shadow and highlight end points because, unlike in Photoshop, below Y16 and above Y235, there isn't anything anyway.
Nonetheless, since I'm a long-time Photoshopper and thus I cannot help but think in terms of a nice-looking Levels Histogram, for VHS-captured video, is it ok to go through the process of creating a "proper" looking Histogram in the Levels filter.
The filter can sample frames from the whole video and give histogram based on the average levels.
Use that as a guide to set the levels, if any
Last edited by davexnet; 16th Aug 2020 at 00:32.
Thanks for your help.