You wouldn’t want to swing at a basketball with a golf club, would you? How about trying to play basketball with a golf ball? You can’t use any old ball for a particular sport, and the same is true for video stabilizers: you can’t just use any old video stabilizer configuration for a specific use case. Keep that in mind when considering whether to rely on a chipset-based video stabilizer or video stabilization software.
Different requirements demand different solutions
The exact same degree of stabilization for a police officer’s bodycam as for an action camera recording a roller coaster ride simply won’t be effective. What about filming a wild fire from a drone flying around at a high altitude? All of these scenarios have vastly different requirements and circumstances. Therefore, it’s only natural that you need a different configuration for each of them if you want to achieve effective video stabilization and high video quality.
One-size-fits-all holds back chipset solutions
A camera’s chipset sometimes has electronic image stabilization (EIS) built into it. This method uses stabilization algorithms to correct shakiness. So far so good, considering this is the same method used in software. However, chipset video stabilizers are usually designed primarily for smartphones on a one-size-fits-all basis. Drones, bodycams, action cameras and other applications could very well all have exactly the same chipset – and the same configuration.
One size fits all is like choosing a generalist over a specialist approach – a solution that is average for all use cases but doesn’t excel at any of them.
Effective video stabilization with high video quality require careful tuning and calibration for a specific use case. However, this is something many chipset-based video stabilizers are not exactly designed for. Also, many chipset manufacturers do not have the time or resources to help you with this.
Flexible software enables calibration and tuning
The difference with video stabilization software is that it’s generally designed for customization. And most of all, video stabilization software vendors are usually experienced in helping customers tune and calibrate their video stabilizers for specific use cases. And this is no simple task considering that the motion sensors generally need to be adapted for each platform. If you work at a bodycam or drone company, you provide a highly specialized product with specific video stabilization requirements.
Your video stabilization algorithms deserve to be just as specialized and fit for purpose as your complete products.
Added value with video enhancement software features
In addition to calibration and tuning, another thing that sets software apart from chipset-based solutions is the capability to add more features. Improving video quality and tailoring it to your specific use case is about so much more than just video stabilization. A term that better captures the full spectrum of possibilities is video enhancement.
Video enhancement software makes it easy to add features from the outset or integrate new features at a later point. For instance, you may want to correct for noise or lens distortion as well as shakiness. Or you might want to leverage AI technologies to incorporate auto zoom, object tracking and similar features.
A select combination of video enhancement features carefully calibrated and tuned for a specific use case is the key to world-class video quality.
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