What's probably dawned on people reading all of this is that I make it seem complicated, at least maybe to those who have not tried using their base product computer / laptop to make video. Phones kick ass in comparison and there's just no beating a phone these days - But here's a technique that's meaningful; construed using a cheap laptop with obs and a 1280 by 720 webcam built in.
What's interesting is that it looks almost perfect. And I used a free product to achieve that. I used Xmedia Recode
(press to visit site - windows only).
Here's the settings file
I made to do that. Just load the settings file and you're good to go.
But here's the interesting part. This program has every filter you can imagine, even for audio. So let's say you make videos right, for youtube or for demonstrations and you want to release them fast.
Just use the same settings in xmedia recode for your intro / ending video and join the files together in bandicut. Bandicut might cost money, but has the fastest splicer, if you're in a rush it cannot be beat.
That means you can make your video, take about 15 minutes for xmedia recode to adjust it and btw you can replace the audio (so what I do is denoise in FL studio using wermer denoise and rx7 combined with compression, a hp, a gate and an eq).
This means that there's only one step instead of having to work in an editor which is awesome. I was even able in xaudio to change the volume levels on the fly. It beats any editor for the application of edition just one file.
Here for your review is what I've been able to achieve with that, I know; I know - the De-noise smoothed it over just a bit, but it's about the closest I've achieved to perfection with a cheap laptop. And I think eventually with a similar method I'll have taken it all the way. Not a bad technique if you want to output demonstration videos really fast.
More info regarding My tests with Media Xrecode
While Media Xrecode is great, My biggest issue with it has been rainbows and while I use the constant QP, those rainbows stemming from colors (becoming interlaced) seem to be ever-present. Given that this simplifying comes about when using the built in denoiser, it's a sobering issue - Forcing one to like use an alternating bit rate for the video instead.
It took about a week to come to these conclusions and I make real content for youtube. Here's about the best settings I could muster, instead using the video enhancer product by infognition.
Attached are the thumbnails which will assist you to those ends. Keep in mind, you'll have had to have set your settings well so that there's less shimmers and fogging and that there is a lacking of rainbows caused by bringing the contrast too far down with a high saturation.
about this method, it works well but picks up shadows. Make sure to have two or three sources of light on the face to avoid shadows on the cheeks, eyes etc or you look old, haggard etc.
Another interesting idea, I'm trying an idea. using the divx codec and a mov container, in apoweredit I tried bouncing a raw color graded version with and without the smooth (beauty) filter effect. I then combine the two in another editor, the top one, the smoothened is like 60%. I'll let you know how it turns out. I also applied the msu smart sharpen virtual dub filter to help bring out the details from behind the smoother later superimposed above.
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