Thank you for considering to be a HomeDVD software evaluator.
So if all this is old stuff and you like a challenge, then welcome and take the next step by filling out the signup form below.
Alternatively, if you need more information then please take the time to read the details below. This activity is not for everyone.
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Ok, let’s review the basic information and ground rules…
All comments and suggestions received will be reviewed and published on a special blog page set aside for this activity. A revision history log page will be also be generated to briefly describe all of the software updates implemented.
The evaluation program should last no more than 6 to 8 weeks which includes several iterative software revisions in between that period which may incorporate changes from your feedback.
You will be notified of software updates and will have access to the revised code for further review if you so wish.
You are not obligated in any way to continue in this program. You can opt out if you wish at any time, but you may miss out on the neat stuff.
Yes, now for the reward part. For those who tough it out, the final released version 1.0.x of the software will be provided free of charge to all participants, who have contributed up to the day of our first release.
To qualify for the free software you must provide at least 3 or more constructive feedbacks/suggestions/improvements that have been well documented and are meaningful for each incremental revision issued. None of this simplistic “the GUI sucks” stuff. Real GUI related issues, workflow improvements, widget issues, new functionality suggestions, intuitiveness comments, future implementations that make sense, algorithm shortcomings, expected performance levels, etc., all qualify as good feedback and stands a good chance of being implemented for the first release. So put your mark on this software.
To get started, there are SD video test clips for download using an FTP address location described on our special blog page. You can use your own clips if you wish. You can try image sequences, DV AVI or Quicktime files or files in HD sizes, yours to discover. Just to keep things manageable, keep your own clips to no more than 30sec for GUI and functional test and longer if you plan to run timing on files that have a number of things to fix over its length.
Note: all test files or images sequences that are to be used as test sources must be unique on a frame by frame basis. That is, video or image sequence files must exhibit no frame doubling or frame blending of any kind like a pull down process will create. The software looks for anomaly differences by the frame in order for the filters to work. Groups of frames that are identical will not show any results that matter.
Use the special blog location to enter your comments and suggestions. The blog entries are password protected to keep your comments within the evaluation group. I will send you the password in one of the confirmation emails you will get when you sign on. Each reported entry can be viewed and in turn commented/debated on by all evaluators.
Last thing, you gotta have a decent computer. It is highly recommended to have a quad core machine (2.5Ghz or better, unless you like long coffee breaks between renders) with gobs of memory and a fast SATA type hard drive with lots of free space. Program will work on both 64 bit and 32 bit Windows boxes, Win XP or Windows 7. These resto filters are number crunch heavy.
Comments noting “this crunching is way to slow…”, will be addressed. The next major revision will have GPU/CUDA hardware acceleration, so please be patient. This beta testing is for functionality and user experience improvements, not processing speed.
For Win XP, have service pack 3 installed and Win 7 first service pack. Also you need to get distribution drivers in order to run the code. Install them in the system directory or in folder where the film resto executable is located. You can get them from the special blog page.
After getting your blog password you may want to read my first entry to give you some preliminary insight.
That’s it. If all is good with the world and your pumped up , sign up using form at top of page.
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