Getting Started with vReveal
Follow these simple steps to get the most out of your new video editor.
Danny -- start here.
Welcome to vReveal! We believe that vReveal is the finest tool to manage, fix, produce, and share your videos - we hope that you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.
Before we started the work on vReveal 3, we took a long look at our own video habits – not as the developers of vReveal, but as active videographers. Just like you, we take many clips every month - videos of our families, places we’ve visited, or funny things we’ve seen.
What we found out (and what you have likely experienced yourself) is that it is often too difficult or time consuming to deal with video. It can take hours just to review what has been captured. At the same time, the editing process can be so frustrating and confusing that it is easy to forget how much fun we had recording the video in the first place.
That is why we redesigned vReveal 3 from the ground up. Our goal was to support the typical habits of a real-world user - someone who cares about video, but is often busy; someone who wants great results but doesn’t necessarily want to spend days to get them. vReveal 3 packs a tremendous punch in a simple and beautiful package – give it a chance and you may find yourself going back to it for most of your video needs.
It’s easy to get started with vReveal.
Here's what you need:
- Apple’s Quicktime or the "K-Lite Codec Pack" (these are required for vReveal to be able to open your videos).
- vReveal 3. Get it at www.vreveal.com/download - it's free.
- Lots of videos that you want to rediscover – the more, the better!
Note: In case you want to get started but don't have any videos to start with, don’t worry. We’ve packed three clips into the vReveal installation that you can use to get started; make sure to select “Install Demo Videos” during the setup.
We use these clips to illustrate what vReveal can do, but you are welcome to try your own clips, too. From the Gallery view, double-click on a thumbnail to bring that video into the Enhance view, where you can apply one-click fixes to improve the video’s appearance.
vReveal never modifies your original file. Any enhancements that you apply to your video are only previewed in vReveal until you decide to save the changes to a new file, separate from your original.
Some of vReveal’s enhancements (like Clean) require significant processing power to preview on your video. If you have a compatible graphics processor (GPU) from NVIDIA or AMD in your computer, vReveal will automatically use it to speed up previewing and take some of the load off of your CPU.
The first thing to try on your video is "one-click fix" -- click it, and then click the "compare" button to see the difference. 99% of the time this will do everything you need to your video. If you want to go deeper, read on.
The Edit Button
To open up vReveal's video processing controls (and titles), click on the "Edit" button on the bottom of the screen. Then, in the bottom middle of your screen you'll see "Titles, Fix, and Fine Tuning"
Fix- The Basic "fix" controls allow you to apply each of vReveal’s enhancements to your video with a single click.
- One Click Fix - One Click Fix allows you to fix several common issues with one click of a button.
- Clean - Remove noise artifacts from your video, including pixelation and graininess. Note: Clean is a very powerful enhancement and requires more processing time than other enhancements when previewing or saving your video.
- Auto Contrast - Improve the contrast of your video, whether it’s too dark or too washed-out.
- Sharpen - Sharpen the edges of objects in a blurry video.
- Stabilize - Stabilize shaky video.
- Fill Light - Add brightness to the foreground of your video.
- Auto White Balance - fix the colors in your video in one click
Fine Tuning - The Fine Tuning controls allow you to adjust the levels of each of the enhancements that you apply to your video.
- Clean - Removes noise artifacts. Higher settings remove more noise, but take longer to process during preview playback or when you save your enhanced videos to disk.
- Sharpening - Adjusts the amount of sharpening added to your video.
- Focus - Adjusts the point-spread of any sharpening you choose to apply to your video.
Light & Contrast
- Fill Light - Brightens the foreground of your video.
- Highlights - Amplifies the bright spots in your video.
- Shadows - Darkens the shadows of your video, adding contrast.
- Auto Contrast - Automatically adjusts the Highlights and Shadows settings for an optimized contrast level.
- Saturation - Adjusts the richness of colors in your video.
- White Balance - Makes your video more cool (blue) or more warm (red).
- Stabilization - The more shaky your video, the more stabilization is required.
- Zoom - Some videos will display blank areas around their frames during moments of particularly severe shake that have been stabilized. Use the zoom feature to crop out any empty parts of the frame of a stabilized video.
Titles -- see the Titles section further on.
Split-Screen - To compare the enhanced version of a video to its original state, use the "compare" button to do a side-by-side comparison.
- Rotate - The rotate button allows you to turn a video 90 degrees.
- Trim - With the trim points, you can edit a video to its best moment. When you save your changes, the new, enhanced video will only include the scene between the trim points.
Image Capture - Pause your video at the desired moment and click the Capture Snapshot button to capture a print-quality still image in JPG format from your enhanced video.
Importing your first video
When you first launch vReveal, it scans your hard drive for folders that contain videos and then displays thumbnails for those videos in the Gallery view. Videos in the Gallery view are organized into folders, which correspond to the folders on your computer.
vReveal monitors those folders and automatically updates the Gallery view when videos are added or removed. You can change the folders that are included in the Gallery view with the Folder Manager, which is located in the Tools menu.
Or, if you’d like to add a video to the Gallery view that’s not included in one of your monitored folders, you can use the Import button.
Organizing your video library
If you are satisfied with the enhancements that you’ve previewed on a video, you can save the enhanced video to disk as a new file. Your original file will not be modified. By default, vReveal will save an enhanced video to disk in the same folder as its original file.
All files are saved in Windows Media format.
From the Gallery view - Videos to which you have applied enhancements will display a special icon on their thumbnails. Select the thumbnail for the video you wish to save and click the Save to Disk button for the corresponding folder. vReveal will prompt you to select an output resolution, and then will display saving progress as it creates a new, enhanced version of your video.
From the Share view - Select a video in the Gallery view and click the main Share tab to navigate to the Share view, where you can save a new, enhanced version of your video to your computer or share it to YouTube. vReveal will prompt you to select an output resolution, and allows you to specify the save location and output video bitrate from the Advanced view.
It requires significant processing power to apply some of vReveal’s enhancements (like Clean and 2x Resolution) to your video when saving. If you have a compatible NVIDIA graphics processor in your computer, vReveal will automatically use it to speed up saving and take some of the load off of your CPU.
Fixing and Editing