3.9. Postprocessing
Resize snapshot images
If enabled, VideoMonitor automatically scale images to the specified width/height before saving them.

If you wish to significantly improve your image quality with an inexpensive webcam, try setting your webcam to 640x480 (or higher) resolution, then scaling the images down to approximately 320x240.

VideoMonitor uses advanced scaling techniques, commonly used in industry-standard image editing software, to resize the snapshot images. This results in an extremely crisp, high-quality image.

Maintain height-to-width proportion
If enabled, VideoMonitor will ensure that your snapshots do not appear "stretched" or "squished" if you try to resize them disproportionately.

Resizing/resampling method
Determines which technique VideoMonitor uses to resize (resample) your images. As mentioned above, VideoMonitor uses bicubic and bilinear interpolation (commonly used in industry-standard image editing software) to resize your images.

Bicubic interpolation generally yields a "smoother", more accurate image. It also requires a bit more processing power.

Bilinear interpolation generally yields a "sharper" (and sometimes more "rough" looking) image. It requires a bit less processing power than bicubic interpolation.

In most cases, bicubic interpolation looks better. If you're scaling your images down to an extremely small size, however, bilinear may look better.

Crop snapshot images
If enabled, VideoMonitor can crop images to the specified size. As the name suggests, "cropping" cuts an image down to the specified size by trimming off the edges of the original image.

Sharpen snapshots
If enabled, VideoMonitor will apply a standard sharpening filter to reduce the blurriness of your snapshots.

You should adjust the focus of your camera to reduce blurriness as best you can; however, if you still need additional sharpening, use this feature.

If the standard sharpening filter does not result in a crisp enough image, you can increase the strength of the filter to "Extra Sharp" or "Sharpest" to achieve more prominent results.

Soften snapshots
If enabled, VideoMonitor will apply a blur filter to increase the smoothness of your snapshots. Four blurring methods are available:

Normal Blur: Applies a light standard blur to your image. Extra Blur: Applies a heavy standard blur to your image. Gaussian Blur: Applies a light gaussian blur to your image. Extra Gaussian Blur: Applies a heavy gaussian blur to your image.

Adjust brightness
If your camera does not support brightness adjustment, or adjusting your camera's brightness directly does not achieve the desired effect, you may use this control to adjust the brightness of the snapshot image.

Move the slider to the left to reduce the brightness; move the slider to the right to increase it.

Adjust contrast
If your camera does not support contrast adjustment, or adjusting your camera's contrast directly does not achieve the desired effect, you may use this control to adjust the contrast of the snapshot image.

Move the slider to the left to reduce the contrast; move the slider to the right to increase it.

Adjust color balance
If you wish to tint your images to a certain color, or if your camera does not support color adjustment, you may use this control to alter the color balance of the image.

Three controls are available to adjust the three primary colors (red, green, blue) used to compose the image. Moving each slider to the left will reduce the intensity of the color; moving it to the right will increase the intensity.

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