Wednesday, 17 December 2014



Goodhour, Synapse Circuit Readers! Season’s Greetings! Here’s some welcome news if you are into video!

proDAD Unveils Groundbreaking Mercalli® V4 SAL+ Video Stabilizer and Automatic CMOS Distortion Correction Application

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, December 18th, 2014 –
proDAD today announced the immediate availability of its new Mercalli V4 SAL+ stand-alone video stabilization and automatic CMOS sensor distortion correction application for Windows users. Under development for more than two years, the new automatic CMOS correction technology automatically corrects distortions in rough action and sports videos, turning bumpy, jumpy, wobbly footage into smooth, watchable videos and is now part of proDAD’s Mercalli platform, the video professional’s “gold standard” post-capture video stabilization solution for years.

When used in conjunction with stabilization, the new automatic CMOS distortion correction technology delivers an extremely unique and powerful solution for cleaning up video footage shot where the camera is hard-mounted to a car, motorcycle, bicycle, or aerial vehicle and contains vibration jitter and wobbly CMOS jello. Even when a gimbal is used, this new CMOS distortion correction can null out distortions a gimbal cannot.

“Compared with the other video stabilizers, our new CMOS correction delivers unparalleled results, especially with fisheye-warped video and is not dependent on any gyro input,” said Andreas Huber of proDAD GmbH. “Mercalli only needs to analyze a few frames of video to ‘learn’ the CMOS sensor’s signature, and automatically applies correction; effectively converting shaky footage into smooth video. If additional correction is needed, Mercalli’s advanced video stabilizer can polish it further. There simply is nothing else like it.”

Mercalli V4 SAL+ Highlights

Fully automatic CMOS distortion correction, requiring virtually no zoom in, which is many cases is all that is needed to smooth video while maximizing view area & resolution;

Effectively removes vibration/oscillation jitter from motors/rotors, and jello caused by wind and other environmental conditions, even rolling-shutter skew;

Stabilization can be applied if needed for further smoothing of bumps and shakes with dramatically better stabilizing quality and faster rendering than previous versions;

New Dynamic Zoom stabilizer feature dynamically adjusts the amount of zoom-in applied to correct the video while preserving view area and resolution;

Greatly improved 3D (X, Y, Z-axis) stabilization corrects perspective distortions;

Exclusive new stabilization method optimally stabilizes warped video (fisheye);

New “Storyboard” feature allow multiple optimized video clips to be arranged and exported as a rough-cut movie without bringing into an NLE;
Simple clip trimming allows clips to be trimmed before processing;

Convenient Batch Mode allows multiple clips to be exported as a batch process, even with different settings per clip.  There is also a new “analyze all” feature for batch analysis of clips in the media bin;

New Forensic view mode shows detail on how the camera was moving while recording;

Advanced CMOS correction mode for manually manipulating video by removing specific frequency bands, very helpful in isolating vibration/oscillations;

New video de-noising & sharpen option to help clean up grainy video;

Works with all video resolutions, including SD, HD, Full-HD, and Ultra HD 2.7K, 4K, and 8K;

Full resolution preview and super-fast rendering with full GPU and multi-core/thread processor support;

Price & Availability:

Mercalli V4 SAL+ carries an MSRP of £191 for the full version, and users of Mercalli V2 SAL or V3 SAL can upgrade to V4 SAL+ for £127.  Through January 31, 2015, proDAD is offering an introduction special for Mercalli V4 SAL+ for £174.26 (full version) and £111.58 (upgrade) respectively. Customers can purchase directly here or from any proDAD authorized reseller.

Mercalli V3 SAL will remain in the product lineup at new lower price point.  Mercalli V2 Pro (NLE plugins) will continue to be available at its current price point.

Available for OEM Licensing:

The new Mercalli V4 stabilizer & CMOS correction technology is currently available as part of the Mercalli V4 SDK for OEM licensing and inclusion in video software tools provided by action/sports camera companies, independent software vendors with video editing software applications, and even video cloud processing solutions. To obtain evaluation SDKs an start a discussion, please submit an email request to

About proDAD:
proDAD develops and distributes innovative video effects and image enhancement solutions for creative video editing and multimedia applications. Founded in 1990, the company serves the international market with numerous renown, and award-winning products including Adorage® and VitaScene® video effects products, Heroglyph® video titling, and Mercalli® video stabilization + rolling-shutter correction plug-ins for popular video NLEs. proDAD also develops action/sports camera video enhancement as stand-alone tools, including ProDrenalin, ReSpeedr, and DeFishr. Headquartered in southwestern Germany, proDAD also maintains branch offices in the U.S. and Japan.


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