is a video enhancement plugin for Windows Media Player
that processes digital video to make it sharper and clearer.
When viewed, it is usually stretched, or resampled, to a higher resolution.
This process is what causes the video to become blurry. Video could be viewed at the original resolution, but it tends to be very small, making it difficult to watch.
The key is in the algorithm which enlarges the video to a reasonable viewing size.
Usually, a standard bilinear or bicubic algorithm is performed, which work by interpolating the existing pixels in an image to create more pixels.
Because they only perform a simple mathematical interpolation which reproduces smooth transitions from one pixel to another, they will always cause an image to appear more blurry.
Pixelfusion is different, in that it attempts to more accurately predict the pixels that existed in the original high resolution source, to create a much crisper and perceptually clearer image.
Features of PixelFusion 3.0
- PixelFusion resolution enhancement at Medium quality (150% x 150%)
- 5 sharpness settings.
- Auto lighting option, to allow automatic adjustment of brightness and contrast according to how dark or bright a scene is.
- Ability to manually enable/disable PixelFusion, or let the plugin automically decide depending on the CPU speed and video resolution.
- Fully optimized code, utilizing MMX and SSE2 instruction sets where available.
How do I use PixelFusion?
- After installation, run Windows Media Player. By default, the plugin should be enabled so playback of video will be enhanced without doing anything.
- To enable/disable the plugin, go to the Main Menu, click on 'Tools' then 'Plug-ins' and click on the item 'PixelFusion plugin' to enable or disable the plugin. If the item has a tick next to it, this signifies that the plugin is currently enabled. The plugin can also be toggled on/off via the View menu, in plugin subcategory 'Other'.
Changes in PixelFusion 3.01
- Fixed crashing on certain system configurations, XP and Win 7
- Support for the NV12 color system used in MPEG4 videos.
We noticed that most downloaded or streamed video tend to look 'blurry' due to a reduction in the resolution of the video in order to reduce download time.