Testing your settings by creating 10-second samples of your original footage and then previewing different filters and combinations is an important step if you're unsure what filters to use. It'll save you time, money, and a lot of hassle.

The first order of business is to create a ten-second sample (or samples if you want to test out several parts of your video). This will ensure that the previews you generate will sync with the original (un-processed) sample so that you get the best possible idea of what your video will look like once it's fully processed.

After you've created some 10-second samples, you can apply different filter and settings combinations to them and generate previews to see which combinations are the best.

Create the sample

Open the video you want to experiment on, click process, (the factory preset MOV/264 is set by default), and use our trim tool to select a small portion of it. We recommend creating a 10-seconds sample (or several if you want to test different environments in your footage, like outdoor versus indoor shots)

GIF demonstrating how to use the trim tool in Pixop.

Name the sample

You can then name your sample by clicking on the 'more options' icon, choosing 'edit', and then clicking on 'save changes' once you've filled in all the details.

GIF demonstrating how to name a sample in Pixop.

Creating a preview

Since Pixop offers a lot of processing filters and settings, we recommend creating a preview to test different combinations out after you've processed your samples.

Click on the sample you want to process and then click 'Process' to enter the process tool. Once in the process tool, simply choose your settings and click the preview button (instead of the process button) in the process tool to create a preview.

GIF demonstrating how to create a preview in Pixop.

After the preview has been created, you can compare it with the original un-processed sample to evaluate.

Sharing a comparison

You can even share the preview by clicking the 'share comparison' button, which copies the URL to your clipboard.

GIF demonstrating how to share a preview in Pixop.

Once you're satisfied, you can use those settings to process the full video.

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P.S. If you run into difficulties or have any questions, please reach out to us here or at help@pixop.com — happy to help 🤓

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