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Pet Peeve: Enhancing Images

The heroes in our film or show are trying to catch someone. Unfortunately, all they have is a really small, low-resolution digital glimpse of their nemesis in the reflection off a soup spoon caught on the security camera from halfway across the room.

What to do?

The obvious answer is to take it to a lab and have the image "enhanced." After a lengthy process, the computer finally spits out the spitting image of their Uncle Mort, who is then arrested based on this incredible technological proof!

As exciting as such a string of events can be, it is horribly inaccurate and a total cop-out for writers who don't understand technology.

So, I give you this:

Pet Peeve: Enhancing Images

I'd love it if I could throw together a sketch and then let the computer construct a perfect image of Camilla for me.

But that's not going to happen. Even if I gave my computer two weeks to do it.


My computer can't even render four hours of HDV footage for web delivery in that time frame. There's no way it could take my Picasso and turn it into a Rembrandt.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Your Media Production Mentor

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