Samsung May Use Imint Vidhance, But Not In Phones

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Imint, the company behind a special video enhancement and stabilization software suite called Vidhance, has reportedly signed Samsung on as a client, but with a clause explicitly stating that Samsung will not be using the technology in their smartphones. The technology made it into Huawei’s Porsche Design version of the Mate 9, with bits of code for the feature sprinkled into a number of their smartphones, though that is the only phone it’s enabled on. This means that Vidhance is certainly applicable to smartphones, but Samsung apparently has a different use in mind. Word has not come out thus far on what Samsung’s plans with Vidhance may be, but things like a new Gear 360, drones with cameras, and dedicated digital cameras are all possibilities, among other things; video enhancement and stabilization software is a generalized enough arena that it’s practically pointless to guess at Samsung’s ideas for a possible use case at this stage..

Samsung’s order to Imint was for just a bit above $31,000 USD, and the agreement around it reportedly stipulates that Imint will be helping to integrate a custom version of Vidhance into an unspecified future Samsung product. Whatever it is they’re planning on making together, the work is supposed to begin this Spring, with no word yet on when the product should actually begin to hit shelves. For the time being, the project being worked on is strictly confidential; Samsung apparently does not want their plans for Vidhance falling into the wrong hands until later in development.

Imint’s Vidhance software packs a number of features that can make shooting video a far easier experience, and yield superior results. It is quite clear that Vidhance brings Imint’s history with applications like work in the defense and aeronautical industries to the smartphone arena, judging from the feature set. Features include automatic zooming and exposure control that follows and focuses on a selected moving subject, high-end video stabilization using real-time algorithms, and an automatic curation feature that can pick the interesting bits from longer videos and stitch them together without any intervention from a human user or any additional programming from a manufacturer.