F.A.Q (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is The Swizzler? 

The Swizzler is a GPU accelerated media player that can apply special effects and transition effects to video and images in real-time. 

What can it be used for?

That's up to your imagination. I use it myself mostly for an easy way of contrast and brightness adjustment and color correction when watching videos normally. Otherwise, when watching playlists of video clips and displaying photo slideshows the transitions are to die for. 

Real-time full HD video processing? Surely the system requirements must be through the roof?

Even my 3 year old+ laptop can process HD video no sweat. Don't let the videos fool you. Those kinds of frame rates only occur when screen capturing on my machine.

Absolute Minimum System Requirements:
  • A Windows OS (sorry Mac n Linux users) equivalent to or above XP SP2
  • Installed .Net framework 3.5 and above (don't worry if you've never heard this before. It's a standard windows update and is already installed if you have Vista and above)
  • Installed the latest version of Windows Media Player (currently WMP 12) as The Swizzler is a Windows Media Player wrapper at heart.
  • A graphics card / video card / GPU that support DirectX 9.0 and pixel shader 2.0 (don't worry too much about this either if you've never heard about it because most current graphics cards do (even integrated ones: e.g Intel Express Chipset)
  • For the rest of the hardware, a decent system will do just fine (I myself am using a Dell Inspiron 6400 sporting a Mobility Radeon X1400 (256MB shared) with only 1GB of ram 

What video formats does The Swizzler support?

It will support all file types that your Windows Media Player (WMP) supports. Natively, WMP supports most of your usual video and photo types such as .avi, .wmv, .jpg, .gif (animated gifs work fine), etc. For .mp4, .mov or even .flv support, install the codecs for WMP using codec installers such as the k-lite codec pack. Make sure you install the codecs for WMP and not some Media Player Classic or anything.

How do I install The Swizzler?

Just double click on the setup file and let the installer work its magic. The Swizzler will appear under the start menu under the directory "HD Video Processing". A portable version of The Swizzler is in the works. Stay tuned for more info on that. 

How do I uninstall The Swizzler?
Go to Add/Remove applications under the control panel and remove it there. I'll try to implement an uninstall shortcut soon.

What's the deal with those ugly, slow CPU effects?

The CPU effects are CPU based effects which don't utilize the GPU. They're there for speed and performance comparisons. For high resolution videos, video processing takes a big hit on CPU processing. That's why GPU processing is the way to go.

For further inquiries please contact me at: fakhruddin087 at gmail dot com

1 comment:

  1. I need source code of your application. Could u share it please?