Multimedia services

Image Restoration and Retouching

Image restoration and retouching services offers high quality output of the images which are moth eaten or which were taken in the past. This service helps you in retaining the quality of the image, thereby enabling you to keep your memories alive. Most of the photos taken in the past must have lost the quality. Through this service one can retain the quality of these images and can make it look more beautiful.

SBL has an expert image editing team who work for wide range of clients from different industries all over the world. The team has successfully completed several projects under image restoration and retouching. The team has experts in adding color tones, modifying contrasts and also in adding new back ground to the old images to make them look fresh and lively. SBL’s professional photo restoration / retouching artists repair your photos creating a perfect make over and reconstruction of your pictures according to the requirements to give a new look and feel for the same. The image restoration experts at SBL also work on album designing and image enhancement to give a touch of class to your pictures.

Image restoration and retouching technique is widely used and accepted all over the world. The images that were taken long back were hard copies as the technology was not this much developed. So most of these pictures might have blurred color or the background might look unimpressive and all. To make these pictures lively and fresh image restoration and retouching service is used. This gained popularity within a short span of time as it helps people to keep their memories alive. Many individuals and even companies depend on expert service providers in this field to give a new look to the images.

There are several small and big firms concentrating on this service as it has got an increase in demand. While you choose a service provider make sure that they have handled several projects in the same so as to meet the requirement. SBL, since its inception has successfully done several projects for wide range of clients from in and across India. An expert artist with keen knowledge about the technology can successfully complete the project within the given span of time. The service is also less expensive and the effect will last for years. The service helps you to keep your much loved moment pictures freshly with you for years and years.

Good-Looking Product Images: Better Business and Brand Equity

Sitting in the comfort of your home, but shopping for dozens of things online is today’s trend of young and old alike. Ecommerce retailers are making the most of this shopping drift, and luring consumers online with big and bold pictures.

However, most E-commerce retailers are invariably challenged in ensuring they get high quality, neatly cropped, and digitally enhanced images to upload. E-Commerce retailers should perform a reality check to view the images from a customer mind-set and be aware of the exact quality of the image.

Poor quality images directly impact the buying decision of the consumer and the brand image of the business. Poor picture clarity confuses the buyer and their decision making suffers. Secondly, the image of your organization takes a severe beating and consumers get put off.

Coming to the rescue of such E-commerce sites grappling with this issue is photo image editing. Photo image editing tackles few key aspects such as size, zoom, background, shadow, alignment, angle, colour and accessories thus making the image top notch.

Big images with a zoom in functionality allow the buyer to understand the product better and shadows gives the requisite depth almost imparting the feeling of nearness. Colour and background are extremely crucial and the image should reflect the actual colour of the product and must be set in a clear background.

If E-commerce retailers pay attention to image editing then sales conversions and brand image is sure to increase manifold.

Photo Masking and Manipulation

Photo masking is one among the common and basic image processing services. This method is used to change the blurred background of the images. This very popular technique helps the experts to edit the image but detaching the object from the rest of the picture. This is commonly used to add more effect to the photo. It sounds quiet easy to mask a photo, but to do the work effectively expert and creative mind should work behind it. This is also a time consuming task as it needs a detailed and careful study of the picture.

Photo manipulation is often used to add fantasy or deception in a photo. The manipulation of photographs is done using digital and analog method. Photo manipulation mainly serves to enhance the quality of an ordinary photograph. Through this technique one can add more effects to a photo to make it look better. This has now become a common technique used by many people to improve the quality of photographs taken. Through this technique we can even make a black and white photograph to a colorful one.

There are experts with creative mind working to serve the purpose of photo manipulation and masking. The service providers of this field share their thoughts with your comments to make the images look more real and interesting. Main services included in photo manipulation service are adding or removing objects, contrast and brightness adjustment, removal of rough edges and also cropping and color schemes. Adding on more to this, there are service providers who work with your thoughts to make your imaginative photo come true. More artistic effects and graphic elements can also be added to the photo to make it unique and impressive.

Photo masking service is done by well trained and dedicated graphic designers as it requires more time and dedication. Photos with blur edge, flying hair etc are made perfect using image masking service. This service thus helps the photo look better. Even though this service is time consuming, there are service providers with dedicated team of graphic designers working 24/7 to do this task within short span of time.

These two services have become very common in this era and have gained popularity. Photo masking and manipulation are the services from multimedia department and hence creative heads work behind this task. These services thus help an individual to make their photo look better. This is also used by business groups to add effects and also to make changes in the images.

Application of Virtual Reality (VR) in Daily Life

VR is revolutionizing several fields and impacting our lives in many ways. Healthcare, real estate, education, entertainment, tourism, sports, manufacturing, retail and military are all witnessing its effects. Some of VR’s influence listed below:

  • Entertainment: Movie buffs can now get an immersive experience with the help of VR and special apps. In fact they can get the feel of being inside the movie itself with imagery and sound effects surrounding them.
  • Tourism: An interesting dimension to VR is that people’s travel bug is satiated pretty easily, with VR transporting them to exotic locations in a matter of minutes.
  • Healthcare: VR has been a tremendous help in the field of medicine as it provides images, simulations and models to diagnose diseases and aid the treatment.
  • Automotive: Car conglomerates have made VR central to several of their functions, and now employees can wear VR headset and inspect a car in the making from all sides.
  • Shopping: Shoppers can now upgrade their online shopping with a real time experience along with friends. A headset and an app coming together to provide a 360 degree view of the store and product.
  • Law: VR comes to the rescue of enforcing law and catching culprits, as jurors can now view crime scenes in 3D and better understand what transpired at the scene of crime.  

The future holds numerous possibilities, as with a VR headset every industry is thinking up novel ways of providing immersive experiences to both customers and employees.

Digital Image Processing: Retouching the Perception

A pearly white teeth, a spotless shining skin, a wrinkle free clear face – Did you envy all this when browsing a fashion magazine or on your iPhone? If you have, then welcome to the magical world of Digital Touch-Up! Digital Image Retouching is an integral part of contemporary photography.

A picture taken by a professional photographer with the latest gadgets available often needs a digital retouch by an expert image editor. Digital editing gives the picture the required visual impact and enhanced image quality by correcting distortions.

How can digital retouch help you create a lasting impression through your pictures?

  • Corrections in colour, brightness, shades and light, or restoring an image to its original state can make an impact.
  • Digital enhancements such as setting contrast, cropping and optimizing reflections improves the aesthetics of the picture.
  • With the help of digital embellishments a dull, uninteresting image transforms into a visually attractive and eye catching piece of art.
  • Unwanted layers, patches, backgrounds, and distractions are removed thus improving product placement. It also highlights the portion of the image that portrays the best visual cue of the product.
  • Digital editing also provides conversions to different digital formats that are compatible with various gadgets, tools, printers and softwares without quality compromise and pixel distortions.

Today all of us understand the importance of a digital image makeover, whether it is for personal needs or for print, TV or on-line advertisements. Therefore, beautifying an image is barely a few clicks away.

Live Virtual Reality: Changing Sports Viewership Scenario

Without worrying about parking, buying tickets, being jostled in the crowd, commuting the snarling traffic – one can now enjoy a sports game just like sitting at the stadium – but from comfort of the couch.
Having won over the gaming industry, Virtual Reality (VR) has now taken sports field by storm. Live Virtual Reality has made sports games more affordable, immersive, and enjoyable and hassle free. A 360 degree camera, VR headset and an app, all coming together to transport the viewer right into the midst of the action. And there you are, kicking the ball, almost!

VR much in its infancy, has a long road to travel, but it is already making such startling changes in sports viewing for the viewer and player. In the short altered state that the sports buff spends watching a game aided by live VR, they get transported to the scene of game, and the space element dissolves completely making it so real and so immediate.

On the flip side, the goggles that one wears shut out the distractions, which also cuts the social element attached to viewing sports. Because, traditionally our mind-set tends to sit together, laugh and cheer for our sports heroes along with our friends and family. And in certain cases, resolution of the visuals is patchy and some feel that the game becomes unnervingly close.

However, the field of Virtual Reality and Sports is emerging, and there is scope for organizations with the right ideas and the will to implement.

Post Production for Underwater and First Person Cameras in Virtual Reality: Complex Algorithms VS Right Vendors

Apart from Virtual Reality cameras becoming high end and affording great many features, there are specialized VR waterproof action cameras that one can use underwater and return with high quality Virtual Reality footage. They shoot videos and photos in 360 degrees thus imparting an astounding sense of view. The possibilities of going underwater and hobnobbing with whales and colourful sea life is affordable now, VR has transformed significantly from being land based technological wonder to an underwater based discovery. From exploring submerged ships, caves and sea bed strewn with treasures all of this can be experienced with a VR headset.

Pro underwater stereoscopic 360 systems like the ‘VRTUL 1’ has incorporated the Blackmagic Microstudio 4K cameras to give an extensive new dimension to underwater Virtual Reality.

However, there are quite a few challenges of post-processing the output from underwater cameras, such as:

  • Unlike the output obtained through a VR gear in land, there is no proper texture reference to stitch the footage.Since everything under water is moving there is no reference point to use for overlapping or stitch binding.
  • In Stereo shots, there is a slight deviation in milliseconds on how the left and right view appears, which involves manual stitching.
  • Apart from the normal changes in VR post production, the underwater shots have an effect created by waves which adds to an additional effort in post -production.
  • Lack of sync information in the underwater VR leads to issues while stitching.

Our Head of VR production, Mr. Venugopalan says; “Manual stitching is necessary to overcome the challenges in underwater VR and SBL proves to be the right candidate in this arena. We are one of the pioneers to have undergone VR post production challenges in an early stage and have developed a steady pipeline with Nuke and CARA which enables to produce seamless output. “

So getting onto the VR bandwagon requires careful analysis of the VR ecosystem which involves scrutinizing – hardware, content, accessories, distribution channels, and the existing user base. Hence choosing the right vendor for post-production would be key to a successful VR underwater FPS product. The vendor should be able to ensure proper stitching pipeline, artefacts removal and provide quality of seamless output.

Digital Image Processing: Encapsulating Product Placement

Did you know that larger product images increase sales in online shopping?

From size, to zoom, to alignment and margins, shadows, background, colour, angles and resolution every single tiny aspect of image quality matters in an e-commerce site. Though E-commerce is burgeoning, e-commerce sites are known to grapple with image quality; and unless they get this right grabbing eyeball of consumers will remain elusive.

While we agree that high quality product pictures are integral to the success of an e-Commerce site, how do they achieve this? What is the easy method for e-Commerce sites to get this right? Is DIY possible?

Irrespective of how much an e-commerce sites spend on hiring a professional photographer with the best camera, it still needs – Digital Image Processing. Resolution revisits, color correction, lighting uniformity, background adjustments, intrusion removal and sharpness are all but a few factors when it comes to digitally correcting the images that they plan to host.

Additionally, a few other factors that they need to think about will be:

  • Do they have the resources to manage the voluminous photo portfolio?
  • Do they have the expertise in digital image processing?
  • Are the image formats compatible with the different web hosting plans?
  • Are they aware of the copyright glitches around an image?

Take the help of experts who can retouch your product images to match your requirements and appeal to your online consumers. Our team of professionals can optimize your image editing workflow and save you time and money.

Virtual Reality Trends

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In 2017-18 there will be more than 43 million VR users in the world making this a landmark period for VR software and hardware development. Release of newer and better headsets (probably more cost efficient) will be introduced in the market. A lot of big companies are yet to make their foray into this exciting new adventure and that is all set to change in the coming 3-4 years. Inputs of touch and smell which have so far been missing in the immersive experience will be a matter of research and breakthroughs – the actual growth is yet to be witnessed.

Synonymous with growth is investment and business opportunities. Google Daydream has already caught the eye of seasoned venture capitalists and as VR transforms from “good to use” to “essential to have” revenue focussed. New gaming engines will raise their heads to compete against the currently established Unity and Unreal engine probably created by some of the bigger players. Strategic alliances are on the cards with the software and hardware giants exploring options.

VR in social media, marketing, real estate, transport, urban planning, teaching, medicine……the list is endless and so are the possibilities that can be explored. Hollywood is looking at VR in a big way. Special effects and first hand story telling will present the case to be brought on virtually. Faster networks and much higher bandwidths and servers would be in the fore too to handle the terra bytes of data to be transferred and processed.

Post VR like stitching, stabilizing, Prep & Paint and Roto are vital to get a near perfect immersive experience and a lot of production companies prefer to outsource these functions so they can concentrate on their core function of VR Film production considering the number of cameras involved.