FW Editor: What are your plans or objectives in the near future?
Gromada.com: We will focus more on cross-platform development. Many users asked for Linux and Mac versions and we're eager to make VideoMach available on those platforms. Web integration is another of our objectives, since eventually even video conversion applications will move to the internet.
FW Editor: How and when did you start writing the code for VideoMach? What inspired you the most? Do you plan to develop new software, or are you more focused on optimizing the current ones?
Gromada.com: Back in 1997 VideoMach was called "Fast Movie Processor" and its main purpose was to turn captured images to an AVI file, needed for a video presentation. Since then the software was much improved, new functionality and file formats were added, the GUI was changed, even the program's name. Its purpose isn't just converting images to video anymore, but most of our customers use it exactly for that.
FW Editor: VideoMach is one of the best audio/video builders and convertors from the market. What is the secret?
Gromada.com: VideoMach is not focused strictly on file format conversion. It can apply various video filters, speed up/slow down videos, arrange video inputs into matrices, extract video and audio to separate files and do other tasks that go beyond simple video conversion.
FW Editor: Do you plan to improve or change VideoMach in any way? If yes, how are you going to do that?
Gromada.com: We'll focus on making VideoMach even easier to use, support new formats that are emerging, add stereoscopic 3D capabilities and make it available on other platforms.
FW Editor: VideoMach has quite a strong competition but, so far, it succeeded in making a name for itself. What do you think about the huge success of VideoMach?
Gromada.com: I wouldn't say huge success, that's something reserved for software like Photoshop or WinZip :), but VideoMach had its share of success, probably because it offered extra options in addition to video conversion, and there were always community versions that enabled people to use VideoMach without time limitation.
FW Editor: Can you tell us more about the most important features from VideoMach?
Gromada.com: In short, VideoMach can:
- Convert files between various video and audio formats
- Turn images from high-speed imaging, time-lapse photography, stop-motion animation or 3D rendering into video. VideoMach supports high-speed imaging formats like Bayer or Cine, used in crash-test labs, military and space exploration.
- Add audio to animations or silent video footage
- Extract audio and images from movies, to separate folders if necessary
- Change brightness and contrast, adjust color balance, resize, rotate, crop, add text and apply dozens of other functions
- Speed up / slow down videos
- Arrange videos in matrices
- Perform temporal averaging to clear noise from static video
- Automated conversions without human interaction
FW Editor: What are the advantages of using Standard and Professional versions over the Free one?
Gromada.com: The free version has all the functionality of the Standard and Professional mode, but adds a 1-second banner at the start of every converted video. It is free for any use, for unlimited time. The Standard version removes the banner for all frequently used video formats, like AVI, MPEG, WMV, OGV, JPG, PNG, etc. However, for specialized and rarely used formats, such as Bayer or Cine, you need the Professional version to produce an output without the banner.
FW Editor: How can you describe VideoMach in just a few words?
Gromada.com: VideoMach is a media converter with many extras.
FW Editor: What is your favorite feature from VideoMach and why?
Gromada.com: The ability to open entire image sequence just by opening the first numerated image. A sequence of 50,000 images is open in less than 2 seconds, which is probably the world record. And we plan to speed it up :)
FW Editor: Would you like to send a message to VideoMach users?
Gromada.com: Don't hesitate to send us your suggestions, the features that get most votes are implemented first. Enjoy using VideoMach.
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