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Old 09-05-2009, 11:55 AM   #1
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Default Topaz Simplify and buZZ Pro

I finally figured out the software I was trying to remember...BuzzPro and the company has gone out of business so it's no longer available--there are sites one can download the software but there is no way to get a serial number for it...

However I just discovered Topaz Simplify which looks to be similar and is less expensive ($39) than BuzzPro was ($89)

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andrew: The quality of the result depends primarily on knowing what kind of photo to feed into the filter, or how to modify a picture before filtering it.
Very true...sort of "garbage in, garbage out"...'-}}


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Some very nice examples there for Topaz.

   
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Old 09-05-2009, 05:37 PM   #3
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Very true...sort of "garbage in, garbage out"...'-}}
Yes, you need a good subject. You also need a simple picture. For example, no highlights on the person's face.

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I finally figured out the software I was trying to remember...BuzzPro and the company has gone out of business so it's no longer available
Yes, BuzzPro had an outline feature. I can't remember ever seeing a good result from that feature. Its strength was the simplifier. But here again, it needed the right photo. That is, unless it was simply one step of many. Do you remember the website of Skydancer? She used Buzz as one step in her process and had very good results.

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However I just discovered Topaz Simplify which looks to be similar and is less expensive ($39) than BuzzPro was ($89)
Thanks. I took a quick look. It can do a Buzz-like simplification, and some other fun things that Buzz could not do.
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I thought so too...I'm going to email them to see if they might caption the video using the plug-in or maybe they have the text script that was used...

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Yes...and I'm sad to report that in looking for info on BuzzPro, I found out that Sky died in August 2007--a heart attack in her sleep. Very sad...she was a creative and interesting person...


>>Thanks. I took a quick look. It can do a Buzz-like simplification, and some other fun things that Buzz could not do.

Yeah...I wonder if whoever the author of BuzzPro was, sold the code to Topaz and they have expanded its capabilities--I think I saw a menu item labeled "Buzz" in the video...

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I hadn't realized there was a video until you posted the link. It looks like a really neat plug-in.

   
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Susie: I hadn't realized there was a video until you posted the link. It looks like a really neat plug-in.
Yeah...it does and not too pricey either at just under $40--the link to the video is about 3/4 of the way down the first link page I posted...glad youi found the video helpful...

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I manged to watch part of the video. It appears to be extremely helpful. Is it possible to use speech recognition software to run captions?
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Even though I couldn't hear what was being said, it looked like a useful video...


>> Is it possible to use speech recognition software to run captions?

I dunno! Interesting idea! The captioning on my special phone is done via trained speech recognition software where the communication assistant voices what the person I've called is saying and I see the text on my screen--it's about 80% accurate, maybe 90% if I get a CA who has trained their software well (not often). It is my understanding is that for at least the current technology, training is essential to getting intelligible conversions.

I don't know how something like Dragon Naturally Speaking for example, would work with something like video playback sound. Since I don't own any speech recognition software, I can't test it...I wonder how much Dragon Naturally Speaking costs...hmmmm...


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I had forgotten about training. <sigh>

Well, if you can't get them to caption it, maybe they can send you a transcript.
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