Logoaway is a filter created for VirtualDub that enables you to mask static logos from video sources.
You can use it to hide watermarks that are distracting to you and others while you are watching a movie.
While it’s clear on what it does, when you open it for the first time, it’s not that easy to figure out how to apply the best filtering to your situation. But that’s not really an issue with it.
Using a trial-and-error approach, you can’t go wrong. Though it lacks an integrated guide that explains the math behind it and how it works, it has a fairly comprehensive GUI. The main window of Logoaway is separated into blocks where you are able to choose the filtering mode, effect power and access the masking border setup.
Creating the border in which the mask will be applied and positioning it over the logo can prove to be quite tedious because you manually have to enter the X-Y coordinates, as well as the width and height of the frame.
As far as removal modes go, Logoaway offers four basic methods: Luminance, XY, UGLARM and Solid Fill. Using these approaches you can cover the watermark with a simple color or have the plugin perform a complex pixel interpolation that fills the inside of the border with similar pixels from the surrounding area.
The plugin also provides you with advanced border setup. You can toggle to view the border lines, select a specific masking mode for any of the rectangle sides and even apply the characteristics of a specific corner to another one.
To get the best possible idea of how the video will look after the logo is removed, Logoaway offers you a preview window in which the outcome is displayed in real time. This way you can easily adjust the XY interpolation and the blur intensity.
Logoaway is a focused tool. If the logo is relatively small in size, it will get the job done.
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