Auto Enhance applies only stabilization and some lighting fixes to your clips. To further enhance your clips, you can, for instance, apply Smart Trim to it to remove unacceptable quality segments, based on the Auto Analyzer's tags.
As I say in my books, the Auto Analyzer is one of those features that you'll need to weigh the liabilities against the advantages of.
I, personally, keep mine turned off. When my video looks like it needs some enhancement, I just enhance it myself. I also tend not to capture a continuous two-hour clip and then need to break it into scenes.
So it's up to you if it's worth the time and resources.
So will Smartfix actually fix (adjust brightness/levels for) variable lighting/exposure? Cause from the sounds of this guy's post, it doesn't - though it's advertised as doing so. This is predominantly what I'd be buying it for, so I'd like to know.
Auto Enhance -- or, more accurately, Smart Fix -- does indeed change brightness, contrast and video stabilization if a clip has been pre-analyzed by the Organizer. I've used it myself on many occasions.
Thanks- in the case of variable lighting/exposure,
does it split it up into clips and apply a singular brightness/etc setting to the selected clip?
or does it actually do it by creating keyframed timeline gradiations of the setting?
I don't know that it keyframes Brightness/Contrast and Shadow/Highlights. I've not seen any evidence that it does.
So it just applies singular settings to blocks then?
In your experience, how does this fare, in terms of quality -
if you've got a shot going from light to dark exposure, is it going to cause a sudden change in brightness/etc settings rather than a gradiated one?
I've been overall pretty satisfied with the results (though I tend to avoid any automatic function).
If you want to post a brief clip in DV-AVI or 640x480 WMV format to a web site so I can download it, I'll be glad to do a test run with it.