Does Muséik distort the video?

The most common question we get from film makers and our customers has to do with what effect Muséik has on video files.

While it is true that Muséik alters the playback speed of the original files, aggressive testing over three years has proven that these changes are not perceptible. There are several reasons:

1. A great deal of research was conducted early in the software's development to determine the 'safe' parameters for adjusting a film's playback rate. These limits were then written into the basic functionality of the program.

2. The program uses patented processes in both the software and in the treatment of the film that prevents the dropping or duplication of video frames. It is also not entirely accurate to describe the adjustments to the film as a change in frame rate. Combined, these processes create the ability to adjust playback speeds while remaining artistically faithful to the original film.

3. Muséik was conceived as a musical instrument that simply outputs video rather than audio. Just like any other instrument, the skill and preparation of the performer is the single greatest determinator in the success and professionalism of the performance. A well-rehearsed performance of the film will result in extremely small adjustments to the film tempo.

4. Muséik was developed using an assumption that the conductor / live performers will approach their performance giving the film equal consideration with the other artistic elements. While it is entirely possible to make tempo choices that seriously distort the film projection, a well-prepared performance should result in tempi that match the film's originals within a click or two in either direction, making the playback variations in the film imperceptible to both audience and film maker.