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Grainy Footage, how to resolve?

svtcobraltd's picture
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Does PP or AE have something that is decent for editing this out. I tried AE's noise reducer but it made the footage look bad. Here is an example of the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlHtzN_9Ayk



chuckengels's picture
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I don't think the footage is too bad, but low light will cause issues.
By far the very best thing for video noise due to low light is Neat Video

http://www.neatvideo.com/

I use it and have gotten amazing results. Many of the Muvipix members use NeatVideo as well.

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naish54's picture
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Was the gain accidently turned way up? it seems like you have a descent amount of light if your exposure/f stop was correct


svtcobraltd's picture
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I think I may have turned the exposure down because on the white wall behind her it was all the zebra lines. I thought it would of been too bright.


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Svt,

To use a euphemism, 'You're trying to polish a turd....' Sounds worse than your footage actually looks. Since I don't know what camera you used, I can say the 'grain' isn't that bad for a web-only clip. Next time white balance for the ambient light (that lovely red-yellow tint on everything shows you didn't.) If you just wanted to see the talent, then the exposure is good enough. Really, the grain is coming from your camera trying to do an approximate exposure, I would guess that you had it on auto exposure as well. There are only two reasons to use autoex (1) during a live event in which you transition from outdoors to indoors in one shot and (2) your camera is not capable of manual exposure. Same rules apply to auto white balance. Also, if you're using your gain settings to compensate for low light grain comes with it.

Next time light your subject and do a proper white balance / exposure and watch the grain disappear. Take these steps while you're on-set and you won't need plug-ins to 'fixitinpost'.

H.Wolfgang Porter, Composite Media Producer Dreaded Enterprises Unlimited, Inc. www.dreadedenterprises.com


chuckengels's picture
Last seen: 6 years 4 months ago
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But if you do need a plugin to fix the noise in post then NeatVideo is an excellent choice :)

It's not always possible to get perfect lighting, even with white balancing and all the other tricks.
So the fact is that sometimes you will have to record in low light and not be able to compensate.
When that happens you would be amazed at the difference NeatVideo can make.

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