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Sascha Engel
Best Sharpener Tool for FCPX
on Feb 2, 2016 at 4:55:11 pm

Hi Everyone,

I have a project for a museum, in which I have B&W Archival Footage SD, blown up to HD.
I wanna sharpen it a bit to get rid of the fuzziness due to blow up.
What is the best Sharpener Plug in for FCPX?

I saw a very affordable sharpener from FCPeffects.com for 50.-Bucks that seems to do a good job.

Anybody knows this one?
Or a better product?

Thanx a lot.

Greetings,

Sascha

Sascha Engel
KINO KITCHEN Studio
http://kinokitchen.foliohd.com/
http://www.youtube.com/taikang


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Best Sharpener Tool for FCPX
on Feb 2, 2016 at 7:00:01 pm

Personally, I just publish the Unsharp Mask filter from Motion.


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Sascha Engel
Re: Best Sharpener Tool for FCPX
on Feb 2, 2016 at 7:18:49 pm

Hi Jeff,

Does that mean you send each Clip on the timeline separately to Motion?


Thanx.


Greetings,


Sascha

Sascha Engel
KINO KITCHEN Studio
http://kinokitchen.foliohd.com/
http://www.youtube.com/taikang


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Best Sharpener Tool for FCPX
on Feb 2, 2016 at 9:18:18 pm

No I mean that I open Motion, create a new FCPX effect and publish the unsharp mask filter back to FCPX so I can use it there.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
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Michael Hadley
Re: Best Sharpener Tool for FCPX
on Feb 2, 2016 at 7:44:17 pm

No doubt that old footage is very grainy, too, right? You can get rid of video noise AND sharpen your images with the denoiser from Neat Video. It's $99 and it works terrifically. You do have to customize the setting to include the sharpening, though, but it's pretty easy.

Don't be put off by Neat's website--which is a throwback to the '90s. The plug in is top notch.

As well, and in addition, you can also throw on the sharpen filter that's free in FCPX. That and Neat Video make a good combination.

I used it recently on some very low lights scenes on this project with excellent results:







Good luck.


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Mark Suszko
Re: Best Sharpener Tool for FCPX
on Feb 2, 2016 at 10:25:37 pm

If they are old stills that can't be re-scanned, what I might do is turn them into PDF's because scaling up vector art looks better than scaling raster art. Going a step farther, there's a stand-alone software (Genuine Fractals) that uses fractals to create "lossless" blow-ups with more *apparent* sharpness than what you can do in Photoshop. Your mileage may vary.

Once in p-shop or in the timeline, you can stack multiple identical layers and goose the apparent sharpness more by working on changes to the blending modes and separate color channels for each layer.


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Sascha Engel
Re: Best Sharpener Tool for FCPX
on Feb 2, 2016 at 10:51:01 pm

Not stills, old two inch video Tapes in SD, Uprezed to HD.


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Sascha Engel
Re: Best Sharpener Tool for FCPX
on Feb 2, 2016 at 10:52:32 pm

I actually have NEAT video...and yes, the website is old...but more like 80s. ;-)
But the kind of grain of the old 2inch Tapes, seems to be hard to deal with for NEAT.
I also thought the Sharpen Filter inside FCPX is pretty good.
Just wanted to make sure, that it is - and get some other opinions.


Sascha


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Michael Hadley
Re: Best Sharpener Tool for FCPX
on Feb 2, 2016 at 11:16:12 pm

Yes, I do think the X filter is good. And like I said, I like it combination with the sharpen in Neat. Good luck!


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Sascha Engel
Re: Best Sharpener Tool for FCPX
on Feb 2, 2016 at 11:30:03 pm

Well, after several tests, it is same than original: The Sharpen Filter, makes the picture more crisp, but more noisy, and NEAT takes the extra noise out and softens the image. The result looks the same than the untreated footage. ;-)


Sascha


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Best Sharpener Tool for FCPX
on Feb 3, 2016 at 7:13:34 pm

Did you try the Unsharp Mask? It's not the same effect as sharpen. I use it all the time on slightly soft footage.

Photoshop can also process movie files so it might be worth giving some of the sharpening tools in there a try.


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John Rofrano
Re: Best Sharpener Tool for FCPX
on Feb 4, 2016 at 11:38:07 pm
Last Edited By John Rofrano on Feb 4, 2016 at 11:47:34 pm

[Sascha Engel] "The Sharpen Filter, makes the picture more crisp, but more noisy, and NEAT takes the extra noise out and softens the image. The result looks the same than the untreated footage. ;-)"
You might want to take a look at Boris Continuum Complete Image Restoration Unit. It contains a plug-in called Magic Sharp which gives you extremely fine grain control over what gets sharpened and even includes built-in Noise Suppression. For example you could sharpen the fine details but not sharpen the noise background by adjusting the Threshold of the Fine, Small, Medium, and Course Details settings along with the Noise Suppression setting.

Here is a live Boris FX webinar that I did for them where I demonstrate Magic Sharp at 23:00 minutes into the webinar:







This is being demoed on Sony Vegas Pro but the controls work exactly the same in Final Cut Pro X. The webinar is a bit fuzzy because it is being recorded from GotoMeeting and not locally by me (sorry) but you can listen and tell what's going on.

BCC Image Restoration Unit also includes UpRez which is what I would use to up scale from SD to HD. That also has a simpler Magic Sharp filter built in but if you have already up scaled the video just use the main Magic Sharp plug-in. I've even used it to salvage footage that was out of focus. It's really very good.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasstsoftware.com



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Sascha Engel
Re: Best Sharpener Tool for FCPX
on Feb 6, 2016 at 11:14:57 pm

Thanx. I'll check it out!


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Sascha Engel
Re: Best Sharpener Tool for FCPX
on Feb 8, 2016 at 6:07:09 am

Hi John,

I gave the BCC Unit a try, and it also wasn't the yellow of the egg.
When I pushed the Sharpener and Noise reduction to the limits,
Where I started to see an improvement in the image, then it looked very artificial and unreal,
Which is for historical archive footage of a museum exhibition of course unacceptable.

In the end we will keep it as is.
It's not so terrible at all,
I just hoped there was a way to enhance it.


Thanx nevertheless for all the input.


Greetings,


Sascha

Sascha Engel
KINO KITCHEN Studio
http://kinokitchen.foliohd.com/
http://www.youtube.com/taikang


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Clermond Ferrand
Re: Best Sharpener Tool for FCPX
on Feb 9, 2016 at 1:42:51 pm

did you try Highpass filter in Motion?

It's quite easy to build a sharpener on this basis.
You can build it with two layers with the highpass filter and separate these layers with a luma keyer for bright and dark parts. Works great and more subtle than unsharpening mask


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