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Glen JenningsDealing with dark grainy footage
by on Feb 27, 2011 at 9:05:20 pm

So I've got some dark HD footage that was shot with a Canon 7D that I'm stuck working with and I need to pull out the image. When I pull out the image using curves or brightness/contrast its got a lot of video noise etc.

Does anybody have any recommended filter techniques etc? I know there's not that much you can really do but it's a fairly common problem and I'd be interested in any advice.


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Walter SoykaRe: Dealing with dark grainy footage
by on Feb 28, 2011 at 2:36:06 pm

You can try noise removal tools like Remove grain [link] (built-in) or NeatVideo [link] (third-party).

These must be applied with a light hand -- in general, it's better to leave a little noise in than to try to remove it all, which gives you a very artificial waxy or plastic look.

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