Using Neat Video: Exceptional Noise Reduction for Video

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Is grainy footage ruining your project? Neat Video packs a powerful punch for reducing grain and noise in footage. In this post we’ll show you how to get the most out of it in your projects.

Digital noise is an inevitable, undesirable facet of working with video. Unlike film grain, we find digital noise ugly and wish to eliminate or limit it. Luckily, noise reduction tools exist to combat grainy footage. While native software noise reducers suffice for many projects, sometimes additional firepower is required for egregiously dirty shots.

Enter Neat Video, a professional noise reduction plugin. At its price point (free or up to $199 – depending on the version), it’s become an industry standard. However, its interface is anything but intuitive. Let’s wrap our heads around it.

How Neat Video Works

Neat Video profiles a portion of the image to evaluate the noise in the overall frame. It is optimal that this portion should contain as few characteristics as possible. Good profiles might contain a piece of pure blue sky or a shadow region that lacks detail. Neat then reports a Quality level on this profile as a percentage. The higher the percentage, the more effective the reduction.

Once it’s gathered a profile for our shot, the Noise Filter Settings tab activates. The intra-frame controls are tweaked inside the plugin and temporal reduction is controlled outside the plugin.

Treating a Clip

Low light in a concert hall, a pretty classic candidate for potential noise. The noise is in this one for sure: offending_clip We’ll be working with an extremely noisy RED clip shot in a low-light concert hall. My chosen software is Davinci Resolve, but Neat works in a host of applications like After Effects, Premiere, Final Cut Pro, and others.

To use Neat Video in Resolve, add a new serial node and open up the FX panel. Drag the Reduce Noise plugin onto the new node. We’ll worry about the parameters here later. Click the Options button. Click the FX icon all the way on the right interface, above the timeline.

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