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Old January 20th, 2010, 10:30 PM   #1
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How to remove grain as a result of gain

I have some footage that was inadvertently shot with the camera's gain turned up higher than it should have. As a result the footage is noisy.

Can you suggest a method to correct this in post, since re-shooting would pose a problem.

I am not familiar with the less-commonly used filters and effects in FC; therefore, please be specific when suggesting a remedy.

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Old January 21st, 2010, 01:43 PM   #2
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Most people aren't happy with the built-in tools in FCP and instead use plug-ins from either Neat Video, FxFactory Pro or others.

Motion also has some noise-reduction filters but the round-trip process to and from FCP is more work than using a dedicated FCP filter.

It's difficult to make a single recommendation because each filter has it's own "signature" effect and it comes down to personal preference, but overall Neat Video seems to get used most often than the competitors.
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 01:43 PM   #3
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I use Neat Video noise reduction - it is very good but not particularly cheap. I didn't regret buying it. It works best if the grain is fairly uniform (very good indeed - virtually perfect) less good the more variation there is but still well worth using in most situations.
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Old January 27th, 2010, 05:26 PM   #4
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You know the old saying, "No gain. No grain". Or was that no pain no gain? :-)

If you have After Effects, it has some nice grain-reduction filters in it that would be worth a try.
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