Video Tip - Video noise filter
Due to the lighting conditions at haunts (virtually zero lighting) haunt video can look very grainy. This is mostly due to automatic camera settings that crank the gain up to the CCD(s) to get more light into the camera. The price you pay for this is grain.
The grain does not always look so bad on a computer screen at low-res on a small media player or on youtube. However, it's sometimes unbearable to watch at a higher resolution or on a TV.
I use an editing software plugin called Neat Video. It's a noise filter like no other. I paid $99 for it. It can be used with many of the most popular video editing software packages. It's easy to use and produces amazing results. It is by far the best $99 I've ever spent on video software. It's certainly a tool you want to keep in mind the next time you're editing and can't take the look of the grain anymore.
Aside from using lots of lighting and having a camera with manual gain control, Neat Video is an inexpensive way to deal with darkness and subsequent grain. There are other noise filter plugins. However, I have yet to see one come close to this one.
Like I said, it's easy to use. I use it in automatic mode all the time. Just apply the filter and click automatic.
Tomorrow I'll post a few example before and after shots using the filter.
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