Final Cut Effects for Video Denoising

Denoising: We’re talking video here (not audio), with twinkling speckles, e.g. due to low exposure or high gain hence a poor signal to noise ratio.   There aren’t any video denoisers built in to FCP, but plugins exist, both free and commercial.  There is some discussion of these at DvInfo forum [www.dvinfo.net/conf/non-linear-editing-mac/137219-de-noise-plug-fcp.html#post1151393].  The best one I have found so far, at the cost of money and rendering intensity, is Neat Video,  available for most of the major NLE’s, including FCP.

  •  The “Too Much Too Soon” (TMTS) filter package [http://www.toolfarm.com/plugins/index.php/Too_Much_Too_Soon_Free_FXScrips] includes a denoiser.  And it is free.
    • Didn’t remove much noise for me, despite setting it to max denoising.
  • Joe’s Filters (filter package), commercial, includes a Smart Denoiser.  
    • This worked reasonably well.  It removed most othe dynamic (twinkling) noise but left static pixel variations, presumably associated with pixel variation in the camera’s sensor which as a result were more obvious.  The result was like looking at a clean moving image through a dirt-patchy glass.
    • It was found to be best placed after the levels&colors adjustments, i.e. at the bottom of the filter chain.
  • Neat Video [www.neatvideo.com], the best denoiser I have ever been able to find on Windows, is now available for FCP on Mac.
    • Tried the FCP version.  Totally outclasses the ones so far seen.  At the cost of money and (intensive) rendering time.  Well worth it though if you need the highest quality.
    • There is a free demo download but it is crippled to only affects a central rectangle of the image.  So don’t judge it by what happens at the margins region, rather use it as a basis for comparing the denoised central bit.
  • CHV – the Repair filter collection, including a denoiser, at [http://www.chv-plugins.com/cms/Fx-Script/Repair-collection/NoiseReduction.php]
    • (I have not yet tried this)

One Response to “Final Cut Effects for Video Denoising”

  1. Nice collection, I’ve been looking for a really good de-noiser for a long time. NeatVideo looks like a good start.

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