DSLR Video – Noise Reduction Software Really Works

I’ve used the noise reduction in Adobe Lightroom and liked it, but I never realized how much it could do. I captured some freeze frames from a video I’m working on. It’s concert video and the lighting was dark, so I used ISO 2000 to get the video bright enough. I thought the pictures looked OK, but decided to clean them up a little in Lightroom.

I imported the .BMP freeze frames into Google Picasa, then exported them as JPGs. Those are the before pictures. I imported those JPGs into Lightroom and ran some basic image tuning (which is why the exposures are a little different) and then reduced the noise.

Click any picture to embiggen. The bigger they get the more obvious the difference is. The difference is also more obvious in the better-exposed areas, like the guitar and the shirt.

Before Noise Reduction in Lightroom

Before Noise Reduction in Lightroom

After Noise Reduction in Lightroom

After Noise Reduction in Lightroom

Before Noise Reduction in Lightroom

Before Noise Reduction in Lightroom

After Noise Reduction in Lightroom

After Noise Reduction in Lightroom

Before Noise Reduction in Lightroom

Before Noise Reduction in Lightroom

After Noise Reduction in Lightroom

After Noise Reduction in Lightroom

I’m amazed enough that I’m shopping for noise reduction software for video editing.

P.S. I also realized I like the more-exposed (brighter) version, so I’ve increased the exposure in the video a bit.

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