Neat Video Filter Reduces Noise for Higher Quality Compression

Two weeks ago, I was in Los Angeles at Streaming Media West. Sorenson Media was introducing a new product, Squeeze Server, and had volunteered to bring a camera and camera operator so that I could interview several Sorenson executives, and their product partners, Aspera and RightScale, for the website. The interviews were at Squeeze Server’s launch party at the Rock Sugar night club, and though the camera operator brought an on-camera light, lighting was inadequate. The inevitable result was noisy video.

I was tasked with encoding the video, and after my preliminary encodes, started searching for a noise reduction filter. I tried the Neat Video filter and it produced exceptional results. I reviewed it for my Final Cut Pro Insider column at the Millimeter web site, which you can here. Here’s my pithy conclusion:

All of us shoot (or are shot) in low-light situations, which inevitably results in noise. While not a panacea, the Neat Video noise reduction plug-in does a great job improving the quality of your video footage, with an easy interface for novices, and advanced configuration options for more technical users. It’s hard to imagine any video producer who couldn’t benefit from owning this affordable, highly effective plug-in.

Note that the product is also available as a plug-in for Adobe CS5 and multiple other editors.

I created several videos using the product during my testing; the most interesting one showed portions from four test files, including the original file with no encoding. You can play the video by clicking the figure below (a frame grab thereof). It will take a few moments to load because it’s encoded at a very high data rate to preserve the detail.

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If you have noisy video that you need to encode, you should definitely check it out.

About Jan Ozer

I help companies train new technical hires in streaming media-related positions; I also help companies optimize their codec selections and encoding stacks, and evaluate new encoders and codecs.

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