Neat Video is a powerful video noise reduction plugin that can help you improve the quality of your footage. Whether you are dealing with low-light, high-ISO, or old tapes, Neat Video can effectively remove grain, flicker, artifacts, and other imperfections from your videos.
In this article, we will show you how to use Neat Video plugin in Sony Vegas, one of the most popular video editing software for Windows. You will learn how to install the plugin, how to apply it to your clips, how to build a noise profile, and how to adjust the noise reduction settings.
Installing the Plugin
To install the Neat Video plugin for Sony Vegas, you need to download the installer from the Neat Video website. Make sure you choose the right version for your system (64-bit or 32-bit) and for your edition of Sony Vegas (Pro or Movie Studio).
Before installing the plugin, make sure you have started Sony Vegas at least once. Then run the installer and follow the instructions. The installer will automatically detect your Sony Vegas installation and make the plugin available in the Video FX list.
Applying the Plugin
To apply the Neat Video plugin to your clips, you need to add it to the Video Event FX panel. You can do this by clicking on the Event FX icon in the clip shown in the timeline window. This will open a list of available video effects. Select Neat Video > Reduce Noise v4 and click OK.
This will add the Reduce Noise v4 effect to the Video Event FX panel, which will list the available controls of the effect. To open the Neat Video plugin window, click on Options > Prepare > Open Plug-in Window.
Building a Noise Profile
The first step in using Neat Video is to build a noise profile for your clip. A noise profile is a description of the noise characteristics of your video, which helps Neat Video to distinguish between noise and details.
To build a noise profile, you need to find a frame in your clip that contains a large flat area of uniform color. This can be a wall, a sky, a tablecloth, etc. Avoid areas with sharp edges, textures, or moving objects.
Once you have found a suitable frame, click on Auto Profile in the Neat Video plugin window. This will automatically select a sample area and analyze it for noise. You will see a green rectangle indicating the sample area and a noise level indicator showing how much noise was detected.
If the noise level indicator is green or yellow, it means that Neat Video has successfully built a noise profile. If it is red or orange, it means that Neat Video could not find enough noise in the sample area. In this case, you need to manually adjust the sample area by dragging its corners or edges until the noise level indicator turns green or yellow.
Adjusting the Noise Reduction Settings
After building a noise profile, you can adjust the noise reduction settings to fine-tune the results. You can do this by switching to the Noise Filter Settings tab in the Neat Video plugin window.
Here you will see four sliders: Temporal Noise Filter, Spatial Noise Filter, Sharpening, and Artifact Removal. You can adjust each slider to increase or decrease the amount of noise reduction applied to your clip.
The Temporal Noise Filter reduces noise across multiple frames of video. It is useful for removing flicker and temporal artifacts. The Spatial Noise Filter reduces noise within each frame of video. It is useful for removing grain and spatial artifacts.
The Sharpening slider enhances the details and edges in your video. It can help to restore some of the sharpness lost due to noise reduction. The Artifact Removal slider removes compression artifacts and other defects from your video. It can help to smooth out blocky or jagged areas.
You can preview the results of your adjustments by clicking on Preview > Preview Output in the Neat Video plugin window. You can also compare different views of your video by clicking on Preview > Preview Mode and choosing one of the options: Original (shows your original 29c81ba772