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Improving Black and White

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Improving Black and White

Postby Walter Seaton » Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:29 pm

I am presently working with material which was shot on Regular 8 black and white film and professionally digitized in a lab which services most of the major TV stations and film studios in town (not cheap, but good). As expected, the DVDs I got back from the lab are quite grainy. I can improve the appearance of the clips by manipulating contrast, brightness and several other adjustments, but having to do that individually for a large number of clips is very frustrating. Although I have always avoided using the automated corrections available in PRE8 preferring to make my own adjustments, in this case I am willing to give it a try.

Are there any settings available which would automatically generally improve the appearance of these clips?

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Re: Improving Black and White

Postby sidd finch » Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:57 pm

One you have the desired effects placed on a clip you can always do a copy and paste attributes to your remaining clips. If you highlight all the remaining clips you can "paste attributes" all at once.

Also have you tried sharpness. This works best in small increments.

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Re: Improving Black and White

Postby Steve Grisetti » Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:25 am

Just don't expect too much. 8mm was pretty low quality film, and the cameras were usually fixed focus.

Grainy and blotchy (and probably scratchy) is just going to be the nature of the beast, unfortunately.
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Re: Improving Black and White

Postby RJ Johnston » Sat Mar 21, 2015 6:00 pm

In the past, I have used Neat Video for Premiere, http://www.neatvideo.com/, to remove grain and noise. It's not cheap. The pro version is US $99.00. This requires practice and study in order to use it effectively. It's easy to overdo it and lose the detail.

Premiere Elements has an Antialias effect that might help. Afterwards you would probably have to use the Sharpen effect. This seems to work better on HD than SD, where it doesn't seem to work at all.

If you have New Blue Video Essentials 2, there is a Noise Reducer effect you could try. Nowadays, you would have to buy NewBlue Essentials 3 Ultimate for $399 in order to get the Noise reducer plugin. https://www.newbluefx.com/essentials-3-ultimate.

Sometimes the digitized 8mm film will look better when played on TV without grain corrections.
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Re: Improving Black and White

Postby Peru » Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:00 am

RJ Johnston wrote:In the past, I have used Neat Video for Premiere, http://www.neatvideo.com/, to remove grain and noise. It's not cheap. The pro version is US $99.00. This requires practice and study in order to use it effectively. It's easy to overdo it and lose the detail.


I've found that Neat Video works especially well for black and white.
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