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Do you have noisy video that you can’t reshoot, and you need to get it on working condition as soon as possible? Here’s a quick 30-second fix that can save your project.

Everyone’s done it before. You go out, shoot your footage, and think everything is great. But then you begin looking over your footage in post. Your worst nightmare has come true: one of your shots is grainy and overexposed. You don’t have time to go back and reshoot the footage. What are you going to do?

Well, luckily there is a quick fix. It may not look as good as a properly exposed image, but it will do the trick in a pinch. Let’s take a look.

Import Your Footage

Video Tutorial: Cleaning Up Noisy Video in 30 Seconds — Import Footage

Import the footage you need to fix into Premiere. From there, drag it into your timeline, and right-click then select “Replace with After Effects Composition.” From there, After Effects will pop up, and you can start a new project.

Applying the Effect

Video Tutorial: Cleaning Up Noisy Video in 30 Seconds — Apply the Effect

Once your composition is in the timeline, Go to the Effects tab and select “Remove Grain.” Drag that onto your composition and then go into the clip’s effects settings. From here, you are going to adjust the “Remove Grain” effects. For a more intense de-noising, up the “passes” of the effect. You can also increase the noise reduction through the filter above “passes.” Experiment with the settings, and see which option clears your footage up the most.

Where to Go from Here

After you have applied the effect, the After Effects composition will automatically sync with Premiere, and you will be able to manipulate the clip with the effect applied. Note that the effect is very render-heavy, so you may have to render it out in Premiere to get it to play normally. If you’re having serious trouble with playback, try exporting the clip from After Effects and importing the rendered clip into Premiere.

Just remember, if you do have the time to reshoot grainy footage, do it. You can only save the footage so much in post-production. But if you’re in a tight situation, and you need a quick turnaround, this trick can help you out.

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