Video Noise Reduction in Resolve Part 2: Neat Video OFX Plug-In

Video Noise Reduction in DaVinci Resolve: The Neat Video OFX Plug-In

December 9, 2013

We explored video noise reduction in DaVinci Resolve 10 earlier. In this tutorial you look at the OpenFX plug-in, Neat Video, and compare the differences.


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Dealing with Video Noise Reduction In Resolve: Neat Video

In Part 1 we explored Davinci Resolve 10’s built-in video noise reduction tools – which are good. But can they be bested? Perhaps…

OpenFX meets Noise Reduction
Over the past few years, the team at Neat Video has made a name for themselves – creating amazing noise reduction plug-ins for a plethora of hosts such as Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Avid and many others. Recently, they’ve released an OFX plugin (version 3.5) that now works in DaVinci Resolve.

In this second installment of my series I’m presenting on noise reduction, we’ll take a look at the new OFX plugin from Neat and compare it to the built-in tools in Resolve.

I have to say, I’ve really been looking forward to this release, as I’ve depended on Neat Video in other plugin hosts for years. However, I was unsure if the plugin was worth the cost ($199) vs the built-in tools so I decided to put it to the test. A big thank you to Vlad and the team at Neat for the hookup on the plugin.

Resolve vs. Neat Video Plug-in
Keep in mind, that native noise reduction is only available if you’re using the full version of Resolve. So, if you’re using the Lite version of Resolve, the conversation gets much, much more interesting. You’ll have to weigh purchasing the full version of Resolve ($999) vs the OFX plugin from Neat ($199) (which works in both versions of the application) for you’re noise reduction needs.

You’ll have to watch the Insight to check the results, but I’ll say the video noise reduction results are pretty similar between Resolve’s built-in noise reduction and Neat Video but with a slight edge to one of the tools…

Thanks to Martha Conboy for the shot!

Questions? Comments? Use the comments below to start a discussion on this Insight. Or ask a question if something I did confuses you.

– Robbie


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