Whether you are shooting video on a 3 chip shoulder camera, or a large sensor DSLR, chances are you’ve been in a situation where you weren’t able to fully control the lighting condition and have often had to crank up the ISO on your camera to get the shot.
Even though modern DSLR’s/mirrorless cameras and large chip cameras are very sensitive with high tolerances for low-light compared to older cameras from the five or ten years ago, video noise is still an uphill battle for most. Shooting anything from live events, to music videos with my HVX200, then AF101 (back in the day, come on it wasn’t that long ago…) and 7D, I often saw a lot of noise in my images in low-light situations, which has generally been for me, and many shooters out there, a major challenge.
I could live with the quirks of not having proper XLR inputs, or a decent back screen, or even the terrible moire and rolling shutter, but the unpleasant video noise I saw sometimes was something I truly dreaded. Often in “run-and-gun” situations or live events, where ambient light or fixtures are not enough to give me proper exposure, blotchy and murky video noise in the shadows was often a headache in post-production.
The Blackmagic Cinema camera, and the Pocket Cinema Camera on which I am mostly shooting now, stress me out a lot less in the “noise” department as the BMCC noise is quite organic and not so much of a problem. It is way more filmic, and sometimes I even end up adding real grain from 35mm film scans (FilmConvert/CrumplePop) to give my footage that extra filmic texture depending on the project I am working on.
However on most projects, I prefer to have a very clean image. And for those situations where noise needs to be removed, there is now a new solution to the problem, regardless of what camera you are shooting on whether a GH4, A7s or any other DSLR/Mirrorless or small chip camera.
The Spanish company, Cinemartin just announced the release of the Cinemartin Denoiser, a professional video denoiser standalone software for Windows, which works as standalone software, and outputs to ProRes, DNxHD, HEVC H.265 and H.264.
Known as the makers of the acclaimed Cinec Prores video converter software – the first HEVC H.265 & ProRes video converter for Windows, and developers of PLIN – the Adobe Premiere Plugin to export to ProRes for Windows, the new Cinemartin Denoiser allow users to eliminate the noise in videos, including the noise or grain caused by shooting in high ISO’s or in low light conditions.
This grain removal/video denoise tool has 2 video denoise mechanism for better tuning and enhancing image results, and is optimised for Cinema & Broadcast applications.
A key feature of the Cinemartin Denoiser is that it works as a standalone app, and it does not require to be used in combination with any other NLE such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Sony Vegas, or FCP X or any other software.
All you have to do is load the clip into the Denoiser, use the noise removal settings, or alternatively use a preset, and then export to ProRes/DNxHD, HEVC H.265/H.264, and even uncompressed via the click of a button. It’s an easy and efficient workflow with professional codec support, a key feature for many professional shooters.
Cinemartin Denoiser features:
- Resolutions up to 4K (including DCI 4096 x 2160 and UHD 3840 x 2160)
- 1080p, 720p, SD PAL & NTSC Support
- Frame rates up to 240fps
- Full-Screen denoise monitor
- Play Preview function
- Select start position
- Output to all flavours of Prores up to ProRes 4444
- Output to uncompressed (.avi)
- Output to DNxHD, HEVC H265
- Support for almost any cameras such as Sony A7S, FDR-AX1, AX100, PXW100, Panasonic FZ1000, Panasonic GH4, Sony RX10, RX100, Canon EOS, Canon 5D, Canon 600, Blackmagic Cinema Camera, BMPCC, BM4K, etc
Here’s a video of what the Cinemartin Denoiser can do:
The Cinemartin Video Denoiser features two different denoise mechanism to provide better results. Shooters can choose to apply none, Denoiser 1, Denoiser 2 or both denoisers at the same time for maximum results, depending on the noise levels and the user’s needs.
We are quite fond of the their ProRes converter for Windows, and have worked with other video denoisers such as Neat Video, so naturally we had some questions on the new Cinemartin Denoiser when we heard they were working on one. So, we asked Tony Hernandez from Cinemartin a few questions.
[4K Shooters] Are you guys working on a Mac version for the Denoiser?
[Cinemartin] A Mac version is not planned at this time.
[4K Shooters] What makes the Cinemartin Denoiser different from other denoisers?
[Cinemartin] Cinemartin Denoiser does not need for any NLE, as opposed to Neat Video, which is a plugin. Cinemartin Denoiser is a standalone software (its is also a portable software that with no need for installation), features 2 denoiser mechanisms in 1 and supoprts Prores & H265 output.
[4K Shooters] Who will benefit the most out of your new Denoiser, who is it made for?
[Cinemartin] Filmmakers, post-production companies, editors, power video users, broadcast etc. Camcorders and DSLR cameras, from Sony A7S, Panasonic GH4, FDR-AX100 to RED.
[4K Shooters] Any plans for additional features/support in the future?
[Cinemartin] Cinemartin Denoiser is not only a powerful denoiser, but also a converter. Yes, there are integration plans for with the rest of our video software.
[4K Shooters] What else can we expect from Cinemartin in the near future?
[Cinemartin] Cinec 4.0, the next major release of our popular video converter, will be released end of 2014/ early 2015 with amazing new features and new codecs support.
[4K Shooters] Where can people buy it and find out more info?
[Cinemartin] They can check out our Video Denoiser software website on Cinemartin at: http://www.cinemartin.com/denoiser/
With professional codec support and robust noise removal features, and no need for any additional software, the Cinemartin Denoiser is a no-brainer. We are hoping to see a Mac version at some point, but who knows, maybe that will happen someday. Until then PC users have another indispensable and affordable tool in their arsenal.
The Cinemartin Standalone Video Denoiser is currently available in both 32 & 64 bit versions and it sells for:
- 49 EUR for the Standard version (for resolutions up to 1920×1080)
- 99 EUR for the Pro version (up to 4K)
System Requirements – Windows 7 or Windows 8 (and 8.1).
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