Watch our exclusive video to discover how to reduce noise in low light footage with the Noise Reduction feature of Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve 12.5 video editing software


Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 12.5 editing software is available in either a free-to-download version (Lite) or a paid-for pro version (Studio), thus offering filmmakers of differing capabilities a simple-to-use editing set-up. It’s an impressive package that offers non-linear video editing with an advanced colour corrector so that users can edit footage, colour correct, finish and deliver final edits from one system. As part of The Video Mode’s ‘Film School’ series in our latest exclusive video we explain how to reduce noise from low light, high ISO footage using DaVinci Resolve.

Low light footage that’s shot with a log picture profile and cranked up ISO values can often look more like a snowstorm than a cool, clear night shoot. To help you avoid that ‘snowstorm look’ we’re giving you a quick overview of how to bring back that footage using the Noise Reduction feature of DaVinci Resolve. The feature is in the full pro version of Resolve but you can also get third party plug-ins, such as Neat Video, that use the same principles…

The Noise Reduction feature is controllable by two separate parameters, as follows:

Temporal Noise Reduction
DaVinci Resolve uses an algorithm which it uses to analyse over one or two frames of footage which determines which part of the image is noisy and which part is actual detail within the image. You can choose the amount of frames to analyse, motion estimate and the motion range (depending on how fast the subject is moving). You can also raise the Luma slider and keep checking the original image to view your results. Temporal is the least destructive of the two methods of Noise Reduction but it can drain your computer’s performance and slow it down. To avoid this it’s usually best to add Noise Reduction as one, final node at the end of your grade.

Spatial Noise Reduction
Having done most of the Noise Reduction in Temporal Noise Reduction you can then fine-tune the results with Spatial Noise Reduction to finish the job. You can separate the Luma and Chroma controls by clicking the link symbol and increase the Chroma value. This is easier to get away with as visible artifacts are less noticeable on this channel than in the Luma which, if pushed up too much, can make skin tones look too plastic. You should always start with Temporal Noise Reduction to get a cleaner final result.

Just watch the video above to see exactly how to get the most out of the Noise Reduction feature of DaVinci Resolve 12.5! Keep watching out for more DaVinci Resolve ‘how to’ videos on The Video Mode website in the near future!

Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 12.5 is one of the best free video editing software options you can get, and is available for download for PC or Apple Mac from the Blackmagic Design website by clicking here or via the Mac App store by clicking here.

The more advanced version of Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 12.5, the Studio edition, has added features that aren’t in the free-to-download version. These include the ability to edit 3D/sterescopic footage, Noise Reduction and Motion Blur features, plus as a number of other more advanced features that professionals will require. You can find a comparison of the different versions of the editing package by clicking here.