I’m sure you’ve been on the receiving and editing side of grainy videos. I know they’re widespread, especially when you’re filming using an iPhone, under low light, an older camera, or a low-budget rig.
A grainy video is often caused by underexposed footage, damaged footage, sensor noise, digital compression, messed up camera settings, or struggles with lighting.
If this is something you’re trying to solve, I’ve got some helpful tips on using color correction to get the most out of your grainy clips while editing in Final Cut Pro.
I’ll also look at noise reduction and all the nuances of working with it.
Lastly, I’ve got a tip on how to make sure your project fits or properly plays on your phone, TV, or computer.
Let’s improve the quality of your FCP videos right now and make it GRAIN, Raisin Hater!
Color Correcting Grainy footage
Here’s how to improve the grainy footage you filmed using any camera, including your iPhone.
Noise Reduction Tool For Grainy Footage
Want to try smoothing out and blending colors in your clip? Here’s how!
Fix Low-Quality Footage Caused By Playback
There could be a chance that the grainy, low-quality footage that you’re seeing is from your computer playback.
Here’s how to fix that!
Fixing Proxy Files
You may have set up some proxy files at the beginning of your project, resulting in a grainy video. Proxy files are low-quality media that allow you to edit low-quality files.
If this is the case, fix proxy file issues in no time with these steps!
Final Tip On Output
Despite fixing your grainy video, it can still show up pretty bad depending on the device you’re playing it on. Are you going to play it on a TV, a phone, or a computer? What you want to do is export your project and test it on your device of choice for compatibility.
I hope you learned a lot about fixing grainy videos with color correction, noise reduction, switching proxy files, and matching your video with the device of your choosing in this Final Cut Pro blog.
Hit me up if you’ve got any questions, Raisin Hater. Most of the Final Cut editing topics we cover are requested by you – so yours could be the next blog.
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