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History of changes

Neat Video v4 plug-in for Final Cut

Version 4.6

  • Added a set of generic noise profiles to help preparing a noise profile in a situation when video contains no frames and areas suitable for analysis by Auto Profile

  • Improved hardware compatibility with AMD GPUs

    • Added support for AMD Radeon Pro 555/560/570/575/580
    • Added support for AMD Radeon RX 460/470/480/560/570/580
  • Fixed hanging if more than one instance of Neat Video is applied to a clip

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed

Version 4.5

  • A new Profile Assist viewer mode helps to choose areas without details for profiling

  • Larger areas can be used for profiling, when available

  • More accurate analysis of Very Low and Ultra Low frequency components when using small areas

  • Preview Assist viewer mode provides a more detailed look into results of noise reduction, which helps to adjust the filter settings faster and more precisely

  • A new Noise Level Tuning Assist tool helps to adjust Temporal Noise Level (former Temporal Threshold) using a visually enhanced preview

  • Added Slow Shutter Tuning Assist tool that helps to adjust Slow Shutter settings using a visually enhanced preview

  • Added Spatial Filter Tuning Assist tool that helps to adjust Spatial Filter settings using a visually enhanced preview

  • Quality Mode can now be adjusted separately for temporal and spatial filter

  • If a frame is not selected in the clip before opening Neat Video window, then the frame from the beginning of the clip is used automatically

  • Improved hardware compatibility for AMD GPUs:

    • Added support for new MacBook Pro GPUs: Radeon Pro 450/455/460
    • Added support for Radeon RX 460/470/480 and similar GPUs
  • Multiple GUI improvements throughout the plug-in

  • Improved support for Unicode symbols in folder and file names

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed

Version 4.2

  • Due to changes in NVIDIA Toolkit and OS X OpenCL framework Neat Video GPU acceleration is now only supported in 64-bit applications. This means that Neat Video 4.2 will only be able to utilize NVIDIA or AMD GPU in FCPX, but not in Final Cut Pro 7/6.

  • Added support for new NVIDIA GPUs: GeForce GTX 1060/1070/1080
    Note: due to changes in NVIDIA drivers and CUDA Toolkit, GPUs with Compute Capabilities 1.3 and below are no longer supported. Only GPUs with Compute Capability 2.0 and higher can be utilized by Neat Video 4.2.

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed in all plug-ins

Version 4.1

  • Auto Profile function has been improved to find better areas for analysis.
    Using more suitable areas leads to more accurate noise reduction.

  • Several new controls have been added in filter settings:

    • Temporal Filter: Amount has been added to control its strength
    • Dust and Scratches: Half reduction and Full reduction modes have been replaced with Amount allowing for more flexible adjustments
    • Normal and Agressive modes of the filter have been added
  • Improved performance of Dust and Scratches in presence of repeated frames, on scene changes and in the beginning and end of a clip

  • Added support for Retina displays of modern Mac machines

  • Several improvements in GUI

  • Improved compatibility with the latest versions of FCP X, Motion 5 and Compressor

  • Improved compatibility with new versions of operating systems:

    • Improved support for Mac OS X 10.11
    • Improved installers for Mac OS X
  • Added support for AMD Radeon R9 M290 / M290X / M295X / M370X / M380 / M390 / M395 / M395X

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed in all plug-ins

Version 4.0

Higher quality of noise reduction
  • More accurate processing in scenes with changing luminance or chrominance: fade in/out, camera auto gain control, etc.

  • Very Low and Ultra Low frequency ranges added to the set of frequency components that can be separately targeted by the spatial noise filter

  • Dust and Scratches filter to remove film scratches, film dust, impulse interference.
    Read more

  • Slow Shutter mode for video containing repeated frames
    (clips shot in "slow shutter" or "night" mode, artificially increased frame rate, etc.).
    Read more

  • Improved sharpening quality: less halos, sharper edges

  • High Quality mode for better detail preservation and sharper image
    (at the cost of reduced processing speed: 1.5–4 times slower)

  • Artifact Removal filter to remove digital artifacts — impulse noise typically introduced by video compression
    (dots and small lines that are not fully removed by regular noise filters of Neat Video)

  • Enhanced Edge Smoothing function

  • Mix with Original setting to enable mixing of the processed and original frames
    (useful when some of the original noise must be preserved in the video)

Optimized workflow
  • Several source frames accessible directly in plug-in window provide a choice of frame for initial profiling and fine-tuning

  • Overall noise levels of the current selection and of the whole current profile are displayed in Device Noise Profile panel (in Advanced Mode)
    (quick evaluation of the noise level helps to find the most suitable area for analysis)

  • Better grouping of filter settings
    Filter modules can be enabled/disabled individually to evaluate effect of each module on the overall result

  • Improved preview takes all temporal and spatial filters into account.
    This allows to adjust filters individually and in combination as well as to avoid roundtrips to host application for checking the final results.

  • Variants of filtration to visually compare results achieved with different filter settings

  • Multi-step Undo/Redo for filter settings

  • New collection of filter presets with a detailed description of each preset including specification of key settings, purpose, applicability, recommend

  • Estimation of processing speed and optimization of performance settings can now be done directly from Filter Settings panel.
    This facilitates optimizing for a specific clip and filtration parameters.

  • Options to set up the default noise profile and filter preset (in Neat Video Preferences)

  • Option for independent open/save folders for profiles and presets (in Neat Video Preferences)

Faster processing and more responsive GUI
  • Preview is optimized to update faster when filter settings are adjusted

  • Skip Neat Video Processing option to temporarily disable all instances of Neat Video filters to speed up editing in the host application.
    Noise reduction is then not applied and the host application works significantly faster, which is especially useful in FCPX.
    Neat Video processing can be globally re-enabled when necessary, for example right before the final render. It is also automatically re-enabled by a restart of the host application.

  • Multiple optimizations have allowed to preserve the speed of processing despite its greater complexity
    (as compared with the older Neat Video 3)

  • Better support for systems with a large number of CPU cores (32 and above)

  • Mac OS X: Optimized for dual GPU systems (such as new MacPro's)
    Significantly more efficient use of dual GPUs for large frame sizes (4k, 5k, 6k, 8k, etc.)

  • CUDA Compute Capability 5.0 is now supported on Mac OS X too allowing Neat Video to take advantage of the latest NVIDIA GPUs

    Notes:
    1. Due to changes in NVIDIA drivers and CUDA Toolkit, GPUs with Compute Capabilities 1.0 and 1.1 are no longer supported.
    2. Mac OSX: NVIDIA GPUs with CUDA Capability 5.0 are only supported in 64-bit applications due to a limitation of the CUDA driver (please refer to known issues).

Other improvements
  • Support for HiDPI-modes in Windows and Linux (when the host application supports that)

  • Option to automatically check for for availability of software updates (in Neat Video Preferences)

  • Improved progress indicator (easier to see, smoother movement, more accurate)

  • Numerous minor GUI improvements throughout the plug-in

  • Several bugs have been fixed

Version 3.6

  • The recommended version of FCP X is now 10.1.3 or newer
  • Several cosmetic improvements in GUI of the plug-in

  • Improved compatibility with Final Cut Express

  • Improved support for the coming Mac OS X 10.10

  • Added support for some new AMD GPUs based on Pitcairn, Tahiti and Hawaii chip series
    (for example, R9 270, R9 280, R9 290 etc.)

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed

Version 3.5

  • Several adjustments for FCP X 10.0.9

  • The recommended version of FCP X is now 10.0.9 or newer

  • Added support for new Mac OS X 10.9

  • Added support for new AMD GPUs: FirePro D300/D500/D700

  • Improved support for AMD GPUs conforming to the Graphics Core Next Architecture

  • Improved plug-in installer:

    • Checking CUDA driver during installation
    • Checking for running copies of host applications
  • Several minor bugs have been fixed

Version 3.4

  • Performance optimizations for AMD/ATI GPUs, speedups in filter modes with larger temporal radiuses:

    • in CPU+GPU mode: up to 10%
    • in GPU-only mode: up to 30%
  • Performance optimizations for NVIDIA GPUs, speedups in filter modes with larger temporal radiuses and higher bitdepths:

    • in CPU+GPU mode: up to 15%
    • in GPU-only mode: up to 20%
  • Added support for new NVIDIA GPUs with CUDA Compute Capability 3.5
    (such as GeForce GTX Titan and Tesla K20)

  • Added support for new Mac-compatible GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7950 Mac

  • New Navigator panel to quickly locate areas for profiling and preview using a thumbnail display

  • Plug-ins could crash when using multiple OpenCL GPUs on MacPro, fixed

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed

Version 3.3

  • Added support for AMD/ATI GPUs
    (GPU acceleration is now possible with both NVIDIA and AMD/ATI cards)

    The following AMD/ATI GPUs are supported:

    • ATI Radeon HD 5770/5870;
    • AMD Radeon HD 6750M/6770M/6970M;
    • Some other models of AMD/ATI cards (please directly try the plug-in or contact support to verify)
  • Improved support for OS X 10.8

  • More accurate GPU speed measurements (in Optimize and Benchmark)

  • Several cosmetic improvements in GUI

  • Minor corrections in the reduced brightness color theme

  • Product registration was not always preserved reliably, fixed

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed

Version 3.2

  • Added support for FCP X 10.0.4, 10.0.5; FCP 7 and 6 remain supported as well

  • Updated to CUDA 4.2: GTX 680 and newer GPUs are supported; improved performance of GPU render

  • Additional optimizations of filters for multi-core CPUs and GPUs

  • Color themes: normal and reduced brightness options, in Preferences

  • Several bugs have been fixed

Version 3.1

  • Improved support for Motion 5.0.1

  • Updated to new CUDA 4 (improving compatibility with several NVIDIA GPUs)

  • Improved support for new GPUs (Compute Capability 2.x)

  • Optimized use of memory in GPU processing, making rendering more stable and in some cases faster

  • Improved stability of GPU processing for large frames (such as 8K)

  • Improved accuracy of color channel processing in temporal filter; colors in fast-changing scenes are now preserved better

  • Improved behavior of Neat Video viewer when using Apple Magic Mouse

  • In some cases, registration was not preserved after restart, fixed

  • Rendering a project with mixed frame sizes could be unstable, fixed

  • Rendering using Compressor could disable noise reduction in the output, fixed

  • In some rare cases, using CPU and GPU simultanteously could produce artifacts, fixed

  • Several bugs in GPU-based processing have been fixed

Version 3.0

Improved quality of noise reduction
  • Improved quality of temporal noise filter
    Improved algorithms better detect and preserve details in filtered video data and thus improve the overall visual quality.

  • Improved accuracy of Adaptive Filtration
    Adjusting to the changing noise done by Adaptive Filtration option is more precise now, which leads to more accurate noise reduction.

Higher performance: x2 faster due to CUDA-acceleration
  • Faster noise reduction using modern CUDA-compatible GPUs

    For example, enabling NVIDIA GTX 470 or GTX 285 on an i7-based computer makes Neat Video around x2 faster.
    The speedup may be higher with i5 or Core2 Duo machines or with faster CUDA GPUs.

  • CPUs and GPUs working together
    Neat Video can use both CPUs and GPUs at the same time for faster processing.

  • Multiple GPU support
    Neat Video works even faster with two or more CUDA GPUs.

  • Optimization of performance settings for multi-core, multi-CPU and multi-GPU systems

    • Built-in Optimizer in Neat Video Preferences
    • Built-in Benchmark to measure processing speed with specific hardware and performance settings
Higher performance (more): x2 faster due to improved filter algorithms
  • Additional performance optimizations in filter algorithms to achieve higher rendering speed
    Rendering is around x2 faster than in the version 2 (using CPU alone, even without CUDA).

  • CUDA-based acceleration and filter optimizations combined together enable up to x4 faster rendering as compared with Neat Video v2