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Best noise reduction
for digital video

History of Changes

Neat Video v5 plug-in for Media Composer

Version 5.2.6

  • Added support for Media Composer 2020

  • Added support for new AMD GPUs:

    • Radeon Pro W5700X
    • Radeon RX 5500 / 5500 XT / 5600 / 5600 XT
    • Radeon Pro WX 5100
  • Optimized efficiency of playback in Neat Video preview

  • Optimized zoom adjustment on opening of Neat Video window

  • Improved positioning of Neat Video window during opening

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed

Version 5.2

  • Added support for Metal GPU interface in MacOS 10.15 (in addition to OpenCL supported since MacOS 10.9.5)

  • Option to choose between Metal and OpenCL for supported AMD GPUs
    (in Preferences > Performance > GPU > Advanced Settings)

    Using Metal instead of OpenCL may increase the speed of Neat Video's GPU-based processing for up to 40% depending on hardware, frame size and filter settings. The speedup is especially noticeable with large frames (like 4K) and high temporal radius.

  • Added support for AMD Radeon Pro Vega II / Vega II Duo

  • Added support for AMD Radeon RX 5700 / 5700 XT

  • Restored support for AMD Radeon Pro 555X / 560X / 570X / 575X / 580X

  • Additional optimizations in GPU code:

    • Better performance with single GPU on 8 and 16-bit clips:
      up to 4%–8% depending on hardware and filter settings
    • Better performance with two GPUs working simultaneously
  • Several changes and improvements in GUI to better reflect the parameters of CPU and GPU used for processing

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed

Version 5.1.5

  • Added support for AMD Radeon Pro 5300M / 5500M

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed

Version 5.1

  • Added support for Media Composer 2019

  • Added support for 32-bit full float color pipeline

  • Improved frame flicker reduction in certain edge cases

  • Improved filtration quality when multiple consecutive copies of a frame are present

  • Improved conversion of noise profiles prepared in old versions of Neat Video

  • Optimized performance in GPU modes

  • Added support for AMD Radeon VII

  • Added support for AMD Radeon RX 590

  • Fixed incorrect filtration with AMD Vega GPUs on certain clips

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed

Version 5.0

Optimized for modern hardware for faster processing
  • CPU-based processing:

    • Up to 1.5x faster
  • GPU-based processing:

    • 1 GPU:   1.3x..2.0x faster (1.6x average)
    • 2 GPUs: 1.4x..2.0x faster (1.7x average)
Better filtration results: cleaner and crispier video
  • Flicker reduction

  • Jitter reduction (jitter of details)

  • Improved noise reduction
    (helped by flicker and jitter reduction)

  • Improved Sharpening with additional controls

  • Improved Dust and Scratches filter
    (helped by flicker reduction)

  • Improved filtration of monochrome videos

  • Better out-of-box processing of Full HD, 4K and larger videos
    (Very Low Frequency filtration is now enabled by default)

  • New tools to check accuracy and tune noise profiles

Easier than ever before
  • Automatic multi-frame analysis to build more accurate profiles

  • Flexible Generic Profiles
    (fully adjustable, with visual assistance)

  • Playback to check preview in motion, directly in Neat Video window

  • Visually assisted tuning for profiles and filters

  • Illustrated help dialogs for many filter settings and tuning modes

  • Expanded and updated set of pre-built filter presets

  • Variants now can be used to test different profiles too

More intuitive and interactive user interface (UI)
  • Several name changes in UI, including:

    • Main tabs are now called "Prepare Noise Profile" and "Adjust and Preview"
    • "Auto Profile" / "Build Profile" button (changes depending on selection)
    • "Profile Check", "Assist Image", "Filter Settings Check", etc.
    • "Repeated Frames" instead of former "Slow Shutter"
    • Several other items renamed or moved
  • Adjusted meaning of the selection color in Prepare Noise Profile tab:
    the blue color of the selection box now indicates that 'profile has been built using this area'
    (not 'area was chosen automatically' as in older versions)

  • Undo/Redo operations and history of changes for noise profiles

  • Select/drag modes in viewer (useful for computers with touchpads)

  • Alt+Mouse wheel in viewer zooms to point even when selection is present

  • Improved retina support in MacOS (viewer now uses full resolution)

  • Ability to toggle Alpha Channel in viewer (when present)

  • Preview performance has been optimized

  • Preview cache size adjustment to optimize for different resolutions (in Preferences > Preview)

  • Additional visual guidance to adjust the GPU memory allowed to Neat Video (in Preferences > Performance)

Other improvements
  • Added support for AMD Radeon Pro Vega 48 GPU installed in some new iMacs

  • Customized names of profiles and presets are now saved in projects

  • An option to erase Neat Video settings and license during uninstallation

  • Improved diagnostic data and error reporting

Changes in products and licensing
  • Neat Video plug-in for AVX hosts renamed to Neat Video plug-in for Media Composer

  • End-User License Agreement has been updated

Version 4.8.5

  • Added support for new NVIDIA GPUs:

    • GeForce RTX 2070 / 2080 / 2080 Ti
    • Titan V
    • Titan RTX

    Note 1: due to changes in NVIDIA drivers and CUDA Toolkit, GPUs with Compute Capabilities 2.x and below are no longer supported. Only GPUs with Compute Capability 3.0 and higher can be utilized by Neat Video 4.8.5.

    Note 2: Apple's recently released OS X 10.14 (Mojave) does not support CUDA. NVIDIA is working with Apple to get Mojave to support CUDA. Meanwhile Neat Video will only be able to utilize NVIDIA GPUs on OS X 10.13.x and below.

  • Added support for new AMD GPUs:

    • Radeon Pro Vega 16 / 20
    • Radeon Pro WX 7100

    Note: due to changes in AMD drivers, some older non-GCN GPUs are no longer supported. In particular, Neat Video no longer supports Radeon HD 5xxx/6xxx cards and other devices based on the following chip series: Juniper, Cypress, Barts, Cayman.

    Newer AMD GPUs remain supported on OS X 10.7.5 and above (including version 10.14).

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed

Version 4.8

  • Added support for Media Composer 2018

  • Added support for AMD Radeon Pro WX 9100

  • Improved support for AMD Vega Frontier Edition

  • Cosmetic improvements in GUI

  • Cosmetic improvements in installer

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed

Version 4.7

  • Added support for AMD Radeon Vega GPUs installed in new iMac Pro computers:
    AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56 and 64

  • Cosmetic improvements in GUI

  • Several minor bugs have been fixed

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
  • 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

  • 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 Aggressive 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 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

    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 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

  • 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

  • Added support for Avid DS 11 / 10.5

  • 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

  • The first versions of Neat Video for AVX-compatible hosts:

    • Media Composer 7 / 6.5 / 6
    • Symphony 6.5 / 6
  • All basic and advanced functionality of Neat Video is now available directly in AVX hosts:

    • Advanced Noise Reduction to reduce noise and grain in video clips
    • Both intra-frame (spatial) and temporal filtration
    • Automatic noise analyzer to adapt the plug-in to any video sources
    • Smart sharpening filter to make video look sharper without amplification of noise
    • CUDA and OpenCL acceleration to speed up processing using computation-capable GPUs
    • Support for high-bitdepth rendering (supported by the host applications)