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Closer to Perfection — Neat Video 5 is here!

May 7, 2019

If you shoot video, like us, you shoot for perfection and the quest is never-ending! Every new version of Neat Video brings us closer to the ideal of noise-free video. Which is why we’re excited to announce the launch of Neat Video 5 — the fastest, most powerful and most user-friendly version of Neat Video yet.

Let’s take a quick look at the new features, tools and improvements.

What's New in Neat Video 5?

Neat Video has been given an overhaul to improve its performance while adding new visual feedback features and adjustable generic profiles helping to achieve great results easier and faster.

Significant Speed Improvements

The Neat Video 5's noise reduction engine is more efficient and makes better use of the available processing power. As a result, Neat Video processes video frames faster across the board, with up to 3.5 times speed improvement on certain systems. Actual speedup depends on CPU, GPU and OS used:

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

    Windows and Linux

    • 1 GPU:   Up to 3.5x faster (2.2x average)
    • 2 GPUs: Up to 2x faster (1.6x average)

    MacOS

    • 1 GPU:   Up to 2x faster (1.6x average)
    • 2 GPUs: Up to 2x faster (1.7x average)

As measured in Neat Video 5 running with the filter settings matching those of Neat Video 4.
The figures quoted above are for the speed of Neat Video alone. The improvement in project render time may be lower (because it involves the overhead of the video editing application) and varies from one application to another.

For more benchmarks and more hardware-specific details, check out history of changes.

You can quickly check the speed achievable by Neat Video 5 on your computer by downloading and running NeatBench 5.

Cleaner, Crisper Video

Neat Video 5 has improved the way frames are analysed and processed, which has resulted in a general improvement of noise reduction quality. Neat Video 5 also adds some powerful new features to deal with common imperfections in video.

  • Flicker reduction
    Flicker is a distracting repeated change of brightness. Neat Video 5 includes new advanced flicker filters that can detect and reduce this problem for a more consistent look.
     
  • Jitter reduction (jitter of details)
    Jitter of details is the distracting trembling of the objects in the scene seemingly distorted by heat haze. This problem is usually caused by video compression. Neat Video 5’s jitter filter detects and combats this effect to create smoother, more natural video.
     
  • Improved noise reduction
    Reducing digital noise and film grain can be significantly complicated by presence of other imperfections such as flicker and jitter of details. Neat Video 5 uses its new flicker- and jitter-related tools to take into account and where possible reduce those imperfections to make the reduction of regular random noise and grain more accurate. All that together helps to eliminate more noise and retain more details than ever before.
     
  • Improved sharpening
    Neat Video 5 adds new controls and makes improvements to the already sophisticated sharpening tool. It has been further refined to help users give their clips more definition and bring out the details without the features becoming unnatural or over-processed.
     
  • Improved Dust and Scratches filter
    Dust and scratches are unwanted contaminations often found on archive film. Detection of those contaminations may be complicated by other imperfections such as flicker also often found in film-based video. The new flicker reduction tools of Neat Video 5 work together with the Dust and Scratches filter. Their synergy allows to identify and eliminate dust and scratches even more proficiently.

More User-Friendly than Ever

The Neat Video team has spent a great deal of time and effort to help users achieve better results easier and faster. As a result, Neat Video 5 has introduced several new features that make the plug-in more user-friendly and efficient.

  • Easier profiling
    Neat Video 5 automatically obtains a better noise sample by using a larger number of frames for analysis — leading to more accurate noise profiles.
     
  • Adjustable generic profiles
    Creating an accurate noise profile is the first step in quality noise reduction. Where possible, it’s best to build a noise profile using the very clip that needs to be denoised. Since this is not always possible, Neat Video 5 has introduced adjustable generic profiles to help you create a noise profile when the actual clip contains no suitable areas for analysis. This feature offers a good starting point and allows to easily tune the profile to more closely match the actual noise in the clip you’re working with.
     
  • New visual feedback tools
    Neat Video 5 includes new visual feedback tools helping to adjust filter settings and achieve the best visual results. Specialized visual representations help to tune the amount of filtration applied. New masks help to find the areas that do not receive sufficient treatment.
     
  • New playback features
    Want to see how the noise reduction results will look like in action? You can! With a new playback feature, Neat Video 5 gives you a live view of the final result directly in plug-in window. Allowing you to experiment and make changes before applying your final settings.

For more details on the changes in this new version check out the full list of changes.

Take the Next Step Toward Perfect. Try Neat Video 5!

That’s a quick look at the latest generation in ground-breaking digital noise reduction, but nothing beats the hands-on experience! So, take the next step and download the Neat Video 5 free trial and see for yourself this remarkable advance in the pursuit of perfect video.

  • Neat Video 5 is available as a set of products — plug-ins for a variety of video editing applications.
  • Versions of Neat Video 5 for all supported operating systems are included into each corresponding product. For example, the Neat Video 5 Pro plug-in for Premiere product includes both Windows and MacOS versions of the plug-in.
  • Most Neat Video 5 products are available in two or three editions:

    • Demo plug-in: evaluation version with limited functionality. Download to try it for free.
    • Home plug-in: can process frames of up to 1920x1080 pixels; can use up to one GPU; for non-commercial use; from $74.90. Purchase
    • Pro plug-in: can process frames of any size; can use multiple GPUs; may be used for commercial purposes; from $129.90. Purchase

    Please see the Feature map for more details on features available in each edition.

  • All Neat Video 5 products are delivered as a digital download.
  • Resolve is now supported by a new dedicated product: Neat Video 5 plug-in for Resolve.
    It is available in Demo, Home and Pro editions.
    (formerly, Resolve support was provided by Neat Video OFX plug-in)

Upgrading From Older Versions

If you purchased any of the previous versions of Neat Video, then you can upgrade to Neat Video 5 at a discount. Take advantage of the exclusive upgrade prices for loyal Neat Video users! Log in to your account to see available upgrade offers.

  1. Neat Video 5 will not replace the older version of Neat Video on your computer. Neat Video 5 and an older version can co-exist on the same machine and even be used in the same project.
     
  2. If you want to use Neat Video 5 instead of an older version in an existing project then you need to manually add the new Neat Video 5 (Reduce Noise v5) to your project. You can then disable or remove the older instance(s) of Neat Video (Reduce Noise) from the project.
     
  3. Neat Video 5 builds and uses new noise profiles and filter presets that may be not fully backwards compatible with profiles/presets from older versions. If you have built a re-usable set of profiles for your camera with an older version of Neat Video then you will be able to open them Neat Video 5 only if noise samples were saved in the profiles (check the Preferences > Profiling menu). Filter presets from version 4 will load correctly in version 5 in most cases, however, this is not guaranteed. Either way, re-building profiles in Neat Video 5 and re-creating presets is the recommended way to proceed.
     
  4. If you upgrade from v1, v2, v3 or v4 Home to v5 Home edition of any of Neat Video products, please note the important differences:

    • v5 Home edition may only be used for non-commercial purposes;
    • v5 Home edition can support up to one GPU.

    If you need to use Neat Video 5 for commercial purposes or want it to utilize more than one GPU simultaneously, then please upgrade to v5 Pro edition (please check My Special Offers or contact us for assistance).

  5. Resolve is now supported by a new dedicated product: Neat Video 5 plug-in for Resolve. Neat Video 5 plug-in for OFX will not support Resolve. If you are currently holding a license for Neat Video plug-in for OFX and would like to upgrade to Neat Video 5 plug-in for Resolve, proceed to the My Special Offers page.
     
  6. Neat Video 5 OFX is now also available in a new Studio edition (in addition to existing Demo and Pro editions). The Studio edition is similar to Pro edition but uses floating licensing: the machines that want to run the software obtain a license from the license server dynamically, when it is actually needed. This can be a great solution for studios and organizations with large number of computers that need to run the OFX plug-in but not all together at the same time. If you want to upgrade your OFX license to a new license for Neat Video 5 OFX Studio edition, please check My Special Offers or contact us for assistance.
     
  7. Neat Video plug-in for AVX hosts in new version 5 is renamed to Neat Video 5 plug-in for Media Composer.
     
  8. Neat Video 5 discontinues support of Pinnacle Studio and Catalyst. If you are currently holding a license for Neat Video plug-in for any of those host applications and wish to upgrade to Neat Video 5, you can cross-upgrade to one of the available Neat Video 5 plug-ins. Please contact us for assistance.
     
  9. Neat Video 5 discontinues support of the 32-bit versions of such host applications as Final Cut, Magix Vegas Pro, Magix Vegas Movie Studio, Sony Vegas Pro, Sony Vegas Movie Studio, Magix Video Pro X, Magix Movie Edit Pro, Magix Video Deluxe. The 32-bit version of VirtualDub remains supported at this time. If you need to use Neat Video with a no longer supported 32-bit application, then please contact us, we may be able to offer you one of the older versions of Neat Video. Please note that using the 64-bit software instead of 32-bit one will help both stability and speed of rendering.
     
  10. MacOS: the new minimum version of MacOS able to run Neat Video 5 is the version 10.9.5. If you need to use Neat Video in older versions of MacOS please contact us, we may be able to offer you one of the older versions of Neat Video.