Quick Start Guide — DustBuster
This guide is for Neat Video v5 plug-in for OFX hosts being used with DustBuster+ 10.
If you use another Neat Video plug-in or another video editing application, please select the corresponding quick start guide.
1. Installing the plug-in
To install the Neat Video OFX plug-in:
- Make sure you have started DustBuster at least once before installing the plug-in. If you have not done it yet, start DustBuster and exit it.
- Download the installer of Neat Video for OFX hosts:
- If you already purchased the product and have a current license for the Pro (or Studio) plug-in, please download the Pro (Studio) plug-in from My Products page
- If you want to try Neat Video before purchase, please download the Demo plug-in from Download page
- Start the installer:
Double-click the downloaded EXE file to start the installer
a. Double-click the downloaded DMG file to mount the disk image
b. In the mounted disk image, double-click the Install file to start it
(you may be prompted to enter the Name / Password of the MacOS administrator account)
- Proceed through the steps of the installation. Use the default settings offered by the installer. This should automatically make the plug-in available to DustBuster.
- Start DustBuster, open - Add Filter - menu and then go to Neat Video > Reduce Noise v5.
If Neat Video has not become available in DustBuster, please contact Neat Video support for assistance.
2. Running Neat Video on a sample video clip
Please download the test-kit prepared to help you start using Neat Video. Having downloaded, please unzip it to a new folder on the hard disk.
The test-kit includes a sample video clip: SampleClip.mp4. This is a typical video clip captured by a digital video camera in high-gain mode. Some technical information about the sample clip is available in the SampleClipInfo.txt file.
Please start DustBuster and go through the steps below to clean the clip using Neat Video.
Note: Please make sure you have activated OFX plug-ins (such as Neat Video) in DustBuster’s configuration file. To do it, please open DIAMANT-Film > Configuration
and make sure the “OFX plugins” menu item is selected
Please then re-start DustBuster.
2.1. Add the sample clip to the project
Add the sample clip file to the project and timeline
Click Open, select in the "Type(s): Supported formats" menu select "All files(*.*) " and navigate to the folder with SampleClip.mp4 . Add it to the project.
The DustBuster preview window will display the sample clip and you will see that there is strong noise in it. The task of Neat Video is to reduce this noise.
2.2. Prepare to add Neat Video to the clip
- Make sure the Filter Track 1 is selected.
- Use the timeline controls to select a frame with large flat featureless area; the selected frame will be used for analysis in the next stages.
- Go to the - Add Filter - menu, then navigate to Neat Video > Reduce Noise v5.
2.3. Configure Neat Video
1. Open Neat Video plug-in window
- Click Reduce Noise v5. DustBuster will add the effect to the clip; you will see a new line Reduce Noise v5 added in the Parameters tab.
- Click Prepare Noise Profile to open the Neat Video plug-in window.
(If you run the Demo plug-in, click OK in the popup splash screen of the plug-in to proceed further).
The Neat Video plug-in window will open and display the current frame from the clip:
- At this point Neat Video will ask to specify the scan type of the clip. Please select Progressive.
2. Build a noise profile for the clip
To reduce noise in this frame and in the whole clip, Neat Video needs a noise profile describing the noise properties of the clip. You can prepare such a profile using the Auto Profile function:
In the Prepare Noise Profile tab click
Neat Video will automatically find an area without details and will analyze noise in that area to build a new noise profile:
- Visually inspect the selected area. It should contain no visible details, only noise; otherwise the noise profile and subsequent noise reduction may be inaccurate.
If the selected area does contain any details, then move the selection to a featureless area or simply draw a new selection in such an area (the selection must be at least 32x32 pixels large). Then click the Build Profile button.
- After that the noise profile is ready and Neat Video can reduce noise in the clip.
3. Check Preview
- Switch to the Adjust and Preview tab
You will notice that Neat Video has already applied noise reduction based on the default filter settings and the preview shows a clearly visible difference: there is less noise than in the original frame.
You can try to adjust the filter settings and see how that affects the results. For example, try to adjust the Temporal Filter > Radius setting (in the Temporal tab in the Filter Settings box in the right part of the window) from 2 to 1 or to a higher value. This will apply weaker or stronger temporal noise reduction to the frame (see the user guide for more details).
4. Apply the changes
- Click in the bottom of the plug-in window.
Neat Video will save the current settings and close its main window.
(If you run the Demo plug-in, it will also describe the limitations of the Demo version at this point).
Once this step is completed and Neat Video window is closed, the filter is ready for work.
The DustBuster preview window now shows the clip with noise reduction applied to it:
2.4. Render the video
To apply Neat Video noise reduction
- Render the clip in the regular DustBuster way.
DustBuster will then apply Neat Video noise reduction to the sample clip to help you evaluate the filtration results (and adjust the filter settings if necessary). You will see that the noise in the resulting clip is significantly reduced while the true details are preserved.
Please see the User Guide for more details about adjusting the filter settings and other aspects of using Neat Video. These Video Tutorials will also help you to get the most out of Neat Video noise reduction.
Get the full version
Happy with the denoising results provided by Neat Video Demo? Then it is time to get a full license for your current and future projects.