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Quick Start Guide — SR plug-in with Premiere Elements

This guide is for Neat Video v5 (SR) plug-in for Premiere being used with Premiere Elements 16.

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 (SR) plug-in for Premiere:

  1. Make sure you have started Premiere Elements at least once before installing the plug-in. If you have not done it yet, start Premiere Elements and exit it.
     
  2. Download the installer of Neat Video for Premiere:
  • If you already purchased the product and have a current license for the Home or Pro plug-in, please download the corresponding Home or Pro plug-in from My Products page
  • If you want to try Neat Video before purchase, please download the Demo plug-in from Download page
  1. Start the installer:

For Windows:

Double-click the downloaded EXE file to start the installer

For MacOS:

a. Double-click the downloaded DMG file to mount the volume
b. In the mounted volume, double-click the PKG to start the installer
    (you may be prompted to enter the Name / Password of the MacOS administrator account)

  1. Proceed through the steps of the installation process. Use the default settings offered by the installer. This should automatically make the plug-in available to Premiere Elements.
  2. Start Premiere Elements and find Video > Neat Video > Reduce Noise v5 (SR)... in the Premiere Elements’ Effect menu.
If Neat Video has not become available in Premiere Elements, 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.mpg. 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 Premiere Elements and go through the steps below to clean the clip using Neat Video.

2.1. Add the sample clip to the project

1. Configure a new project in Premiere Elements

To create a new project in Premiere Elements go to FIle > New Project:

 

2. Add the sample clip file to the project
 
  1. Use Add Media in Premiere Elements to import the SampleClip.mpg file into the project.
  2. Make sure Premiere Elements is in the Expert mode:

 

3. Add the sample clip to the timeline
 
  • Select the sample clip in the Project Assets window and drag-n-drop the clip into Video 1 in the Timeline window.

The Premiere Elements 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. Add Neat Video effect

  1. In the Effects window, select Video > Neat Video > Reduce Noise v5 (SR) and drag-n-drop it into Video 1 in the Timeline window:

This will add the Reduce Noise v5 (SR) effect to the Applied Effects window.

  1. Make sure Program Monitor is set to Highest Quality: right-click frame in Premiere Elements’ preview and select Playback quality > Highest in the popup menu:


 

2.3. Configure Neat Video

1. Open Neat Video plug-in window
  1. In the video clip in the Timeline window, use the Current Time Indicator to select a frame with large flat featureless areas; the selected frame will be used for noise analysis in the next stages.
  2. Press the Prepare button (below Reduce Noise v5 (SR) effect name) in the Applied Effects window in Premiere Elements and wait for a moment.

 

c. Open Neat Video plug-in window using the Build... button.
(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:

 

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:

  1. In the Device 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:

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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).

The preview in Premiere Elements now shows the clip with noise reduction applied to it:


 

2.4. Render the video

To apply Neat Video noise reduction
  • Use the Export & Share tab in Premiere Elements to render the clip.

Premiere Elements 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.