Watch: 4 Ways You Can Reduce and Avoid Grainy Footage

Dealing with grainy footage can be extremely frustrating, but here are some ways to reduce or avoid it before and after you hit record on your camera.

Even though today's cameras have high enough resolution and dynamic range to produce crystal clear images even in low light conditions, grain can still be a formidable foe for a lot of filmmakers. Thankfully there are a number of ways to either reduce the amount of grain in your footage or avoid it all together (or at least make it undetectable to the human eye), and Aidin Robbins of Digital Blast explains four of them in the video below.

According to Robbins, the most effective ways to reduce/avoid noise in your footage are:

  • Choose sets with colors that appear less grainy
  • Lights...use enough of them
  • Select the best camera settings (low ISO = good)
  • Reduce the noise levels in post. Here's one way to do it.

Sometimes having grain in your footage is unavoidable—maybe you've got a not-so-great camera that has terrible latitude, or maybe you have to shoot at night and your buddy forgot the lighting equipment at home (actually happened to me once), so you've got to crank up your ISO in order to expose your image enough that it's (barely) visible. We've all been there and we've all torn our hair out over it. The good thing, though, is that a little preparation and know-how can potentially help you avoid really nasty looking footage.     

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That must be the second or third article on NFS that spreads this low iso = best iso none sense. Lots of cameras have sweet spots that not necessarily are their lowest iso's.

June 25, 2017 at 11:58AM


So basically flood the place with light and there'll be no grain or very little. What about sculpting with light is out the window. Noir out the door. HAHA. Suppose if you're looking for a good clean vlog shot cool but for anything creative sorry but you need to rethink.

June 26, 2017 at 1:22PM, Edited June 26, 1:22PM

John Stockton
Filmmaker, Editor.

you have to find all mines (bombs) in a mine area as quickly as possible by discovering squares that do not include a mine, using your left mouse button, and marking squares that do, using your right mouse button.

August 19, 2017 at 9:57AM