Case 2: “I shot a few travel videos with my Nikon D3200 in different video settings. After importing them into Final Cut, most of the clips are grainy. They are shot in the 1080p-24p setting at night. How do I fix the grainy footage? I cannot shoot them again.”
It is heartbreaking to find that your videos turn grainy or pixelated. Revisiting the places where the videos have been shot is not always the option. In this blog, we’ll be discussing ways on how to fix grainy or pixelated videos. But before proceeding to the solutions, let’s take a look at the causes that may lead to grainy or pixelated videos.
Reasons for Grainy/Pixelated Videos
Grains in the videos don’t always mean your camera is at fault. It could be the result of wrong camera settings or inappropriate light conditions. Let us look at some common reasons for grainy or pixelated videos listed below:
- Videos shot with lower aperture and higher ISO.
- Videos shot in low light or at night.
- Improper camera settings.
- Compression of video files may also turn the videos grainy.
- Videos shot with a camera that has a small sensor.
Methods to Fix Grainy Videos?
The modern DSLR, camcorders, drones, smartphones, etc., are advanced devices that can shoot good quality videos in low light or automatically adjust to settings as per the requirement. The grains in video may still occur if the shot is taken in manual mode, or the settings are wrong, or there’s lack of proper light during the shoot. However, there are methods which can be applied to remove the unwanted grains and noise in the videos. Here are some effective methods to fix grainy or pixelated videos:
Best Methods for video grain removal or Pixelation in your videos:
Method 1: Use Video Editing Software with Noise Filters
You can fix grainy videos with the help of video editing software, such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Lightworks, Avid Media Composer, etc.
These video editing programs have advanced filters to reduce noise and improve the picture quality of videos. Apply these filters and check if they can fix the grainy video.
Method 2: Noise Reduction Video Plugins
Noise reduction plugins are the best way to reduce video imperfections. They are extremely effective to clean grains, pixels, or mosaic in the videos.
The plugins are easily available online – both free and paid – for Premier Pro, After Effects, and other video editing programs. Some popularly used video plugins for noise reduction are Neat Video, Red Giant, and Magic Bullet Denoiser.
Method 3: Use Adobe After Effects
Adobe After Effects has filters that reduce grains and unnecessary noise in the videos. You just download this video editing tool on your Mac or PC, import the video file, and use the filters to remove grains from the video. The application offers various filter options that you can try to get the best results.
For instance, to fix grainy videos in After Effects, use the inbuilt Remove Grain feature (Go to Effect > Noise & Grain > Remove Grain). You can also adjust the noise reduction values in the settings of the Channel Noise Reduction control and then switch to viewing mode to preview the final output and check if the grain is removed.
[NOTE: To use this application, it is essential to have basic video editing skills. However, beginners in video editing can try free programs, like Windows Movie Maker or Filmora, which also offer features to fix noise and grains in videos.]
Method 4: Reduce the Size of your Playback Window
You can also try decreasing the size of playback Window. It helps in minimizing grains and improving video clarity. However, this method is applicable only for online grainy videos that cannot be repaired and saved.
Method 5: Use Video Repair Software for Grainy Videos
If you are not proficient in video editing or not keen to spend on noise reduction plugins, opt for a professional video repair software. Stellar Repair for Video is a reliable video repair tool that helps in fixing grainy/choppy videos. It also helps to fix jerky, flickering, blurry, choppy, or broken videos.
It can remove noise from corrupted AVI, MP4, MOV, WEBM, 3G2, 3GP, ASF, WMV, FLV, DIVX, MPEG, MTS, MKV, AVCHD, MJPEG, M4V, and F4V videos. The video repair software works on videos shot with any type of camera – drone, DSLR, mobile phone, GoPro, CCTV, car dash cam, etc. Stellar Repair for video can effectively repair MKV files, MOV files, AVI files, etc.
Note: Free demo version of Stellar Repair for Video is only for evaluation. In order to save the repaired videos you need to have activation key of stellar repair for video, which can be easily purchased either from the buy now page or from the get it now option from the software.
Key benefits of using Stellar Repair for Video Software
- Easy-to-use and simple interface.
- Quickly repairs grainy or pixelated videos.
- Offers preview of the repaired video before saving.
- Supports multiple video file formats.
- Fixes multiple corrupt videos in one go
- ‘Advance repair’ feature for severely damaged videos.
- Supports all cameras, storage cards, and drives.
Steps to repair grainy or pixelated videos by using Stellar Repair for Video:
Step 1: Download and launch Stellar Repair for Video on your Windows PC/Mac.
Step 2: On the software’s main interface, click on Add File to add the grainy/pixelated videos.
The main screen of Stellar Repair for Video
Step 3: List of video files that you added appears on the next screen. Click Repair.
The software displays the list of added videos
Progress bar indicating the repairing process
Step 4: A ‘Repair process completed’ message appears. Click on Preview to watch the repaired videos. Click on Save Repaired File.
Also Check: Detailed guide to fix corrupt H.265/ HEVC Video File
Preview and save the repaired grainy videos
The major cause of grainy, choppy, and pixelated videos is inappropriate camera settings or low light conditions while shooting the video. However, there are applications (mentioned in this post) that can help you in repairing grainy or pixelated videos.
But most video editing tools require at least basic know-how about video editing techniques. The easiest and most effective to fix grainy or pixelated videos is to use professional video repair software, such as Stellar Repair for Video. It efficiently removes all kinds of noises in the videos. You can try the free demo version of the software to evaluate its capabilities.