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  • Smoothing a video frame

    I need to use a video frame (snapshot) extracted with Sony Platinum to use as a DVD label, but as everyone knows, the resolution is low, even on a frame where the subject is still. Anyone experimented with software that might help smooth the pixelation out so that the snapshot could be used?
    I do have CS3 but didn't have much luck withthe filters.
    Reg

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    Re: Smoothing a video frame

    Unless the video is progressive, the first thing would be to, filter, video, deinterlace.

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    • #3
      Re: Smoothing a video frame

      Tried that, it made it worse. I finally reduced the size of the image on the DVD so that the pixelation wasn't apparent. I have seen a deconvolution program which would improve an image but for the life of me, can't locate it now.
      Thanks,
      Reg

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      • #4
        Re: Smoothing a video frame

        What resolution is the video shot at?

        The attached is a square 600 x 600 crop from a 320 x 240 avi screen capture enlarged to 1365 x 1024 in Photoshop. Contrast adjustment and a run through Neat Image noise filter. There are some compression artifacts, but these can be cleaned up in PS.

        If your video was shot at DVD quality i.e. 720 x 540 (or something close) then it should be more than good enough to get a decent image.
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        • #5
          Re: Smoothing a video frame

          Project was shot at 720x480, screenshot is 327x240. Your shot is good, I'll try your method.
          Thanks,

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          • #6
            Re: Smoothing a video frame

            You may want to try running it through a couple passes of noise reduction (noise ninja if you have it, then hitting it with Unsharp mask, maybe around 10:50:0.

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