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How to Clean up Noisy Video in Premiere Pro in 30 Seconds

Johnathan Paul

Follow these steps to quickly and easily clean up your noisy video in Premiere Pro!

Noisy footage is an inevitability. There are several reasons why your footage ends up noisy. The two most common are high ISO and recording in a compressed format. To combat this, let’s learn how to quickly and easily clean up noisy video in Premiere Pro.

1. Send Your Video to After Effects

One of the great things about Premiere Pro is its ability to connect to other Creative Cloud software like Audition and After Effects. For removing noise in your video, we’ll want to utilize that connectivity and send our video to After Effects. Begin by highlighting the noisy video in your Premiere Pro timeline. Then, right-click and select ‘Replace With After Effects Composition.’

Clean up Noisy Video in Premiere Pro, Step 1.

2. Go to Effects > Apply Remove Grain

After Effects should queue up and present you with a new comp that contains your video. Simply go to the Effects & Presets panel and select ‘Remove Grain.’ Drag and drop this effect onto your clip.

Clean up Noisy Video in Premiere Pro, Step 2.

3. Tweak Settings

Now that you’ve added the ‘Remove Grain’ effect, you’ll want to make adjustments within that effect. To do this, head to the layers panel and select the triangle to see the drop down menu, or highlight the layer and head over to the b panels. With either option, you’ll be able to fine tune the effect and clean up your video.

Clean up Noisy Video in Premiere Pro, Step 3.

4. Head Back to Premiere

Once you’ve cleaned up your noisy video, save your comp and head back to Premiere Pro. You’ll now see that the video in your timeline is red, telling you that your video is linked to your After Effects comp. If you want to make any changes, you can do so in AE and those changes with automatically be updated to your Premiere Pro sequence.

Clean up Noisy Video in Premiere Pro, Step 4.

Other Options for Reducing Noise

Obviously the Premiere Pro to After Effects route isn’t the only way to clean up noisy video. There are other options out there for you to utilize. The first of which is Neat Video. This app is insanely easy to use and incredibly effective. Its price tag isn’t overwhelming either, as it’s listed at $99.

The second is Red Giant’s Denoiser II. This is another great option. It is also incredibly easy to use and works seamlessly within After Effects. Its price tag is also very reasonable, coming in at only $99 as well. For more in-depth information and comparison, here is a video rundown of both options from Ryan Connolly and Film Riot.

Got any tricks for taking noise out of video? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.