There has been plenty of online chatter lately about the possible high ISO noise qualities of the coming Panasonic Lumix GH5 Super 16 hybrid video/stills camera. The background to that chatter has been the relatively low noise high ISO qualities of Sony’s 35mm hybrid video-stills Alpha a7S and Alpha a7S II cameras compared to other contemporary cameras.
A big factor in reducing the noise level of your video files is to expose correctly in the first place, applying the principle of exposing to the right aka ETTR. Cinematographer Paul Leeming does a good job showing how to ETTR and why at his Leeming LUT One website.
So far the GH5’s firmware is in pre-production and the last thing one should do is make firm buying decisions based on pre-production camera firmware. But so far, from the evidence shared recently by Panasonic brand ambassador Nick Driftwood, the GH5’s high ISO noise looks promising.
If noise is an issue, though, there is another solution, noise reduction software in the form of plug-ins for your favourite non-linear editing software aka NLE.
One of the most popular third-party noise reduction plug-ins is the legendary Neat Video, available as a plug-in for a range of NLEs and it has just been updated to version 4.5.
According to the version 4.5 change list, Neat Video’s profiling functionality has been improved with enhanced tools and a range of new features have been added, in short:
- Preview Assist viewer mode
- Noise Level Tuning Assist tool
- Slow Shutter Tuning Assist tool
- Spatial Filter Tuning Assist tool… and more.
- Neat Video – Examples