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Is it just to do with the image sensor tech of the time or is it a deliberate effect? What is it called?

A lot of music and pro videos shot during the 00s have that misty, glowing, saturated and grainless look throughout the entire videos, which you don't see any more.

Just a few prominent examples:

Usher - U Don't Have To Call -

Professional ad for a facial workout DVD -

Outkast - Hey Ya! -

Pussycat Dolls - Don't Cha -

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I don't know how much of this contributes to the effect, but it seems that they are applying a blurred copy of the footage with very low opacity. Similar to this: http://digital-photography-school.com/4-easy-photoshop-techniques-to-make-your-pictures-pop

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That is definitely quite similar, thanks for sharing. (Would upvote but I don't have enough reputation on here.) –  user1092719 Dec 16 '13 at 22:34
no problem, can't upvote you either because not enought reputation. I'll do when I have more –  Julien Altieri Dec 16 '13 at 23:12
and now I can! I hope you will get more details –  Julien Altieri Dec 23 '13 at 20:00
Thanks! Have now been able to upvote you, cheers :) –  user1092719 Dec 30 '13 at 9:33
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