I have some old, low-light, pretty noisy DV8 video that I'd like to clean up. What is the best tool/technique to remove noise from low-light scenes?

I also want to change the gamma correction to bring out the details - should I do that before or after I run any noise reduction?

I saw that Photoshop CS5 had some pretty amazing noise reduction capability, and that the new CS6 allows you to edit video, so my original question was "can I use CS6 to reduce the noise?" But I'm ok with making the question more general.

  • You'll need the Extended version of Photoshop, ie. Photoshop CS5 Extended, to edit video.
    – DragonLord
    Commented Mar 25, 2012 at 1:12
  • I'm somewhat intrigued by the question, but I suspect it would get better results if it were migrated to avp.stackexchange, where video-related questions belong.
    – drewbenn
    Commented Mar 25, 2012 at 6:19
  • Well, I posted it in the photo forum because my goal was to ask Photoshop experts who I assumed would know the most about the new Photoshop CS6 capabilities. In this forum I'd want to ask a different question, so I guess I'll rewrite my question. Commented Mar 28, 2012 at 4:55

1 Answer 1


Yes, as DragonLord said, with the extended edition.

And assuming it's in a format (AVI, MOV etc. that Photoshop supports.

Once open, select Filter > Convert for Smart Filters. Then run any filter, including noise reduction, and it will apply it to all frames. Then Export > Render to Video.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.