I've had an AMV idea brewing in my mind for ages and I finally got all the DVDs to do so months back. But it seems no matter what I try, I can NOT make this footage look presentable! I was trying to figure out something without having to ask for help, but if I spend another day on this I'm going to scream. The problem is moving noise EVERYWHERE (not dot crawl as far as I know.) It looks so bad I'm considering trying to download RAWS or TV catpures to see if they look any better. The anime I'm using is a kids show so I'm sure they didn't spend a great deal of time encoding, and in some ways I'm lucky this show doesn't have a great amount of detail so I can attempt to remove noise without taking out so much detail.
The problem I'm having? Of course I can remove noise, it's quite easy to toss in a heavy duty denoiser then sharpen to attempt to reverse any blurring it may have caused... my problem is I cannot find a good balance. Removing too much noise causes dark areas to block like crazy to the point you cannot NOT notice it and therefore making my attempt counterproductive and nothing will get rid of it! Removing too little looks like a bad de-interlacing job (so much flickering around edges) and makes me think masking out characters in my video will be almost impossible to look neat.
I'll have to upscale this video when I send it to cons that require HD video, and that just won't be fun if it already looks horrendous at it's original aspect ratio.
The best filter chain I've come up with so far is this:
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HQDN3D(ls=2, cs=1, lt=0, ct=0)
Now, some of you may look at that and wonder why the heck I have four different noise removers in there with really weird strength values and all I can say is this: it produced the best results so far while I was experimenting. But that's not saying much. I've tried almost every denoiser/degrainer/dotcrawl removers I can find in different orders, strengths, and modes and I can't find anything that's satisfactory yet. I've even tried just temporal and just spatial. No luck. The one above causes the least amount of blocking in dark areas like the main characters hair. I seems to have better results when I blindly toss filters in there then when I read the documentation and try really hard to get them right.
Anyway, I'll stop rambling now. Some pictures of my issues:
Here are some m2vs of the dvds I uploaded for anybody who would like to experiment, since you can't predict the results with just the pictures:
I've run into similar issues before, but not this bad. Can somebody please help me out? I'd appreciate it more than you know! Thank you very much.