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Fixing poorly lit videos

by jeffh1357 / May 27, 2007 4:33 AM PDT

Help! I recorded several videos on my Panasonic Digital Video Camcorder DVX 100A, but didn't adjust the camera for low lighting. Is there any software I can buy after the fact that will help brighten these videos up? I saw something called Enhance Movie Video software (www.enhancemovie.com) that claims to do what I'm looking for, but I don't know. Before I buy something, I need to hear from some experts out there. I am working on a new iMac and iMovie, if that makes a difference.

Thanks!

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Sure! Sony Vegas, for one, has numerous controls including a
by Kiddpeat / May 27, 2007 5:51 AM PDT

brightness control. However, you need to know that noise lives in shadow areas. As you brighten the video, the noise will become very obvious. You just have to decide how much noise you can tolerate.

There is no magic wand at this point. If the camera didn't get the right stuff, you can't really fix it later.

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besides the fact that
by boya84 / May 27, 2007 5:52 AM PDT

"Enhance Movie Video software" is made for Windows OS only and not MacOSX AND typically trying to fix poor source video is never easy to do, iMovie has brightness, color, contrast and several other included features (in the "Effects" area) that can be applied to try and improve what you have.

That is a very nice camera to be using with iMovie - I think you should take a look at FinalCut Express or Pro...

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I have no idea how good this is...
by boya84 / May 27, 2007 6:04 AM PDT
In reply to: besides the fact that
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