I made a chroma smoother for After Effects. It sandwiches rgb to hsl, then smart blurs only the saturation channel, so there’s zero blurring on the actual rgb. It fixes minor DCT blockyness and grainy footage. Luv to hear feedback!
As always, your projects amaze me. I just spent a few minutes with this one on some noisy DV footage and also on some AVCHD files that a friend just brought me. As advertised, it takes out much of the blockyness and even improves the graininess in the low-light DV footage.
You asked for comments: The “black mask” control seems very sensitive. With a setting of 100, I get strange artifacts in the shadows and with 99.99, I do not see them. Either I’m not understanding it’s purpose, or you might want to add a multiplication factor to the control.
Thanks for your continuuing work to help us improve footage!
this will compare, via procedural techniques, 4:4:4 to a faux 4:2:0 to analyze your footage to determine likely low quality pixels. it can blur noise, chroma, or even smooth skin without damaging details such as edges, texture, eyes, nose etc.
there are about 15 controls in main control and a show red matte. you should try all sliders because not all images are created equal.