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DeNoise AI v3.2 – Improved RAW color processing and performance

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DeNoise AI  v3.2 at a glance

  • Improved color and tone processing for RAW and DNG files – When available, DeNoise AI will apply a camera-specific color profile as well as provide improved overall color accuracy.
  • Improved metadata support – DeNoise AI now supports reading Canon CR3 and HEIC metadata
  • Performance and UI improvements – Several bug fixes and minor visual changes for a better user experience

Better RAW color and tone processing

We’re moving forward towards providing more accurate color and tones when loading your RAW and DNG files in DeNoise AI.

Now, when you open a RAW or DNG file in DeNoise AI v3.2 as a standalone app (as opposed to loading it as a plugin via Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop), we will apply the appropriate DCP camera profile if available as well as an improved tone curve, resulting in a more accurate version of your photo with better color accuracy. You also have the option to disable this setting.

And this is just the beginning. We’re working on even more ways to improve RAW handling and color accuracy in DeNoise AI. 

Here are some photos illustrating the color and tone improvements when opening RAW and DNG files in DeNoise AI v3.2 as a standalone app.

Improved file support and performance improvements

In addition to improving RAW color accuracy, we’ve also added support for reading Canon CR3 and HEIC metadata, making DeNoise AI even more versatile for a wider range of cameras. You’ll also get a better user experience thanks to several bugfixes and performance improvements.

If you’ve never tried DeNoise AI, download our free trial today and experience it for yourself!

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How to get even better panning photos with Sharpen AI

Panning with a moving subject is one of the best—and most fun—ways to convey a sense of dynamic action unlike any other technique. It’s especially impactful to pair panning with wildlife photography and sports photography, but there are all sorts of creative ways to apply it to everyday photography, too! While there are ways to fake motion during post production, you gain a new level of appreciation when you put the time in to capture that motion in camera.

While viewers usually marvel over the sense of motion conveyed by the blurry background, what always stops them in their tracks is when you juxtapose it with a tack sharp primary subject… which isn’t an easy thing to do straight out of camera.

Just about any time I practice panning photography, the bulk of my photos are culled and marked for deletion. They’re just no good. With the few (and I do mean few) keepers that I do get, every single one of them needs just a bit more help to make them pop. That’s where Sharpen AI comes in.

© Brian Matiash
© Brian Matiash

We’ll be sharing our tips for getting great panning photos in future posts but for now, we want to show you how you can get that extra snap using Sharpen AI and its powerful built-in masking tools. When you finish watching the video, download a free trial of Sharpen AI and try it with your panning photos!

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Video transcript

In this video we’re gonna take a look at how we can use Sharpen AI to improve panning photos. Now, as you can see here, this is a photo I took actually in Havana, Cuba, and a bunch of cars were zipping by and so I like practicing with panning photography. There’s a lot of fun, it’s very dynamic feel when you can capture a moving subject. But the key is to get the moving subject to be kind of sharp while conveying motion in the background. Now I’m going to record a whole separate video walking through how I actually expose for panning photos. That’ll be coming in a bit, but for now, I just wanted to focus on how I use Sharpen AI to improve the overall execution.

So again, here’s this, the photo here of this little Beetle and I already have the photo opened in Sharpen AI. Now I haven’t done anything to it, I just opened it and let the motion blur AI model under the normal setting apply itself, and if I press and hold, you can see the original and you can see the car’s kind of soft and then it kinda snaps into focus, but here’s the thing, sometimes when Sharpen AI runs globally on a photo, it can over sharpen areas that you might not want specifically kinda, you see right over here, the trees here, I want that blur. What I want is the sharpening to be applied to the car. And so there’s actually a really easy way to do that. But before we do that, the first thing we need to do is figure out which of the AI models will work best for the photo.

The easiest way to do that is go to view and then select comparison view. And then what I’m gonna do is I’ll zoom in to about 100% and put focus right over here. So this is the way that I use Sharpen AI, you might have your own workflow, this is not the… I don’t wanna tell you that this is the only way to do it, but this is kinda how I do it. And I actually think it’s a pretty functional workflow. So first thing I do is I just look at the three different AI models. So you can see in this quadrant, we have Motion Blur, bottom left we have Out of Focus and bottom right we have Too Soft. Now when I find the AI model that I think gives me the best results, I’ll stick with that.

So I can see here, motion blur is the best according to just my own kind of visual aesthetic, I like motion blur the most. And so the next thing I have as far as an option, I selected the model that I like, now I can choose the mode, whether I want it to be normal, very noisy or very blurry. And so I’ll start by clicking a very noisy and then very blurry. And then I’ll just click between them and see if there’s one that I like over the other two. And in this case, I actually like very blurry, I think that one looks the best. So now that I have the AI model and the mode selected, I’ll just double click on this quadrant and then I’m gonna change the zoom to fit so I see the entire image.

And so again, like we started with, if I press and hold, I can see the original notice the car is soft. You know, it has most of the detail there, but with Sharpen AI, it just especially, I mean, you look at the door handle and this is the area that I really want focus to go with the passengers and the details of the car door. Also the hubcaps, even though they’re moving, there’s even more detail to them, which I really like. But like I said, there’s all this kinda extra crispiness in the background, which I don’t like. And so this is how you can take an extra step to really let Sharpen AI bring focus to where you want.

To do that I’m gonna click on the mask button here in the bottom, and I’m gonna click on this button over here called find objects. And you can see our AI engine has detected a car and a person, and I want the car, basically I just want sharpening to apply to the car. So it’s super easy. I’m just gonna go ahead and select this checkbox and you can see the mask was automatically applied, I didn’t do anything. All I did was click on the checkbox and because I’ve got this overlay checkbox selected, you can see the mask being visibly presented. Now here’s the thing, it detected two cars rightfully so there’s another car here in the background, even though it’s blurred, I’m gonna de-select the overlay so you can see it.

So it’s actually kind of impressive the way that Sharpen AI found this car, even though it’s way too blurred. But I don’t want it, and so to remove it, what I’m gonna do is select the sub button to subtract, I’ll increase my brush size, and I’m just gonna draw over the car. I’m gonna make sure that I get basically everything, let me also drop my, the softness or the feathering of the brush. And I can confirm with the little mask preview thumbnail over here, that the only thing that is having Sharpen AI applied to is the car. And I’m gonna go ahead… Let me just click on the overlay one more time, just to make sure see if I missed anything and it looks like I did.

So I’m gonna make a smaller brush, get rid of that right there, and we are looking good now. So I can further refine this, like I can again, turn the overlay to see the mask and then if I want, I can further refine the mask, but I’m fine with this for the purposes of the video. And when I’m done all I need you to just click apply mask. Now, when I click to toggle the original and the after you can see that the only thing that’s being affected is the car in the foreground, and you still get that motion the really great motion in the background, you are getting motion in the car as well because the tires have that kind of quality to them. But you’re also getting this really nice sharp detail that wasn’t there. And I think that really adds to the effect of the panning shot. Now let’s try it again with another panning photo.

All right, so here’s a photo I took of my buddy out in the middle of Nebraska, you can see these are cornfields in the background and he has been working on restoring his truck for a while. This really cool vintage truck. Now, if you’ve never practiced panning photography it requires a lot of trial and error and you’ll probably end up having a ton of photos where a few of them are actually usable. It’s just the way it goes, but the more you practice, the better you’ll get at it, and the more intuitive it’ll be. So this is one of the better photos that I got from the shoot. And so what I did was I opened it up into Sharpen AI because I wanna see if I can get a little bit more detail, especially in kinda the cab area and on him.

Now, this is the default settings, you can see if I press and hold, especially notice this area here behind the truck and in front of the truck, Sharpen AI it’s kinda looking for things that aren’t necessarily there or things that you don’t really wanna sharpen. That’s a big part of panning. There are a lot of areas that shouldn’t be sharp. You want sharpness to be focused on a specific area that you wanna draw the eye to namely this section of the composition. So just like before, let’s go ahead, we’ll go to view and we’ll select comparison view. And then I’m gonna go ahead and select 100% zoom, and let’s just kinda put the focus box right around there.

And just like before, what I’m gonna do first is look at the three models and see if one jumps out at me over the other two. In this case, again, motion blur looks really good, but I’m gonna try these other two modes, so I’m gonna click on very noisy and then very blurry. And again, I think very blurry really does a good job, especially when you compare it to the original, just look at my buddy here how much sharper he is, the mirror looks so much better and then the edge details of the doorframe they just pop. So I think this is our winner here. So I’m gonna go ahead and double click it and then let’s go ahead again and we’ll go to zoom to fit.

And you can see if we click to see the original, see how all the details around the cab snap into place also, around the wheel well here, that was totally blurry, but it just gets nice and sharp over here. So again, I wanna bring the focus here. Also, I don’t want the sharpening to apply to the road or to the background. So just like before let’s click on that mask button and this time, even though we have the car and the person selected, I don’t wanna use the auto masking, so I’m gonna click on the button to hide it. I’m just gonna manually paint in what I want. And so to do that, I’m gonna click on the add button. Sharpen AI is applying itself to the entire photo, which I don’t want. Once I start drawing though, the mask will automatically turn black because I’m in an additive mode. So it’s gonna remove the effect everywhere and only apply to where I paint.

So I’m gonna increase my brush size a bit, and I’m gonna start drawing kinda here along the edge, cover my buddy. And basically the areas that I showed you before that really were positively improved from Sharpen AI. So something around here, let’s go over the windshield and I’m gonna go along with the entire top of the truck here and along the side. Now let’s click on that overlay button just to see if I missed any areas, it looks like I missed a spot right there, so let’s just get that. I’m gonna hide that overlay, I’m just gonna draw a little bit more like a right around here, gonna add a little bit more and we’re done, let’s click apply mask, and then if we click, you can see just how much of an improvement you get just by selecting where you want Sharpen AI to apply itself. Notice again, that all the other surrounding areas of the truck are clean, they’re not overly sharpened, but we get that really nice snap. Exactly where we want the eye to go to the cab and to the passenger.

And so that’s how I use Sharpen AI to add just an extra touch to my panning photos, I hope you found this helpful and inspiring, and I look forward to see you on the next video.

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Introducing Video Enhance AI v2.3

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Video Enhance AI v2.3 at a glance

  • New Chronos AI model for frame rate conversion – Easily adjust motion in your clips by slowing them down by up to 2000%. Convert the frame rate of your source footage to conform to your project requirements (e.g. 23.97 fps → 30 fps) or add even smoother motion by converting to higher frame rates (e.g. 60 fps or 120 fps)
  • New Proteus AI model for fine-tuned enhancement control – Get even more control over the output quality of your clips with six customizable sliders. New controls help reduce halos from over-sharpening, recover lost detail due to compression, and minimize aliasing that can result in less sharp footage.
  • New presets manager – Save and load specific settings for the AI models you use most. Download, share, and import presets with other Video Enhance AI users.
  • AI model picker – Select the options that best represent your source clip and we’ll provide you with the AI models that can help enhance it.
  • Comparison View – Compare the results of three AI models alongside your original clip in one convenient view. Then select the best one to apply to your footage without changing views.
  • Performance and usability improvements – We’ve made many improvements to our AI engine for better speed and stability on across a range of hardware, as well as included several helpful usability improvements.

New Chronos AI model for frame rate conversion

Realistic slow motion made easy

With most other video editing applications, slowing down footage from a 24 fps clip would result in distracting stutters and dropped frames. However, Chronos leverages the power of AI to create beautiful slow motion results regardless of the source frame rate.
Watch how to use Chronos to slow down your video, convert frame rate, and learn best practices to ensure you get great results:

Take the guesswork out of frame rate conversion

Working with clips that have varying frame rates is a reality in video editing and the process of conforming them to your project requirements used to be a daunting task. Now, Chronos will take care of the heavy lifting involved with realistically converting the frame rate of your source clips to conform to your project requirements. Adjust a clip’s frame rate to 60, 100, or 120 fps to get even smoother motion blur between frames.
 
Let’s take a look at how the new Chronos AI model handles frame rate conversion compared to another leading video editing application, Apple Final Cut Pro. The source video was filmed at 24 fps. On the left half of the video below, we let Final Cut Pro convert the original 24 fps clip to 60 fps. Notice the slight jitter, especially when the speed of the UAV increases. For the right half of the video, we used Chronos to perform the same 60 fps conversion. Notice how much smoother the motion is when using Chronos as opposed to Final Cut Pro.

New Proteus AI model for fine-tuned enhancement control

One of the most requested features we’ve received is to provide greater control over how to improve your video clips. The new Proteus AI model was built specifically to meet this request. Control six discrete sliders to fine-tune de-blocking, detail recovery, sharpening, noise reduction, de-haloing, and anti-aliasing. Select the most ideal frame in your clip and click the “Auto” button, letting our AI engine analyze the selected frame and provide recommended settings based on what’s displayed.

New presets manager

Quickly load your favorite AI model settings

If you’ve found yourself constantly having to select the same AI model and settings over and over, you’re going to love the new Preset Manager. Configure the settings of your favorite AI model, save that snapshot as a preset, and quickly load on subsequent projects. Share your favorite presets with other Video Enhance AI users and import presets shared with you.

New AI model picker and comparison view

Choose the right AI models with confidence

It can sometimes be challenging to decide which AI model would work best with your video clip. To make that task easier, we’ve built two helpful features: the AI model selector and the comparison view. With the AI model selector, choose the type of clip you want to enhance and which issue most affects it. We’ll suggest three AI models that are best suited for the task based on your selections. On top of that, a new comparison view conveniently displays those three recommended AI models simultaneously, giving you even more confidence when choosing the best one for your clip.

Performance and usability improvements

Thanks to improvements to our AI Engine pipeline, you’ll experience a 50% performance boost with NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs and up to 3x faster on Apple M1 silicon computers. We’ve also included a number of usability improvements directly based on user feedback including displaying the process completion time in “hours:minutes:seconds” instead of just seconds and adding the ability to switch between showing frames and timecodes in the UI.
 
We’re constantly striving to make Video Enhance AI smarter and more effective when improving the quality of your video footage, whether it’s bringing out details from your old family videos, upscaling a Zoom video recording, or adjusting the resolution, speed and frame rate of cinematic footage. Be sure to tag us on social media and use #TopazVEAI so that we can see your amazing work! If you don’t yet own Video Enhance AI, purchase a copy or download a free trial.