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Using Cinnafilm Dark Energy to Denoise and Clean Video (UPDATED April 1st, 2021)

Published: March 15th 2011

Noise Annoys: Cinnafilm’s Dark Energy creates a cleaner and more filmic look out of video

HD Video Pro was kind enough to publish an article outlining how Cinnafilm Dark Energy can be used to denoise and clean video (and more!)

While physicists still wrestle with fundamental questions about the nature and role of dark energy in the universe—What is it? How does it work?—filmmakers and postproduction crews have no such problem, thanks to Cinnafilm’s new Dark Energy image-processing modular software. Available as a standalone system and as a plug-in for leading software platforms, Dark Energy includes such features as cadence correction, unlimited format/standards conversion, denoise and clean video, degrain, de-interlacing, dustbusting, retiming and accurate film grain simulation.

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According to Lance Maurer, CEO and founder of Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Cinnafilm, Inc., the technology illustrates the old adage, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” With a background in aerospace, and working as an independent filmmaker shooting 16mm, Maurer saw an opportunity to create image-processing technology that could help bridge the gap “between the pleasant look of film and the unpleasant look of video,” as he puts it. “I love film, and I grew up in the ’70s when movies looked stunning. And when I began using digital cameras, I was appalled at the quality and decided something had to be done.”