Please post a screencap of neatvideo's affect on the movie.
I'll post some screenshots tonight.
You're spot-on with Neat Video. I didn't want to mention it by name because I didn't (and don't!) want it to be the focus of this project; that is, I don't want it to be known as The Experiment with Neat Video.
I'm currently dealing with random noise (laser rot?) in the raw X9 capture.
There are many white and black spots that appear for only 1-5 frames which are sometimes greater than 20x20px in size. Moreover, I see some large artifacts that look like glue and cigarette burns.
The RemoveDirt() script in AVS fixes some of the aforementioned, but blurs the image too much and fails to fully remove the large artifacts.
I'm willing to fix these frames by hand in Photoshop, but I don't want to step through all 170,000+ frames first. Does anyone know of an automated method to find all (including some false positives, of course) offending frames and dump the respective frame numbers to a log file?
Would the VirtualDub MSU Noise Estimation Filter work well?
I *highly* recommend using After Effects instead of photoshop for this kind of work.
Basically, you'll save the step of exporting the frames, modifying, then reinserting them. Instead, you paint a "traveling matte" that you modify as needed, with the possibility that you don't have to draw a new one for every frame.
This is how old-school effects shots are modified (wire removal, etc) these days, and I did a little training for it at Technicolor about 8 years ago. I'm sort of handy at it, or could get back to proficiency very quickly.
If you would like to share the offending sections of footage with me, I'll get to work.