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How to fix blurry/fuzzy video

Brian1 6,233 1,370 February 27, 2011 at 02:05 PM
What is the best, free program to fix blurry and/or fuzzy video captured from a surveillance camera?

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i'd take individual frames and photoshop them. i think dXo can also remove blu. if you start with crap, you end up with crap.
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I agree. You need a decent camera to start with or there's no way to clean it up and make it look that much better. If you have a decent camera and are getting poor video, make sure the settings on the camera and the computer or DVR are set correctly.
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i'd take individual frames and photoshop them. i think dXo can also remove blu. if you start with crap, you end up with crap.
Does Photoshop have a magic button that automatically cleans up a frame or does it take some knowledge on how to use Photoshop?

Is there a free alternative to Photoshop that could to the same thing?
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Does Photoshop have a magic button that automatically cleans up a frame or does it take some knowledge on how to use Photoshop?

Is there a free alternative to Photoshop that could to the same thing?
No, and to elaborate on what dayv is saying. There is no software in the world that can restore detail that was never there to begin with. You can only manipulate the details, no matter if you are smoothing out the blurs, or removing analog fuzz. With video capture from a surveillance camera, you are either exaggerating existing details, changing the details, or falsifying details (generating details that aren't there).

There is no magical button like in CSI where you can read the actual license plate of a car that's barely in the picture and blurry to begin with, even a Photoshop master cannot accomplish this feat.
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No, and to elaborate on what dayv is saying. There is no software in the world that can restore detail that was never there to begin with. You can only manipulate the details, no matter if you are smoothing out the blurs, or removing analog fuzz. With video capture from a surveillance camera, you are either exaggerating existing details, changing the details, or falsifying details (generating details that aren't there).

There is no magical button like in CSI where you can read the actual license plate of a car that's barely in the picture and blurry to begin with, even a Photoshop master cannot accomplish this feat.
Hmm. I see. Very good information. Thank you very much.
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Does Photoshop have a magic button that automatically cleans up a frame or does it take some knowledge on how to use Photoshop?

Is there a free alternative to Photoshop that could to the same thing?
there is no magic button. if you download picasa, there is an i'm feeling lucky button. but thats for retouching color and what not. don;t think it does anything with blur.

when you say blur are you talking about motion blur or just poor quality?
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there is no magic button. if you download picasa, there is an i'm feeling lucky button. but thats for retouching color and what not. don;t think it does anything with blur.

when you say blur are you talking about motion blur or just poor quality?
Just poor quality in general; more than likely due to poor lighting, bad focus, and/or low resolution.
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Clean the lens with some windex and a cloth Wink

GIMP [gimp.org] is also another free Photoshop alternative.
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