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Have you tried running Reduce Grain?
Grainy blacks are always a battle with DV.
My other artistic comment is that the light effect looks like a 2D effect being written on -- like he's painting on a glass wall in front of him. Is that the desired effect? I'm thinking it should be more like the iPod Nano light streaks? (http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/light_streaks/)
thanks for the tip about the noise, I'll try it.
As for the light streaks, your right it does look a little too 2 dimensional. I used Kramer's tutorial to create the light streaks and parent them to a null object, i made the streaks a 3d layer, but I can't figure out how to make the streaks move in 3D space with the dancer's hand being a 2D layer. The only thing I could think of is pushing in with a camera, but I would need to sillouette the dancer to prevent visible pixelation right? Or is there a way where I can move the light streaks in 3D space without sillouetting the dancer?
Thanks ahead of time!
Have you considered using whites next time? Blacks are known for being noisy.
Noisy blacks are a problem with DV as pointed out above. The good news is that when you compress the video to something like mp2 (DVD) or mp4 that noise might disappear. My dancer is also wearing dark clothes causing color noise- however, watching the exported video on a TV set it looks perfect.
Another solution might be to crush the blacks in Color Finesse or one of the other color correctors- map all brightness values lower than say 20 to 0.
Marco, I believe that's mostly due to the masking effect of the higher gamma of TV video. You'll often see more noise and compression on a computer monitor than you will when watching the final product on real TV.