Sharpen soft footage without artefacts

If a shot is completely blurred, it can’t be rescued. But there are many shots that look a little too soft. Rather than leaving them out of your final edit, you can sharpen them. Unfortunately, sharpening filters tend to add artefacts, which can make the image look fake or even appear crystalised.

The solution is to make subtle adjustments to contrast and colour, and apply them to the most important parts of your image. By increasing contrast, restoring exposure and reducing saturation, you increase the apparent sharpness of an image. The final trick is to add an Unsharp Mask filter at a high strength but at a low opacity. This tiny hint of artificial sharpness can be the finishing touch your footage needs to look perfect.

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