Removing Dust From Video

Guest host Angie Taylor demonstrates the smart way to approach dust removal across multiple frames of video.

  1. richard_grant

    a neat solution to an old problem, cheers

  2. Angie Taylor

    Thanks Richard, I’m so glad you found it useful, cheers

  3. RussellCory

    Very cool technique for dealing with those large dust smudges.

    For smaller marks like sensor dust we developed a procedural technique that keeps you in Premiere and After Effects. You can check it out here:


    • Angie Taylor

      Thanks Russel ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. James Wilson

    Pretty sneaky sis.
    Why don’t they make this a tool in AE??

    Good tip. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks.


  5. Angie Taylor

    Thanks James! I would LOVE to have the Healing Brush in AE but TBH it makes more sense to do this in PS and Bridge as painting on frames in AE is a bit of a PIA and I reckon would be much slower than using the batch processor. Thanks for your comments.

  6. Bobo

    Does that work when the scene has changed ? Does the healing brush sample from the new scene and not the first frame sample info?

  7. Angie Taylor

    Yes, it works on a frame by frame basis, new info on each frame. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Mark Leary

    Would you mind explaining in more detail how to turn the video clip into still frames with Media Encoder? I can’t seem to get any clips converted to a tiff.

  9. Flynn Kelleher

    I am also having trouble with the media encoder process. When I converted to tiff, the video was exported into 50 different stills on my desk top. I imported them all in a folder back into premiere. When I clicked EDIT> EDIT ORIGINAL , premiere opened up an entire new project with my short video as it’s own sequence (to edit in premiere). Photo shop did not open up. Is there a way just to import my tiff photos into PS6 and create an image sequence?

  10. Angie Taylor

    Hi there,

    Here’s how you can export video from AME. All you need to do is make sure to select TIFF as the output format.

    If you want Photoshop to open when you do Edit Original – Each system can have different default applications set for opening specific file types. you may need to change your default settings so that Photoshop is the default app for TIFFs. To do this on Mac , select a TIFF file and hit Command I to get info. In the get info box change the Open With menu to Photoshop.

    On Windows, right-click on the file and then choose which application you want to open it.

    Hope this helps.

  11. hasieb ayub

    hi i just wanted to know how do you convert the images in bridge back into video format once you have removed the dust from all the photos.


    • Etienne

      I have the same question: how to get the stack of photographs back into the same quality and sequence in video form. Has anyone actually found a way of doing this? I’m overawed by all the new stuff I have to learn have acquired Pro today. But there’s a sensor spot on wildlife butterfly footage that I have to get rid of. (I’ll never be able to capture that footage again.) If anyone has an answer I would be very grateful. By the way, many thanks for your solution, Angie.

  12. Angie Taylor

    Hi there,

    The easiest way would be to import this as an image sequence to a video app, either After Effects or Adobe Media Encoder? I think Premeiere Pro also supports image sequences.

    Hope this helps?


  13. Matteo

    I try to recod the actions in Photoshop but I can’t record the Healing brush tool. So, after push record and choose the tool, click on the dust spot, I see that the tool remove the dust, but the command it’s not recorded.
    What I wrong? There is some buttons to push before click on the dust spot?


    • Angie Taylor

      Try using the spot healing brush, not the healing brush. And make sure to record the “click” in the action ๐Ÿ™‚

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