Reminds me of the story about "Citizen Kane" -- Orson Welles asked for an optical printer zoom out of the insert of the house inside the snow globe in Kane's hand, and when Linwood Dunn said that the shot would get too grainy, Welles suggested they add swirling snow over the image to blend with the grain, since it was a shot of a snow globe.
Heh heh! So I have to ask! Did it work? Been sooo long since I've seen that movie. You've made me want to watch it again now!
First of all, have you tried some of the noise reduction software out there? Some people swear by Neat Video.
I'm just starting on that quest now. Some of the footage I'm thinking I will just re-shoot when there is plenty of light!
It's frustrating as you can't see the noise on the tiny camera screen when you are shooting however I'm getting an idea of just how much light is needed (LOTS!) So in future I think I will be able to see when I don't have enough light! You get a sense for these things.
I'm trying a smart noise reduction script at the moment. I suspect Neat Video will be out of the question as I'm editing this on an ancient G4 Powerbook! A lot of stuff isn't available for the PowerPC architechture anymore. Also the script has the advantage of being free and Neat Video isn't but we shall see. The way people talk about Neat Video it's a bit of an indispensable tool so I may bite the bullet at some point!
I think the camera I'm using might just have especially ugly video noise. I hope so as I was hoping to embrace video noise on some video cameras in the future but I'm starting to question that the people who say the video noise looks just like film grain might have funny ideas. They post stills and I'm thinking "That looks quite interesting" but of course it's more the kind of motion of the video noise I'm having a problem with than the way the noise itself looks. You can't see that in a still.
I'm also thinking that noise in video cameras might be caused by varying factors, some which look nicer than others.
It's something I'm going to have to study more carefully!