Hi Guys

I'm really not sure where is best to post this, so feel free to move.

I spent the whole day filming and I'm just ripping it from the tape using HDV Split from the Canon XHA1

I shot in HDV, 25p Manual mode F9.5 and 1/60. The resulting M2T files are incredibly grainy. I have a feeling that this is a camera setting problem and that I'm stuffed. I've just checked the camera and on close inspection the grainyness is apparent, but disapears in Auto.

I'm a complete novice, clearly.

So the question is, what's the problem with the camera? and is there any way to de-grain the video?

I will post an example later if that helps, but I have another day filming tomorrow, so could do with some advice ASAP if possible? Many thanks.