Hi everyone,

I found this today in the ether.  It looks like some useful information for anyone who has had issues with flicker, how to reduce it and also ways of fixing it in After Effects.

http://blogs.adobe.com/toddkopriva/2012/07/reducing-flicker-for-sto...

 

cheers,

tim

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I always get burnt from my flood lights when I animate naked ;-)
Not a pretty sight
... Jbd

Lol yeah, stopmo nudists have a bit more to worry about than flicker, don't they? 

Funny your should mention turning off the heater - by the time my camera comes back from repair and I actually start animating my puppets, it may will be the end of fall.  The heat will be turned off, if possible, as well as some appliances - fall and winter in Minnesota can be brutal, but one has to suffer for one's art, right?

How can you animate in the cold? My fingers turn into icicles! I defo can't do any sensitive touches to the puppets. Even typing with cold fingers is hard 

David Geister said:

Funny your should mention turning off the heater - by the time my camera comes back from repair and I actually start animating my puppets, it may will be the end of fall.  The heat will be turned off, if possible, as well as some appliances - fall and winter in Minnesota can be brutal, but one has to suffer for one's art, right?

I can't say - this will be my first time trying it!!

Might have to warm your hands under a light - I mean not while shooting frames obviously! That would actually cause flicker and bring this thread back onto topic.. 

That would be a shame!!

What is the general feeling regarding Florescent lights to reduce flicker? I haven't tried them and don't care for the color, but maybe some of you have used them ( I think Nick may have).

I actually do have one fluorescent light inside a chinese paper globe lantern that I'm using as a big source of soft diffused light. The paper lantern came from my mom's house where it had absorbed smoke for like 30 years, so it's a nice warm brownish/yellowish color that fixes the natural cold greenish tendency of fluoros. Though actually this is one of those modern bright white compact fluoro bulbs - the twisty kind - and it isn't greenish, just a hard cold white. 

They're fine as long as you're taking long exposures - but they do flicker at a very fast rate of speed. just wave your hand around next time you're under fluorescent lighting and you'll see a very fast strobe-light effect. So long exposures are a must. 

The long tubes would be a decent source for soft diffused light - I'd put something in front of them to help diffuse it even more. But they're not like a single-source bulb that can give you hard-edged shadows. With the tubes you get a long strip of light rather than a single point. So not good for a sun unless it's a cloudy day, or a moon either with the same caveat. (But night. Cloudy night) (obviously) 

But it can cause problems for white balancing if your lights are different colors (like incandescents and fluoros). Be sure to use them in a place where the cold color cast is appropriate. Or maybe gel them, or get a paper lantern from a smokehouse. 

Good advice - thanks!

I know this topic is a few years old, but I've been researching flicker removal software myself and figured I'd add this for anyone looking through the old threads.

I've had good results from FLICKER FREE by Digital Anarchy. It's $149 for a download, but for what you get -- solid presets that basically get the job done without much tweaking -- I'd say it's a deal.

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