I am making a stop motion film and am concerned about flicker. I have a Canon 1000D Ef-s- 55 kit and was hoping not to have to buy a Nikon manual lens and adapter. I am looking at buying either these or these lights and using the granite bay deflicker software. I also mean to have a practical LED light on set and have read that having mixed light sources makes it near impossible to eliminate flicker. If that is so, are there any good (and cheap) LED lights out there? I live in the UK if that makes a difference.

Thanks,

Joe

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Don Carlson said:

Great explanation there, Jim!

Keith- The CFL's I get at the grocery store are color-temperature rated. It's kind of curious why others aren't. I only go for the ones that are clearly labeled.

As far as CFL's being cooler- that's the reason! On Blue Alien Summer I had really soft puppets and it was a problem (mainly in the faces). But it's been a few years, and there are techniques I've learned to deal with even the softest clay. One way is spot-freezing it with compressed air held upside down, and another is to make the head actually removable using the cap from a ball point pen an some plumber's putty for registration so that you can carefully cut or peel off the entire mouth area, ball it up in your fingers, and re-sculpt the lip flaps with the same clay or another ball of the same amount. This will help to keep your puppet proportions "on model". Just make sure that if the inner mouth area is black, to have it extend all the way down to the chin if you intend to move the mouth down for comical effect.

Here's a test from yesterday using CFL's and displacement modeling on a replaceable head. The flicker at the beginning is a bumped light which still needs to be tacked down. I had reached for a ball of clay too close to the light's cord...A rookie mistake!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFUy7yjTwBg&feature=plcp

Don, great job on the clay making those expressions! I am planning to make a stop motion video and use clay puppets. Your video gave me some ideas.

Cool, man! I have to write down some of these ideas because things are constantly getting upgraded in terms of technique as I improve and find new ways of doing things. But I'm always happy to inspire.

Here's a shot from my final class project. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FaA1K8BQCM&feature=plcp

Don, in the video 'Don C shot 1 final project', I noticed that you zoomed out for first half of the video. Did you move the camera back or use cropping in a video editor to make that effect? The video was good! 

That was post-cropping, in a video editor (Sony Vegas). Thanks, I really like that lip synch technique. It is a world of difference when you have to do a lot of dialog with clay and you can remove your character's head.

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