Flicker Free Plugin Examples of Rolling Bands (Camera/Light Sync Issues), Time Lapse, Slow Motion & More
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- Deflickering Reality TV: Fluorescent and LED Lights on the Amazing Race
- Red Tape Pictures: Music Video for All India Radio (song: Fall)
- Agata Alexander: Music Video for The Bloody Beetroots feat. Tommy Lee
- TED Conference: Deflickering Projected Presentations
- Willy B!, TV for Radio: Television Commercial (flickering 3D render)
- De-flickering Sports Slow Motion Footage: Griffin Wing Productions
- ACE Enterprises: Computer Screen Flicker
- Eddie Oberg, Steddy Films: "Iceland Postcard"
- Peter Yuen - Wildlife photographer: LED Flicker Filming Animals at Night
- Big Mouth Media Digital: Projection Screen Banding
- Robbie Allen, Lobster Pictures: Time Lapse Videography
- Tang: A US Camera Goes to Europe: 30fps & 50hz Big Adventure
- Andreas (Vader) Holt: Arizona Time Lapses
- Flicker Free Demo Reel
De-flickering Reality TV: The Amazing Race Australia - Fluorescents and LED Lights
Marcus Herrick is a magician. He takes some of the most difficult footage and turns it into something visually appealing to hundreds of thousands of viewers. Marcus Herrick was also the Online Editor & Colorist for three series of The Amazing Race Australia (TARAUS). Given the globe spanning scale of The Amazing Race, Camera operators for TARAUS are on the go for huge stretches of time, doing everything The Amazing Race Australian contestants do, only doing it backwards while shooting! What this means for Herrick and others in Post is you have to accept that while the camera operators are doing their best, you will on occasion get dark, soft, shaky and flickering footage. “Being able to fix flicker at the touch of a button is amazing! Being able to fix flickering as part of the grade a big time saver as well as being able to see how the effect impacts the grade. Flicker free has become my go to tool.”
The Amazing Race Australia shot with Panasonic Pro cameras and a variety of specialty cams, and edited with Avid Media Composer and graded with DaVinci Resolve.
Marcus Herrick’s company Haiku Post provides post production finishing services in Melbourne, Australia. firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Tape Pictures: Music Video for All India Radio (song: Fall)
Red Tape Pictures, a post production house based out of Brisbane Australia, created this beautiful video for the band All India Radio. They used Flicker Free on portions of it and really did a marvelous job. The song is beautiful and haunting as well.
LED Light Flicker: Agata Alexander Directed Music Video for The Bloody Beetroots feat. Tommy Lee
Music video from the Bloody Beetroots featuring Tommy Lee (of Motley Crue fame). Some of the LED lights on the set were causing severe strobing in some shots. This isn’t regular flicker, it’s sort of rolling bands. It’s something that's caused by the camera shutter speed and lights being out of sync. You can see other examples of rolling bands on the Flicker Free Examples page. Flicker Free was the only plugin that got rid of the LED flicker. Just another big problem the plugin can solve.
TED Conference: Deflickering Projected Presentations
The folks at the TED Conference know the problems you can run into with recording presentations. They record a lot of presentations. Most of which are being projected onto a large screen, either at the main TED conference or the regional TEDx conferences. Which creates a lot of opportunity for video cameras to get out of sync with projectors and create rolling bands and other flicker issues.
So it was no surprise that Marla Mitchnick, a TED producer/editor, looked to Flicker Free to help her team of editors deal with the flicker issues that come up.
As Marla relates, "I was editing a TEDx talk that included repetitive patterns projected onto white 3 dimensional objects. The frame rates of the cameras used were clearly at odds with the projectors. There was a lot of flicker at different scales surrounding the speaker, and it was especially distracting in the closer shots. The flicker-rate was consistent, but "appeared to be varied" because of the different sizes and colors of the objects on stage."
"I had a tight deadline, and as a first time user the parameters I chose first were improving, but not completely removing, the flickering effect embedded in the footage. It took some help from Tor, Digital Anarchy's support guy, to figure out the right settings. When I tweaked my settings to match his suggestion it did the trick! Completely removed the flicker and looked great."
Willy B!, TV for Radio: Television Commercial (flickering 3D render)
A commercial for radio station WTTS, that uses a logo that was rendered in a 3D package. Unfortunately there was some flickering that occurred in the render. Editor Willy B! used Flicker Free to eliminate the problem and meet the deadline. This video breaks down the problem, shows the solution, and then the entire commercial.
De-flickering Sports Slow Motion Footage: Flicker Free & Griffin Wing Productions
Great example of the flicker you get when shooting slow motion at sporting events. In this case, Griffin Wing Productions shot a Championship high school football game, shooting a lot of 240fps slow motion footage. As often happens, the stadium lights caused a lot of flickering when shot in slow motion. They used the Flicker Free plugin to eliminate the flicker.
Aaron Griffin is the owner and Creative Director at Griffin Wing Productions. Griffin shoots a lot of sports with a Sony FS700 and when shooting at 240fps under stadium lights, flicker is a big problem. Stadiums usually have low quality lights and the high frame rate captures the lights oscillating in brightness at 60hz (or 60 times a second). “I was shooting for a local high school in the North Carolina 2AA Championship game. I got some really great shots but aesthetically the flicker was bad, really bad.”
Seeing an online mention of Flicker Free, he downloaded the plugin with hopes it was his solution to the maddening flicker. “It was super easy to install and the interface was easy to navigate. The results are fantastic. It was a quick, drag-and-drop solution and my experience with Flicker Free has been wonderful.”
Griffin Wing Productions is a full service video company based in Raleigh, North Carolina and can be found here: http://www.griffinwingproductions.com/index.html
The final video this footage is from is here: https://youtu.be/6NHSlYyELsM
ACE Enterprises: Computer Screen Flicker
Gabriel Spaulding, ACE Enterprizes: Corporate Videos
Creator and Director, Gabriel Spaulding, is often producing video content for large and small companies including promotional videos, training videos, how-to-videos, music videos and more. He recently shot an entire video at 23.98, which captured some flicker in the various video screens recorded for a corporate promotional video. This is a common problem when recording any type of screen as the refresh rate of the screen can be difficult to sync with the shutter speed and frame rate of the camera. “Flicker Free did a remarkable job of solving our problem.”
Technical aspects of the video: Shot in 4k with two Panasonic GH4s over a period of three days and edited in Final Cut X.
Eddie Oberg, Steddy Films: "Iceland Postcard"
Filmmaker Eddie Oberg went to Iceland with the goal of shooting a film of the epic, beautiful landscape the country is famous for. With friends and a lot of camera equipment he succeeded in capturing Iceland, but ran into a few problems in the process.
"We landed in Reykjavik, hopped in the car and didn't go far before we found beautiful landscape to shoot. Every corner seemed more beautiful than the previous corner. I brought my tripod and glide-cam. Every time I was in the passenger seat I was ready with my glide-cam. Because light was different in each shot, it was very difficult to match it in post. It was especially difficult to go from time lapse to regular film. Flicker fucking awesome Free is great. I applied flicker free on all the time lapses. Flicker Free seems to fix everything with ease…amazing!”
You can see Eddie’s “Iceland Postcard” here:
Peter Yuen - Wildlife photographer: LED Flicker Filming Animals at Night
Pangolins are very rare animals, and the Critically Endangered Chinese Pangolin is even more so than others. Getting night-time footage of these animals is very difficult, and I never use flash or bright lights on animals, especially on nocturnal animals, so I carry a soft head-lamp. The previous night releasing pangolins in the forest, my head lamp broke, so we used an LED lamp to record a bit of video of these amazing animals instead.
Although it didn't show up on the screen when checking the video, this LED lamp caused a terrible flickering on the end result, so be warned, never make the mistake we did! I may never get another chance to film this species, but luckily, I was able to salvage the video thanks to Digital Anarchy's Flicker Free plugin!
Here's a link to his blog post discussing how he removed the LED flicker with Flicker Free.
Below you can see the video comparing the Flicker Free result to the original LED flicker problem:
Big Mouth Media Digital: Projection Screen Banding
“I shot a stage show recently on our GH4 which had projection running in it. This gave me terrible banding (which I didn’t see at the time). Flicker Free got rid of it in minutes with no quality loss to the footage, and saved an expensive reshoot. Flicker Free is now part of my editing arsenal!”
Producer / Editor / Cameraman
Big Mouth Media Digital
Robbie Allen, Lobster Pictures: Time Lapse Videography
This plugin is fantastic - effortlessly wiping out time lapse flicker straight out of the box, with no visible degradation. It's great value and we use it in all our edit suites - it saves hours!
Check out their work at: www.lobsterpictures.tv
Tang: A US Camera Goes to Europe: 30fps & 50hz Big Adventure
Tang, an author/musician living in Germany, had a minor problem. He bought a Panasonic GH4 and set it up to record 30fps with a 1/60th shutter speed. Great for smooth motion of performers on a stage, but really NOT great for Germany's 50hz lighting! Enter Flicker Free or as he says:
"This little clever and resource-friendly programmed plugin worked great out of the box! I set it to the preset for my problem - stage light - and like miracle the flicker was almost undetectable! And everything with relatively moderate rendering time. So Flicker Free now is my clear favorite!"
Here's his whole story about removing flicker from 50hz lighting.
Andreas (Vader) Holt: Arizona Time Lapses
With the beautiful and colorful Arizona skyscapes Andreas (Vader) Holt has no choice but to shoot. In shooting time lapses, flicker is often a problem. Vader says, “Flicker Free was faster and easier to use as it does everything in one pass as opposed to two or more passes required by other products."
"This clever and resource-friendly plugin worked great out of the box! I set it to the preset for my problem and like miracle the flicker was almost undetectable! The rendering time are fairly moderate, so I was able to clean the footage up very quickly. So Flicker Free now is my clear favorite!"
For more information Vader, his book “Shut Up and Shoot” and other offerings, go to: www.vadervideo.com
Flicker Free Demo Reel
The reel is a mixture of different types of flicker problems with the originals and the deflickered Flicker Free versions. It shows a variety of situations that cause video to flicker. You can download a few of these movies from the Examples section to use yourself. Of course, you can use the beta version to apply it to your own footage and see for yourself how easy it is to deflicker video.
The video above is on Vimeo and in some spots is pretty compressed. If you want to see a less compressed version, please click on the link below:
Key Plugin Features
- Smooths out flickering that occurs with Time Lapse, Slow Motion, and old footage.
- Keeps the color and detail of the original footage
- Deflickers footage by correcting exposure problems for time lapse and adjusting frames to account for electric light cycles with slow motion video.