What the flicker? While gritty fluorescent lighting might be a stylistic choice for some horror or art films, footage with noticeable flickering lights or exposure shifts can unintentionally brand your project an amateur production.
Although lighting might appear “continuous” to the human eye on set, some combinations of frame rate and shutter speed actually accentuate high frequency pulses of light. Other annoying flicker issues can be caused when camera operators shoot with auto-exposure settings enabled. Thankfully, there are simple plug-in tools designed for Avid editors to quickly fix these unwanted problems.
BCC Flicker Fixer from Boris FX is a simple to use plug-in designed to eliminate flicker from source footage. In this short tutorial, freelance editor Nathan Ryan walks you through various tips and tricks for quickly fixing flickering footage inside Avid Media Composer. Understanding the settings can help achieve a quick result:
- Frame Analysis (use on clips that have full frame flickering)
- Temporal Smoothing (when only specific areas of the image are flickering)
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