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About film making techniques

I have developed a big interest in film making recently (I hope it isn't a fad). I am interested more in the technical side like cinematography, editing, lighting etc than acting, direction etc. I am ...
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Remove flickering due to artificial light with ffmpeg

I have video footage shot at shutter speeds of 1/30s under artificial light here in Europe where the AC is 50Hz. Flicker occurs -- obviously I should have used 1/25s or 1/50s but I didn't, and want to ...
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Lighting for video in room with no windows, choose led or cfl

I want to produce some cooking videos with recipe preparation demonstrations. The shooting area is about 1 square meter. The room doesn't have any windows, so there is no natural/daylight. It is an ...
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Lighting a chalkboard

COVID has forced online delivery of my courses for which some of my content lectures/office hours I now will do on a chalkboard with a video stream. But I get a bright glare from the lighting that ...
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How to create a good short video with limited supplies and time

My buddy and I are contemplating putting a project up on Kickstarter. Most projects have a video (nice quality for the most part) that users can view to get a gist of the project and decide whether or ...
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Which of these two crude green screen lighting setups is better?

The following two low-budget, crude green screen lighting setups differ in the positioning of the screen lights relative to the talent. Which is better? 1) Screen lights further away from the screen ...
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How do I rig a Kino Flo to a gobo arm like this?

I want to know how to rig a 4-bank Kino to a gobo arm like this. I can tell they're using two arms, but I don't understand how it is attached to the first, nor do I know what mounting plate they have ...
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What lighting setup is recommended for filming a presenter in front of a TV screen?

i will be filming a presenter in front of a 48" TV with graphics on it. The presenter will be pointing at the graphics at times to explain certain things. We will be doing this in a tiny studio on a ...
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Things to do during shoot to prevent loss of quality during extreme colour grading in post?

I am doing a shoot where I will need to increase the saturation quite a bit in post. You can only really push it so far before you get artifacts etc. so I'm just wondering if there is anything I ...
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What is the best arrangement of lights to create a warm atmosphere in a small room?

This is a scheme of my room for a Soreal short movie: I'm wonder about lights. The atmosphere is warm, soft, without shadows. So what do you advice me to use as my light source and where to put them?
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Video noise and harsh shadows on green screen caused by feet

We have a recurring shoot where we continue to run into the same two issues. Our set consists of a medical exam table sitting on top of a green screen. The talent sits on the exam table and we record '...
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Using a Flash to Light Video

I have a Nikon D3100. It has a built in flash. Can I use it as a light when filming videos?
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Wattage for green screen lightning

What is the minimum wattage for four-point lighting for a green screen? I am planning to use led lights in a home studio. Is this enough? Key light: 300W Fill light: reflector Back light: 150W Light ...
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Adobe After Effects CC - stabilize lighting

I have a video of an interview. The lighting of the video keeps bouncing light and dark. Would I be able to fix this through After Effects? How would I be able to. Sorry very new to after effects. ...
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Is using a softbox as a back light a good idea when shooting indoors?

I'm shooting in a small apartment and I have had a lot of trouble setting up a back light because the subject is directly against a wall. I am looking at kits like this one, but I was surprised that ...
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Music video lighting with small budget?

I'm shooting the main performance and possibly some other scenes of a music video for my band (I'm not in it) and the scene is like this: In a field or in a forest (some variation thereof). Guitarist ...
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Shutter Speed or frame rate we looking at when dealing with flickering issue?

I'm using SONY RX10M3 to shoot video at 1000fps. But using conventional lighting system I get flickering. Now I'm planning to buy a LEDs light by STRATUS, which they stated that : Flicker free at ...
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Home office studio setting to create Calculus videos - Lighting issues

I've been meaning to start creating professional looking Calculus videos for university students and my current setup is the following: I know what you are thinking, and you are absolutely right: The ...
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Dark interview setup, what should the subject wear?

I am doing a project using a similar setup to the "I am Second" lighting. Basically a black background and the subject light from overhead/ front. I'm not keen on my subject wearing black (also I don'...
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Achieving the Elf "Angel" effect

I'm looking to achieve something similar to this effect in a short film for 2 shots : This is from the new Hobbit movie, with of course a massive budget. To me it looks mostly a digital effect they ...
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filming objects that emit light in low light conditions

I have a Canon HF100 HD camera which I'm using to produce video for youtube and other online video channels, in HD. I need to primarily shoot video of objects and people in low light conditions, ...
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Greenscreen recommendations

I'm suffering with Greenscreen already several months. So I would appreciate any recommendations. As you can see on the right side there is a spill on the head and arm. My setup: 2 daylight bulbs (45 ...
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How are/were low-light scenes such as concerts shot on film?

I recently watched a video of Led Zeppelin in 1973 and it dawned on me that these were shot on film, and as a film photography hobbyist it dawned on me that the picture quality for handheld film at a ...
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Remove Greenscreen Reflections?

My work has a green screen that my boss purchased with no knowledge of green screens or how to use or what to do with them. in Sept. 2014 he gave me the task to create employee introduction / ...
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White Balance/ Filters

I have a silly question: Do I have to the WB before or after choosing a Color filter? If I do it after, then the camera will "see" white and the filter wouldn't make sense. If I do it before, why just ...
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Improve chroma key effect in Sony Vegas

I'm performing some tests with the chroma key, I already noticed that blue screen will not perform well for me (the subject is often in black, which doesn't match well with blue), so I got a green ...
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Camera flash produces unwanted artifacts on the video

During frame by frame watching of some video taken via Instagram app one noticed strange unwanted artifacts on the video caused by camera flash. Please, consider below several sample image frames ...
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What exactly do eggcrates do to light?

What exactly do eggcrates do to lighting? What is the benefit over adding an eggcrate to a diffuser?
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How should I light two people teaching a dance video tutorial?

I want to film dance instructors teaching about 10 - 20 feet from my camera. Since I am an amateur I have no idea how to light this. I would try to make sure the room has plenty of light from "...
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How to get the Cinematic look [duplicate]

With most movies, you can tell at a glance, if it is (or supposed to be) a blockbuster or not, by how the image looks. Even some American TV-series look better (in my oppinion) than most european ...
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Lightbox required with LED Lights?

I'm using three LED lights for interview recording - do I need a light box for them? I am mostly doing seated interview recording. Portability is important as I'm travelling for most of these ...
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Equipment for video recording in a florescent lighted classroom

What economy equipment is needed to record an educational event being presented in a classroom under florescent lighting with no exterior windows? I am envisioning two hd-camcorders, each tripod ...
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video lighting output levels

I am a long time still photographer beginning to work in video. I understand lighting pretty well, but what i am having trouble getting a hold of is the output level (wattage?) I will need for ...
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Cluster laser stage lighting

I'm not entirely sure if this is on-topic here, since it's about stage lighting rather than audio or video directly, but I'll give it a shot. I've been looking at various types of laser stage ...
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How to compare the illuminance of similar light fixtures in Lux given at different distances?

I am trying to compare the brightness of these two fixtures: Godox LEDP260C: 2050 Lux @ 0.5m Godox LED1000Bi II: 2200 Lux @ 1m (Both at 3300K). How do I effectively compare these two values? The ...
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Cheap or diy lighting for video production

I am new into video production. I am a maker, I do a lot of electronic projects and write the step by step guides about it in several places of internet. From now I would like to make video about my ...
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How to light a scene with a window and monitor in the background?

I have a scene where I want to sit on a chair with a big 43 inch monitor and a big window behind me. I am having headaches. I already put a shader in front of the window that reduces its brightness. I ...
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How to light a video properly?

I need to light a video for a project, I am making a movie trailer for a book I like and need to light a large space (It is an action book and there is running in the trailer.) Simply, I have to light ...
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After Effects: Generate floating effects (smoke, particles, plasma, light, etc)

how can I creat a effect wich can be seen in this video at 0:19 seconds? Is it generated in after effects with native effects or AE can't do this without external ...
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Make video look like it was shot in a dark room

So I'm working on a video that I want to look a bit cooler. It was shot in a normally illuminated room (no special equipment, only normal light bulbs), it looks like this: With a person sitting in ...
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What software to use for lighting and rendering 3d animation shorts?

I am new to 3d animation. I have always wanted to make 3d animation shorts (cartoons) and have now made the plunge. Over the past few months I have learnt to model, rig and animate characters (Maya/...
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Whats the difference between a sekonic light meter CINE version vs non-cine version

I'm looking into getting a used Sekonic light meter, my question is what are the advantages of getting 'CINE' version light meters Sekonic makes versus the regular versions. I'm going to be primarily ...
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What lighting setup is recommended to achieve a purple atmosphere in an indoor hall

The video is taking place in a night. I want the beginning of the hall to be purple lighted and a fade to black, at the end of the hall. The Left photo, is the location when regular lights are on, ...
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One Frame Flash

In Scott Pilgrim VS The World there is this three frame sequence: The second frame seems to be actually lit much more, not just made brighter by an After Effects adjustment layer. How was this ...
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Can I achieve effective keying if I use green lights to illuminate a white wall?

I do frequent video shoots of a speaker standing in front of a white wall at the end of a hallway in a corporate office with limited clean background availability and tight spaces. I don't usually ...
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Color temperature

If there is more than one light source, they should be the same temperature, right? If this isn't always the case, when should they be different?
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Manual white-balance for non-neutral lighting

When you put an 18% gray card under, for example, an incandescent light, it's not supposed to look neutral gray. It's supposed to look orangish-gray, like your eyes see it (because it's reflecting ...
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LED light temperature why does it matter?

My question if you are able to change the white balance of your camera why does it matter what your LED lighting temperature is capable of.
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Is there a program that can change monitor color temperature for lighting?

I'm shooting a scene for a film where the actor will be placed in front of a computer monitor. I want to use the monitor to light the actor, but I want to be able to adjust the color temperature to ...
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What's a good, cheap, piece of gear to start with when adding lighting equpment to your toolset?

I now have a camera that I'm quite satisfied with, and also a couple of different microphones for recording audio that doesn't sound horrible. However, something I haven't paid attention to yet is ...