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Lighting for video in room with no windows, choose led or cfl

It's not just about lumens. Generally you get what you pay for when you're buying lights, and the difference between an expensive LED and a cheap one is not usually the power output, it's the colour ...
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Using a Flash to Light Video

Generally speaking, it is not possible to use a camera flash as a light for video. A true flash is a high intensity discharge bulb which produces a very short (1/100 second or shorter), very bright ...
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Remove flickering due to artificial light with ffmpeg

The following worked well for me, based on the same ideas http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/quick-trick-for-de-flickering-your-video-shots/ https://superuser.com/questions/1025794/merge-two-videos-...
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What is the best arrangement of lights to create a warm atmosphere in a small room?

To get a soft look, you can use: lights pointed at the walls and ceiling, to reflect and diffuse the light lights with a large surface area, like fluorescent tubes (which I use) or standard movie ...
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How do I rig a Kino Flo to a gobo arm like this?

The photo shows two grip heads, two arms and a c-stand. The kino would have its normal mounting plate (the one in the second photo). The two grip arms are interlaced together; this makes them ...
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Would this camera light solve a lot of my indoor shooting problems?

This light fixture will not solve your problems. As a painter, you surely understand the need to transfer paint to your canvas, so you choose the correct tool for the job. It could be a brush, an ...
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Wattage for green screen lightning

Wattage has nothing to do with lumens, as different instruments provide a wide spectrum of output lumens based on lamp type. For instance, a 1.2K HMI ArriLite would put out more light than a 5000W ...
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Which of these two crude green screen lighting setups is better?

Well the 2nd is better. But the correct way is to light your Green Screen first, and you want to have it lit so it's a flat 70 IRE. You'll need a monitor with a Waveform option, and the waveform ...
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About film making techniques

Remember its all about the story. How to tell the story. And the tools you use to tell it. Editing, lighting, special effects and sound (are the tools used to tell your story.) Remember: story, ...
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Video noise and harsh shadows on green screen caused by feet

To reduce or eliminate the greenish reflection on the front of the table, you can buy some dark gray or black construction paper, or something equally non-reflective, cut it to size, and tape it over ...
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Remove Greenscreen Reflections?

You don't say what you're using to edit these videos, but there may be a better chromakey plugin for your platform than what comes natively. Also, again depending on your platform, most editors will ...
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Adobe After Effects CC - stabilize lighting

I'll assume the camera op was fooling with the exposure? You'll need to key-frame color correction or AE's Auto Color function may work for you: https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/using/color-...
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What exactly do eggcrates do to light?

Here is a video that shows a series of effects from no Egg Crates® to 60°, 50°, 40°, 30°, and finally 20°. The answer is that up to a certain ratio of subject size and distance from the lighting ...
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Things to consider when shooting through car window at night?

I'm making a short film that takes place mostly in a car at night. Will I need a polarizer to see the actors through the windshield? A polarizer could help reduce reflections, but the best way to do ...
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Camera flash produces unwanted artifacts on the video

This is actually a collateral effect of the concept of rolling shutter. Most video devices do not expose all the frame area at once. They expose starting from one side and (up or down) and move from ...
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Health issues concerning video lights

Mercury is enclosed within the bulb, and does not pose any threat to the user, unless the bulb breaks. In such case the amount of mercury released is still rather small, though it certainly makes sure ...
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video lighting output levels

You're going to need to do a little experimentation to find out what works best for you, but here are a few things to consider: First, the minimum amount of light you need depends on the performance ...
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What lighting setup is recommended for filming a presenter in front of a TV screen?

If you can't use green-screen (the ideal), I'd recommend a couple of things. First, use a screen with a matte surface to reduce specular reflections and present more diffuse ones. These are somewhat ...
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Equipment for video recording in a florescent lighted classroom

I have done this with cheap camcorders and they work great! Currently, I use a Sony camcorder, and a Panasonic, and the only major difference is the brightness of the screen, which only bothers me ...
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Is using a softbox as a back light a good idea when shooting indoors?

Is it normal to use a softbox for a back light? It can be sometimes. With two softbox lights, one can very nicely, evenly light a background show here. Note in the video that the subject is much ...
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How to create a video like this?

As currently stated, the answer is, you can't. The only thing special about that video is that it is very well planned out and coordinated with lots of lighting making it almost certainly outside ...
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Lighting for "no-shadow" effect

How to produce this no-shadow effect? Some examples will explain this best. Lighting with a soft box makes the shadow soft and unobtrusive. When close to a subject, the light rays from a large ...
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Three Point Lighting on Green Screen

Using 2 lights with softbox would be great for your background. The goal here is to get the background lit equally on all sides. You can use the zebra on your camera to help achieve this. Avoid ...
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LED light types

The first question you asked answers itself: just read the specifications of the two products and compare. The second question you asked is perhaps more interesting. LED matrix lights on cameras ...
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I am doing a scene in a movie where someone runs through a forest

There are a number of options for keeping a moving camera steady. There's the new electronically controlled gimbal mounts, they do an amazing job of removing camera movement, and they're relatively ...
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How to get the Cinematic look

There are a few important things to consider: Lighting is perhaps the most important aspect to creating a filmic image. A lot of filmmakers like to use natural light such as Innaritu on The Revenant. ...
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Shutter Speed or frame rate we looking at when dealing with flickering issue?

The reason you get flicker in the video is that many conventional lights don't actually stay on all the time. When running on AC power, the power actually "goes off" 100-120 times a second (depending ...
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LED light temperature why does it matter?

If I'm adding light to a scene that already has a light source - say I'm shooting near a window, and I'm adding a key or some fill light - I need to be able to match the colour of the existing light ...
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Lighting a chalkboard

Bad lighting and/or bad camera placement are the cause. If you can't move the lights or the chalkboard, such as in many typical classrooms, the first thing you should try is moving the camera. You ...
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