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How to Eliminate Light-source Flicker In-camera!

Photo Moment - March 25, 2023

You know that super annoying flicker or wave you see from some lights and on tech products in YouTube videos? Turns out it's really easy to eliminate… in-camera! Watch this to learn the secret!

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Nice in-depth review! Just had some banding and flickering happen to me in some nightlife footage from my FX3. This helped!
Great tips in there. I see a lot of flicker in car videos as well - from outside the car and inside. Car reviewers need to check this video out!
Oddly enough, watching this on my phone I couldn't see any flicker in the Philips hue examples. One of my fav things about my GH5 is using shutter angle. Had to do this very thing the other day for a timelapse with a VCR clock in the shot.
Ok you’re the second person to say they can’t see the flicker. Kinda freaked me out so I checked on my iPhone — I totally see it. This is really interesting. 2:51 — you don’t see it? Maybe it’s a resolution thing… if the phone is loading low quality you can’t see it; force it to 4K and see if it shows up?
@PhotoJoseph It could also be a distance thing. I had my phone on the counter while cooking breakfast, but when holding it up just now I saw it fine. Or perception...I noticed when I was focusing on the bulb I didn't really see the flicker, until I looked at the colored part of the frame.

And I have it off on my phone, but others could potentially have issues with variable refresh rate maybe...?
@Chris Sparrows ok phew and varying the refresh could definitely make it disappear if it hit just right but I think videos always play at their intended framerate
@PhotoJoseph forcing 4K in iPhone, now, I can see the flicker
@Samuel Kodati awesome
Love the information. Thank you.
Glad it was helpful!
Put all the hues in other room. Havent tested the aperture bulbs yet in the studio.i hear they dont. I do have issues in the mall at 300 fps hd on the Gh6. Thank You for the recap🎉 Really enjoy your show. A recap w Atomos multicam edit again in Fcp if can if more may suggest it in comments of course . And where s that Gh6 w Pd , dual Cf express w 4tb capacity That shoots 5.7k 60 Prores RAW? 😂Thank you again
Aperture bulbs don’t flicker — they are designed for filmmakers (and that’s why they are $$$ compared to Hue). 300fps is nearly impossible to shoot without flicker under artificial lighting. Watch the nerdy video to understand why!
I remeber now half way through watchin . I finished it again. Yes nerdy i guess because i dont know anything but functional math. I break concrete for a living.Thanks for the link. In regard to the 300 fps i guess i could milk anything w teets. Sorry to bother you w things you have already addressed and Thanks again for your channel.🤯🥳
@DroseMr no worries and thanks for watching! I love that people who don’t do this for a living are watching and benefiting. That makes me happy!!
oh my gosh, you posted a video that was not a short. thank you. for the love of all that is creative, please post more videos that are not shorts. also please post fewer shorts to your subscriber feed. thank you for your consideration.
I would love to post more long videos but you may not be understanding of what that takes. This video was shot in a day but took a lot of planning, setup and of course editing. Shorts are by nature much faster to produce and I finally have a decent shorts strategy. I’ll never make everyone happy but if I can post more consistently at least that makes me happy 😊 I’m glad you like this video and I hope I produce more that you enjoy.
@PhotoJoseph oh i very much understand what it takes. i am a content creator, editor, producer and director. i do work on several channels, and create for several brands and on different platforms. I am glad you focus on what makes you happy. i just wanted to let you know how happy i was to see something i would actually watch. i don't watch anything under 5 minutes and not much under ten. just me. do your thing, and i will watch the longer stuff you make. =)
@Jade Finch Scene appreciate you!
Hmmm: No flicker to be seen in the Phillips light in your video here - is that the case because I am in Europe? Strange…
Couldn’t see any flickering here in France either!
@Firehorse Wedding Photography that is SO bizarre. What device are you watching on?
@PhotoJoseph iPhone 14. I could clearly see all other examples of flickering such as the illuminated buttons etc but nope, not that Philips bulb! Just switching from 4k 50p on my S5ii (and inbound X!!) to 6k 30p for the 3:2 open gate and at least a little slow mo, if only 80%. Enjoy all your content so thanks 👍
@Firehorse Wedding Photography the others who reported not seeing the flicker were also on iPhone. Very curious and it may simply be that it’s too subtle to see, maybe even depending on phone brightness. I’d wager if you watch it on a computer you’ll see it. And, enjoy your S5IIX!!!
@PhotoJoseph must be an iPhone thing… Anyway, I learned today about what synchro scan was/is so now if I do get any flutter shooting 30p or 60p in my PAL region, at least I know I can fine-tune it out now, so thanks for that 🙏
Excellent stuff Joseph, and perflectly clear info and advice, as always :) I’m a 30 year veteran editor in the 25 fps world. One piece of value I could add to what you’ve said is that if you’re presented with flickery vision, all is not lost. A plug-in for most NLEs called “Flicker Free” by Digital Anarchy works brilliantly. I’m sure there are others but that’s the one we use. It’s quick and easy to apply in the workflow as required and eliminates flicker in shots with localised or full frame flicker and/ or roll. In summary, it rocks.
Yes! I know that plug-in well and the founder of the company Jim is an old friend of mine. Always better to fix it in Camera, but if not, then, it’s great that you can fix the post!
Great video, as always! 👍🏻 What about the motion blur? With 30fps and 333 shutter angle we will have to much motion blur. What about slow motion? For 60fps the only options are 1/50 and 1/100, in both cases to much motion blur for a slow motion clip. Thanks 🙏🏻
Great question. I suppose the answer is “pick which you prefer”. You can’t always have it all!
@PhotoJoseph Thank you 🙏🏻 😉
Yes! Shutter angle / synchro scan FTW! Love my GH5 for that - dial it in to a very specific value to compensate for flickering device LEDs.
Couldn't agree more!
Great stuff!
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