You thought you did everything right. You composed your frame beautifully. You moved your camera remarkably. You captured your shot at a high frame rate so you could slow it all down in post to make it look all cinematic and gorgeous, but—some incandescent or fluorescent lights decided to crash the party and cause some ugly flickering. What do you do…?
The best way to deal with flicker is to shoot in such a way that you don’t have it in your footage in the first place. This can be done by ensuring your frame rate and shutter speed are offset from the speed of a flickering light source, such as LEDs or Fluorescent lights. But what if you’ve shot something and you didn’t realize there were flickering lights until you were reviewing the footage later? In this case, here’s a quick trick that can help fix it. This won’t work in all scenarios, but it’s an easy first step to take to see if it works.
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