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November 25, 2013
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Quick Trick for De-Flickering Your Video Shots

This tip from video production pro Philip Bloom is a simple way to de-flicker your footage in any video editing app.

Flicker from electrical lighting can kill a shot, especially one shot in slow motion with a high shutter speed. You can try to remove this flicker with filters and plugins in your video editing software – or you could try out this simple layering trick from Philip Bloom.

Here’s the jist of Bloom’s video de-flicker trick:

  • Duplicate a video clip that has electrical flicker.
  • Stack this duplicate on a new layer above your original clip.
  • Offset the top layer by one frame.
  • Reduce the opacity (in the tutorial Philiip got good results at 50%).
  • That’s it.

It’s almost TOO simple – this trick can work in any video editing application and can drastically improve the look of your indoor slow motion shots.

Director of Photography Tom Guilmette gave Philip’s de-flicker technique a test. You can view that sample here:

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  • Fede

    You are a genius!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • REL

    B E A Utiful! Thank you!

  • Jim Tierney

    When that doesn’t work, we have a plugin called Flicker Free which will very easily solve this type of flicker (and most types of flicker). Mr. Bloom himself gave us a shout out via twitter a month or two ago (search his twitter feed for flicker free). You can grab the free trial and see examples at:

    Jim Tierney
    Digital Anarchy

  • Arvin Abadilla

    Thanks Jim, I just tried the demo of Deflicker and it worked pretty well. I ended up buying it and am looking forward to fixing a lot of my flicker.

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