June 6, 2017 at 11:40PM

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How best to deal with Flickering?

Hi Everyone I have been having a hard time with flickering lately especially in dark settings where there will be fairy lights and Id like to know if there is a way to get rid of it whether in post or during pre production. We do a lot of weddings so these issues are going to be my ride or die mates for a long time. We shoot with 2 Canon 6Ds and a Canon C100 all at 60fps for slow mo.

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Have you tried battery-powered fairy lights? You really need a source that doesn't flicker, so if the typical wedding party outfitters cannot reliably provide such, you need your own tested solution.

June 7, 2017 at 4:56AM

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Thanks Michael you know on a typical wedding you have no control over the setup whatsoever so was wondering if there's a way to play around with my settings on the camera

Prosper Kunyetu

June 8, 2017 at 12:59AM

You cannot fight physics. Some LED systems have known, horrible flicker, because it saves a few pennies per unit. It's stupid, but that's how it goes. On the other hand, this creates an opportunity for you to up-sell value: you can tell the client "I can shoot slow motion when existing lighting allows it (such as sunlight), but if you want slow motion indoors, I need to confirm the lights with the wedding company and/or supply my own. The fees for that are $X and $Y."

The secret to great output is great input, not crazy compensation in post.

Michael Tiemann

June 8, 2017 at 2:46AM

Hi Prosper,
You'll probably need to adjust your shutter angle/speed. Red does a great free app called RED TOOLS that has half a dozen apps contained within - one of them is called Flicker Free. You dial in Power Frequency (50Hz in UK) and Frame Rate and it does a little calculation and offers you safe shutter angles/speeds that will avoid that annoying flickering.

June 9, 2017 at 12:14AM

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Will Gilbey
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Hi Will thank you for the help , I just checked the Red Tools App and it seems the app is a mobile app is there one for premiere or where I can find one?

Prosper Kunyetu

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June 18, 2017 at 4:48AM

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snaagar
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Thanx everyone so I found out that when shooting at 59.9 fps most times if you set the shutter to a 1\100 it seems to do the trick and have done it in a number of situations most (consumer) lights that I've been coming across.

October 2, 2017 at 5:01AM

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Prosper Kunyetu
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