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Old June 5th, 2012, 01:48 AM   #1
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led lighting flicker

This is a new reception facility - they use some type of LED lighting and the camera picks up a pulsing effect
No they're not fleuro's - I checked

I adjusted to minimise (it never seemed to completely go but was minor but the pulsing speed seemed to change as the night wore on.

I might have to go back and do some tests - any idea how to minimise something like this in post?
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Old June 5th, 2012, 02:49 AM   #2
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Re: led lighting flicker

Yeah, it's known as pulsed modulation LEDs and it's a major PITA.

Unfortunally there is not much, you can do, but turn the LEDs off.

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Old June 5th, 2012, 05:22 AM   #3
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Re: led lighting flicker

The other problem with these wretched LED lights we encounter is some pink ones that are used in discos & receptions. They are so wildly skewed to that pink colour that it's all but impossible to get the white balance correct even doing custom WB with an Expodisc or grey card as there is such a magenta spike that the camera sees everything as pink.
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Old June 6th, 2012, 02:34 PM   #4
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Re: led lighting flicker

While this doesn't work with dslr's, EX1's and other "regular" video cameras have a function called ECS. This stands for electronically controlled shutter and you can turn it on to dial out the flicker from the LED light.
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Old June 7th, 2012, 03:00 AM   #5
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Re: led lighting flicker

Yes you can - but you need to constantly change it when somebody dims or brightens the light. It's a pest. It's also very, very bad with cheaper designs when the LED lights are near the bottom of their brightness range, when the flicker can even be seen in your peripheral vision. The trouble is, as mentioned by Frank, that Pulse Width Modulation - and googling this will reveal the nastier bits, means that they don't actually dim at all, but are just 'on' for less time. Most mains powered LEDs will be in sync with the mains frequency, 50/60Hz - but some LED designs that can be run from DV power generate the PWM frequency internally - and each unit may actually be on a slightly different frequency - making flicker free results a bit random!
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