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Old December 10th, 2006, 01:24 AM   #1
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I recorded a dance performance, the Nutcracker. Much to my consternation one of the parents went nuts with his flash. I have recored many Nutcrackers and have never had someone go so wild with their camera flash so I have never had to fix this problem in post. The guy must have had a ton of batteries. Next time I'm bringing a bucket of salt water to dunk the guys camera in.

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Is it fixable? I asume I would have to remove the flashed frames and do some kind of enterpilation

Can I do it in final cut pro?

There must be 400 flashes that I would like to get rid of.

Mike
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Old December 10th, 2006, 03:42 AM   #2
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with any NLE, you'll be able to simply cut the 1-3 frames of flash out, and stitch back together the footage. I've certainly done that with an incident in my most recent footage, and it is 'luckily-for-me' completely seemless (yes, video AND audio). like a blink of the eye :)

But I'm wondering if you should maybe just leave it, esp. if its 400 flashes!! You don't want your film to 'stutter' in important places!
you're videoing the day, and that is exactly what happened....not your fault in the slightest so why should it be your problem?

Hopefully the viewers will do one of two things:
1. they won't really take in those flashes coz they are watching the footage too intently
2. they will get annoyed with the flashes too but not in any way think YOU could do something about it! they will hardly demand a refund, from you. Maybe they will bring a bucket of salt water next time, as you say :)

hope that helps? maybe someone else has better experience, but personally i'd leave it
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Old December 10th, 2006, 01:33 PM   #3
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Nattress has a deflash filter for FCP that has several variable you can tweak to remove just some of the flashes and still make it look smooth. Probably your most efficient bet.

http://www.nattress.com/Products/set1/GDeflash.htm

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Old December 10th, 2006, 02:42 PM   #4
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Thank You Richard and Patrick,

The deflash filter is exactly what I'm looking for.

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