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Old June 27th, 2007, 08:31 PM   #1
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Photo Flashes ruining effects!

Hi gang,

In a little dilemma here and looking for some advice. I recently shot a wedding and was recording the toasts hand-held. There is some shakiness that I want to get rid of, and typically I can use the region stabilize tool on my Avid to fix that up for me - but unfortunately, people were shooting flash photography during the toasts and it is reeking havoc with the affect (i.e. every time it detects a flash, the affect goes nuts and doesn't work).

Any way to avoid this issue, or deal with it nicely (I would hate to manually go in and cut all the frames with flashes, as it would take hours!). Any advice would be appreciated.

Footage shot in NTSC 60/i. I am using Avid Xpress Pro v 5.6.4.

Thanks guys!
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Old June 27th, 2007, 11:38 PM   #2
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Thats a tough one, You could put edit points into the clip into where the flash bits and apply the effect only to the clips with no flash . Its not that much time saving but shouldn't take that long to do. ..I havn't had this issue before though (I'll have to test it out). the other option if you have AfterEffects, that can do a pretty good job too.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 02:11 AM   #3
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Old June 28th, 2007, 05:50 AM   #4
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I can't speak to Avid directly, but maybe there is an analogy to FCS. In Apple FCS Motion 3, there is a smoothcam tool that does what sounds like your region tool does. However, it allows keyframe changes. Maybe this is something you can do? Are you able to modify the behavior on at a keyframe level? That way you can coorect the motion at the hickup point and continue past.
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