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Barry Edmundson March 31st, 2012 01:34 PM

Shooting under black lights
Our church as a puppet team that preforms with black lights. The video looks terrible. How can I set up my Canon GL2 where it will video in this enviroment? Shound I buy any extra equipment?

Martin Catt March 31st, 2012 04:50 PM

Re: Shooting under black lights
Consider that if they're the old tube-style black lights, they're probably flickering on and off 120 times a second. You're probably locked to shooting at 1/60th of a sec shutter speed -- anything else will give a noticeable flickering or strobing as the camera shutter moves in and out of phase with the flicker.

You said the video "looks terrible." HOW does it look terrible? We need to know the symptoms before we can suggest a cure.

IF it's the shutter-speed issue I suggested, staying at some multiple of 1/30th of a second should take care of the issue. If that isn't possible, then I'd suggest either converting the blacklight fixtures to a solid-state ballast ( which USUALLY runs at a higher frequency "flicker" rate than the old magnetic ballasts), or try converting to the compact florescent blacklight corkscrew bulbs.


Allan Black April 1st, 2012 01:47 AM

Re: Shooting under black lights
Black lighting eh, is it necessary for the show?

Wonder how the audiences like that, maybe suggest a performance for just for you with 'normal' lighting. You could try 'blackening it' in post,
but work on that effect first.


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