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carefree chris is not online. Last active: 7/18/2007 3:16:13 PM carefree chris
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flash of light
Posted: 02 Jan 2005 03:10 PM
Hello everyone! I was wondering if you could offer me some help. I would love either an effect or a transition (probably a transition), where, as the video plays, there is a flash or two of (white) light. This kind of effect is either in Sony Vegas or Adobe, not 100% sure. There isn't a lightning bolt or anything, but the screen flashes white for about quarter of a second, and then carries on with the video.

Can anyone help? Thanks!
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Re: flash of light
Posted: 02 Jan 2005 03:57 PM
make an all-white picture in Paint and use it for 1/4 second... overlapping the other clips to have it flash and go off.

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carefree chris is not online. Last active: 7/18/2007 3:16:13 PM carefree chris
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Re: flash of light
Posted: 02 Jan 2005 04:56 PM
Cheers for the suggestion, but it doesn't really work - it looks like a white picture, and not a flash of light.

Any other suggestions?
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Re: flash of light
Posted: 02 Jan 2005 05:09 PM
make a clip with a little black first, then the white, and then black again.... overlap each of them.

Render it and import it as a single clip... put it on the timeline and add the speed-up double effect to it as many times as it takes to make it happen as fast as you want. You can apply it up to 6 times, each time doubling the speed.

instead of blackness, maybe use frames from the clip you want to have the flash show up in.

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jeb314 is not online. Last active: 2/5/2007 11:36:48 PM jeb314
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Re: flash of light
Posted: 02 Jan 2005 07:56 PM
if you want something similar to a camera flash,slpit your video so that you have a clip as along asd you want the flash (probably 1/4 second) On that small clip, increase the brightness as much as you want to. It will appear that the video flashes for the small selected clip.
carefree chris is not online. Last active: 7/18/2007 3:16:13 PM carefree chris
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Re: flash of light
Posted: 02 Jan 2005 08:06 PM
Tried that, much more effective than the single picture, but it doesn't really give the effect I want. I'd really like an effect on the video where it flashes light very quickly, like there was an unseen blot of lightning.

If this sort of effect isn't possible, then it's not a massive deal, and thanks for the help!
dlk is not online. Last active: 7/2/2011 1:14:29 PM dlk
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Re: flash of light
Posted: 02 Jan 2005 10:29 PM
Hi,
I just tried Jeb's suggestion, and dang...I thought
it worked pretty good!!! I split the video at one spot...
then just used the "next frame" button to move ahead
one frame, and split agian. So I hade a frame of .07
seconds, and then applied brightness increase 4 times.
That created a pretty good flash effect IMHO.
What you could also do...just to really understand
what is would look like...set up you video camera
on a certain object, and then use your still camera to
take a picture and create a flash. Then capture your
video and examine that frame...and the ones before
and after. Then you might really know what it should
look like.

dlk
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Re: flash of light
Posted: 15 Jan 2005 02:55 AM
The way I did the flash when I was doing lighting was just do one split and fade from white. Looks more like lightining because of the fade to me.
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Re: flash of light
Posted: 15 Jan 2005 12:39 PM
Hey man!
How is it going? Get your animated GIF working well?
Well, I tried your "fade in from white" idea and I have
to say that I am not enamored with that look myself.
It still creates one blank white frame, which I don't
think is realistic. In fact, I found an old clip where I
was taping someone who was photographed. I
examined the clip frame by frame, and here is what
happens.
There is an instant flash frame, that has what I would
call a whitewashed effect or maybe silk screened effect.
The subject and foreground objects are whitened, but
some of the background and small shadowed areas of
the subject(where the flash couldn't penetrate) stayed
dark. However, all the detail is clearly visible. I think this
effect would be hard to recreate, so I still think brightness
increase is the best bet (except that it brightens
everything.) Now...the interesting thing is that the
next few frames are actually darker than the clip before
the flash. This was filmed in low light, so I think the
shutter speed was probably slowed down in order to
allow a little more time for light to reach the CCD.
I think what must have happened is that the camcorder
adjusted to the increased light from the flash by
increasing the shutter speed back to normal, and then
when the flash was gone, the camera had a few dark
frames before the shutter speed was decreased again
to compensate for low light. So, is this a realistic
effect? Perhaps. I think the pupils of the eyes would
shrink when the flash goes off...then it might take a
a fraction of a second(2 frames in MM2 = .14 seconds)
for the pupil to re-adjust.
Soooo.... Maybe the best effect would be "brightness
increase" for one frame, and then "brightness decrease"
for a couple frames????
Wow...all of this is way over analysed....oh well.

One other interesting thing I found. When I was
stepping through "frame by frame", I didn't always
find the flash frame. I had to try a number of
times, go past the frame, jump around, and I
would finally find it again. And believe me, I was
using the "next frame" button, so I should have
seen it every time. Just the other day I read a
post from Papa John in which he said that MM2
works with every other frame...and MM1 renders
every frame. So be it....but it also seems like MM2
isn't always working with the same set. Or is this
just a preview issue. Not sure which...but frustrating.

dlk
carefree chris is not online. Last active: 7/18/2007 3:16:13 PM carefree chris
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Re: flash of light
Posted: 16 Feb 2005 03:42 PM
I did notice that it tends to be darker for a short while after the flash. What I have tried to do, is do a double flash, where there is a flash (of 1 frame), then fading in from white and going darker for a couple of frames, then another flash, then fading in from white again. Not bad.

Cheers for all the help!
poakels is not online. Last active: 10/10/2010 2:24:18 PM poakels
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Re: flash of light
Posted: 09 Oct 2010 04:28 PM
Go to fade out to white and fade in to white and put the fade out on the first clip and the fade out on the second! You can also do the same with fade in and out to black!
poakels is not online. Last active: 10/10/2010 2:24:18 PM poakels
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Re: flash of light
Posted: 10 Oct 2010 02:16 PM
srry put fade in on the second video! oops!
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