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#1 David Calson

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 07:29 PM

Hi, just doing some low budget tutorial videos and wondered if there's diffusion gel substitute you could concoct. Tried wax paper but it wasn't strong enough, thanks.
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#2 Chris Pritzlaff

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 07:36 PM

diffusion is really not that expensive. Just get the real thing. You risk setting substitutes on fire if you try something that is not designed for high temp.
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#3 Chad Stockfleth

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 08:08 PM

I second that. At $5-$7 per sheet, it would be much wiser to buy some. Plus, you'll have it for next time.
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#4 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 08:13 PM

If you put the paper on frames farther from the light, to keep the heat down, something like Tracing Paper (1000H) works well for a heavier diffusion. You can also bounce the light instead.

But you could but a few sheets of diffusion gel (24"x36" I think) for maybe $5 each.

Just the other day, we threw a semi-clear plastic grocery store bag over a B-camera camera to protect it from some splattering food (it wasn't rolling during the shot, just the A-camera) and it was the most interesting diffusion effect on the video tap monitor... Sort of a Fog #10, I suppose.
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#5 Jonathan Bryant

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 10:47 PM

Fabric softner sheets work great. Just make sure I get credit for this secret :)
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#6 Mike Williamson

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Posted 18 December 2006 - 08:35 PM

For gels and diff, I get stuff from The Expendables Recycler. Not free, but it's cheaper than setting locations on fire.
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#7 Chris Cooke

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Posted 18 December 2006 - 11:31 PM

Try buying a white shower curtain liner. I have used this for quite a few scenes where it's the perfect size and weight of diffusion that I need. They're less than $10 and work well. Just make sure that the curtain is far enough from your source (you'll get a softer effect this way because it fills up the frame and it won't catch fire).
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#8 Daniel Carruthers

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 11:41 PM

I like to use bakEing sheet paper, just make sure its not waxpaper!
baking sheet paper works great it can withstand the heat from a redhead.
and it only cost me 2$ for an entire roll at some dollor store, cant remember the brand? it came in a yellow box.
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