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#1 Denis Dufresne

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 12:21 AM

Below I have a music video that has an effect that I want to use but im not sure how to do it. Every time I ask someone I always get a different answer. I want to know how to make the lights glare or flare the way it did in the music video below. And if this can be done in camera or in post I would like to know how to achieve it...


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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 12:56 AM

Below I have a music video that has an effect that I want to use but im not sure how to do it. Every time I ask someone I always get a different answer. I want to know how to make the lights glare or flare the way it did in the music video below. And if this can be done in camera or in post I would like to know how to achieve it...


Looks like a homemade scratch/streak filter -- you can take a clear plastic filter (or glass I guess) and abrade/scuff it lightly in one direction to create that light smear along one line, then point bright lights into the lens + filter.

You could also do it with a very thin smear of vaseline on a clear glass filter but it would be a bit fuzzier overall, more dreamlike. This music video looks more like a a scratched surface, a bunch of abrasions.
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#3 Kevin W Wilson

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 02:30 AM

The horizontal, anamorphic style flares that appear early in the video look an awful lot like a preset flare that's built into Knoll Light Factory, an After Effects plug-in made by Red Giant Software.

http://www.redgiants...ht-factory-pro/
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#4 Brian Dzyak

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 04:05 AM

I think that the joke goes something like:

Q: What's the difference between a glare and a highlight?
A: About $10,000 a week! :P
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Posted 10 January 2010 - 10:14 AM

An UV filter with thin vaseline coating on it will create the same effect. The same effect can be achieved by using a clear plexi glass with slight cracks on it - you can get slight cracks by dropping some coins on to the glass... careful not to drop many, you will have to experiment a bit before achieving it... all the best
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#6 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 01:41 PM

My suggestion would be to find a good clear plastic filter and scratch / abrade it lightly in one direction. Just make sure you get fine scratch lines on a clear surface and not overall scuffing which would wash-out the image.
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#7 Denis Dufresne

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 01:58 AM

Thanks for all the advice...ill see how things go
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Posted 11 January 2010 - 02:42 AM

You can also place streaks like that by stretching fishing monofilament in front of the lens. Experiment with the thickness of line and distance from various lenses. It's finicky. Looks great sometimes and doesn't look like anything other times.
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Posted 16 January 2010 - 08:53 AM

Hi,

There are some effects you can get in After Effects but I wouldn't say they are great. Videocopilot has been posting a lot on twitter about optical flares which you may benefit from checking that out.
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#10 Josh G

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 08:21 PM

anyone know if theres a fcp filter for it or is it only a camera filter
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