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Patrick RamdialMaking a Black Flicker/Flash?
by on Dec 22, 2012 at 3:52:07 pm

Ive been trying to figure out how the editors in these music videos add these black frames or flickers before a drop in a song. The only thing i can think of is just adding black framses but that seems like its not the right solution...

Here is an example:






I dont really care about all the other effects for now... I would just like to know if anyone here knows how to add those black flashes.

Thanks, Patrick.


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Joseph W. BourkeRe: Making a Black Flicker/Flash?
by on Dec 22, 2012 at 4:51:58 pm

I would think that you could just put a wiggle expression on the opacity of the clip, or, put a black solid layer on top, then do the same wiggle expression with the opacity. If you don't use Wiggle, you'd have to keyframe everything, a pain in the neck, especially since the effect is being used at different frequencies over the course of the video.

Joe Bourke
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Bourke Media
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Patrick RamdialRe: Making a Black Flicker/Flash?
by on Dec 22, 2012 at 4:54:22 pm

Are there any plugins that you could possibly use. I know that Red Giant's Misfire has a flicker plugin but it is white instead of black. Anyone know anything of that sort?


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Tero AhlforsRe: Making a Black Flicker/Flash?
by on Dec 22, 2012 at 7:50:48 pm

Have you tried the Strobe Light effect? It comes with AE.


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Patrick RamdialRe: Making a Black Flicker/Flash?
by on Dec 22, 2012 at 7:54:20 pm

no i have not.. when i get home later i will be sure to try it.


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Vishesh AroraRe: Making a Black Flicker/Flash?
by on Dec 22, 2012 at 10:31:17 pm

I would suggest you to go with what Joseph has suggested.Using a black solid with wiggle expression on opacity.

You can also control the amount of wiggle using a simple expression.
See the tutorial:
allbetsareoff.com/tutorials/keep-your-wiggle-under-control/

Vishesh Arora
3D and Motion Graphics Artist
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http://digieffects.wordpress.com

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