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Hi, try removing the grain / noise, or sticking a black layer in back and using blending modes to see if you get better results. AE has a few filters for stuff like this and sometimes really silly stuff works, If the flame is pretty still perhaps a simple mask with a feather will work.
Your question is probably more about the camera than after effects, depending on the model, you may have filters that are turned on, shutter speeds that can be adjusted etc. Or you can always spend 100k and get yourself a Red camera, I hear they shoot stuff like that really nice
Apply the Levels filter.
The little slider on the left of the Histogram adjusts the Input Black level. Slide it right until you are happy with your black levels.
Thanks a lot for your ideas. I have a Canon XL1 and actually I played with the iris and the shutter speed but either I get the candle with a noise background or I get too much light so that you can see the candle and everything that's behind. Actually what I want is to have the candle that lights a worldmap underneath, but all the other surrounding perfectly black. So that's why i wonder how they do in professional movies with a perfect background and smooth objects in front of the background.
http://a.imageshack.us/img237/3369/v...0700h45m01.png those are images of the video as it is
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEyZL...eature=related this is how I would like the black to be
http://www.vimeo.com/8963500 do you have any idea how to get this effect on the video, a bit blurry and smooth contrast
how can I do it in adobe after effect? And which filter or color correction should I apply to get that blurry effect in the last video?
Thanks a lot for everything
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I'd shoot the candle in a big dark room so the light doesn't light up anything, then composite it on the map as a 3d layer. You can use a simple point light wiggle the brightness so that the candle's flicker shows on the map.
Thanks a lot for your ideas
do you mean to shoot the candle and the map seperatly? problem is I dono too much about composite neither 3d layer
can you tell me more about it plz? and also about the point light wiggle ??
the scene must show the candle and the map, then later a hand will come to grasp the candle and turn it off violently... for the moment Im shooting in a dark room, with a 25w light bulb under the map the get it bright.
Thanks a lot in advance
Shoot the candle and hand in one layer,
take a picture of your map and make it a 3d layer
Put it under / behind the film with the candle and hand and change it's perspective so it looks like the candle is sitting on the map.
then make a light in after effects, and use it to simulate light falling on your map from the candle
you can wiggle the brightness property of the light so it looks like it flickers
there are lots of video tutorials on the net, you should check out the After effects 3d ones it'll help a lot.
Thanks a million for your ideas and your help!! I think I will use ur method and u will post the result to get your feedbacks.
Im just wondering about "shooting candle and hand in one layer", you mean I should do that under normal light conditions or in dark room just with candle light? and should I use blue/green background for that?
If you can use a green screen do that, shoot far enough away from the screen so that you can light what you are shooting so it will fit in your composition.