Thanks Dave. That sounds perfect!
Hmm... I could use that with some time-lapse flicker probs I've been having.
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Don't mean to butt in on your thread, (and by the way I've used the Color Stabilizer for your type of problem, excellent tool). I've found a technique to help with t/l flicker.
It's a painful, painstaking, frame-by-frame process, but it reduces exposure/aperture flicker, either eliminating it, or reducing it to the point where a plug-in like GBdeflicker can be very effective. Under the assumption you're shooting your sequences in raw, you can re-import the entire sequence as another layer in the same AE comp. Adjust your fill light, recovery and lastly exposure for the amount of flicker, (you can also compensate for a change in over-all exposure this way too). I tend to go too much in either direction, then compensate for the "amount" of correction in your comp with opacity on the correction layer. Gosh I hope I'm being clear about this. Basically you want the second layer on top of your original footage and control the amount of flicker correction you need by keyframing opacity from section to section or frame by frame on the upper layer as necessary.
Thanks. I think I'm likely to be doing a mix of both.
I was originally thinking of using the color values (from the window top right) but they don't take account of grain variations. So I was going to duplicate the layer, apply a blur, then read off the value, make a note of how much adjustment was required between sections, then apply that to the next section in the unblurred layer. Then later go back and visually tweak. But the color stabiliser will hopefully negate the need for that.
Now get this! I'm doing this in S3D, so there's TWO video streams to deal with, each with their own probs.
Still, it puts you in the category of being part of a minority that knows how to fix these probs. Best avoiding them in the first place of course!
You ARE at the vanguard! My brain has been tickled by the possibilities of 3d, but haven't had the time, (or the brainpower) to properly suss it out. Bravo. Maybe you'll post here or at Timescapes.org someday about how you're doing it... I believe the Color Stabilizer is the tool for your issue, I used it to match sections of t/l footage varying in exposure, and therefore density and color so... Good luck!
Anyhow, seems you're familiar with the technique I mention, I hadn't seen it written about so I wasn't sure if people were using it or not. Even though it seems pretty obvious!
All the best,