Sunday, April 28, 2013

GBDeflicker Plugin - Using Two Layers Fixed Severe Flicker

GBDeflicker can't fix all flicker problems... however, with special techniques many of the most serious flicker problems can be fixed.

In this post, I'll show you how working with multiple layers fixed a severe flicker problem. The "key-frame shift method" is also a successful tool, and you can learn more about that one here.

A customer was having trouble de-flickering a time-lapse video and asked me have a look. His clip had some serious flickering of a kind I hadn't seen before. It was shot using a Nikon D7000 and Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 lens. Apparently, the lens iris was not operating smoothly, causing significant differences in exposure between frames and leading to a great deal of aperture flicker.

The flickering was so severe, GBDeflicker applied with its default settings couldn't fix it. But, I was able to get a good result by de-flickering the sky and foreground separately, and combining them together using a layer mask.

Watch this demo to see how I did it.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

GBTimelapse - Support for the Canon 6D and Windows 8

Canon finally released version 2.12 of their EOS camera SDK (Software Development Kit).

With the new kit, we can finally offer support for the Canon 6D camera body, and for GBTimelapse on Windows 8 desktop.

You can download GBTimelapse EOS version 3.8.23 here.

If you already own a GBTimelapse license, just install the new release -  there's no need to activate a new serial number.