By Aaron Lee
Digital Anarchy's $149 Flicker Free plug-in for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Apple's Final Cut Pro X gives video editors and visual effects artists a useful tool that fixes a wide range of footage affected with flicker or strobing.
It analyzes on-the-fly, renders quickly, and easily produces flicker free footage. There are presets for different types of flicker, allowing it to fit into a variety of workflows.
Flicker is a problem that affects several types of video footage. Time lapse suffers from variation in exposures. Archival footage flickers because of old cameras or lights. Slow motion or high speed video can be affected by the flickering of electric lights. LED lights, TVs, and computer monitors cause flickering when out of sync with the camera.
Flicker Free deflickers all these types of footage and more. It analyzes the footage and smoothes out the luminance over multiple frames, giving the video a consistent brightness. Only the luminance is adjusted, the rest of the image looks exactly as it was intended to look.
The simple user interface and presets makes easy to find the best settings for your footage. There's no need to analyze histograms, re-time footage, or other complex tasks. The tool adjusts the brightness on every frame and doesn't require any “pre-analysis." Flicker Free is resolution independent and will work on any sized footage from 30 megapixel image sequences to film, 4K, and HD.
Apple World Today Rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★★