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  • how to get a *realistic* and powerful flash effect in FCP 7?

  • Edwin Adkins

    March 26, 2013 at 12:02 am


    In some footage I am editing, a stage performance has some performers in nearly total darkness, with occasional flashes. The problem is that although the flashes were supposed to be very powerful and have a fairly long decay, instead they turned out very mild, and too brief.

    So I need to “amp them up”… a lot. I have read many posts on using a white dip-to-color transition, and I’ve messed a lot with key-framing of the color correction levels, but neither of these work well. Especially when spread over a duration of a half- or full second, they don’t look like a flash, but instead like a white or brightness dissolve.

    Are there any other suggestions of effects (I use FCP 7)? [I see someone suggesting the “bloom” effect, which seems a bit closer. maybe I need to get the settings right…)



  • Shane Ross

    March 26, 2013 at 1:20 am

    How about keying in something like this?

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    March 26, 2013 at 4:53 am

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  • Joe Barta IV

    March 26, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Check out the plugins at, some are free.

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  • Anna Ingenthron

    March 26, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    The free “Too Much Too Soon” FCP 7 plug-in set has a “Flashframe” transition which is nice if set to a relatively short duration – around 8 frames or so.

  • adam taylor

    March 28, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    and depending upon where you intend to show the finished piece, you might come up against specific rules against using flashing images (they have been shown as a possible trigger for epileptic seizures).

    Adam Taylor
    Video Editor/Audio Mixer/ Compositor/Motion GFX/Barista
    Character Options Ltd
    Oldham, UK
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  • Edwin Adkins

    March 31, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    A big thanks to all of you for helping out with suggestions.

    I’ve done a draft of the footage with the flashes, and mostly used the “bloom” effect with lots of key framing, so I can get a few frames of silhouette before filling the frame with (mostly) white, then ramping down. It looks okay so far, but I also appreciate the warning about the flash impact on the viewer. They’re not repetitive enough, I think, to cause neurological issues that some strobe effects do, but it’s good to be careful.


  • David Eaks

    March 31, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    I read this article “Faking lighting for video with Motion 5” recently. Even though you’re using FCP7, I thought the techniques might be of interest to you.

    Found it on the FCPX Master List at

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