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Posted: Mon, 12th Feb 2007, 7:04pm

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A Man

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When i add a muzzle flash to footage that was taking at night it doesns't look right. i was wondering how to brighten up the peripheral areas around the flash. i.e people, objects, that sort of thing. if someone can enlighten me that would be great.

p.s: would i have to use photoshop or something like that to do.
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Posted: Mon, 12th Feb 2007, 7:08pm

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You can use the muzzle glow setting to brighten up surrounding areas, however - when planning to shoot a scene in the dark which will need lighting up due to flashes it's normally a good idea to do the flashes with some kind of lighting, or to film in the light and grade/mask the footage so it appears dark.

Posted: Mon, 12th Feb 2007, 7:48pm

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If you shoot your footage in the daytime then put day for night grading on it and put a mask on the grading where the muzzle flashes are it looks awsome. We did it in our upcoming movie, Cobra 12.
Posted: Tue, 13th Feb 2007, 9:03am

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Simon K Jones

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You can also try grading even if you did shoot in a dark area, using the gamma filter. Check the first video example on this page, marked 'muzzle flashes':

You can see the muzzles lighting up the actors and the ceiling in one clip particularly. It's simply a matter of using a grade object, masking the relevant areas and using filters to brighten up the area.

As hybrid says, the best way to get convincing lighting will be on-set lighting, perhaps using a controllable strobe of some sort.