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Old 01-31-2016, 11:49 AM   #1
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Realistic flame distortion - advice

Hello guys, need advice please, how would you distort flame in this footage or what tool would you choose for distortion? (whole flame is added)
I want to make it less static, so it reacts to wind.

link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/i5ktngm87k...otage.mp4?dl=0
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If you want it to interact with the wind you need to create the fire. It becomes a CG fix not a stock clip.
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Old 01-31-2016, 05:29 PM   #3
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No CGI needed. In fact, it's way too much work.

Reshoot the candle with real wind (fan, hair dryer, etc). If you "need" to keep that specific candle element, then just reshoot the flame with wind, and split it into the shot. You could shoot it all with an iPhone in about 30 minutes.

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Do you mean shoot the flame with simulated wind with the black background behind guys?
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Yes. Shoot the flame over black. Take care NOT to over-expose the flame. Shoot it closeup, so it fills frame (but NEVER breaks the edges). Play the live action plate and blow wind at the same timings (I'm thinking blowing with your mouth may offer the most control).

Shoot all kinds of variations: no wind, short/tiny wind, longer/tiny, short/medium, longer/medium, and so on. Make a list of these variations and SHOOT THEM ALL. You don't want to go back and re-shoot this stuff. If absolutely needed, you'll even be able to blend between the various versions and it should look natural.


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Old 02-01-2016, 03:53 AM   #6
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Thank you Rok for your advice but I think in this case I will buy stock footage of windy flame for 10 dollars.
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