How Can I Resolve Video Flickering Issue?

Video flickering is very often a problem while shooting or editing. You may encounter this issue very often when you are shooting in an artificial lighting setup.

May 20,2020 • Filed to: Photo/Video/Audio Solutions • Proven solutions

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The big problem that comes with flickering is while shooting you won’t find any flicker but right after shooting while reviewing the shots (Post productions), you will discover unwanted strobing effects in your shot videos.

In this article, we are going to learn various ways and solutions to handle flickering in your videos.

Part 1. What Does Video Flickering Mean?

In general, the brightness of every screen keeps changing continuously. Flickering happens when the change in the brightness of the video or screen is long enough to be noticed by the viewers.

What happens is that when you take one image from your camera the fluorescent light is on that time and while another time it is off. This phenomenon keeps going on when you shoot the video which gives you uneven or different lighting results even though your camera settings remain the same or identical.

Understanding the concept of lights

To understand the flickering concept deeply let's dive deep into its concept of lights. It is because flickering is all an issue of lack of light information (photons) captured/recorded by the camera. Unlike natural sunlight, which is constant, electronic lights that work on AC can cause flickering.

The power fluctuation is fast enough to not be noticed by human eyes. Hence, human eyes observe flickers. Moreover, Light flicker depends on the source of light, it is all about the light itself and the amps going into it.

Reasons for Video Flickering

Video flickering can be caused while recording in the following situations or conditions:


Part 2. How to Remove Video Flicker on Computer or Camera?

As discussed above, video flickering is one of the most annoying issues. It makes your videos look extremely unprofessional. It can be caused due to poor lighting setup, fluorescent lights or LED panels. It can also be caused due to the source of the light and how many amps are going into the bulb.

In this section, we shall learn how to remove flicker from your videos on a computer or camera.

Solution 1. Camera settings that you should keep in mind.

Your camera setting mostly depends on the region you are in. In Europe the recommended frame rate is 50 fps while in North America the standard frame rate is 60 fps. You should set up your shutter speed concerning the frame rate. The faster you go with the shutter speed, the more flickering you are going to get. For example - If you have set your shutter speed at 1/200 or above you are most likely to encounter flickering, it can be less or more depending on how much you increase or decrease the speed.

Solution 2. Use plugins in your video editing software

Plugins are quite easy to use and you can follow up the instructions provided with them to eliminate the flickering issue from your videos. They are available in paid as well as free versions. They are mostly compatible with your video editing software like Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Avid, Resolve, and Vegas.

Solution 3. Buy a video repairing tool from a reliable source.

Very often than not your original clip is intact but the problem is with your video data source, if that is the case then you should consider using repair tools. There are several video repairs tools available in the market that will resolve your issue of flickering. One such recommended tool is Wondershare Video Repair.

It is used to share corrupted and not playing videos on Windows and Mac. The steps which you need to follow to repair your videos on Windows are mentioned below:

Step 1: Add Corrupted Video

The first thing you need to do is to add the corrupted video on the surface of the software. To add the videos, click the middle area of the interface “Add video and start repairing”, or click the “Add” button.

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After adding the corrupted video, the interface shows the information of the corrupted video as File Name, File Size, Date Created, File Path, Operation.

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Step 2: Repair Video

Click the “Repair” button, once the repairing is complete, a window pops up. It tells you to save and preview the repaired video. Click “OK” to save the repaired video.

If the video is severely corrupted, choose advanced repair.

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Advanced repair – add sample video

Click the folder icon and add a sample video to repair. “A sample file is a valid file created with the same device and the same format as the corrupted video.” This box appears on the screen.

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Step 3: Save Video

Click the “Save” button, an interface prompt will be visible to you. “Select a path to save the recovered files. Please do not save files to the path where you lost them.”

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Part 3. How to Fix Video Flickering on Phone?

With new and better phones being introduced in the market, people are using them instead of buying expensive cameras. Of course, phones are not high-quality video cameras, but they still provide very high-quality videos. Let us take a look at the steps by which you can eliminate flickering from your iPhone.

Solution 1: Turn off the portrait mode

iPhones are very well known for their cameras. Nowadays, they are generally coming with dual cameras. One is a wide-angle lens and the other one is a telephoto lens. Whereas wide-angle lenses offer generous aperture, telephoto lenses do not perform well in the dark.

It is advisable to turn off the portrait mode because this mode requires both the lenses to work simultaneously. Turning it off will reduce the flicker sensor factor when focusing on your subject.

Solution 2: Replace your LED lights

Lights are the main reasons for your videos to flicker, it does not matter whether you play them on the phone or your PC. Try changing your lighting and replace those low-quality LED lights from your set up. The camera captures the rapid changes in the brightness which we cannot see from our normal vision. That is why you should keep your lighting in check.

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Solution 3: Hard reboot your iPhone

Try restarting your phone or force restarting your phone, if you will. This is not guaranteed, but this might fix your flickering issue. To force restart your phone, press and hold the sleep and home button and wait until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

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Solution 4: Disable 60 FPS video recording on the iPhone

By default, iPhones are set to record videos at 30 FPS, but the newer generations offer a smoother recording of 60 FPS with 1080p resolution. High frame rate videos may give you some really smooth videos but they will not be flicker-free. Disable the 60FPS video recording to get flicker-free videos.

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Part 3. How to Avoid Video Flicker When Recording Videos?

Flickering is a common problem that is caused by certain frame rates and shutter speed combinations in artificial lighting. Avoiding flicker while shooting is much better than repairing your videos later. There are a few ways in which you can stop the flicker from happening.


Conclusion

So, these were the problems, symptoms, and solutions to flickering. We have tried to put our best in this article so that you can extract the most out of it.

We hope that our piece has helped you fully to understand the flickering concept and how to solve it.

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