Realistic Night Vision Camera in Cinema 4D and After Effects

Depth-based IR-Light Intensifier Effect

Published on
May 4, 2023
Operation: Deli Platter

How Far you can see in the dark?

That depends on if you're wearing Night-vision goggles.
The same is true in 3D-renders.

If you want to create a realistic Infra-Red based night-vision effect, you need to use a setup that treats your camera as an image intensifier.
For Operation: Deli Platter we needed to develop a variety of camera effects. These range from heat-vision to the HUD from military drones.

But let's start with a breakdown of the night-vision setup:

The Cinema 4D viewport covering the Infra-Red setup for the Night vision effect by Blauw Films developed for Operation: Deli Platter.

A Chaos Corona interactive viewport showcasing the night vision setup for Cinema 4D by Blauw Films developed for Operation: Deli Platter. We see a soldier sitting on the floor of a night time desert. It is seen through night-vision.

A soldier with an m200 intervention sniper leaning against him while sitting in between the rocks in a night time desert. This is a 3d render that looks like night-vision imagery. A still from Operation: Deli Platter.

Compositing in After Effects

After you're happy with how your scene looks like in your 3D-renderer it is time to add final details in compositing.

There are 3 important elements to consider: 

  1. Lens Artefacts
  2. Digital Sensor Noise
  3. Final Color Correction

For the Digital Sensor noise I make use of our Camera Noise asset.

Look at the Camera Noise asset on the Store

And that is it! Good luck with making your night-vision effect.
Would love to see what you make with it :) 

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