November 14, 2022
Operation: Deli Platter
The way the darkness looks in green
Operation: Deli Platter is a personal series of renders telling a story about border control, modern warfare and the pharmaceutical industry :)
By the end of the first act we enter night-vision mode!
Most of this effect was achieved in compositing. However, some steps are required before rendering to achieve such a result accurately.
Before getting into the breakdown, here are some references for night-vision:
Inside of Cinema 4D I placed a Corona Light in the same position as the camera. The light is aimed at the subject. We can use the light’s falloff to emphasise the night-vision effect.
This article on How Nightvision Works is a great read for anyone trying to recreate a similar effect.I’ve spotted the light at 55% (Directionality) to minimise the diffused look and emphasise the bright highlights. At this step I change the directionality based on the shot.
I made use of the Blackmagic and A7SII noise prints from our Digital Camera Noise Collection!
You can play around with the intensity of the ISO you’re supposedly using in your shot.
It’s important the night vision effect reflects the environment your characters are in.
Night-vision sensitivity works similar to the light sensitivity on digital cameras. If you’re in a very dark environment it’s good to make the footage more noisy to achieve the required brightness.
There is also a layer of digital fireflies (both black and white) that I’ve added on top. This brings out a much rougher feel to the night-vision.
These days night-vision is available in a variety of color processes. As much as there is black and white/infrared night vision, there are also some forms of full-color night vision.
The balance of how it should look is on you :)
Thank you for reading and I hope this will help you in creating your own night vision effects.
If you have tried to make a night vision effect for another renderer, we’d love to share that!
Thanks a lot for your time! Have a great day!
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