Making-of 02: Special Glass Containers, Lighting, Music, and Sound FX

Beakers, flasks, and test tubes are essential tools for conducting chemical reactions. However, their refraction and reflection could become distractions when filming chemical reactions happening inside them. To get rid of these distractions, we used cubic glass containers like fish tanks but much smaller. Blow is a photo of these containers. Their volume from left to right: 5 x 5 x 5 cm3, 3 x 3 x 3 cm3, and 2 x 2 x 2 cm3, respectively.


For lighting, we used two LED panels each with 1300 small LED lights. We place one panel on the left of the glass container and the other on the right, with the two panels parallel to each other. This simple setup was quite enough to achieve a uniform lighting inside the container. Also this setup was good for eliminating the reflection of the glass container.

Music and sound effects are very important to our videos. During editing, since we did not have enough time to create original music and sound effects, we relied heavily on the audio asset shipped with Maxon Cinema 4D and the default sound effects library inside Final Cut Pro X. Luckily for us, these audio clips worked very well for our videos. But for future content, we might need the help of musicians and sound effects artists for better results!

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