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Finally, let's tackle the issue of when our lighting layers are just too sharp and too interesting. Here's our trumpet player again, nice, strong, diagonal orientation to the composition. I've picked this to be my lighting layer because it also has a strong diagonal orientation. It's primarily black with colors on top, so I'll choose Composite Mode > Add in this case, but the lights are just too interesting. It's just too sharpen, too much going on and it's detracting from the trumpet player. So let's put it out of focus. I'll select my lighting layer and apply Effects > Video Filters, and something in the Blur category.
Now, there is a Defocus effect inside Final Cut. You can also just use something very simple and straightforward like Gaussian Blur. Double-click, open the Filter tab and increase the Blur Radius until my footage is now indistinct. Instead, it's just giving me a lighting effect rather than being very sharp lines. If it's too strong, I'll just go ahead and open up its Motion tab and then knock back its Opacity, so it's not adding so much to the layer. Before, after, more interesting. Let's go to Home, hit Play, and now I've got some light play going on across his face, across his jacket, across the whole scene, just adding some excitement to this overall shot.
Again, I'll probably knock down the Opacity a little bit to make it more subtle and give me a nice enhancement to this footage.
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