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Final Cut Pro: Adding Lighting Effects in Post demonstrates how to use any version of Final Cut Pro to easily add animated lighting effects to existing footage. Going beyond basic techniques, Chris Meyer shares his personal experience and uses many examples to teach the best way to select and fine-tune lighting clips to enhance a variety of underlying shots. He presents techniques for subtle enhancements that will help hold the viewer's attention while adding production value to virtually any shot.
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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