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One of the modern styles we see today is adding reflections to our media to make it look like it's sitting on a glossy surface. What's wild is that the movie will even reflect as it plays. What's best is that it's easy to do. Click on your video and then go up to the Video Tools Format tab and then click on the Video Effects button and hold your cursor over Reflection. A gallery of presets appears. The reflection variations work from shallow to deep as you move from left to right. The shallow reflections are short and pale while the deeper ones fade further away.
From top to bottom, the reflections start right up next to your media clip or start with a gap further away. I'm going to choose the Tight Reflection, 4pt offset, the first icon on the second row. Once you've chosen the starting point, go up to Video Effects, back down to Reflection, and choose Reflection Options at the bottom. The Format Video dialog box opens and we're here on the Reflection section on the left. I'm going to move the dialog box out of our way.
The top button has the same presets we saw under the video effects button. The first slider is for Transparency. If I pull it to the left, the reflection darkens and becomes opaque. If you move it all the way to the right, the shadow all but disappears. I'm going to put it right around 35%. The second slider is for the size of the reflection. The percentage is what portion of the image will be reflected below. If it's very small, it will fade quickly and if it's very large, you may not see the end at all.
We're going to put it right around 25%. Last is Distance. This moves the reflection away from the bottom edge of the object. I can make it go further or closer. The Blur will always be grayed out. Once you like your look, click Close, and you're done. Now what's fun about reflections is that they even move while you play your video. Start your slideshow mode and take a look. (Music playing) (Female speaker: Welcome to Hansel and Petal. We are a full-service florist?) If you're experiencing choppy playback, your computer may not be powerful enough to process the moving reflection.
In that case, you'll need to choose a different special effect. Adding a reflection under your movie clip creates an intriguing visual technique that's sure to please your audience.
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