Learn about working with Art Looks and Stylized Effects and combining multiple effects to create more complex results, like the look of archaic video.
- [Instructor] Okay, let's start working with BorisFX. Here I am in After Effects 2017 in a new empty project. I'll bring in some footage first. In the Project panel, I'll right mouse button click, then choose Import File. I'll start by using the hostess footage. This is an easier one stylistic footage hostess folder. With the image sequence, I simply have to select the first frame, make sure the Sequence check box is on and click Import.
So, bring the sequence in as a single unit. Now, as I discussed previously, want to make sure that it's interpreted at 24 frames per second. That's how the footage was shot. If you forgot to change that setting in your Preferences, you can always go down to the footage in the Project panel, right mouse button click and choose Interpret Footage, Main. In this window, you can change the Assume this frame rate to the number you want. For example, you can change it from 30 to 24. Now, this window is too big for my screen right now, so I'm going to press the Enter key on the keyboard to close it.
Okay, so there's several ways to make compositions and slight after effects. What I like to do when I'm gettin' started is simply drag my footage down through the empty timeline. That will create a matching composition as a same resolution, duration and frame rate as your footage. So, here's some footage from our in-company library, a hostess talking. This would be a great place to start with some Boris effects. If you look at the effect menu, you'll see a number of different categories for Boris effects.
We're going to start with Art Looks, which emulates various traditional media like Charcoal, Pencil, Spray Paint and so on. And also, the Stylize menu, which includes stylistic effects, which create unusual results you might not see everyday. Okay, so what's our goal here? Well, one good thing about effects is you can combine them to create more complex results. So, for example, let's say I wanted to take this kind of traditional footage and make it look like some type of archaic video.
Maybe the video doesn't have very good quality, low resolution, maybe a poor lens and so on. Now, it might be an effect that does just exactly that, but I'd rather experiment with multiple effects to get a more unique result. Let's get started with that. I'll select the layer here, then go to Effect and I'll start with Art Looks. I'm going to choose Water Color, not because I want it to look like water color but because I know it will limit my colors in a soft, interesting way.
I'll apply that and if I zoom in, we can see that there's more limited colors and also, there's a harsh edge on those color transitions but I can change that. A good way to figure out what properties do for an effect is simply change them. Move the sliders around and you'll see the result right away. Now, I've experimented with this one a little bit so I know where to start. Now, one thing is it's a bit too dark and that's because of the original footage. So, I'm going to go down to White Boost and increase that to 50, that makes everything brighter.
Now, I like the limited colors but I don't like the harsh transitions here. I just want the soft limited colors. So, I go to soften and raise that up to 100. So, the edges are softer, but I'm still seein' this dark line here. Next, I'll go to Cartoon Mix and reduce that. That gets rid of those hard black lines, let's say 25. Okay, so this is looking better, simplified colors with some interesting softness.
And, the last thing I'll do here is reduce my paint mix to 25 so the colors are even more softly distributed. So, now it has this glow to it. Alright, so here's with the effect and here's without the effect. With the effect would've been more interesting for our purposes. Alright, let's add another effect. This time, Stylize and I'm going to choose Prism. Prism recreates the chromatic aberration of a poorly made lens where the colors are separated, tickly at the edges.
When I apply it, not much happens but once again they can experiment with the properties. For example, I might reduce my starting depth. The lower that is the more distorted the edges get, plus there's more color separation. So, let's try point eight five for Starting Depth and maybe just round off Ending Depth to one. So, you can see how the colors are separating and it's also streaking outwards. Okay, one more effect, Effect, Stylize, Scanline.
Scanline will recreate the scanlines of low resolution video, like a security camera or something like that. So, this adds scanlines, now those are a bit heavy for my taste. So, what I'll do is increase the softness. So, they're barely there, let's say 92. Okay, so here are three very different effects used to create a look like it's some type of crude video or something archaic or something you don't see everyday. Let's play it back, and there we go.
The thing to remember here is even if there isn't an effect that does exactly what you want, you can combine different effects to get more complex results. And, with Boris, you have a lot of unusual effects to start with.
VFX expert Lee Lanier begins by exploring shared Boris Continuum controls, and then shows how to apply stylistic effects. He explains how to work with the PixelChooser and Boris Lights, and discusses how to color grade and warp footage. He also takes you through using the Boris Chroma Key Studio and working with Mocha Pro for motion tracking, as well as how to add particles and work with 3D text.
- Overview of Boris Continuum
- After Effects preferences
- Applying stylistic effects
- Relighting with Boris Lights
- Adjusting colors
- Changing the time of day
- Warping footage
- Keying green screen
- Motion tracking
- Adding particles
- Working with 3D text