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After Effects: Adding Lighting Effects in Post demonstrates how to use virtually any version of After Effects 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. Chris also discusses how to create lighting clips from scratch, either with a camera or by using Fractal Noise.
- Adding fractal lighting effects Transforming images with lighting and color correction Using vignetting to set the scene Adjusting blur for a subtle change
Skill Level Intermediate
And there you have it, a simple way of adding lighting effects to existing footage just to add some more excitement and drama to the clips. A lot of it comes down to picking an appropriate clip that enhances the footage and necessary using Scale, Rotation, Opacity and Effects to go ahead and bend that footage around to be more of a lighting effect than a hero in it's own right. Done correctly, it looks like you spent a lot of time lighting the original scene or it just makes it more interesting to watch. It's a nice improvement. It's a good trick to add to your toolbox. Have fun!