Learn about applying Film Styles and Blur effects to emulate distressed motion picture film.
- [Instructor] Let's try a few new categories of Boris FX. We're going to use that to create some new damage, but not damage for video, or something that looks like video, but something that looks like motion picture film. Let me bring in some footage. I'm going to go back and grab the hostess image sequence, turn that into a composition. Alright, so which categories are we talking about? This time we're going to use the film style category which includes really unique effects that replicate motion picture film damage or aging, or just unique qualities in terms of how that film was captured.
We'll also use the set of Boris blurs. And then last the color and tone category which includes all the Boris color grading and color correction effects. Let's get started. So while a layer is selected, I'll start with film style. First up, film damage. Film damage creates a lot of different damages that film gets over time, and they have these categories. I'm going to turn them all on.
These include color variation, flickering, shaking, film grain, dirt, hairs, which are the little tiny slivers that appear on film, and scratches. I'll play it back. You can see right away that it's pretty badly damaged, maybe a bit too much. Luckily we can adjust all the intensities of these damages. For example, I'm going to start with flicker, and reduce that so the exposure doesn't change quite so harshly, down to 2.
Next up, shake. It's moving around too much, too much up down left right. We'll reduce this so this happens randomly but less intensely, to 2. Next up is dirt. Too many dirt lobs, so I'm going to reduce the dirt intensity down to 2. And now we'll play it back. Alright, so it's damaged, but not quite so intensely.
Alright, what else can we do? Let's try another effect, let's change the colors even more intensely. Back to film style, this time two strip color, which is designed to emulate a particular style of motion picture film, two strip color. It has a bunch of color swatches that affect the virtual dyes of that virtual film strip. Now right now, the image is looking a bit blue-green, so let me start by changing the blue-green dye swatch so it's less saturated.
As I do that, it gets a bit more red. Now I can even change the colors so they don't match what they should be doing. For example, I can go up to red filter color, and change that to blue, and actually shift some colors that didn't have much red, so they actually have a lot of red in them right now. So now the colors are definitely different. Here's without the effect, here's with. And a lot of times with older motion picture film, film actually shifts towards red as it ages.
Alright what else can we do? Maybe one thing nice would be to add some kind of halation, and halation is like a glow you get with an inexpensive lens or a defective lens, maybe if the film ages it gets kind of foggy, so let's give that a try. Different ways to do that, I'll show you one way that I like. That is to go down to that layer, select it, duplicate it upwards. That copies all the effects with it. I'm going to delete those effects in that top layer. I don't want those in particular, so it goes back to normal. Now I'll add some new effects, to give me that halation.
This time I'll go to blur, and choose the Boris fast lens blur. This is a blur that emulates a real camera right down to the bokehs, and bokehs are those little patterns that appear on small dots of light, and often they have a particular shape, like the iris of the camera, so in this case it's just like a little polygonal shape on those dots. I'd also like to have that top layer much brighter and much more contrasty, so I'm going to go to effects, go to my color and tone, and grab a brightness and contrast.
Now you might ask, why would I use a Boris brightness and contrast, it looks pretty much the same as the regular brightness and contrast that comes with After Effects. Well the advantage of a Boris effect is, most of the time it comes with a Mocha button if you need it, and it always comes with a pixel chooser. So if you need to limit that effect, you can right away, so I can limit my brightness and contrast to a particular area. I don't need to do that right now, that's just a reminder that that's one big advantage of using a Boris effect. You have those two things all the time.
For now though I'm just going to increase the brightness and contrast. And actually, I think what I'm going to do is make that occur before the blur, so I can always drag that effect upwards so the order is different. Okay, nice and contrasty. You can see those bokehs really show up now.
Now, that's too intense, so I need to blend it with the lower layer, so what I'll do is go to my blending mode menu, if you don't see that, click that toggle switches button, there it is. And I'm going to switch it to screen. Screen allows the bright areas of the top layer to appear while ignoring the dark areas of the top layer. Screen, so now there's a nice glow. Still too strong, so I'm going to reduce the layer opacity, maybe down to 40.
There we go, so here is with that new halation, here's without. Here's with. Feel free to go back and adjust any of the effects in any order to get what you want. You get a lot of nice results through experimentation, but this is good enough for now. Let me play it back. And there's the film damage. We were able to use some unique Boris FX like the film style effects, and some other more standard effects like lens blur and brightness and contrast to create this result.
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