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One of Chris Meyer's favorite tricks is a technique for adding the glowing highlights and richly saturated colors often associated with footage shot on film. This trick originated as a way to compensate for the flatness of unaltered 3D renders, but it can be used to improve any source video, whether shot on DV, HDV, or even film. The effect can be achieved in many video editing and motion graphics applications using the same basic approach: duplicate the source footage, mix it back on top of itself using blend modes, then apply a blur or similar effect to the duplicate footage. In Adding a Filmic Glow to Your Footage Using After Effects, Chris shows a variety of approaches for setting up a filmic glow in After Effects.
- Using the classic "modes" technique
- Puffing out the highlights
- Balancing shadows and highlights
- Refining the effect
- Using adjustment layers and other techniques
- Creating crystallized and underwater looks
Skill Level Intermediate
(mysterious instrumental music) - [Voiceover] Hi, I'm Chris Myer and I wanna share with you one of our favorite tricks. It's a technique for adding the glowing highlights and more richly saturated colors that many people associate with footage that was originally shot on film. Now this trick originated as a way for improving 3D renders. You'd be surprised how flat a 3D render can look without any additional treatment. But in reality, this same trick can be used on almost any footage, footage shot on DV, HDV, even a footage that was originally shot on film.
The core of this technique involves duplicating the source footage, mixing it back on top of itself using blending modes, and then applying a blur or similar treatment to the duplicate footage. So let's dive in and see exactly how you do this.