After Effects: Lighting Effects in Post

with Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer
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After Effects: Lighting Effects in Post
Video duration: 0s 43m 8s Intermediate


This course was created and produced by Chris Meyer. We are honored to host his material in the Online Training Library®.

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.

Topics include:
  • Adding fractal lighting effects Transforming images with lighting and color correction Using vignetting to set the scene Adjusting blur for a subtle change
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- Hi, I'm Chris Meyer of Crish Design and I'd like to share with you a technique that we use to add animated lighting effects to live action footage which has already been shot. Now, quite often we get footage from clients which is technically correct, is well composed, is evenly lit, but it just lacks that certain magic or something that keeps the viewer's attention. So what we do is we find a second clip that contains just interesting lighting and shadows and blend it on top of the original footage. Now the techniques itself is simple. What takes a little bit more work is finding the right lighting clip to match on top of your live footage.

So we're going to spend a lot of time in the next few movies talking about what works or doesn't work for a lighting clip, how to pick a lighting clip that does complement your footage and how to use effects, transformations and other things to better tweak in that lighting to make it really enhance the footage. We'll show you things that work and things that don't work so well so you have an idea of what may work on your project. So with that, let's get started!

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