Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video The classic technique, part of Adding a Filmic Glow to Your Footage Using After Effects.
Here is an example of a 3D render that looks pretty good initially but we…can make it a lot better. The first thing you need to do is in the Timeline…panel reveal the Modes column. There is a few ways of doing that. After Effects 7…has a little icon down here that reveals modes. You can right- or context-…click on the top of any column and pick Modes or you can use the keyboard…shortcut of F4 to reveal the Modes panel. The second thing you need to do is…take the original footage and duplicate it, so you have an extra copy on top.…Now pick a mode for that copy on top, Overlay is a really good example of…something that instantly looks a lot more saturated and a lot richer in color and…again this is before and after. If you take that copy on top and hit T to…reveal its Opacity, you can go ahead and scrub the Opacity parameter to decide how…much of this effect that you want and again different modes create different looks.…
Soft Light creates a less intense look than Overlay mode. And there we go.…
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