Final Cut Pro: Lighting Effects in Post

with Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer
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Final Cut Pro: Lighting Effects in Post
Video duration: 0s 36m 42s Intermediate


Check out the free training on the Apple Final Cut Studio suite released July 2009, Final Cut Studio Overview, which includes three free hours of tutorials on Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, Color 1.5, Soundtrack Pro 3, DVD Studio Pro 4, Compressor 3.5, and Final Cut Server 1.5

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

Final Cut Pro: Adding Lighting Effects in Post demonstrates how to use any version of Final Cut Pro 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.

Topics include:
  • Selecting the right footage for the right 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 Myer of Chris 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, it's 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 technique 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 gonna spend a lot of time in the next few movies talking about what works or doesn't work for 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 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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