Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Additional techniques, part of Adding a Filmic Glow to Your Footage Using Final Cut Pro.
In this movie we are going to show you a few variations on this filmic look…technique. Now the first thing I want to show you is how to really focus this…effect on just highlights or just shadows if that's what you want. I am…starting with our 3D render again and these little spectral highlights right in…through area are the areas I really want to emphasize. So let's see how to focus on that.…Hold down Option+Shift, drag my layer up and I have got two copies. Take the one on top, …Modify > Composite Mode > Add. I initially have this really blown outlook.…It's picking up much more of the spectral highlights than just those little…areas I want to focus on.…
First we are going to go ahead and apply the Blur effect that we like. Last…effect was Gaussian Blur, double-click to open up its tab, Filters, increase…the Radius to get a bit of puffing out, there we go. Now the next thing we need…to do is to add some sort of Gamma control to pick what range of grays are…getting puffed out.…I can use the Levels effect. But Final Cut Pro also has a very nice Effects >…
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 Final Cut Pro, Chris demonstrates the specific tools and techniques for achieving this effect in Final Cut Pro.
- Duplicating clips and treating entire sequences
- Applying composite modes
- Puffing out the highlights
- Balancing shadows and highlights
- Using Levels to focus the effect
- Employing other filters, such as Zoom and Prism