Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Blur, part of Final Cut Pro: Lighting Effects in Post.
Finally, let's tackle the issue of when our lighting layers are just too sharp…and too interesting. Here's our trumpet player again, nice, strong, diagonal…orientation to the composition. I've picked this to be my lighting layer…because it also has a strong diagonal orientation.…It's primarily black with colors on top, so I'll choose Composite Mode > Add…in this case, but the lights are just too interesting. It's just too sharpen,…too much going on and it's detracting from the trumpet player. So let's put it…out of focus. I'll select my lighting layer and apply Effects > Video Filters,…and something in the Blur category.…
Now, there is a Defocus effect inside Final Cut. You can also just use…something very simple and straightforward like Gaussian Blur. Double-click,…open the Filter tab and increase the Blur Radius until my footage is now…indistinct. Instead, it's just giving me a lighting effect rather than being very sharp lines.…If it's too strong, I'll just go ahead and open up its Motion tab and then…
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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.
- 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