Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video The classic technique, part of Adding a Filmic Glow to Your Footage Using Final Cut Pro.
As mentioned in the intro, this technique was originally developed for 3D…renders. So that's what we're going to use for our first example. Now the first…thing you need to do is make a copy of your footage and place it on a new video…track directly above the original of the footage. An easy way to do that in…Final Cut is to hold on the Option and Shift keys and drag it on top of itself.…This will automatically create a new track for you and put a copy on top.…Now the second thing you need to do is to set a Composite mode for this copy on…top. There are a couple ways to doing that. If you have a multi-button mouse,…you are going to right-click on it, choose Composite Mode and then choose from…this list or you can go to Modify > Composite Mode and choose from the list here.…
One of the first things we like to try is a mode such as Overlay, Hard Light…or Soft Light. If I pick Overlay, you can see how immediately the render gets a…lot richer, a lot deeper in saturation with a lot more contrast. Now you may…
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