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Motion: Adding Lighting Effects in Post demonstrates how to use any version of Motion 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
Skill Level Intermediate
Now sometimes the problem isn't just the color. Sometimes the problem is the values, the light and dark areas. In this example, we have a woman in the middle of a scene. She is the center of attention. She should be the focal point. We want her to be bright. We want her surroundings to be dark. To do that, we probably want to enhance a vignetting sort of look to the scene. Vignette is where the center is bright and in focus and the values, the darkness, falls off as you go toward the edges of the scene.
I have been through my footage collection and I pulled up this piece of footage and said, this is a candidate. The values in the middle of the shot are very different than the values around the outside of the shot. However, it's the reverse of what I need. It's dark in the middle, bright on the outside, and I want it to be bright in the middle, dark on the outside. Well, just to see where we're going with this, I'm going to start out in Overlay mode and you can see again, it's darkened her down and maybe added a little bit of illumination to the wall and the bookcase and that's the opposite of what I want.
Well, the perfect filter to give you the opposite of what you want is the Invert filter. So, I'll go Color Correction > Invert. Now you'll see, she has been brightened and the areas around her, particularly this wall behind her, have been darkened, have heightened the vignetting. This was before, this was after, really highlights it. Again, if it's too strong, you can try a different mode like Soft Light. I kind of like the contrast of Overlay. You can back off the effect or increase the effect and if you need to add another filter, such as Color Correction > HSV Adjust, and slightly bend the hue to make it more appropriate, a little bit more yellow back in her skin tone.
Now you see where we've really punched her up and have further made her the focal point of this shot, great!
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