Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video The classic technique, part of Adding a Filmic Glow to Your Footage Using Motion.
For our first example we are going to use this 3D render. Now this is a good…example of what this technique was originally designed for and should also be…representative of what you might expect with architectural type footage, something…that has metal and glass and nice spectral highlights. Now the first thing you…are going to want to do in Motion to make your life easier is reveal the HUD,…the Heads Up Display. The keyboard shortcut is F7. That toggles it off and back…on again. The nice thing about the HUD is that in the small floating window you…are going to have most of the parameters that you need to play with this…technique. You won't need to keep going over to the Inspector to treat parameters.…
First step is duplicating your footage, so select it and do Command+D to make…another copy of it. Take the copy on top and play around with different Blend…Modes for it. For example, Overlay is usually the first one we try. As you can…see it immediately increases the contrast and gives a much more saturated look.…
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 Motion, Chris explores how to create and fine-tune this effect in Motion.
- Using the heads-up display in Motion
- Applying blend modes
- Puffing out the highlights
- Balancing shadows and highlights
- Using Levels to focus the effect
- Employing other filters, such as Prism and Bloom