Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Film effect, part of Sapphire for Video Editors.
- [Instructor] Continuing our journey into the stylistic category of Sapphire, we got to take a look at the film effect. So I'm here in my chapter 4_5 sequence, and in my Effects tab, I'm just going to do a search for S_Film, and that should lead me to the S_FilmEffect under the stylized category. If my clip is selected, which it is, I'm just going to double-click to apply it to the clip in the timeline. Notice that automatically something happened. If I select the clip and go Shift + 5, we can take a close look at this.
I'm going to draw your attention to the first two parameters, which happen to be Negative Film and Print Film. This is meant to mimic how film used to be captured. So you could choose a film stock and then choose how they printed the film. And from that, it would emulate a look. Now, you don't have to be an expert to use this. In fact, we could set the Negative Film to None and just choose a printed film look or choose also None, and then perform a series of color correction tasks down here.
So the big question is, why would use the Film Effect versus the built-in Lumetri color that's inside of Premier Pro? There's a few things that you should know. One is that if you go to the Load Preset category, I never get tired of saying this, there are tons of various presets that you can use, and you can think of these as Look Up Tables or LUTs directly inside of Sapphire. So you can choose a very highly stylized look such Caramelized Onions, as you can see here, and load that into Premier Pro. And having just more LUTs or Look Up Tables to choose from can be really handy, especially when you're looking to get the idea for various filmic looks, depending on your project.
If I scroll down, I just want to draw your attention to a few things that are included in here, which you can't get in the Lumetri panel. One is glow. So a Sapphire glow that is so popular, we can kind of glow up a shot, and you know, really small amounts like point four, and just brighten up that image a little bit, we can soften it as we see fit and create some highly stylized looks. In fact, we can have our glow set to be wider in width on a particular cut or channel.
Having a higher glow brightness to the kind of pop art clip is one really good reason to use this. Another is grain. And to keep in mind, you can use grain on any clip that has a negative film output, so we just want to make sure that the Negative Film and a Print Film is selected. And if it is, as you can see here, I'm increasing the amount of grain in the shot. But I can always go here and just make that small, and then play with the grain details, either on a specific color channel or actually increase grain on bright areas within my shot to make my footage look more like it was taken from a film camera.
These extra features can really come in handy, specifically when you're trying to mimic different film looks, and even a little bit of grain could give your project a pizzazz that it needs. And one final thing here, we've got these Print Lights Green and Blue and Red. I want to enter, for each of them, a value of 50. And this is essentially balanced colors between the print lights. However, just notice that they are very dark. By dragging one over the other, into a lower number, it introduces it into more the luminant or higher color channels, having these balanced again well or close in number, has them in a way where there's very little color differentiation.
But by playing around with these values, i.e., let me increase the red, you can see there that there's more red in the brighter channels, mix that with potentially or take away blue and add a little bit of green, and you can start to add a warm type look to your shot. So there are many things that you can do to stylize and create some very stylized looks. I want to back off on that a little bit. And keep in mind that, by playing with things such as Offset Darks, you can create looks to mimic your favorite film looks all within one effect.
- Getting started with Sapphire
- Essential parameters
- Working with presets
- Adding transitions
- Creating photo-realistic lens flares
- Adding backgrounds and textures
- Building custom effects
- Working with Mocha