Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Looking at lens flares, part of Sapphire for Video Editors.
- [Instructor] Finishing off our exploration of the Sapphire Lighting category, we're going to take a look at S_LensFlare. So I have my Chapter 3_4 sequence opened up, from my Chapter 3 bin, inside the Exercise folder, that you can find in the project panel. I go to the Effects tab, Shift + 7 to bring that up, or you can go to your Effects workspace. I'm going to do a search for s_lens, bring up two lens flare effects. The lens flare is what we're going to look at now. We'll see the lens flare on a track, and how we can use that with Mocha a little bit later. I'm going to drag this onto the clip. And a lens flare comes on top of the image.
If I press Shift + 5, I go to my Effect Controls. I'm going to select the S_LensFlare by its name. And then just reposition my lens flare, directly in the program monitor. And you'll see that there are two controls that I'm effecting, the Pivot XY here, at the bottom. And you can see, at the top, I'm playing with the Hotspot's location. We can play with these parameters, but I highly recommend loading a preset to start. As there are over a 147 lens flares to choose from. Could preview it on its Source or on Black, just to get a better sense for how these look.
Just going to preview back on Source. We can see all of those lens flares and how they might appear across our image. I really like this Desert Sun as a starting place. Although, it's way too bright. Going to load it into Premiere Pro. I'll start to play with the overall Scale here of the lens flare. So you can see here, we can bring down that Scale quite a bit. We can play with the Saturation and then, also, shift the Hue to play around with the color there.
I'm just going to set that back. And if you're looking for real power in the lens flare, besides all of these parameters, this lens flare is made of a ton of elements. Very similar to Light Leaks. These elements are all located under this Edit Lens. Or what we can call Sapphire's Flare Designer. Up the side here, you can see all the elements that make up this lens flare. The Hotspots, the Yellow spots, the Large spots, and the Medium spot. And the cool part is you can turn these off and on, to get a sense for what's being used to create this part of it.
And this Hotspot actually is made of individual elements, such as the Orange rays. I'm going to come to the Size of them and bring them down quite a bit. And you'll see that that's effected. I could also, of course, go to the White rays and just accomplish that same thing by going to the Size parameter of this one individual White rays element inside the Hotspot. Brought it down quite a bit. And this just changes the look of my lens flare. You've also got any of these spots that you want to, to come in here and manipulate them as how you see fit.
So I'm just going to press OK to accept those changes. And if I were to show you one additional thing here, inside this lens flare, I would go and scroll down, and just introduce you to Flicker. So Flicker can just add a little bit of movement to your lens flare. In fact, I'm going to just increase that to a value of about one, to start. And a Flicker Speed of four. Just so that when I play this back, we can see here that the lens flare actually flickers across the image.
I'm going to come in here and just make that value about one. Before for started to increase the Flicker Amp just a little bit. And just to start off this clip here, I might just do a rough keyframe as this shot moves. So if I select the lens flare, and actually add a keyframe next to the Hotspot and the Pivot XY, by clicking on the stopwatches here in Effect Controls. Right after it stops its movement, I can just suddenly grab this lens flare and, essentially, just have it travel with the movement of the camera.
Let me just deselect the lens flare. We can sort of see what I did in the last few minutes. But, whatever it is, with the Lens Flare Designer, along with 140ish lens flare presets to choose from, definitely something you should explore inside of Adobe Premiere Pro.
- 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