Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Vignette, part of Sapphire for Video Editors.
- [Instructor] So in this movie we're going to take a look at 's_vignette', part of the Sapphire Stylized category. I'm in my chapter four_7 sequence, which you can find in your chapter four project bin. And just something to keep in mind as we feature this, there is a vignette inside of Premier Pro that you can access from the Lumetri Color Panel. Under the Lumetri Color Panel, there's a choice for Vignette. And when you're over a clip, if you change the amount, you can make a black little vignette, or a white one. You can play around with it's midpoint and even with its roundness to make it more square-like in shape, if I just brought down the midpoint.
And also play around with the feather. So there are some vignetting capabilities, but it's very basic. And if you want to have more control, I would recommend you check out 's_vignette'. So let me just get rid of this effect that I added to this clip when I started to make adjustments. Alright, Shift + 5 to go to my Effect controls. I'll select my Lumetri color and just delete it from my clip. And I'll go up to my Effects tab, where I've already done a search for 's_vignette', and under the Sapphire Stylized category, I'll apply it.
It doesn't look any better by default. But if you go first of all to load a preset, one really cool thing is that your vignette can have color. So in some of these examples, like this cool bright spot, you'll notice that the outside of the vignette actually has color to it. So if I wanted this to be kind of like a warm feeling, I'm going to go here to Tequila Sunrise, this is a stylistic vignette that I couldn't accomplish inside of Lumetri color, so I'm just going to load that into Premier Pro. And if we scroll down, of course we can play with the color, it doesn't have to be our color of choice, we can play with it, we can make it darker if we wanted to.
We can play with its overall opacity. This smoothness curve, as well as how much softness there is. Another great thing is we can play with its rotation. We can rotate the vignette, which is a very popular trick to do in terms of color correction. Between this and our ability to select the vignette and drag it to our point of focus, it can come really in handy to give us just a bit more control than the Lumetri Color Panel has to offer. Now I wanted to show you one other level of control with our vignette, something new to Sapphire version 11.
So let me head into my Effects tab and actually add a 's_vignette' onto the second clip here in my timeline. If I go and press Shift + 5, I load up its Effect controls, and we can notice that the effect is set to Vignette. We're going to change that to VignetteMocha. Now I'm really not covering Mocha until another chapter. This is our ability to draw any shape we want, track it, and essentially use it as a vignette. For simplicity purposes, I'm showing it to you on a static piece of footage.
Let's go into edit Mocha. You're going to see this weird M shape, and this actually corresponds to the area that we want to keep essentially free from being affected by the vignette. I'm going to get rid of it, because it's not really the shape that I want. I'm going to go to the beginning of my timeline right here, and for more information on Mocha and how it's integrated into Sapphire, please check out chapter six, I go into all the details of these tools. I'm going to select the X plank, and I'm going to start to draw by clicking a shape around the subject here, that's where I want the vignette to show up.
Probably want it to be a little bit more circular, but this is fine for the demonstration purposes, just double click to close the shape. Now if I press Control + A< or Command + A on a PC, I can smooth those points out, de-select, and then choose how they show up. If I didn't do anything, and I'm going to come back in the Mocha in a second, but went back into Premier Pro, you'll see that that around the subject is free. We can't see it completely. What we're going to do is if I play with edge softness, we'll see the exact shape that I drew. Just going to increase that softness a little bit, and go back in to edit Mocha, and here I want to go to the beginning of the timeline, and without doing too much, and with all the default settings, I'm just going to track this by clicking on this button right here.
Notice it follows our subject a little bit, and does a really good job kind of tracking some of his movements. Now, it doesn't include his head in this case, but if I wanted to click and drag to select these three points, and then just make this shape a little bit bigger at the end, and my mask will interpolate between the two key frames here in the timeline appropriately. So that looks great. I am going to just exit Mocha and choose to save and see how that has now updated that vignette shape.
And now I have a custom vignette, which I can create to be softer or a little bit less soft. I also have control over the opacity of the vignette, so I have a point of focus, as well as play with the color, as we saw before. So maybe I'll go to a purplish color, make it slightly off-black, just to add a little bit to my scene. And the best part is, through some very simplistic tracking here, I'm just touching the surface of what Mocha has to offer. Integrated into Sapphire, we were able to create a really cool vignette which we wouldn't be able to do with as much ease inside of Adobe Premier Pro.
You can see how that might be handy for your vignette workflows.
- 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