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Old August 6th, 2008, 09:39 PM   #1
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FCP: Lens out-of-focus in post?

I was wondering if there's a way to simulate a lens-out-of-focus effect in Final Cut Pro - specifically, like a pull focus, only nothing is IN focus to begin with. I'd like to take some of my footage (which is completely in-focus) and make it seem like I was trying to focus in-and-out during the shot.
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Old August 6th, 2008, 10:16 PM   #2
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Use one of the many blur effects and key frame the blur to create the desired effect.
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Old August 7th, 2008, 10:44 AM   #3
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Something like "Gaussian blur" would work, but it totally doesn't look like the lens is out of focus, just blurred. I hate that! Even "lens blur" in after effects doesn't look like a real lens. You just don't get those octagonal shapes from lights... But "soft focus" is a pretty cool filter in Final Cut.
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Old August 8th, 2008, 02:03 AM   #4
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Something like "Gaussian blur" would work, but it totally doesn't look like the lens is out of focus, just blurred. I hate that! Even "lens blur" in after effects doesn't look like a real lens. You just don't get those octagonal shapes from lights... But "soft focus" is a pretty cool filter in Final Cut.
There's also no DOF to the blur when it's done in post unlike if you did a rack focus on the camera itself. Making something look blurry in post is easy. Making something look like a camera coming into focus is more difficult.


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Old August 8th, 2008, 09:02 AM   #5
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Motion has a few more filters that look slightly more realistic but yeah nothing beats a real out of focused shot.

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Old August 8th, 2008, 10:36 AM   #6
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Motion has a few more filters that look slightly more realistic but yeah nothing beats a real out of focused shot.

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Hmm... I may just go with the blur... I plan to use these blurry shots for title overlays.
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