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Old January 29th, 2010, 08:42 PM   #1
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Depth of Field Effect

I am looking for a depth of field effect. To better explain I would like to have control focus on the clip, to be able to soften focus on the exterior and draw attention to a particular area that remains in focus. A faux focus. Any ideas of where such a effect plug in is available for Final Cut Pro?
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Old January 29th, 2010, 08:50 PM   #2
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Just set up two layers with a mask. back one blurred and top one with a feathered shape mask. much easier and cheaper. same principal can be used to do a spotlight or looking through binoculars.
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Old January 29th, 2010, 11:04 PM   #3
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You'll have to be extra careful with that kind of methodology; if you don't have any tracking plug-ins that can follow your masked-out subject then this would only work for static shots, not moving targets.
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Old January 30th, 2010, 01:00 AM   #4
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disagree...I've done this with simple keyframing in FCP.
I do agree that a better way is to throw it into Motion or AE and use the tracking features. It works better but there's a lot more steps.
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Old January 30th, 2010, 03:39 AM   #5
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I have an east to use plugin to aid tis kind of thing (its the Region Blur plugin found here: http://web.me.com/andymees) .. my favorite though is Peter Wiggins' free Rack Focus plugin: idustrial revolution freebie pack 1
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