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Old October 27th, 2002, 09:52 PM   #1
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I was wondering, in post production with final cut pro or after effects, how would I acheive an angelic like glow around like lets say, a person. It seems this effect takes into play by amplifying the bright areas of the footage. But I would appreciate any info on acheiving this effect I've seen in movies, and recently in the credits to the world series which the angels won.
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Old October 29th, 2002, 02:21 PM   #2
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don't know about FCP but most NLE have similar FX filters ..
in Vegas Video you would use the HSL , GLOW , color curves...

HSL to blow out higlights slightly ...
GLow - for the white glow ..
color curves for the shadows ( to darken just slightly) & the midrange ( just slightly darker )
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Old October 30th, 2002, 05:58 PM   #3
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You might try a chroma key with high-tolerace filter. There's very little difference between "terribly glowing chroma key" and "neat highlighting effect".
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Old October 30th, 2002, 07:13 PM   #4
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bring your clip into after effects.

place one copy on the timeline.
duplicate it. (ctrlD)
on the second copy, goto effects/adjust/levels
make the second clip additive transfer as well.

play with the levels to choke the blacks and let the highs bleed through. Put a gaussian blur on this clip as the last effect. Play with the oppacity of the second clip over the first (i.e. ctrl-shift-O)

tweak until desired look is acheived.

This is how specular blooms are quickly acheived on 3d renders without a spec pass, and if you go heavy handed on the effect, it blooms out nicely.

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