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Trailer Flash in EffectsLab *TUTORIAL*

Posted: Sat, 5th Jul 2008, 4:31pm

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I have had a request from YouTube user ThisPersonSaid to make a tutorial on how to create flash effects (as seen in my YouTube video "Dead Christmas") which is now long overdue. crazy So, here we go! biggrin

First you will need a video clip. Mine will be called Example Shot and can be viewed here.

So, a simple shot of a car driving into the mist. Now import it into EffectsLab and grade it as you like.



Now this next bit gets a bit tricky to explain, so forgive me if it doesn't make much sense.

Start at frame 1. Click "Grade" and choose the Invert filter. Make sure it is turned on.



Now, step to frame 2 and turn invert off. Go to frame 3 - turn on, frame 4 - turn off.



Notice that on frame 1 and 3, all the colours in the footage are inverted also. To fix this, choose the Hue Shift filter, and give it these settings for frames 1 and 3 (the ones that have been inverted):



and for frames 2 and 4, turn the strength down to 0.



This should make the inverted frames, 1 and 3 look like this:



Now move to the "Animation" tab. For frames 1, 3 and 4, change the scale to 1.50. For just frame 2, change the scale back to 1.00.

Now skip to frame 6, then change the scale to 1.00. This makes a quick zoom out ending to the flash.

For frames 1 and 2, type the origin values in their respective fields in the quad settings. The purpose of this is to create keyframes on both of those frames.



Go to frame 1 and move the origin point in the centre of the video image slightly off. Make sure that the edge of the video is not seen.



Do the same for frame 3, except move it off at a slightly different angle.



And that should be it. smile Here's my completed video. (Try and replay it if it sticks the first time.)

A lot of work for just one flash, maybe, but it's a subtle effect that looks so much classier than, say, a "Wash In" transition.

Hope this has been insightful! Sorry it was so late, ThisPersonSaid!

Alex
Posted: Sat, 5th Jul 2008, 5:03pm

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Thanks mate. I'll be using this flash effect for my trailers. Really helped!


Thispersonsaid AKA Revolution Productions

Lol
Posted: Sat, 5th Jul 2008, 6:58pm

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For future reference, I think this may belong in the "Tutorials" section.
Posted: Sat, 5th Jul 2008, 7:56pm

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Ummm. Hope you dont mind me asking but where do you get your sound fx?
Posted: Sat, 5th Jul 2008, 7:58pm

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dnt have to adjust this and that...

if u use photoshop just invert it...
if u used AE or others software.. just invert it
Posted: Sat, 5th Jul 2008, 8:07pm

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RevolutionProductions wrote:

Ummm. Hope you dont mind me asking but where do you get your sound fx?
u can get it from videocopilot.net
Posted: Sat, 5th Jul 2008, 9:50pm

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Thrawn wrote:

For future reference, I think this may belong in the "Tutorials" section.
I didn't realise there was a "Tutorials" section. Sorry. Is this a recent change?


RevolutionProductions wrote:

Ummm. Hope you dont mind me asking but where do you get your sound fx?
All the sound effects there were from the VideoCoPilot Designer Sound Effects sound pack.
Posted: Sat, 5th Jul 2008, 10:38pm

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It looks like you cropped your video further for the trailer and made the aspect ratio wider. How did you make this consistent in all your shots?
Posted: Sun, 6th Jul 2008, 7:02am

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I created a square mask that makes black bars on the top and bottom of the video. The setup looks like this:



Then I saved it as a preset to help keep it consistant.



Hope I've helped! wink
Posted: Sun, 6th Jul 2008, 7:11am

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Nice tutorial, man! Cool and helpful stuff! (Although I think the road in which you go about it is a tad overkill wink)

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Posted: Sun, 6th Jul 2008, 7:15am

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It only seems that way because there's no other way to explain it in a tutorial. smile
Posted: Sun, 6th Jul 2008, 9:15am

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Cool stuff smile I've moved the topic to the tutorials forum.
Posted: Mon, 21st Jul 2008, 9:19am

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I went on http://www.videocopilot.net/dsfx.html

It costs..Or is there a way to get them free?
Posted: Mon, 11th Aug 2008, 4:51pm

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nice tutorial!
Posted: Mon, 11th Aug 2008, 6:22pm

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Loved the tutorial!
I watched your trailer and was wondering if you could make a tutorial on how to make the girl's eyes look like they did. If you don't have time, I understand. smile