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Jimmy See
Analysis of the effects in a music video
on Jun 20, 2018 at 3:31:02 am

Hi everyone.

I was sent a link to a music video as reference for the sort of thing some people are after in their own video. I don't know the extent to which they want to emulate this, or which specific aspects they want to draw inspiration from but I can see it's effect laden and want to break down what sorts of things would be involved so I can see which elements are and aren't feasible for my own skill level and might need to be outsourced. I'm an editor by trade with some VFX ability, but not a specialist in that area and may need to advise them to bring a VFX artist on board as well.

The link is

Specifically what intrigues me the most is the transitioning effect occurring at

It is used many times throughout and particularly extensively at 4:50. But the whole thing is interesting, I feel like I have some idea for most of it, but don't want to be overconfident.

If anyone feels like donating their time with this aspect it's much appreciated.



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Steve Bentley
Re: Analysis of the effects in a music video
on Jun 20, 2018 at 3:42:07 pm

I think every one of these is based on the same thing. (whether its the solutions below or not, they are all based on the same effect - they are similar enough in what they look like and how they react, plus people are lazy - if they find something they like they will use it over and over again.

Its going to be either CCglass, CC Mr. Mercury, or the incorrect use of CC Vector blur (without a source - why does no one know how to use this last effect properly?). Then a second application of Colorama may have been employed to rotate the color wheel. Probably some Hue saturation and some Levels or curves as well in to increase the contrast and shrink the roll offs.
Each shot is going to react differently to these effects and some of the color corrections may have to happen before the main effects themselves.

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