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Clay Nichols
Creating a "flashback" or "remebering the past" visual/audio effect
on Jun 6, 2014 at 10:45:09 pm

Is there an easy way (or inexpensive addon) to create an effect (visually and with audio) to cue the viewer that we are now flashing back to a scene in the past?

The standard way I've seen this is sort of a shimmering /wavy disolve and something like harp music.

It's funny, I see all these visual transition effects in Sony Vegas (and in Pinnacle Studio) and wondered "how do you pick one"?
Then I realized you start with the concept you're trying to communicate:
- Time has passed
- Someone is thinking of /imagining something (that the next scene shows)
-Someone is remembering the past.

Seems like organizing the Transition Fx around that would make more sense.


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Selina Young
Re: Creating a "flashback" or "remebering the past" visual/audio effect
on Jun 7, 2014 at 8:05:00 am

If you don't want to use any FXs...

You could transition to the 'flash back clip(s)' through white and make the 'flash backs' look like old-early footage by either reducing the colour saturation / adding noise / vignetting / etc - depending on how far back in time and/or the emotional connection of the 'flash back' to the subject.

Or you could use two black (dark orange/brown) solids and animate them to look like someone shutting their eyes and increasing blur to the 'transition' then fade to the 'flash-back' clip.

Or you could focus in on the subject's face and fade to 'flash-back'.

If you want to use audio to emphasize the fact that you are returning to the past... you could gradually add echo / reverb to the subject's words that cue the flash-back...

Hope the ideas help - but, of course, there is no better way than to analyse what the pro's do and adapt to your particular need...


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Clay Nichols
Re: Creating a "flashback" or "remebering the past" visual/audio effect
on Jun 7, 2014 at 3:14:05 pm

And doing with an FX is fine too.

Your suggests are good but I'm hoping for a simple Transition FX


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Selina Young
Re: Creating a "flashback" or "remebering the past" visual/audio effect
on Jun 7, 2014 at 10:04:09 pm

Here's something you might find interesting and perhaps you can adapt it to suit your needs - it uses a lot of effects ;)

http://library.creativecow.net/articles/rabinowitz_aharon/CC_Flashback/vide...


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