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Jerome Laville
How to make this 'trail' effect?
on Jan 30, 2013 at 8:52:47 pm

Hi all! This is my first post here.

Please have a look at this video, from 1:50 to 2:10 :

I often see this effect, and I wonder how it is done.
It's a kind of trail effect, but without any delay.

Does anyone have a clue on how to do this in After Effects? I guess it's not hard at all, but I just can't find the trick.
If I can do it directly in Final Cut, all the better!

Thanks a lot. Have a nice day.

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John Cuevas
Re: How to make this 'trail' effect?
on Jan 30, 2013 at 9:39:40 pm

Maybe there is a plugin, but it looks like you could accomplish that with multiple layers, offset the position and play with the opacity & perhaps change the faded layers blending mode(screen?)

Johnny Cuevas, Editor

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Jerome Laville
Re: How to make this 'trail' effect?
on Feb 3, 2013 at 1:21:48 pm

Yeah I thought of that, but it seems really tedious and random to do it like this. I'm sure there is a plugin somewhere!

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Patrick Dunn
Re: How to make this 'trail' effect?
on Feb 5, 2013 at 1:12:25 pm

looks to me like chromatic's an undesired byproduct of shooting with poor quality lenses...think of the album cover for Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon...with the prism and the rainbow emanating from the white beam of light.... well when this happens through a lens it looks like what you see in that video.

there are plugins that can do it....just google it.

good luck!

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Jerome Laville
Re: How to make this 'trail' effect?
on Feb 6, 2013 at 10:15:13 pm

Thanks Patrick!

I think you are right when you're talking about prism. But I don't think this effect is related to a chromatic aberration though : the colors are not altered, nor is the quality, and the distance/scale between the multiple images is definitely different. I would say this video uses chromatic aberration :

But here's another video that uses something similar to what I'm looking for :

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