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Johnny OpamoHow to achieve this "throbbing background" effect?
by on Feb 24, 2013 at 6:02:39 pm

I'm creative a music video for a college project and came across this effect I would really like to use.I saw this Batman video on collegehumor and saw this throbbing background effect when Batman looks at Scarecrow.

@ 0.46 and various other parts of the sketch. I understand it was probably used with green screen but how would the throbbing background effect be achieved?

All answers are helpful, thank you

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Angelo LorenzoRe: How to achieve this "throbbing background" effect?
by on Feb 24, 2013 at 9:21:37 pm

It is green screen with a background plate. You'll find various scripts and utilities that can keyframe a layers attributes based on audio if you'd like to automate the motion.

Beyond that, if you don't have a greenscreen and a plate, you would need to take a frame, paint out your actor for a clean plate, and then place it under a rotoscoped version of your footage.

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Todd KoprivaRe: How to achieve this "throbbing background" effect?
by on Feb 25, 2013 at 10:14:22 am

Specifically, once you have a separate background layer, you would animate the scale (or one of the Distort effects) and use one or more blur effects to get the result that I saw.

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Vishesh AroraRe: How to achieve this "throbbing background" effect?
by on Feb 25, 2013 at 11:37:01 am


As Todd said Animating the scale parameter and using a blur effect could create the desired look.

Check the Example:

Instead of any blur effect, I just used the Native Motion Blur of AE. Though you can use a blur effect to enhance the effect.

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