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Dane Silzlecreating Lighting behind the clouds
by on Jun 26, 2013 at 1:23:45 am


I am trying to create a lighting effect behind the all ready existing clouds in a movie plate
what are your suggestions.

Best regards,

My system

Mac Pro 8 core 18gig
OS 10.6.8
fcp 6.8

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Walter SoykaRe: creating Lighting behind the clouds
by on Jun 26, 2013 at 1:52:39 am

Advanced Lightning can do the trick, but the default settings are way cheesy. You'll need to tweak this a bit.

You'll also need to rotoscope it to fit into the clouds. Since the lightning just flashes, this should be no big deal.

Add realism by lighting the clouds with an exposure effect around the lightning, when the lightning strikes. You'll want to mask this, too.

Walter Soyka
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John CuevasRe: creating Lighting behind the clouds
by on Jun 26, 2013 at 2:32:23 am

Check out the Weather Replacement tutorial, real good tips on creating realistic lighting.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor

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Dave LaRondeRe: creating Lighting behind the clouds
by on Jun 26, 2013 at 3:10:29 am

If you don't have to actually see the lightning -- just the clouds lighting up as the lightning flashes within them -- there's a lot you can do with multiple layers, masking using a lot of different blend modes, and animating opacity. Works like a charm.

Dave LaRonde
Former Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA

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Dane SilzleRe: creating Lighting behind the clouds
by on Jun 27, 2013 at 4:30:09 pm

Thanks everyone I have used all ways Masked layers, Aharon's lighting technic
and shooting lightning horizontally behind a masked layers with opacity changes
and they all work great.

Thank you very much !!!



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