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Michael Borowiec
soft focus lights
on Dec 14, 2009 at 10:20:18 pm

Hi,

I want to create some out of focus lights to layer in front of and behind footage. I kinda want it to look like this..... but more neon...

http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-video-10178222-bokeh.php

Do you think there is anyway to achieve something like that?





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Dave LaRonde
Re: soft focus lights
on Dec 14, 2009 at 10:37:36 pm

Seems like one of the many, many light saber tutorials floating around ought to get you that long neon light tube look you seen to be after...

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


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Todd Kopriva
Re: soft focus lights
on Dec 14, 2009 at 10:53:33 pm

It's a simple matter of glows and blurs on footage of lights.

Glow effect

Blur effects

You'll get best results with glows and blurs at a color bit depth of 32 bpc.



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Michael Borowiec
Re: soft focus lights
on Dec 14, 2009 at 10:56:30 pm

I don't really want it to look like slight sabers or tubes. Is there any way to generate it without have any footage of lights?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: soft focus lights
on Dec 15, 2009 at 4:20:48 pm

How tough can it be to shoot some lights? Why fool around with painstakingly creating something using AE lights & solids when you can gel some lights, point 'em at the camera, turn 'em on & off if you'd like, or use masks to do the job? You can even determine the amount to defocus the camera when you shoot it.

And who says you need need just ONE layer to do this? Why not use a few with AE's blending modes?

Sometimes practical effects are the best effects. You don't always NEED to do it digitally.

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


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