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Kiyan Troy
How can I achieve a diffused, 'mildly hazy' look to my films
on Oct 14, 2014 at 5:43:09 am

Hi everyone, in the pursuit of film excellence I wonder if anyone out there can give me any realistic tips on how to achieve a certain look when editing videos..
Here are a couple of examples:








One is a wedding video and the other a music video, both have slightly different feel, the MV is the closest to what I would like to find, it may be to do with grading, effects or even how it's shot in the first place.
I have been searching for tutorials on line but can't find anything probably due to the fact that I don't know how to describe it accurately. Any ideas or feedback would be very much appreciated.

Being a filmaker is a struggle but not to worry its all uphill from here.....


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Dave LaRonde
Re: How can I achieve a diffused, 'mildly hazy' look to my films
on Oct 15, 2014 at 12:21:16 am

I'd go for the simple route. I'd get a very light diffusion filter for my camera.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Kiyan Troy
Re: How can I achieve a diffused, 'mildly hazy' look to my films
on Oct 17, 2014 at 3:16:56 am

Do you mean a physical filter like the old time mesh type or glass filter?..... I don't you are referring to post filtering

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John Cuevas
Re: How can I achieve a diffused, 'mildly hazy' look to my films
on Oct 16, 2014 at 5:23:04 pm

A look Chris&Trish Meyers have recommended in the past is to duplicate your layer, and add a gaussian blur, then screen/overlay(transfer mode to taste) it back on to your footage, then adjust opacity if needed.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

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Kiyan Troy
Re: How can I achieve a diffused, 'mildly hazy' look to my films
on Oct 17, 2014 at 3:21:48 am

Hey Johnny, I have tried this technique in the past but doesn't achieve the look I need although I have found this very useful including trying 'fake' a shallow DOF.

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Lowell Niles
Re: How can I achieve a diffused, 'mildly hazy' look to my films
on Oct 16, 2014 at 6:47:48 pm

I think you're talking about diffuse glow. Very simple.

1. Shoot with lots of backlight.
2. Apply the "diffuse glow" filter.



Lowell Niles
Creative Director, Sunword Studios
http://sunword.com


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Kiyan Troy
Re: How can I achieve a diffused, 'mildly hazy' look to my films
on Oct 17, 2014 at 3:25:37 am

This quite interesting, not tried that for this effects before.
What if there is limited backlight will it still have any effect?

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Chris Wright
Re: How can I achieve a diffused, 'mildly hazy' look to my films
on Oct 17, 2014 at 2:16:56 am

i disagree with trish meyer. Adding blur to everything...well, blurs everything(i.e. eyes). try my free ae template to see if its what you're looking for. it softens edges only like film, enhances texture, color, grain.

https://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/50/862151

then after the edges are softened, you can go back and add gaussian blurs, this way it will look more natural, unless of course you shot on film in the first place.


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Kiyan Troy
Re: How can I achieve a diffused, 'mildly hazy' look to my films
on Oct 17, 2014 at 3:28:32 am

Het Chris, thanks gonna check out the templates and i will let you know in due course whether it helps....
Thanks again

Being a filmaker is a struggle but not to worry its all uphill from here.....


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Chris Wright
Re: How can I achieve a diffused, 'mildly hazy' look to my films
on Oct 17, 2014 at 5:02:16 pm

what you'd want is, after you've softened the edges:


add new white solid, set as soft light opacity 50%. this raises gamma a special way
then add adjustment layer on top of that, search for bloom-brights preset.

as you can see, besides the color correction, there's a lot going on here. not just blur 'n go.


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Dillon Cleary
Re: How can I achieve a diffused, 'mildly hazy' look to my films
on Nov 8, 2014 at 2:12:52 pm

you could cover the light with a gel or adjust shutter speed


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Tero Ahlfors
Re: How can I achieve a diffused, 'mildly hazy' look to my films
on Oct 17, 2014 at 11:33:59 am

[Chris Wright] "i disagree with trish meyer. Adding blur to everything...well, blurs everything"

Adding the blur to a copy of the clip and blending it with the original isn't just slapping a blur on it.


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