Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Artificial Darkness Film Effect

In this tutorial we will be taking a look at creating that 'flashlight' home movie horror film look but when you've filmed day time footage!

Apply 'Color Curves' Night > Add Bump Map Spotlight up (flat) > Ajust setting, so it looks like you are shining a flash light towards the middle of the screen > Apply 'Half Saturation' > Apply 'Decrease Gamma' > Add curves and play around to make it darker and you should be done.

Optional - You can add the 'Night Vision' and some 'Film Grain' if you want to spook out your audience even more!

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Sunday, 26 September 2010

What Tutorial Do You Guys Want?

I want something challenging? Something crazy! And I shall deliver, with a video too!
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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Sin City & The Spirit Film Effect

If you've watched the Sin City/The Spirit film or even if you've just read the graphic novel, you've noticed how the whole thing is in black and white, but with certain colours left in (normally red). For example, the spirits red tie, always in colour. Anyway, this will be a simple yet effective tutorial for you Sony Vegas people.

Video Effects > Color Corrector Secondary > Use the colour picker and pick a red on the video footage > Invert Mask > Saturation = 0 > Limit Lumanance tick, then 0 on Low and Max on High > Limit Saturation how you like and what looks best, smooth = max > Experiment by moving the bars > Fin

As you can see from the first image, my face was very Sun Burnt so It didn't help! xD

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Monday, 20 September 2010

Circular Edge Film Gradient

If you want to give your films that professional quality of a Circular Edge Film Gradient like in the picture, then listen up.

Media Generators > Colour Gradiant > Elliptical Transparent to Black > Drag onto video track > Once the 'option' box is up, drag the number 2 circle to the bottom right corner, leave the number 1 where it is > Drag the opacity of the number 2 circle down to about half way on the dial.

You should be done!

To apply this to a video > Use this piece of media above your film footage on another track and drag all away across.

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Some of my recent Sony Vegas Work...

I entered a competition a while back for a youtube user called Little Rich, or http://youtube.com/richw4 . I created the intro with some Newblue effects and photoshop cs3, all compiled in Sony Vegas pro 9 of course. Also check out my Comedy channel - Abduction Studios - http://youtube.com/abductionstudios.

Enjoy the Video, any questions will be answered.
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Sunday, 19 September 2010

Small Crew Credits

Just finished a film or a project with a small crew/team? And you feel it is too small for a classic movie 'list style credits' at the end. Well here's what I do...

Create a video track > Insert new text > Change font and write something like 'Directed by Bobby Bobson' and make it white/ajust size to your liking > shorten the default length of your text media > Add a 'zoom' transistion to the beggining of the text > Shorten the 'fade' length (trasistion length) > Create a 'zoom out' at the end of the text > Make it the same length > Repeat with small gap between other text media (pieces of the credits)

I normally follow in this order

Directed by ________
Written by ________
Produced by ________
Starring ___________, _______, ________
An ___________ Production.

Protip! - By clicking on pan/crop, click on the begging of the time line > drag the dashed box corner inwards > Then at the end of the time line drag it back to its original state.
There you have a cool professional looking credit 'zooming away' effect

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Black Background Stock Footage

When using muzzle flashes, expolsions and sparks, you'd normally get the footage (say off videocopilot). You'd want the footage, with no background, over the footage you've shot.
So > create a new video layer > Add the stock footage on that layer, above your original footage > Change the above layers style to 'Screen' > Fin.

Now that you know how to do this you can stop all of those trial and errors of chroma keying black, unwanted backgrounds!

Notice - The more layers you have screened, the less visible they become over time.

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Welcome, a new beggining

Well Hi, a little bit about me, I'm Zach. 16 and at 6th form. I've decided to create this Sony Vegas Tutorial and Info blog so I can show my semi-pro expertiese at using the software fo just 2 years. An I've pretty much mastered it. I hope you will enjoy reading and finding what you want from this blog.