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LightLeakLove Giveaway

10 Jun

So to celebrate the release of ColorLove (LightLeakLove’s newest and biggest light leak collection ever, see more below), Light Leak Love teamed up with stock music distributor “PremiumBeat” to give away a great prize for video editors.
Valued at $285.99, this giveaway includes – ColorLove. The newest and biggest light leak collection from LightLeakLove.com
and  a $250 voucher from PremiumBeat.com to spend on royalty free music & sound effects.

This giveaway is open to all ages, countries and regions.

link

I used the LightLeakLove StarTrek Collection in the CONS SPACE MUSIC Best Of-ClipI did edit for CONVERSE / RED TOWER FILMS to “fancy up” the C300 footage I shot at that event:

I will do a lil tutorial about what and how I used in this clip at some point soon…so stay tuned!

CONS SPACE 002 BLN … 1st clips

24 Jan

So a while back I was shooting for RED TOWER FILM a Documentary about a Converse Project called CONS SPACE 002 BLN.

It was located at a old abandoned factory in Berlin that was revived again by skaters and lots and lost of art. There is a full length Docu (70min or so) in the making and there well be a Teaser released soon.
For now there are two 1st clips online about Art and Music…. All shot on Canon C300, 60D, 7D and GoPro. Edit by a colleague and me in Premere Pro CC on OSX  on a Late2013 iMac and 2009 MacPro.

…more updates soon

[guest post]: Using Light leaks

3 Nov

What are light leak overlay effects, how to use them and why you’ll love them.

Light leaks are an essential effect for video editors to have in their editing arsenal. They can add warmth, texture, emotion and depth to footage, resulting in artistic videos that are unique and refreshing. To learn the what, why and how of light leaks, read on!

What are light leaks?

“Light leaks” began back in the analogue days of film, where film was generally shot on celluloid. In those days cameras had light-tight chambers that protected the camera’s film, however every now and again, a tiny gap or hole in the camera body would stream through the light-tight chamber and expose the camera film to extra light. This additional “leaked light” would then diffuse across the film, creating an interesting flare of light across the image.

Light leak effects for fcp and adobe

 
100 years ago this accidental “light leak” effect was the bane of every filmmaking professional – after all, it was considered a mistake and an accidental effect on the film. However over the years, new generations of film-makers have developed a polar shift in this mentality, and have actively sought to include the effect in their footage, both pre and post filming.

Why would you want your footage to look like a mistake?

Put simply, light leaks are no longer considered a mistake.  The artistic flare of light that light leaks create has been appreciated for what they really are; exciting and abundantly interesting looks that can turn an ordinary shot into something really special, adding a specific tone and feel to video projects.
They are also great for -
  • Transforming a dull shot into artistic footage.
  • Adding energy to footage through rapid and colourful light leak overlays.
  • Creating a cool vintage feel.
example of light leak lens effects

lady pouring drink with light leak video effects

How to achieve a light leak look – In camera or in post?

Though light leaks can still be created in camera (by exposing film to streams of light through the light-tight chamber), this process gives the film-maker limited control, and can cause damage to the camera and footage. More often, filmmakers will decide to apply the light leak effects in post as this gives them more control over when, where and how to place the light leaks.

When should I use light leak effects?

Light leaks in Wedding videos

Using light leaks in wedding videos can have an enormous effect on creating more romantic, soft and alluring footage.
For example, the wedding shot below was held in spring in an idyllic country wine estate. While the footage is beautiful, it is still a little ‘flat’, and there is opportunity make the shot stand out.

wedding light leak video effects for download

A way to do this could be to use light leaks to add extra warmth and color to the edit, such as adding a golden sunset tone to give the shot a more romantic feel. By adding warmth to the image without overpowering it, the shot has been transformed into a perfectly captured moment from your clients wedding day.

light leak lomo video effects, overlays and transitions for free download

Light leaks in Action Sports Videos

Sports is all about action – and overlaying colors and movement from light leaks can be the perfect accompaniment to your footage.
Imagine you are editing a new surfing video. The impressive shots of the surfers cutting “sick” on the waves, with loud music behind the footage could be great, but is there a way to make the shot a little more memorable?

Surfer carving a massive wave. Without light leaks.

In this scenario, you’ll need something a bit edgier than the soft light effects used previously in the wedding video. Instead you could consider using light leaks with with stronger reds and oranges (as appears when you come to the end of a reel of film stock).

surfing footage with light leak film burn effects

Light leaks in Music videos.

Music videos are entertainment, designed to take us away from our everyday life into bite-sized mental vacations where we experience the beat, the drums, the atmosphere of the music.
In saying that, if you’ve been hired by a band to edit their latest music video, you’ll need to ensure the video your editing does just that. Take the example below of a rock band. Their footage is in black and white, and though it kind of displays energy in the movement of the drummer, the shots kinda boring.

No light leak effects on music video footage.

What you need to do is add energy. Using light leaks with a series of streaking blue tinged light leaks and flares, you can make the video look much more interesting, vibrant and exciting.

 drummer with light leak effects being used on video footage

How do I use light leak effects.

As you can see, light leaks can transform footage that is dull to something extraordinary - all you need to do is decide what emotion or atmosphere you want to capture, and use light leaks as the tool to get you there. In this next part I’ll show you how easy it is to introduce them into your next edit.

Here’s a step by step break down how to use light leak effects in two of the more common editing platforms, Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro.
As a rule, any editing software that allows ‘composite’ or ‘blend’ modes to change will work with post production light leak effects.

Step 1 – Import your light leaks into your edit software.

For FCPX
Select FILE > IMPORT > MEDIA (keyboard shortcut = command + i) and choose the light leaks you want to import from the finder window.
Another way is to click on the import media button displayed below -
import footage into final cut pro x
For Premiere Pro
Select FILE > IMPORT (command + i for mac, ctl + i for PC) and select light leaks from popup window.
import footage into premiere pro cc

Step 2 – Choose the light leak you want to use!

So you’ve imported your light leaks? Now you just need to treat your recently imported light leaks like any other footage – scrub through the light leak until you find a moment in the light leak you specifically want to use. Make sure you set the in and out points around this moment.
set in and out points in final cut pro
Final Cut Pro X
set in and out points in adobe premiere pro
Adobe Premiere Pro

Step 3 – Positioning.

In your timeline position the chosen light leak above your footage.
overlay light leak footage in final cut pro
Final Cut Pro X
overlay footage in adobe premiere pro
Adobe Premiere Pro

Step 4 – Change the blend mode.

Change the light leaks “composite mode” to screen.
In FCPX

Make sure you have the light leak layer selected in your sequence.
Then open the inspector window by clicking this button on the far right of FCPX layout.

changing composite and blend modes in final cut pro

Now, in the inspector window under ‘Compositing’ change the ‘blend mode’ to Screen.
changing blend mode in final cut pro
change blend mode to screen fcpx

In Premiere Pro

Double click on the light leak in your timeline.
Click on the ‘Effect Controls’ tab in your source window.
adobe premiere pro blend modes

Now click the triangle next to Opacity.
changing blend modes in premiere pro

There you will see “blend mode”. Change it to screen. Screen mode will give you that classic light leak look.

light leak video effects before and after

 
And there you have it!
All it takes to add beautiful, colorful and energetic light leaks in your edit is 4 easy steps – and you’ve effectively transformed your footage from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

What’s next?

Experiment, experiment, experiment!
There are so many ways to manipulate light leaks to give you truly unique and individual looks. some of these are:
- Change Color.
If you’re purchased light leaks that have an orange tinge, you can simply use your editing softwares color corrector to change the colour from a warm orange to a cool blue and give a completely different look to your video.
 - Speed
If you want to add energy to a sport video, or adversely, a chilled, cool vibe to a wedding video, simply change the speed of the light leak. The faster the light leak flickers on your footage, the more energy it gives to your shot.
 - Flip/Flop
Want the light leak to sit in the left of frame, not right? Thats easy, just flop the shot!
 - Use multiple light leaks at once
The beauty of light leaks is that you can customise them to be a truly unique effect specific to your video. If a light leak is kind of working in your video, but something is still missing, consider using more than one light leak at once by simply stack them on different layers.
 - Use other blend modes apart from “Screen”
The Screen blend mode gives you that classic light leak look effect, but some of the other modes can add a whole new dimension to your footage!

different blend modes being used with light leaks

Getting Started with light leaks.

First step – finding light leaks to use in your footage!
A few experienced video editors actually create their own light leaks, however this can be a lengthy process if you are just getting started in the video editing world.

At LightLeakLove.com we have a free sample light leak collection for users to experiment with! It’s available for you to download and use as much as you want, so you can experience how light leaks can improve your next video project. The free sample light leak collection features light leaks from LightLeakLove’s three most popular collections, so you can get a taste of what type of light leaks you’d like to use in your next vid! Download your free light leak collection here.

If you have any questions on how to use light leaks, or just want to chat about how/when is best to use them, just email us at hello@lightleaklove.com. We’d love to hear from you!

Also a really big thanks for Michael for letting us contribute this tutorial on how to use light leaks.

Light it up!
Charlie @ LightLeakLove.com

QUESTION: 1.78:1 vs. 2.39:1 …what do you like?

15 May

this my latest project i shot and edited / color graded…

here is the thing well i can’t decide what version works better…the normal 16:9 / 1.78:1

or the 2.39:1 version…

let me know what u think:

16:9 / 1.78:1

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2.39:1

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UPDATE: Thanks for all the feedback here, on twitter, facebook, LiftGammaGain Forum … seems like the 2.39:1 version is the winner … even the basketball girls like it more … ;)

Update: New Tutorial Page

15 May

… a new Tutorial page is updated and there will be more in the coming weeks & months.
If you have any software or workflow question, please let me know in the comments section i will see to get to it as soon as I can.

Audio101 – What is a Submix

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EDITING 101: QuickTip PremierePro Video Usage

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Audio101: Quicktip – Soundmix in Premiere Pro

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Editing101: PremierePro – The Pancake Sequence

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EDITING 101: QuickTip PremierePro – Import a template sequence

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FCPX BTS: retiming & conforming footage

 

 

the tutorial page can be found here

PremierePro & Cuda on MacOS 10.8.2 on a MacPro

3 Oct

I now can confirm with the updated drivers for the nvidia card (GT120+GTX480) that PProCS6 works perfectly smooth even with a lot of  MagicBulletLook use (h246 and ProRes clips / 1080p25)

here are some links you might want to check:

QUADRO & GEFORCE MAC OS X DRIVER RELEASE for 10.8.2
http://www.nvidia.com/object/macosx-304.00.05f02-driver.html

current CUDA for 10.8.2:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/cuda-mac-driver.html 

Optimize rendering settings:
http://film-sound-color.tumblr.com/post/31268656116/if-u-have-issues-exporting-or-even-rendering-stuff

GPU for Resolve9 AND PremierePro CS6 in ONE system:
http://liftgammagain.com/forum/index.php?threads/gpu-for-resolve9-and-premierepro-cs6-in-one-system.580/

How To Enable GPU Cuda in Adobe CS6 for Mac:
http://film-sound-color.tumblr.com/post/26071716910/how-to-enable-gpu-cuda-in-adobe-cs6-for-mac-by

some awesome commercials… they won a cammes lion

24 Sep

they are not that new but i just “found” them today and a wanted to share that find.
… watch all of them :)

 

some more info here:
http://cannes2012.grey.com

NVIDIA CUDA & DRIVER for PPro CS 6.0.2 on MacOS 10.8.1

20 Sep

thats my CUDA status on my 2009 MacPro

 

if u run MacOS 10.8.1 / PPro 6.0.2
make sure u have CUDA 5.0.24 and Nvidia driver 1.3.4.0 (304.00.00f20) running really helps and makes PPro more stable! (not tested or even updated to MacOS 10.8.2 yet tho’)

QUADRO & GEFORCE MAC OS X DRIVER
http://www.nvidia.com/object/macosx-304.00.00f20-driver.html

NVIDIA CUDA 5.0 FOR MAC RELEASE
http://www.nvidia.com/object/cuda-mac-driver.html 

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