Free HD Light Leaks For Video Editing!!!
When editing any project, there are moments when a light effect can be applied to help the story be told. These effects can emphasize something to make it more evident, subtly isolate a certain element or blend several assets into one shot. Sometimes these effects are added only as eye candy to add production value to a project. Ideally, you are not adding visual effects to hide mistakes or to cover up deficiencies in the story…but this has been know to happen.
Plugins help us accomplish effects that are often too time consuming or expensive to create from scratch.
Free plugins make it possible for everyone to harness their power and apply them creatively.
The task of VFX has steadily fallen more and more onto the lap of editors. It is our job to deliver as much of the final image (within reason) so that the director/client/agency has an accurate assessment of what it will look like. Plugins allow us to create stunning visuals right inside our NLE or one of the numerous VFX programs available. You can deliver broadcast quality footage for a TV show or a feature film right from the confines of your apartment, cave, home, hotel or other dwelling.
Editing in my dwelling on Adobe Premiere.
Editing in my Dwelling
A lot of editors (who enjoy paying gigs) are now expected to be “one-man shops” that can handle picture edit, VFX, sound design and even music/score. It is not the ideal situation as each one of these elements is their own discipline that takes years of experience to comprehend and master. Add to that an understanding of ever-changing skillsets, acquisition formats and delivery requirements…and your brain can literally overload and shut down.
The dance between creative and technical is one that every editor strives to conquer and make instinctual in their work.
After Effects Plugins
El Pollo Loco Commercial Timeline
I’ve been asked lately by a lot of fellow editors and filmmakers what specific plugins I use. I wanted to share with you my favorite free plugins for Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects. I use many of these on a daily basis…and because they are free, I can take them with me and install on any system and not worry about serial numbers or registrations or footage not rendering due to missing plugins.
The default effects in Premiere Pro and After Effects are the root of most plugins (paid or free) once they are combined, “built” and applied to footage. Custom GUIs, how an editor interacts with them and the architecture of the plugin engine are how they differ from one another.
There is a time and place for complicated or expensive effects but for most tasks I lean on a core of common and simple effects that do most of the work.
Here are my personal favorites.
This plugin has 3 free effects that are powerful and effective. Feathered Crop gives you an advantage over Premiere Pro’s crop effect because you can feather any of the 4 sides. This is essential for split screen effects when you are combining 2 takes of locked-off shot and want to use different performances on each side of the frame.
David Fincher’s editors Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter are both 2-time Academy Awards Film Editing Winners for The Social Network and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. They utilize an ironclad workflow forged over years of experimentation that obviously works quite well but is also always evolving. The mastermind who keeps their workflow working smoothly is their Assistant Editor, Tyler Nelsen. His knowledge base is as deep as it gets and he is always looking for ways to streamline and optimize the workflow.
On every David Fincher project the editors are asked to blend different takes of multiple performances into one shot. They adjust the reactions of the actors’ readings to suit the timing of the scene. When using Premiere Pro, I installed the Feathered Crop free plugin and achieved the same result of blending shots and hiding the split screen. This plugin created an invisible effect that allowed me to rework performances to fit the scene and cost me nothing. Win-win. Enough said.
Creative Impatience also offer a Power Window plugin and a Vignette plugin that were both updated recently for faster performance inside Premiere Pro.