As I've said in a previous tutorial, your job as a videographer is not to show reality. Reporters and journalists do that.
Your job is to effectively deliver a beautiful lie. And for that you need to make your video look better. Yup, all those great scenery videos you see on YouTube are color corrected like crazy.
In this case, we're talking about adding soft margins (also called vignette) to your video for a better cinematic aspect. Here's how to do it:
Basically you need to add a white picture with gradient grey or black margins. You can create the image in most graphic software out there:
- Adobe Illustrator
- Inkscape (this is what I used for this video)
- Microsoft Visio (my day to day vector editing software)
Then you just drag your image into the timeline of your editing software - in my case Magix Movie Edit Pro Plus - and overlay it onto your video.
The image will cover your video but that's when the Alpha Chroma Key kicks in. Available in Effects tab/Video Effects/Chroma Key.
You apply the mask effect to the image (not to the video) and the white part becomes transparent.
What this does is it sets the video to be shown in the white area on the image, while the grayish (black) areas will cover the margins of your footage.
So this is how you get that movie-like look. Pretty simple, eh?
You should look into your program coz this effect may have a different name in each software.
Over to you
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P.S. Screen capture done with Screencast-O-Matic.
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