Stylize Filters


Stylize filters can be used to create extreme changes to the appearance of clips.

Anti-Alias blurs the clip's "stair-stepping" and high-contrast areas to soften the borders between elements in the frame. Use the Amount slider to soften the effect.

Diffuse randomly offsets pixels in the picture to create a texturized blur. The Angle control allows you to adjust the diffusion's direction. The Radius slider adjusts how extreme the offset becomes. The Direction pop-up menu allows you to specify whether the diffusion should be nondirectional (all directions), unidirectional (random on one axis), or bidirectional (random on two axes). The Random check box increases the amount of the effect, and the Repeat Edge selection eliminates any black that appears around the edge of the frame.

Emboss produces the look of raised edges where the clip has high contrast. The Angle control allows you to specify the effect's direction. The Depth slider allows you to raise or lower the apparent depth or height of the embossing. The Amount slider controls the blending between the original clip and the Emboss effect itself, making them look superimposed. This might make a nice addition to a freeze at the end of a moving shot. Adding a colorizing effect would further the look. Emboss is also good for creating bugs . Add the Emboss effect to a logo, and then add the logo clip to the sequence with (from memory) overlay mode. The gray disappears and creates a simple bug. Combine this with the solid logo and displace it to create a truly 3D logo bug.

Find Edges is an extreme-contrast effect used to outline the edges in the picture. The outline looks sort of like a neon sign. The Invert check box toggles between using a light-on-dark and dark-on-light version of the effect. The Amount slider controls the blending between the original clip and the effect itself. Overlay a copy with Find Edges on top of the original. Apply Multiply to the top copy to add outlines to the original. Adjust the opacity to taste.

Posterize limits a clip's color range by mapping the colors in it to a specified number of colors, creating an image with banding in areas of graduated color. You can adjust the amount of the effect with separate sliders for red, green, and blue.

Replicate repeats and multiplies the clip to create a video wall effect of the same picture. You can adjust the number of tiles independently for the horizontal and vertical, up to 16 repetitions on each axis. If the horizontal and vertical multiples are not the same, the images distort to fill the frame. This effect is particularly effective when animated from 1 to a very large number of tiles.

Solarize minimizes the midtones and maximizes the blacks and highlights, like a photographic negative of sorts. The Invert check box and slider let you adjust its amount.

Jerry Hofmann on Final Cut Pro 4
Jerry Hofmann on Final Cut Pro 4
ISBN: 735712816
Year: 2005
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