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Light Up The Sky With This CINEMATIC EFFECT – Editing Tutorial

November 22, 2019

Today I’m going to show you how to light up the sky and use this effect to create a cinematic experience. Warning. The following editing techniques can be used within any editing software. Only because of personal preferences I’m using VEGAS Pro as my editing software of choice in this tutorial. What’s up guys, Bobby here from theletterisb. The footage I’ve used for this tutorial is from the video “FACES OF NYC” by Aidin Robbins. The link to his awesome piece of art is in the video description. Shoutout to him. Now, to create the effect we will have to make sure we have one video track where we place our original footage, and one empty track above it, so we can copy our footage and place it on top of the original one Let’s get into the pan & crop of the video footage copy and create a mask around the sky. As you can see my mask is already finished. All I need to do from this point is to move frame by frame and adjust the mask to the movement of the scene. This way our mask will be tracked and move simultaneously with the camera movement within the footage. How many frames do we have to adjust the mask you might ask? Usually I go for around 20 frames so I have plenty of time to let the light fade naturally. Quick tip! I usually turn off the mask within the preview so I have a easier time adjusting the masking anchors. After that I add some sort of highlight effect, here in VEGAS Pro we can use the effect called “Levels”, drop it onto our footage, set the brightness, click on “animate” by hitting the little clock icon right here and set a keyframe where the effect should end. After that we drop down the brightness to 0. And the effect is done. What we could add, is a thunder sound to give the effect that cinematic feel at the end. I hope you learned something new with this quick and easy tutorial. If you want to support me make sure to like this video, subscribe and comment what tutorial you would like to see next. Also for all the editors out there that want to up their editing game and create high quality content, I now provide private editing courses were we go deep into workflow strategies, how to improve your editing skills no matter if you are a total beginner our someone more advanced, as well teach you all my tips and tricks step by step so you can create some amazing content by yourself. All information about the editing courses are in the video description, as well as some other awesome tools that you can use to create professional high quality content. Take this offer and see it as a investment into your future. I’m Bobby and this was theletterisb.


  • Reply Andrew Nova November 16, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    So, now, emotional moment lol?

  • Reply NIGHT SLASHER November 16, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Bro, you're one of the best! Keep it, my man!!

  • Reply theletterisb November 16, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Have great day guys! Much fun with the tutorial. <3

  • Reply Trynda Edits November 16, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    One effect can make a video look very cinematic, good job Bobby!

  • Reply Shines Fox November 16, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Hey You Are Awesome MAN,I Learned A Lot From Your Tutorials,I Am Also Making Templates For Sony VEGAS Pro,Here You Can One Of Them

  • Reply i am Kian November 16, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    So nice. Really love the effect. Trying it now. Thank you.

  • Reply CHRS November 16, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Hey man, I love your vids they are always on point, keep up the great work! There is something I wanted to ask, is it possible in Sony Vegas to get some motion blur automatically whenever we zoom in/out on a clip? I don't want to have motion blur on the whole clip only the parts where I zoom in/out. I'm pretty sure it's possible using the video bus track thingy but keyframing every single zoom would take way too long. I don't know if such feature exists in Sony Vegas or even in Premiere Pro (though I'd say yes for Premiere).

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  • Reply zakaria X Gamer November 16, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    thank you

  • Reply Fausto Nr Tu Films November 17, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Hallo Bobby.
    Schön das du wieder da bist und ich hoffe das dein Leben wieder einen geregelten Gang geht.
    Habe dich vor Monaten mal gefragt, ob du eine GLASSCHRIFT hinbekommen kannst.
    Ich habe immer noch keinem Weg dazu gefunden.
    Vielleicht schaffst du das ja. Über ein Tutorial darüber würde ich mich, genauso wie wie anderen, sehr freuen.
    Grüße und mach weiter so.

  • Reply ANUP BARMAN November 17, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    After a long time bro miss you

  • Reply Erick Febriant November 19, 2019 at 8:53 am

    really helpful 🙂

  • Reply Sirch November 19, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Mir werden die Videos nicht in Abobox angezeigt.. gerade dein Kanal gesucht und siehe da "Vor 2 Tagen" hochgeladen..

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