Where do you get your Special Effects?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Lordillingworth, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. Lordillingworth macrumors regular

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    Hello, i recently got final cut express 4, i have been messing around with it making various little cloning videos and adding effects and all that sort of stuff.
    I do have some proper things that i want to use FCE4 though! But i also want to mess around with it a bit more (things like this http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=5G2MrPuYdpA) So i was just wandering i anybody could point me in the right direction for some cheap/free special effects, i am not looking for any specific kind i just want some things to help me learn and get used to everything you can do with FCE.

    Thanks, dan
     
  2. AviationFan macrumors 6502a

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    Are you sure you are talking about special effects? Or do you mean filters and/or transitions?

    Special effects (good ones, at least) don't just come from plug-ins. They start with an artistic vision, continue with carefully thought out shots that you need to film/record, and are finalized by editors and compositors using the appropriate tools. A good book to start learning about it and get some practical ideas for how to do things is Apple Pro Training Series: Encyclopedia of Visual Effects. There are tons of other books out there, too; I like to suggest this one because of the wide range of topics it covers.

    Or were you looking for something different?

    - Martin
     
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  4. Lordillingworth thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for that:)

    Thank you very much for that response and the book link, at the minute i am still learning how to get the best results from final cut express so i am currently just looking for some things to have a mess around with so that i will have the understanding to put my proper video ideas into motion at a later date, thank you very much for such a wonderfully written and passionate response, one day i hope to be able to live up to the description of special effects you wrote there, thanks.

    lol thanks for the 1337493! rofl kthxbi!


    thanks for your responses guys,
    dan
     

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