After Effects FCP X Tutorial

Tilt-Shift or Miniaturization Effects in After Effects and Final Cut Pro

Tilt Shift is one of the most fun and simple effects you can use to make it look like everything is tiny. Tilt-shift makes your video and images look miniature, like toys. The trick I generally use is to keep a narrow cross-section of your shot in tight focus and then increase the saturation. This is made a bit more difficult if your footage is already shot but there are some ways to fake it.

First, we will talk about Tilt-Shift After Effects.

Tilt-shift Blur Tool For After Effects

Nol Honig has a free Tilt-Shift Blur Tool that you can download from Gumroad. It’s essentially a project file that uses the built-in blur tools in After Effects, with a good amount of UI controls for changing the blur parameters. It’s pretty useful! (Via Lester Banks)

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After Effects Video Tutorial: Tilt-Shift Effect

Mikey Borup has an older tutorial up at Premium Beat that is helpful, although the video no longer exists. I’m sure it exists somewhere, just not on Vimeo! The text tutorial is still there though. In this project, they use Posterize time, Camera Lens Blur, CC Light Sweep and Fast Blur to create the effect.

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Build A Tilt-Shift Plugin For Final Cut Pro X

Did you know that you can construct a very flexible Tilt-shift Plugin with On Screen Controls and adjustable, rigged blurred areas by using the blur filters in Motion? Tilt-shift is a photographic technique perfect for turning aerial shots into miniatures! Peter from idustrial revolution explains how.

A link to idustrial revolution XEffects Toolkit is at the bottom of this page.

How To Build A Tilt-shift Plugin

Read about tilt-shift photography on Wikipedia. that Peter mentions. He also talks about the Scheimpflug Principle in the video. Below is a helpful video from Dave Smith Photography that explains the Scheimpflug Principle.

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XEffects Toolkit is a pack of 53 utility plugins and tools that make the hard tasks in editing easier.

We set out to create the most advanced, most featured and most helpful set of tools on the market for Final Cut Pro X. XEffects toolkit is designed by professional broadcast editors. This set of tools is perfect for work such as documentary, news or sport. It’s also great for adding polish to corporate and event productions.

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Other Tilt-Shift Filters

Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks Swing-Tilt

Swing-Tilt is a tool built into the UI of Magic Bullet Looks. Simply apply the Tool and adjust as needed.

Magic Bullet Looks Swing Tilt Shift
Magic Bullet Looks Swing Tilt

Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks
Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks

Toolfarm Top 10 2018Effortlessly enhance and correct your footage, accurately reproducing the look of film stocks or lens filters.

Magic Bullet Looks includes 200 state-of-the-art fully-customizable Look presets, constructed to simulate the film look of well-known films and television shows and genres. The intuitive interface of Magic Bullet Looks is unmatched in the industry for ease-of-use and customization, and the results are absolutely impressive! In any case, you’ll get the nifty Swing Tilt plug-in!

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Red Giant Universe ShrinkRay

ShrinkRay is a filter that comes with Red Giant Universe and it allows you to choose the position of your blur and focus area, and also adjust the color.

Red Giant Universe ShrinkRay
Red Giant Universe ShrinkRay

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Red Giant Universe

Video transition and effects plugins for editors and motion graphics artists

In addition to 78 other GPU-accelerated plugins for editors and motion graphics artists, ShrinkRay is included.

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NewBlueFX Filters: Tilt Shift

NewBlueFX Filters Refocus
NewBlueFX Filters Refocus

Add Focus, Create Surreal Scenes & More
NewBlue Filters 5 Refocus delivers 8 filtering tools, including the all-new Light Leak and enhanced Dream Glow, that generate beautiful glow of light, focus the audience’s attention, and create surreal scenes. Quickly alter and correct your footage with Filters 5 Refocus. Tilt Shift, is, of course, included in this package. It’s in the Filters Ultimate bundle, as well.

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Kingluma Focus Point for FCPX

Focus Point offers true variable blur with precise and powerful on-screen controls. There are also custom color adjustments for fast and easy creation of tilt-shift and other selective focus effects in Final Cut Pro.

Kingluma Focus Point for FCPX
Kingluma Focus Point for FCPX

Tilt-shift and more variable blur, selective focus effects.

Focus point brings true variable blur with precise and powerful on-screen controls. In addition, there are preset and custom color adjustments available. In other words, Focus Point is for fast and easy creation of tilt-shift and other selective focus effects in Final Cut Pro.

This product requires Noise Industries FxFactory to run, by the way.  It is a free download, though.

Kingluma Focus Point

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After Effects FCP X Plug-ins

Easy Color Grading Using Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks

I’m a big fan of Magic Bullet Looks because it’s so easy and so much fun to use. Here’s a nice little tutorial video by Tom J. McCoy showing how he used Magic Bullet Looks for color grading.

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About Magic Bullet Looks

Supported Hosts

  • Adobe After Effects CC(2017), CC(2015.3), CC (2015), CC (2014)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC(2017), CC(2015.3), CC (2015), CC (2014)
  • Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.2.3 and up
  • Apple Motion 5.2.3 and up
  • Magix Vegas Pro 14
  • Avid Media Composer 8.5, 8.6, 8.7, 8.8
  • Davinci Resolve 12.5
  • EDIUS 8.2*
  • HitFilm Pro 2017

Powerful looks and color correction for filmmakers.

Instant Color. Choose from over 200 brand-new Look presets, designed to match your favorite movies and TV shows. Every preset is fully customizable.

Powerful Tools

Alter the presets by adding or removing tools along the toolchain, or just build a look from scratch by combining any of the 41 tools.

Incredibly Easy with a UI for Design

The best color correction experience in the industry happens because of a great set of tools and a great way to use them.

Color Correction for Pro Editors

  • Colorista – Looks gives you access to Color Wheels and much more.
  • Film Stock – The new film tool emulates the entire photochemical process.
  • Skin – The cosmo tool makes it easy to balance skin tones and remove blemishes.
  • Scopes – Professional scopes help guide you in your color grading decisions.


OpenGL/OpenCL (New)

Color grade faster than ever before. Magic Bullet Looks runs on your graphics card’s GPU – giving you the color grading power you’ve come to expect in Magic Bullet Looks – but much faster. With OpenCL and Cuda support, Looks works with the Mercury Playback engine in Premiere Pro, giving you real time video playback.

Looks Presets (New)

The Looks Library has been updated with 51 new, fully-customizable presets, designed to match the latest Hollywood films and TV shows. You can also create your own presets (or alter existing ones) and save them to the Looks Preset Library.

An Intuitive User Interface

Magic Bullet Looks is the most intuitive color finishing tool on the market today. Get in, choose a preset look, tweak it a bit, and get on with your workflow. Or create your look entirely from scratch, with powerful, flexible tools in a user interface built for design.

Professional Scopes

Classic color scopes like RGB Parade, Slice Graph, Hue/Saturation and Hue/Lightness, are essential to protecting your color. Along with a unique Memory Colors scope for monitoring important colors, Looks helps guide you in your color correction and grading process, like nothing else. New in version 4 is the ability to both resize scopes and to zoom into the Hue/Saturation scope to see more detail.

Reference Library (New)

Magic Bullet Looks now includes the ability to work with reference stills to inform color correction decisions. Take snapshots to compare corrections between different clips or projects – or Load stills from other sources.

Powerful Tools

Looks includes 42 tools for color grading and finishing. These tools go beyond the capabilities of your application or dedicated grading software.Tools include essential color correction tools as well as beautiful camera-based effects such as exposure, lens vignette, edge softness, chromatic aberration and more. New tools like Mojo II and Renoiser give you even more control over the color grading and finishing process.

Tool Presets (New)

New to Looks 4 are Tool Presets, making it easier than ever to try out different variations in settings with our most popular tools. Users can also now save presets directly within each Tool.

Source Tool (New)

Start off every color grade on the right foot. The new Source tool sits at the front of the toolchain so that you can tell it what type of footage you are working with, including Log, sLog2, sLog3, Flat, Standard Video and more.

Renoiser Tool (New)

Removing video noise can leave your footage looking overly processed and smooth. The Renoiser tool reintroduces subtle video noise to denoised footage, but can also be used to give any footage an obvious 35mm, 16mm, or Super 8 film grain. Also includes sharpening to bring back the detail lost in the denoising process. Includes 16 built-in, fully-customizable presets for enhancing both color and black and white footage.

Mojo II Tool (New)

Based on the incredibly popular plug-in of the same name, Mojo gives your footage the sophisticated color grade of a Hollywood movie, with film-like contrast and a unified, complementary color palette. Now with more control and 14 powerful presets.

Film Negative/Film Print Tools

Provides the look of various film stocks. These 2 tools work together to emulate the photochemical process used in motion-picture film. 22 Negative Film Stocks and 4 print stocks are included.

Colorista Tool

Magic Bullet Looks 4 includes a powerful 3-way color corrector, Hue, Saturation, and Luminance control for individual colors, and a Curves control, all in one tool.

4-Way Color Tool

Ranged color correction for for Shadows, Midtones, Highlights, along with a Master color wheel that adjusts the whole image.

Lens Vignette Tool

Add or remove vignetting with this new, foolproof tool.

LUT Tool

Import a Look Up Table created in other grading applications, and extend it with additional Looks tools.

Trackpad Mode

A more intuitive and fluid way of controlling your color correction tools, Trackpad Mode lets you interact with Looks using your computer’s trackpad – a control surface you already own.

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