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

Tilt Shift or Miniturization Effects

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.

Read the tutorial

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.

idustrial revolution XEffects Toolkitidustrial revolution XEffects Toolkit

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.

XEffects Toolkit

This product requires Noise Industries FxFactory to run. For a trial version, download FxFactory, the free version.

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!

Magic Bullet Looks     Magic Bullet Suite

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.

Red Giant Universe

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.

NewBlueFX Filters Refocus   NewBlueFX Filters Ultimate

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