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  • Adding effect like lens flare to ADJUSTMENT LAYER on Video Footage

    Posted by Serg Merci on December 9, 2005 at 9:38 am

    Hi guys,

    I’ve been trying to add effects to a COMP i made from a PAL video footage. All I want to achieve is to be able to make the effect last a certain period of time and then be able to have it stop.
    I read that using an adjustment layer was the way to go.
    But when I have, say, COMP1 and then add an ADJUSTMENT LAYER to that…and then add an effect (eg.lens flare)to the adjustment layer… I CANT SEE IT!
    I only see the lens flare when I put it directly onto the COMP1.

    What am I doing wrong? Can somebody help please?

    Thanks heaps.

    Spritemaster replied 18 years, 7 months ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Mylenium

    December 9, 2005 at 9:50 am

    Adjustment layers have a transparent Alpha and effects that do not calculate Alpha don’t show. In your case don’t use an Adjustment layer. Put your lens flare on a normal black solid and use the add or screen blend mode.


    [Pour Myl

  • Serg Merci

    December 9, 2005 at 4:39 pm

    I thank you for your invaluable advice Mylenium.

    I will give it a go…as you said…and see how it goes.



  • Serg Merci

    December 10, 2005 at 7:51 am

    Hi Mylenium,

    Thanks for that advice. I tried it but it didn’t work for me. Am I doing something wrong I wonder?

    I have added a solid black layer and added the effect to that layer and used blend mode ADD and SCREEN but it doesn’t show…

    Any other ideas?

    All I want to do is be able to add lighting to a video footage and be able to control when I can turn it on and off…


  • Spritemaster

    December 10, 2005 at 9:08 am

    “It doesn’t show” meaning you still see your video but not the flare? When you added the black solid, did you see it? It’s supposed to hide your footage, so I wonder if you haven’t put it underneath by mistake. You can also apply a Render-Lens Flare effect directly to the footage layer.

    Not sure what you’re doing wrong, but frankly this is RTFM stuff 🙂 Or the Calf…


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