For my Final Project I wanted to focus on some sort of kaleidoscope effect. I was originally unsure of what would be in my kaleidoscope. I was invited to come watch some fireworks on a friend’s rooftop, and I took my D90 Nikon camera and zoomed to where the action was.
I put the footage in my favorite program, Adobe Premiere Pro, and searched for tutorials on YouTube. I found a video, although I found it very confusing, and managed to follow the instructions to get the look I desired.
How to Make a Kaleidoscope Effect in Adobe Premiere Pro:
- Apply the ‘mirror’ affect to your clip
- -45° and 1525, 1080
- You then ‘nest’ your clip
- Copy and paste your clip so that it is on the layer above your original clip
- Then apply the following affects to the top nested clip:
- ‘Horizontal flip’
- ‘Crop’ left to 50%
- ‘Mirror’ 90° and 1544, 540
- You also need to apply ‘mirror’ to the bottom nested clip
- 90° and 1544, 540
- You might want to apply ‘crop’ to the bottom nested clip if you are also planning to turn the opacity of the clip down
- Right to 50%
I got to the stage that I thought the fireworks looked abstract enough but there was not enough to look at. It was boring by itself. I found a silhouette of a woman dancing on YouTube. The video had very minimal background, and I used ‘ultra key’ to remove it. There were still shadows around the corners, no matter how much I fiddled with the sliders, so I removed most of them using ‘eight-point garbage matte’. I then inverted the video and pushed down the opacity to 40% so you could still see the kaleidoscoped fireworks.
Because the opacity of the dancer I can layer the dancer up. I created this affect by starting each clip a little bit after the below it. I also altered the ‘scale’ of each dancer to make them more separate from one another. The fact that I can layer is one of the reasons I enjoy using this program so much.
At this stage I had a little bit over one minute of overall footage and I check the requirements for this assignment before exporting my finished video. I now have to add at least one more minute of footage to be within the brief. Not entirely sure what I will add to make this video better and longer.