Tutorials & Tips

Video Tutorials

Quick How To

  1. Choose film stock and plate
  2. Import the plate in your Editing, VFX or Coloring software
  3. Drag and drop the plate in the timeline.
  4. Change COMPOSITE MODE to OVERLAY
  5. Adjust OPACITY till the grain ammount feels right
  6. The amount of grain can also be adjusted by “Brightness & Contrast” filters

Check your software’s manual to find out where composite mode is located and how to change Opacity, Brightness & Contrast. Most Common Software:  Final Cut Pro 7, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere.

  1. Import the plate in your Editing, VFX or Coloring software
  2. Drag and drop the plate in the timeline.
  3. Change COMPOSITE MODE to HARD LIGHT or OVERLAY
  4. Add some gaussian blur and reduce opacity for better blending.
  1. Import the plate in your Editing, VFX or Coloring software
  2. Drag and drop the plate in the timeline
  3. Change COMPOSITE MODE to SUBTRACT for black dust and scratches.
  4. or change COMPOSITE MODE to ADD for white dust and scratches.
  5. Add some gaussian blur and adjust opacity for better blending.
  • In any Editing, VFX or Coloring software:
    • Make a 2048×1152 project and resize your video. Then add some sharpness
  • Use Virtualdub and AVIsynth (Free)
  • Red Giant’s InstantHD
  • Choose hardware upscaling

 Tips

  • Film grain should be used as the final touch in your videos, after color grading.
  • Especially with plates no.4, you are adviced to use Opacity and Brightness & Contrast filter.
  • Also add some gaussian blur(less than 0,5) for better blending.
  • To achieve a vintage 8mm look, add gaussian blur to your footage(about 3,0). Add 1/4th of that or less to the grain plate. 8mm Dust and Scratches tend to be larger and blurrier.
  • Animate the film gate by inserting a flicker plate on the top video track and changing composite mode to overlay.
  • Rotate, mirror, combine, cut and mix dirt plates. The options are unlimited.