How to create a vignette effect in Avid Media Composer
– Put video on V1
– On V2, make “add edits” on clip borders
– In effect palette, add the following effect: Image> Paint Effect
– Open the Effect Editor
– Zoom out of image using the zoom tool on the right side of the Composer window
– Choose the Rectangle tool
– Set mode to “solid”
– Draw rectangle over image
– Choose color in Effect Editor (usually black)
– Now you can draw the vignette shape (usually with oval tool), so:
– Choose oval tool and set mode to “erase”
– Draw vignette shape
– Select “feathering” and “bias” to your taste
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“Beauty of the Unseen” – Photo by Charlie Kirby
In creating this image, I started with a photograph of a person, then I copied and pasted a small section of a reflection on the wall behind them. Inspired by a phrase in a prayer by Baha’u’llah that there is a hidden secret beauty, in plain view, all around us – I got to work. I brought that small section into Photoshop and blew it up to 1920 x 1080 to find the “hidden Secret” beauty within it. Once in Photoshop, I played around with color balance, contrast, gamma and other image controls. There truly is an unseen beauty all around us and we just need to find it! If you would like to see this image in full 1920 x 1080 resolution, please click this link.
“I testify that through Thee
the sovereignty of God and His dominion,
and the majesty of God and His grandeur, were revealed,
and the Day-Stars of ancient splendor have shed their radiance in the heaven
of Thine irrevocable decree,
and the Beauty of the Unseen hath shone forth above the horizon of creation.
I testify, moreover, that with but a movement of Thy Pen Thine injunction
“Be Thou” hath been enforced,
and God’s hidden Secret hath been divulged,
and all created things have been called into being,
and all the Revelations have been sent down.”
Here is the original section, before image editing in Photoshop:
In my latest short film, Fitz Henley explores deeper meanings and spiritual themes in his hip hop lyrics. Topics include, inner progression, living for fame vs living for nobility, music is a healing remedy, and of particular interest to people of African American descent is his discussion of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.
After viewing this clip, you may be interested in watching it’s companion piece, E.B.T. – N.Y.C. by Fitz Henley and Akka (LIVE) which is a live performance of the song that Fitz Henley explores above.
Fitz Henley and Akka perform their original song “E.B.T. – N.Y.C.” (Entry By Troops – New York City) during a live performance in Brooklyn NYC. MultiCamera shoot directed and edited by Charlie Kirby.
After viewing this clip, you may be interested in watching it’s companion piece Fitz Henley explores lyrics to E.B.T. – N.Y.C. in which Fitz Henley sits down for an interview to explore deeper meanings and spiritual themes in his hip hop lyrics.