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NewBlue Confuses Day and Night

NewBlue Confuses Day and Night By Le Papy - Last updated on Thursday, March 31, 2016
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Published on Saturday, April 2, 2016
Created on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 10:20 AM

By continuing our overview of NewBlueFX effects, we arrive at a somewhat more difficult effect to implement.
The "Day for Night" effect is intended as a post-production effect that makes us believe that footage filmed in daylight are images that look like they're shot at night. The NewBlueFX demo movie shows a motor vehicle traffic sequence, filmed in broad daylight on a sunny seafront road. After applying the effect you get the impression that these automobiles are traveling on a dark night. But, wishful thinking, the plugin does not turn on the cars headlights... wink

Step 1: Overview

What makes implementing this effect somewhat difficult are the ten parameters used in its setting. These settings are separated into three groups: Color, Light, and Darken.
The three parameters of the Color group set the general color of the clip.
The two parameters of the Light group act on the brightness and contrast of the clip.
Finally, the four parameters of the Darken group changes the tint and the degree of darkening of the sky. Notice the "Reverse" checkbox that we will discuss in a little while.

The presets supplied are essential to learning how to master this effect. I recommend that you start by using an existing preset and then make small incremental changes to reach your desired result.

Step 2: Implementation of "Day for Night" Effect Contained in NewBlue Video Essentials IV

To test this effect let's place the last 24 seconds of the The Sky is The Limit demo video on the timeline. Double-clicking on that clip will open the Effects Editor.

  1. The effects group is selected.
  2. Click 7 Add-ons.
  3. Select NewBlue Video Essentials IV.
  4. Click the "Day for Night" effect icon.
Implementation of the "Day for Night" effect
  1. Click the "Expand All Settings" button to see the whole setup at a glance.
  2. Select a preset to your liking (Dark Sky is shown here).
  3. You have a full view of the 3 groups, nine settings and the "Reverse" check box .
Expand All Settings

In the presets list, there seems to be a reversal of legends. Indeed:

  • The "No Preset" item applies a number of default settings.
  • The "Default" item does not change the original.

If you analyze the different supplied presets a little, you will notice that the parameters that really affect the original video are:

  • Tint.
  • Contrast.
  • Brightness.
  • Sensitivity.
  • And to a lesser extent, Softness
  • Other parameters only have a marginal effect.

Checking the "Reverse" box inverts the colors to transform into a negative clip. This is an additional way to achieve interesting presets. If you associate:

  • Dark Sky + Invert
  • Or Intense + Invert
  • Or Moonlight + Invert

you get useful presets depending on the clip on which the effect is applied.

Preset parameters "No setting"
Step 3: Using Keyframes

This effect allows you to use keyframes to vary the intensity and nature of the effect between the beginning and end of the clip. If you need to refresh your memory, you can consult the Keyframes in Pinnacle Studio Effects Editor tutorial.

  1. Select the "Default" preset that does not alter the original. Note that each time you change a preset, existing keyframes are set to the value of the new preset and disabled .
  2. Activate keyframes (the diamond goes from gray to orange).
  3. By activating the keyframes, a keyframe is created automatically at the cursor location on the keyframe line. The parameters of this keyframe are those displayed in the preset at the time of creation. For now, with this single keyframe, the effect parameters will not change for the duration of the clip. As we want to vary the intensity and nature of the effect, we will see how to add an additional keyframe.
Using Keyframes
  1. A keyframe is automatically created at the cursor position that was at the origin of the clip when enabling keyframes.
  2. Click the "Jump forward" icon (at the end of the clip).
  3. The cursor is positioned at the end of the clip.
  4. Click the white diamond-shaped button "Add Keyframe" to add a keyframe at the cursor location.
Create keyframes

The latest created keyframe will have the same settings as the starting keyframe. You will have to manually enter the nine new settings from the last keyframe (Dark Night, for example) that you have previously made note of somewhere. To speed things up a bit, you can also do the reverse, ie:

  • Create the first keyframe with the Dark Night preset, for example.
  • Create the last keyframe with the same preset.
  • Change the settings for the first keyframe by manually setting all parameters to zero, to start the effect with an unmodified original.
Step 4: Bonus

Just a reminder that every time you change a preset, existing keyframes are set to the value of the new preset and disabled.

If you have several keyframes, resulting in a new preset created on your time line, it quickly becomes tedious:

  • each time noting the ten settings from the presets used.
  • manually entering previously denoted settings for each new keyframe.

Here is a little trick that can make your life easier ...

  1. You have already applied a Day for Night effect on the clip and it is on (orange square). This effect will be automatically shifted to the bottom of the parameters window when adding another effect on the same clip.
  2. Apply a second Day for Night effect on the clip.
  3. Disable this second effect so as not disturb your view of the preview window (the square goes from orange to gray). This second effect serves only as a clipboard.
  4. Select a preset.
  5. Activate keyframes (the diamond goes from gray to orange). The keyframe created automatically at the cursor location will contain 10 preset parameters. You then simply copy the keyframe by right-clicking to paste it at the wanted location on the keyframe line of the first Day for Night effect. For more details on these steps, you can consult the Keyframes in Pinnacle Studio Effects Editor tutorial.
Applying a second Day for Night effect only using as a clipboard

On this keyframe line of the first "Day for Night" effect you find:

  1. The copy a keyframe by default preset (Original unmodified).
  2. The copy of a keyframe of Moonlight preset.
  3. The copy of a keyframe of Dark Night preset.

With a few clicks you have avoided copying and manual entry of 30 parameters.

Going through a Moonlight preset between the original clip and the Dark Night preset, the effect is more gradual.

To simplify your montage, and although your second "Day for Night" effect is off, you can delete it, since it is no longer needed.

A keyframe line with 3 keyframes

And you can achieve this romantic ambience by using keyframes described above and add a Nocturne by Chopin created with SmartSound. Don't forget the Moon setting for the crescent moon appearing gradually during the moonlight and the dark night.... wink

{Thanks to Loosecannon for the fine tuning}

{Screen Captures were made with the help of Snagit 12 by TechSmith}

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