Top Effects to Use for Video Editing

Want to try out more cool video effects but so far you know only how to make a video loop? Well, here is your chance! There is no surefire way to become a video editor; success will require a lot of effort, hard work, and patience over time. However, there are a few easy points that you may be overlooking.

The stunning video effects on this list are all trademarks of modern music videos, TV shows, and big-budget movies. Still, they’re easier to achieve than you might think with competent video editing software. These video effects will swiftly lead you to make the highest quality content. 

The Strobe Flicker Effect

Flicker is a detectable change in brightness between cycles on video screens. Cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions, computer monitors, and plasma computer displays and televisions are especially affected.

Even though it requires a clear warning for those with epilepsy beforehand, the strobe-style flicker is one of those exciting video effects you often see in music videos, usually at the point when a rhythm drops. There are several strategies for creating this effect, and the more you practice, the better you will get!

Humanless Footsteps

The Marauder’s Map from the Harry Potter movies showed us that we didn’t need to see the person to track their footsteps. This is a great effect to add, mostly in horror and fantasy films. You can add this special effect by placing footsteps in the spot where the person once stood. 

You will have to do this for every step, but the aftereffect is worth the effort. You can use the mocha and tracking tools to patch together the impact in your finished video. No one said post-production would be easy! 

Add an Energy Field

No, your actor will not have to turn into a Super Saiyan; you can add those effects afterward! Wanting to make movies like their anime counterparts is a daring challenge, but with the right tools, it is not impossible. 

Many contemporary videos contain an aura or energy field that transports characters between scenes or worlds. Auras are fantastic video effects that have become a fixture of contemporary science fiction and fantasy films.

You’ll blend genuine footage of a person in a scenario with wind or a fan that generates natural movement to get this effect. Once in post-production, you can combine stock energy or aura clips with your captured video to create the illusion of energy whirling about your actor.

Bullet Time

Bullet time, one of the most famous special effects of all time, creates the illusion that a camera’s time and space are distinct from its viewable subject. It first appeared in the Matrix films as Neo leaned back while bullets zipped by in slow motion all around him.

This visual effect of separating the time/space impacting the viewer’s point of view from that of the visible subject is not possible with standard slow-motion. To accomplish the look, we use traditional slow-motion techniques; the camera would have to move implausibly — or at the very least — quickly.

Water Bending

Bending water with your thoughts is one of those spectacular video effects you’d expect to see only in a big-budget film like Avatar: The Last Airbender. But what if you want to do the same in your low-budget video? Fret not! You won’t need heavy software; you can use stock footage of flowing water and edit it to work for you. A better plan would be to use a green screen and apply your editing magic to it. 

Cloning 

Talking to yourself on camera sounds like one of those cool video effects that only movies with billion-dollar budgets could have. You can make the same special effect by interacting with yourself using your camera! 

Remember that you can’t turn off your camera while filming, and there can’t be any changes in light from other sources in the shot. When you’re done with the first part, just make a few more takes and then move on to the second part of the action.

Once you’ve gathered your material, you may piece it together in post-production to make a video of yourself doing something.

Split Screen Effects

It is possible to simultaneously display two or more video streams;  it’s known as the split-screen effect or picture-in-picture effect. You tell a tale by showing multiple points of view. It doesn’t have to crowd the screen, but the audience can take more than one perspective at once. We are, after all, a generation who grew up on media content!

Pan and Zoom

The Ken Burns effect, often known as the Pan and Zoom effect, allows you to zoom in on specific elements of your movie, such as a person’s face or surroundings. This will give your video movement and elicit emotional storytelling experiences. You might have noticed this in the IG reels or the TikTok videos, used for comedic purposes, so you know this isn’t a far-fetched effect to try and perfect on your video.

Conclusion

Create visually stunning special effects for your videos to attract your target audience. Discovering how to create these effects should keep you interested. Build your crazy cinematic effects once you’ve mastered the existing ones and who knows, you might be the next Spielberg!

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