The “Ultra Wide Screen” Effect (Final Project Sneak Peek)

This is a small sneak peek at my final project. I recently learned how to make my video clips have sort of an ultra widescreen appearance. This means that the edges look as if they’re so wide that they extend toward the audience. It sort of gives it a panoramic, almost 3D effect, like you can watch the scenes from 3 different angles.

Ultra Wide Screen

How I did this in Final Cut Pro was that I used a distortion filter called “Droplet” which is normally used to provide a ripple effect. Then I went to the Droplet settings and turned up the Radius scroller to the max and the Thickness scroller to 0. I stumbled upon this trick completely by accident as I was ironically working on another My Little Pony music video. I ended up clicking the wrong filter and I ended up making my¬† video clip look like it had just gotten rained on. So I decided to toy with the scrollers to see if this filter had any other use, and sure enough it did. Although I still have no idea what the terms “Radius” and “Thickness” mean in this effect, I still find the system useful!

Don’t worry everyone! “Living the Dream” will be out by the end of this week! It’s the minor details like these that are making production take a while, but I promise it’ll be epic!

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