- Filming Tips
- Step 1: Setting Up Your Project
- Step 2: Adding Media to the Project and the Timeline
- Step 3: Marking the Firing Points
- Step 4: Choosing the Color for the Muzzle Flash
- Step 5: Defining the Shape of the Muzzle Flash
- Step 6: Adding Some Blur
- Step 7: Duplicating the Muzzle Flash
- Final Steps: Adding a Sound Effect and a Background
- Render and Save
Step 5: Defining the Shape of the Muzzle Flash
With the color matte in place, you can define the shape of the muzzle flash using an Eight-Point Garbage Matte. Don't worry if this means nothing to you yet—all will become clear.
Task: Create a muzzle flash shape by following these steps:
- If it is not already displayed, press the Edit tab to display the Edit Workspace, and then click the Effects button to display the Effects view (see Figure 22).
- Type Matte in the text field to reveal all the available matte effects (see Figure 23).
- Locate the Eight-Point Garbage Matte, and then drag-and-drop this effect onto the Color Matte clip on the Timeline (see Figure 24).
- Click the Color Matte clip to select it, and then click the Properties button to open the Properties view (see Figure 25).
- In the Properties view, click the Eight-Point Garbage Matte text to show all eight handles in the Monitor panel (see Figure 26).
If some of the handles of the Eight-Point Garbage Matte lie outside the Monitor panel's viewing area, right-click inside the Monitor panel and select Magnification > 100% or lower (see Figure 27).
- Move the handles of the Eight-Point Garbage Matte until they show the muzzle flash shape you want (see Figure 28).
- Right-click the Color Matte and select Time Stretch from the contextual menu (see Figure 29).
- When the Time Stretch box appears, change the duration to 00:00:00:02. Click OK to accept the changes and return to the Timeline (see Figure 30).