We’ve Come a Long Way Since Georges Méliès

January 27, 2015 by Melissa Jordan Grey | Blog, Elements 3 Elite

Most people have probably never see the early 20th-century films of Georges Méliès such as 1902’s Le Voyage Dans la LunMéliès pioneered the first double exposure, the first split screen with performers acting opposite themselves and the first dissolve. He opened the door to a host of special effects that took hours to accomplish. Fortunately, digital video compositing is far simpler today thanks to effects plugins like those found in NewBlue Elements Elite.

 

Méliès pioneered the first double exposure, the first split screen with performers acting opposite themselves and the first dissolve. He opened the door to a host of special effects that took hours to accomplish. Fortunately, digital video compositing is far simpler today thanks to effects plugins like those found in the NewBlue Elements line.

Our intermediate offering in this line is NewBlue Elements 3 Elite, 108 presets in 9 video effects that offer a wide collection of compositing tools. With it, you can easily work green screen. Or in just a couple of clicks, you can map still or motion assets over existing footage, add drop shadows and reflections, or easily integrate picture-in-picture.

As with all NewBlueFX plugins, Elements 3 Elite works with all major NLEs including Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, Edius, and Sony Vegas Pro.

 

Let’s take a look at some of Elements 3 Elite’s top features:

 

Add a Sky With Chroma Key Pro

 

Using the Chroma Key Pro plugin, you can color key green screen shots or replace blue skies with other textures. This plugin enables you to easily create garbage matte, and change the color range, sensitivity, spill removal and more.

Take a look at how we use Chroma Key Pro here:

Create a PIP Effect "As Seen on TV"

Using the Picture-in-Picture plugin, you can superimpose one clip onto another, then add 3D geometry, borders, shadows and reflections to customize it to your liking.

See?

Map It With Image Mapper

Want to overlay or add video to another object in the frame? The Image Mapper plugin enables you to map video to any object with ease. To find your intended position, simply adjust corner positions, edge curvatures, aspect ratio, and edge blur to realistically superimpose your assets.

Like this:

 

Create Camcorder Style in Seconds with Viewfinder

You can add a dated look or easily add on a “record” light to create an old school or live action feel with the Viewfinder plugin. Viewfinder makes it simple to reproduce a camera’s on-screen display with an array of elements, such as a counter, battery display, record light and more. Use controls to adjust the resolution, tint and B/W.

Check it out:

These are just some the compositing plugins you’ll find in Elements 3 Elite. Check out the rest of these dynamic compositing effects here. Méliès would be proud.

 

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Melissa Jordan Grey

La Jolla, CA

As a filmmaker, music and serial entrepreneur, Melissa loves living at the intersection of arts and technology. She gets a giddy thrill out of watching amazingly talented video editors ...