Compositing Motion Blur in Ultimatte Advantedge

Motion blur is an editing effect that can be applied to an already rendered video. It is a simple process if you follow these steps.

Step 1: Software Compatibility

You can use the Ultimatte Advantegde plug-in with another editing program such as Adobe After Effects. Open the program and the footage on which you wish to apply the motion blur effect.

Step 2: Load Plug-In

You can do this by going to the Effects and Presets dropdown menu in the right of the footage and select your desired plug-in--in this case Advantedge.

Step 3: Working with Layers

When working on video footage, you will only need one layer, so every effect you select will be added onto that layer.

Step 4: Force Motion Blur

You can choose between various ways to do a motion blur effect. This one is called force motion blur. Go to Effects, choose Time and then click CC Force Motion Blur.

Step 5: Checking Effect

Do a small check with your effect. It might look as if nothing has changed. You will need to turn on a couple of settings in order for motion blur effects to apply.

Step 6: Turn on Layer Settings

For effects to take place, you need to turn on frame blending. You can do that on the Timeline, usually found underneath your footage screen. If you don’t see the frame blending options, go to the left corner and click on the first small button. This enables them by expanding the time panel.

Step 7: Frame Blend Button

Search for the frame blend button in the time panel, near the fx button. Once you click on it, it may seem that nothing has changed yet, but it will.

Step 8: Frame Blending All Layers

Simply turn on frame blending for the composition as you did for the layer. Do this by clicking on the “Frame Blend Switch” set which enables frame blending for all Layers.

Step 9: Checking Everything

Do a small check again. You can now see that there is a motion blur effect. It is the frame blending between the different layers.

Step 10: Motion Samples

Go to the left menu and select a number for the Motion Blur Samples. Write it in the box. The higher the sample is, the smoother the motion blur appears, but the longer it takes to see it in the footage. So, select a reasonable number, somewhere between 10 and 20.

Step 11: Ram Preview

You can do a Ram preview to see how it renders and how the footage looks with the motion blur effect. If you are not satisfied, you can go for a RealSmart Motion Blur option instead of Force Motion Blur.

If the results are good, then it is worth waiting for the render to be made. Remember, the higher sample values mean a slower rendering time, while lower sample values mean a shorter rendering time. It all depends on the value of the Motion Blur Samples.