Using Overlays as Effects in Music Videos

Using Overlays as effects in music videos.
Overlays are also referred to as plug-ins or video effects, Overlays can be described as a transparent or solid moving image that is placed over filmed footage or stock footage.  Overlays add value to a footage, it can be the difference between a creating a plain music video or a creative/fantastic music video.  Overlays are also useful in correcting minor mistakes experienced during film, this is not to advocate constantly using overlays as a method of correcting every single mistake that could be avoided by filming correctly on set.  If you film properly you will spend less time in the editing process.
Here are a couple of tips to consider when deciding on the different types of overlays:
Less is more:  Always consider using overlays that are simple, with simple patterns or simple effects.  This will make it easier when you transfer the overlay onto footage, it makes for an easier edit.  choosing a simple overlays works for the footage and not vice versa.
Colouring: Always choose an overlay with one or two colours again this is for the same reasons as stated above, editing with an overlay with only one or two colours, is pleasing to the eye and not too overbearing on the original footage.
No middle patterns: overlays with middle patterns, can be difficult to edit, for example an overlay with a middle pattern can affect close-up shots/head shots.  here is an example below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quPTjDAzN7k
The overlay with sharp diagonal patterns can be very overbearing on the footage, however depending on your editing skills, you might be able to work this effectively into a music video.  We at budget music, we are accustom to working with various editing overlays visit http://www.budgetmusicvideo.co.uk/music-videos/ for good examples of using overlays for music videos editing.
Spot lights, beams and fast movement are all great features for choosing overlays, these usually work well in editing because these types of overlays can be easily manipulated to fit into the desired footage, therefore creating an excellent finished look. Written by Titilayo Raji
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