Today I’m going to be showing you how to create a “looking through eyes” effect, basically an effect making it look like you are looking from a persons POV (point of view) and blinking your eyelids. We’ll also add in a little blur and fade out the blur as your eyes are opening to give it that waking up in the morning effect!
Let’s get started!
- To start off, we simply need to go to a new project (File > New) and open the video clip you will be using.
- Once you have your video clip on your video track, you need to right click on the video track and click “Insert New Video Track”. Now, go to Media Generators (if you can’t see if go to View > Media Generators) and go to the solid colors. We’re going to click and drag down the black solid colour onto the new video track we created above our video clip. This is going to act as one of our eyelids.
- If you want your eyelids to be completely straight (without a feather/soft edge) then ignore this step. Go to Video FX > Border and click and drag down Soft Edge onto the black solid color. Adjust the settings so that the soft edge has a slight feather.
- Now we need to enlarge the black solid color so that it fills the entire screen. We’re going to do this by going into the Track Motion of the video track. The button for Track Motion looks like an arrow in a white box pointing towards a blue box. Once you have the track motion open, click and drag on the corner of the box in the track motion to enlarge the solid color so that it just fills the screen.
- Now, exit the track motion. Right click on the rectangle beside the number of the video track and select “Rename”. Name the video track “Top Eyelid”. Once you have that done, right click on the video track and click “Duplicate”. The duplicate will be automatically named “Copy of Top Eyelid”. Rename this to “Bottom Eyelid”.
- Now all we need to do is keyframe the top and bottom eyelid to open and close. If you need help keyframing, see the video tutorial embedded below!
- Once you have the eyelids keyframed to open and close, etc.. , you can now add a gaussian blur to your video clip, to add the extra effect of opening your eyes for the first time. To do this, we’re going to duplicate the section of our clip that we want to add the blur to, and place the duplicate on a new video track directly above the original clip. Apply the gaussian blur to the duplicate and then use the fade feature to fade out the blur to the original track. If you are having trouble with this, see the embedded video tutorial below!