Color Vibrance Plug-in (Updated V1.0.6)

published on July 20, 2020

Hey what's up Andrew Kramer here for Video Copilot dotnet and welcome back to another very exciting tutorial today we're going to take a look at our new plug-in color vibrance and the best part is that it's free so what it does is makes it easy to add a nice splash of

Color ization that has that nice hot intense vibrant look alright so this may not be the most exciting plugin in the world but I will tell you we put a lot of work into this color algorithm and we also added some really cool features

That will make this plugin part of your daily routine so give me a couple minutes and let me show you how it works now originally it was designed to work with our shockwave stock footage pack which is all pre matted so what that

Means is that it has a black background and the particle effects are basically white now there's no alpha Channel so we wanted to create a tool that would make it easy to colorize your effects and add an alpha Channel so here's the color

Vibrance effect so we drop that right onto our footage and right away we get a nice bright color ization we can go through we can change the color here now depending on the color you select you're going to see some really nice intense

Saturation so we can kind of go through here we saw the green it's got nice yellows and deep greens on the outside we can come down here to sort of like this warm fiery look and what's great about this is that you can really see

The more red and then in the inside you have a little bit more yellow that really makes it pop so this is a really fast way to add colorization now to compare this so I want to show you typically how you might colorize

Something it's always good to know multiple ways to do something so if I wanted to give this a nice warm colorization I might come in here add a curves adjustment go to the red channel turn up the red channel go to the blue

Channel turn the blue channel down so this is getting us close and then I would go to the green Channel and punch that up a little bit and give it like a contrast curve so a little bit of work to get that one color and this looks

Great for sure and you have more customization over how it works all that stuff is great but with VC color vibrance we try to make that all one-click so you just have to select the hue and it will sort of

Automatically create those intense colors now you might be thinking why not use a hue and saturation or some of these other tricks well this is not a bad way to colorize also so we turn on colorize turn up the saturation the only

Problem with the hue and saturation is it's going to select a very specific color so you're only getting one color and so you're not going to be able to see those deep orange colors mixed with those bright yellow colors like real

Fire so the human saturation doesn't quite have that same kick all right so let's just get rid of that and we'll turn on our color vibrance you can really see the difference and what's cool about it is that it works with

Almost all the main kind of primary colors like this is great to get some nice bright kind of Pink's but then you also have these nice violets these deep kind of blues almost let's cancel that so let's just go over the settings

Really quick so we have our vibrance this is going to kind of control the intensity a bit but it's not like your typical intensity so you get a little bit more of a richer color but it's going to change the hue slightly just

Because of the contrast now we've got the preserved luminance brightness gamma this is kind of your typical stuff you got your brightness gammas cool you can kind of add some nice contrast to these elements let's go and reset that and

I'll show you these other two so we have invert so this is going to switch the colorization around and you know get kind of close to that and see what that looks like really nice so the other thing that we can do is we can matte the

Element so we can turn this on to say on and it will unmultiplied so this is going to be a really fast way to automatically just create some transparency now you can turn that off and just set the transfer mode to screen

And that will blend as well but it's nice because when you set it to screen you sometimes lose certain parts of your image so being able to stay in the normal mode and have a nice alpha channel is helpful also a boost alpha

Here as well just to kind of give you a little bit more now if we invert it things might look a little bit interesting but watch this if you use a light-colored background so let me just switch this to like blue if you use a

Light-colored background the invert option will actually make sense so it might look like a fringe but it's intended that way so that you actually get to maintain some of those light colors that you would otherwise lose all

Right so pretty cool but let me show you a few other examples so recently we had a tutorial on this solar flare the sort of Sun effect and here's the final result that we came up with and if you've watched the tutorial you know

That you know it took a little bit of time to get that colorization right well what we can do is I'm just going to add a tint effect on top right color vibrance works best when there's no color data in the back so we'll tint out

The color and we'll turn on the color vibrance effect so right away we get a nice intense colorization but watch how easy it is to find that nice hot warm color so here we go right there we got this nice yellow we got the nice deep

Rich reds and you know we can increase the vibrance if we want to and of course we can change that up to you know any number of colors and still come away with a nice result we also have another tutorial on creating some various kind

Of audio keyframe animations and that is the advanced spin effects tutorial and there's some cool techniques in there that we use in some different colorization techniques well we're actually using the color vibrance effect

To create all of the different colorization for these particular elements so in the tutorial we designed them just black and white and we're using the VC color vibrance to add that nice

Flashy color now same thing here we've got this mixed shockwave element I've got the transfer mode set to screen on a few of these and there's kind of blending together with the shockwaves and we've created a nice kind of hybrid

Look it also works great with particular so if we look here we've got some particles that are just black and white and the thing about particular is it actually does create an alpha Channel so we can see here there is no black

Matting in the background so when we apply the color vibrance effect turn the background off the image might appear to get a little bit darker so what you want to do is fill the empty background and that will add a black background color

And then what you can do is turn the matte alpha back on and create the transparence again but with that nice colorization so we can come in here tweak the color bit maybe even play around with the gamma on the brightness

It really kind of pops now we could probably get a similar result using particular transfer modes and color but the problem is that when you change the color then you have to lower the opacity and you're always tweaking the values to

Try to get that right color when here now you can do it as a post process and always just be working on that colorization and change it up and since you're doing it after the render you don't have to re render all those

Particles as well so it's really nice and should speed things up quite a bit alright so to illustrate why I love this plug-in so much I've got two layers here both with a fractal noise the bottom one has a fractal noise with the color

Vibrance effect that's this one and the top layer has a fractal noise with the curves adjustment to create the colorization so they look pretty similar but the look is actually not what's important here let me show you what

Happens when I add a mask to this area of the fractal noise so watch this I'm gonna hit F feather this out and if we look closely you can see the most irritating thing you've ever seen which is white fading

Out and turning gray and you see that the white fades out and turns gray my colorization is lost it looks terrible now if I take the color vibrance effect so I'll take this ellipse tool and I'll draw a shape around this point here zoom

In hit F and we'll feather it out a bit now notice the difference here the color is fading out and actually getting darker rather than in the previous example where the color is just I don't know what it's doing and of course

Remember you can add effects before and after the color vibrance effect we got a couple glows here and we could do the vibrance after it that creates kind of a cool look we can even add a red element as well I've got this one set to screen

So that way they kind of blend together I've also got the advanced lightening effect and I have it set to composite on original and I'm using a black solid here got a glow and just have the optical flares creating the point there

But the vibrance colour so I've got here's the result here color vibrance and really creates a nice look that doesn't require a bunch of adjustments and it's easy to copy and paste it between multiple projects oh and I

Remember one other cool feature is that if you have your element and you don't want to do any colorization you just want to extract an alpha Channel what you can do is set the matte alpha to only and it'll just create an alpha

Channel from your element so let me give you an example like I have this whole design here and I want to just take it all pre compose it and I can take the color vibrance drop it on there and instead of doing the colorization I can

Just set the matte alpha to only and now I have alpha channel with all the elements alright well I hope you guys enjoy the new plugin it is free and you can download it from Video Copilot dotnet and of course we want to

Thank everyone who helped support the website to allow us to make this happen all of our customers and you know everyone has purchased our plugins and our stock footage and our design tools thank you guys very much and we look

Forward to keep doing this in the future I'm Andrew Kramer and we will see you next time

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