The Power Window effect allows to create a power window on the source clip. Both rectangular and elliptical shapes are supported. They can be repositioned and rotated. Both the inside, and the outside can have offset, gamma, gain and saturation adjusted globally, and if need be, on the channel-by-channel basis (RGB).
Version 1.2 note: the Lift control has been renamed to Offset to accurately reflect the functionality. See an excellent article by Alexis van Hurkman for details. Also, the CDL color mode (now default) uses a different order of operations. It will be explained in another tutorial.
The plugin can be found in the effects group “Creative Impatience”, and is called “CI Power Window”. To apply it, drag it over the layer, to the effects panel, or in CS6 double click.
Window type allows you to choose between rectangular and circular shapes.
Window controls group is collapsed because it is strongly recommended to use the GUI to position the shape. To use GUI, click on the effect name in the Effect Controls Panel, and adjust the size, position and rotation using handles in the Program Monitor. There are following controls within the group:
- Point of origin determines the center of the shape.
- Width and Height set the width and the height of the bounding box. In case of elliptical shape they determine its both radium.
- Angle allows you to rotate your shape around the point of origin.
- Feather determines the amount of feather in pixels that will be applied to the inside of the shape.
- Alpha falloff lets you choose between various types of feathering. Gaussian is the best, although it is also most computationally expensive. Linear is the fastest, and works reasonably well on most clips.
- Invert will toggle what is considered the inside and the outside of the shape.
Offset, Gamma, and Gain sliders will affect the inside of the shape globally. Adjusting the offset slider moves the whole histogram up and down, gamma affects the midtones via power function, and gain mutliplies the color value, affecting mostly the highlights.
Saturation slider will adjust the saturation of the inside of the shape.
Inside RGB controls group contains Offset, Gamma and Gain controls for each RGB channel affecting the inside of the shape.
Outside controls group contains Offset, Gamma, Gain and Saturation controls affecting the outside of the shape.
Outside RGB controls group contains separate Offset, Gamma and Gain controls for each RGB channel affecting the outside of the shape.
Clamp black will make sure that there are no values lower than 0.
Clamp white will make sure that there are no values above 1.
Clamp black on input is used to make sure that the gamma power function does not cause errors in rendering of the effect. It should be switched on if you are adjusting gamma. The downside is that any crushed black will not be recovered. See also the Color Model description to learn how this control affects different modes.
Mix control allows you to dial back the changes to the image. The value of 1 equals 100% of the changes, 0 equals the original image. This control can also be changed by the vertical slider in the GUI.
Color Model popup allows you to choose the color model which you prefer to work in. Legacy applies the gamma correction first, and then multiplies it by gain, and adds offset to the result, while CDL compliant first applies gain, then adds offset, and at the end applies gamma correction to the resulting value. Note: All versions of the plugin before 1.2 work in Legacy mode.
After clicking on the effect name, both in Premiere Pro, and in After Effects, custom controls will appear in the comp/layer window or program monitor.
The outside rectangle and rectangular handles control width and height parameters.
If an elliptical shape is chosen, the ellipse will be displayed to show the outer extent of the shape. For rectangular shape only the rectangle is shown.
Four round handles in the middle of the rectangle sides control the feather parameter. Drag any of them to the inside to modify it. Right now they might behave a bit erratically when the vignette is rotated, and also there is no limit on the feather size.
The point handle in the middle moves the vignette’s point of origin.
The slider to the left of the center is the mix slider going from 1 (100%) at the top, to 0 (0%) at the bottom.
The round handle with the line connecting it to the point of origin is used to set the shape’s rotation.
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