Vignette

This plugin allows to create a vignette on the source clip. Both rectangular and elliptical vignettes are supported. Vignettes can be repositioned and rotated, applied in any color and blending mode available, to the inside or to the outside. Alternatively only the mask can be rendered, replacing the source layer altogether or the vignette can be filled with transparency.

Premiere Pro version supports 8 and 32 bits (Maximum Bit Depth). In After Effects only 8 and 16 bit depth is supported so far.

Vignette interface.

Supported software

  • Adobe After Effects CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC

Supported OS

  • Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8
  • Mac OS X 10.6.x, 10.7.x, 10.8.x

Installation

The plugin comes without an installer. Please unpack the downloaded file and copy it to Adobe’s Media Core folder, so that both applications will see them.

The folder can be found on Windows here:

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\Plug-ins\CS6\MediaCore

and on OS X here:

MacHD/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/CS6/MediaCore

Substitute CS6 for your current version or 7.0 for Creative Cloud. If you have multiple versions installed, simply copy the plugin to each of the folders.

The plugin will show up as “CI Vignette” under “Creative Impatience” group of effects.

If you keep getting error messages on Windows platform, or the plugin fails to show up, you might need to install Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable package, available from the Microsoft website: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=14632.

Download the plugin here.

How to use it?

The plugin is mostly self-explanatory, and works similarly to the “Circle” effect, but in case you need detailed instructions and tutorials, look here.

Known issues

  • In Premiere Pro CS5 and CS5.5 when paused resolution is lower than full, and the effect is not selected, the vignette might not display properly, although it will render fine, and will show correctly during playback.
  • If you are experiencing crashes with this plugin in Adobe Premiere Pro, especially with footage larger than HD, turn on the “Maximum Render Quality” checkbox in sequence settings. For some reason it fixes the problem.
  • Feather handles will behave a bit erratically if the vignette is heavily rotated.
  • On OS X with certain anamorphic footage types GUI will not display correctly, although you can still manipulate it and use the rendered layer as a guide. I have no idea what is causing this problem.
  • The effect might not work properly with layers smaller than sequence size in Premiere Pro.

Road map

Below are the proposed features that could be added to this plugin in the future. If you are interested in further development, please donate. Feel free to propose additional features in the comments. The change log is also available.

v1.4

  • 32-bit and smart rendering in After Effects
  • Use layer values instead of color values
  • Separate saturation control

26 Responses to Vignette

  1. Gavin says:

    Thanks. As someone from the still world, I was astounded what a task a simple vignette can be. It seems insane that a vignette is not standard in Premier.

    This is working well and really makes clips shine. I found the common problem that I’ve seen in vignette tutorials where it simply darkens without contrast giving a faded look. I was able to maintain contrast using the Linear Burn blend mode from the effect and dialing back the opacity. Well done.

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  3. alex says:

    I used the feathered crop tool on all my clips in a music video, meticulously matching the crop boundaries frame by frame for a few hours to help lend the look of a projection to the video, and after i exported my sequence all of the clips i used this plugin on were completely and utterly messed up. I had to go back and delete the effect from almost 100 clips. do a test render to make sure it works on your system or else you might end up getting what you pay for.

    • BartW says:

      Your comment would be more helpful to everyone if you posted it under Feathered Crop plugin and provided some data about your system. Cheers.

    • BartW says:

      The problem has been fixed. You can download the latest version from the downloads page.

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  5. alex says:

    Great plug in but when I went to export my video the vignetted scenes come out with a line through the centre with the color of the vignette blocked out on the right…?

    • BartW says:

      Hi Alex. It would be great if you provided more info – sequence and export settings, and footage type. Ideally you could also email me a screenshot of the problem. All the contact information can be found in the “about me” tab.

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  7. Nat says:

    To sad, its not working on my computer. I put the plugins into the Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/CS6/MediaCore .. but even with a restart of Premiere Pro 6 its not appearing in the effects. Thanks for clarifying.

    • BartW says:

      I assume you’re on OS X, but which version? Do you have After Effects installed? If so, are you getting any error messages when opening it? And I assume you unzipped the file?

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  9. phraedus says:

    I’m using Mac OSX 10.8.5. Installing the plugin using the above message crashed premiere. There is no file in position to remove, to stop premiere from crashing every time I open it. What is the process to uninstall?

  10. BartW says:

    You have to delete the file from the MediaCore directory, where you copied it first.

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  12. Emma says:

    The app won’t show up In the App Store and I really want to use it?? What should I do?

    • BartW says:

      It’s not an app. It’s a plugin. Download it from the download page and follow the install instructions on this webpage.

  13. Jasketti says:

    Would it be possible to add choice of blurring the vignetted area instead of coloring. So that one could use it as blur vignette making edges softer?

    • BartW says:

      Hi Jasketti. Thank you for your support. Yes, it’s a common request, I have it on my list but I’ve been pretty swamped with work.

  14. Tom Stephens says:

    Not getting the plug ins to show up in the applications. I have them in the mediacore folder but no plug ins to select in the program?

    • BartW says:

      Make sure you have the proper path. /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/7.0/MediaCore – it’s the library in the root of your system drive, not ~/Library.

  15. Tom Stephens says:

    I have them in my SC6/MediaCore/no folder just the plug-ins

  16. Tom Stephens says:

    My other plug-ins I have in the same MediaCore are working fine?

  17. penseo says:

    I´m sad. My new computer use windows 8.1
    I copy the plugin into C:\Program Files\Adobe\Common\Plug-ins\CS6\MediaCore and restart premiere cs6, incluse I restart windows, but I don´t see the plugin in premiere. Some idea?.

    • penseo says:

      Finally I see the carpet “Creative Impatience” but inside the carpet “Video effects”. All Ok. Thanks for share this plugins.

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