By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
Syfy’s Sharknado saga not only redefined what a cheeky, d-list monster flick looked like, it also created something called the “second screen experience.” This is where viewers could comment in real time on Twitter while watching the film. With all its cheap visual effects and campy storylines, fans just can’t get enough of it and a sixth chapter is rumored to be on the way. But now you can make your own shark storm film thanks to the editor of Sharknado 2, who as made his favorite Adobe Plugins available free for download.
I’ve been asked lately by a lot of fellow editors and filmmakers what specific plugins I use. I wanted to share with you my favorite free plugins for Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects. I use many of these on a daily basis…and because they are free, I can take them with me and install on any system and not worry about serial numbers or registrations or footage not rendering due to missing plugins. – Vashi Nedomsky, Vashi Visuals
Adobe evangelist Vashi Nedomsky is also a professional editor, and his credits include cutting of the second in the Sharknado saga. He’s also been involved in developing plugins for Adobe Premiere and After Effects, including those used for cutting Deadpool.
Vashi has made all these tools available and provided some commentary on how they were developed. Here’s his list:
- Deadpool Camera Shake: “My friend and editor Jarle Leirpoll created 7 custom handheld camera presets for the film Deadpool that could be applied directly onto clips and played back in real-time in Premiere Pro.”
- Creative Impatience: “This plugin has 3 free effects that are powerful and effective. Feathered Crop gives you an advantage over Premiere Pro’s crop effect because you can feather any of the 4 sides…Creative Impatience also offer a Power Window plugin and a Vignette plugin.”
- Jarle’s Presets: “98 presets for free! Included are simple color correction presets, LUTs for ARRI or Cinestyle, S-curves or varied intensity and dozens of Looks that can be applied to an adjustment layer and dialed to taste.”
- Motion Array – 5 Free Glitch Effects: “The 5 Free Glitch presets add chaos and frenetic energy to your images, video or even text files that will all play back in real-time.”
- Film Impact Transitions: “These 4 free transitions give you a nice option to have inside Premiere that saves you a trip to After Effects using Dynamic Link.”
- VashiVisuals’ 12 Free Audio EQ Presets for Premiere Pro: “I created these 12 presets to solve a majority of audio issues and make your videos sound so much better.”
- Film Roll Presets: 7 unique film roll emulation effects that mimic the gate weave, shake and blur of film rolling through a projector. Color shifts replicate old film and add a nice look to any project.”
For After Effects:
- Flicker Freak: Make your video layer flicker the exact amount of frames on/off you would like to create a spooky horror film or music video effect.
- Stomp Opener: “Energetically animated and dynamic transitioning template for video/photo/text.”
- Ugly Box: “Create a diseased or zombie look that isolates just the skin tones of your actor.”
- AE Flame: “Andrew Davidson created this free plugin to generate gorgeous animatable colored fractals.”
- Typominal: Computer on-screen typewriter look that mimics vintage computer terminals from the 1980s.
- Coremelt Free: “This plugin set contains 44 effects that include Light effects, Filmic transitions, 10 Text presets & Instant Montage presets for video.”
- VideoCopilot Presets: These 19 After Effects presets cover a lot of varied ground and have helped me in both simple and complicated situations.”
- Vanshimorphic 40 – Anamorphic Lens Emulation Plugin: I created this free plugin for use on your HD or 4K footage to emulate the look and feel of the Panavision 40mm anamorphic lens made famous by Wes Anderson in his films.
- Andy Mee’s Swish Pan: “Easily add camera motion swish pans in all four directions: up/ down/left/ right.”
- Free Light Leaks: “Light Leaks have been very popular over the last couple years and they add a pleasing vintage and organic feel to any project that could benefit from their use.”
Vashi also maintains his own blog where he offers tips and tricks to make your post production workflow more efficient. You can check it out here.