Teleportation Effect!

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Don’t we all wish we could just…teleport! Well the technology or magic potion may not be possible (yet) for humans to use to exactly teleport in real life, but with a few instructions I can show you how to teleport in “video editing” land (aka make a video of yourself teleporting, aka that’s COOL). Then after you make a sweet video of yourself teleporting, aren’t you going to want to show it to everyone on social media, ah I don’t know, maybe like on Instagram? The video above is the an example of what I am about to show you how to do!

What you will need:

  • Camera
  • BIG window or a door like in the example video
  • Internet connection
  • Video editing software
  • CREATIVITY!

1. Film yourself (on one continuous clip) jumping in front of the window/door both inside & outside. It’s important that the camera is not moved in anyway when filming both jumps. If camera is in a different position for one the jumps, the effect will be ruined! RUINED I SAY!

TIP: Make sure you jump outside the same way you jumped inside (Postion, body, etc.)
TIP: Make sure you jump outside the same way you jumped inside (Postion, body, etc.)

 

2. Import the clip into your video editing software. One way to import your clip is to go to File > import > locate clip on computer > Import. Once your clip is imported, it should look the below example. For this tutorial I will be using Premiere Pro.

Depending on clip name/information and editing software.
Depending on clip name/information and editing software.

3. Once your clip is imported into your editing software, create a new sequence by clicking and dragging clip to the “new item” icon.

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Now that you have made a new sequence with your video clip in it, it’s time to actually start editing!

4. Before you start cutting and moving around the video clip, you will need to find a type of short video clip that looks like a “shock wave” or something similar. This will add more of a realistic effect to make the teleportation look real. For example I researched Video Copilot‘s pre-made shock waves and found the video below. Once you find the video clip of a shock wave that you like, you will need to download it! Depending on how or where you find your desired shock wave video clip, there is no certain way to download or obtain it. There are many free downloads of shock waves out there.

5. Once you have found a desired shock wave, repeat Step 2 with importing this video clip into your video editing software.

Now you can start editing and splicing up the clip!

6. Locate the beginning and ending points of where you jump both inside and outside. Use the the shortcut “C” (Using Premiere Pro) to enable the Razor Tool in order cut out these jumping sections that you will be using. Once you clip the parts that you want to use, click on the unwanted clips and delete them. Once you are done with this step, your timeline should look similar to mine.

TIP: The clips you just created will still have the same title because all you did was just create 2 clips out of 1.
TIP: The clips you just created will still have the same title because all you did was just create two clips out of one.

7. Now that you have your two jumping clips, it’s time to put them together to create the first step of teleport effect! This is where creativity starts to come into play. Watching my final example, you can tell that there’s about less than a second in between the inside and outside jumps. You now need to take the two clips and arrange them in order to show a “continuous” jump from inside to outside. This will involve a little patience with clipping and moving the two clips closer and closer to create a good transition between clips.

Now that you have your subject jumping up inside and landing outside, the effect looks cool but still doesn’t have that WOW factor. These next few steps may be difficult to some, but it’s about creativity and playing around with the effect in order to create your own version of the effect.

8. You will now mess with the shock wave video clip you downloaded in Step 4. Assuming the video clip you downloaded has a solid color background (mine happens to have a black background) with the shock wave in motion, you will first to need to key out the background. You will use the “Color Key” video effect in the effects tab. Drag the “Color Key” effect onto the shock wave video clip.

9. Once the effect is assigned to the video clip, you will “key” out the background color of the video clip. Since mine is black, I will change the default key color to black. Once you set the key color to your background’s color, the background will disappear and leave you with just the shock wave.

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10. After keying out the background, you will then need tweak the color tolerance, edge thin, edge feather, and the motion and opacity settings in the video effects. There is no certain way to do this since it depends on how your video clip responds to the effect. Messing with all these settings will get rid of the remaining background color and basically make it look more realistic and sell the teleportation effect. Below is an example of what I came up with to give my desired look.

TIP: What this is doing is creating that teleport debris you would see in the movie.
TIP: What this is doing is creating that teleport debris you would see in the movies.

11. (OPTIONAL) If you want to add more effects to sell the teleportation, you can add any kind of “wind” sound effect. I played around with adding in a wind gust sound effect along with a low bass sound. This just just appeals to another sense to sell the effect.

That’s about it! So now that you have the teleportation effect done with, you’re impressed yourself and want to show everybody ..because everybody you know wants to see this, right? I will now show you what how to export this short video so it will play on Instagram!

12. Since typical HD video clips have the size of 1920 x 1080 pixels, that’s way too big to put on Instagram. You will need to alter the size of this video so you can upload it to Instagram. First step in order to do this is to export what you have first. Go to File > Export > Media. There are multiple ways to export a clip like this, but the example below is the settings I would use.

TIP: You can research more on why I chose these settings for exporting.
TIP: You can research more on why I chose these settings for exporting.

 

13. Since this should be a very short video, the time of exporting should be no longer than a minute or two. Once the video is done exporting, find where you exported it and import it back into the editing software as you did in Step 2. Once that is done, click and drag it into the “new item” icon in order to create a new sequence as you did in Step 3. This will give you a whole new timeline to work with since you will now change some other settings without affecting the other sequences.

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14. Now that our exported video is in a new timeline, it’s time to adjust the sequence settings to fit Instagram’s size dimensions. Go to Sequence > Sequence Settings. This is where you can adjust all the settings of how you want the size of the video to export as. For this video you will want to change the Frame Size (under Video) to 640 x 640. Once you change this size, click OK. A warning window will then pop up, click OK.

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15. Now you will notice that the preview window is smaller than what it has been; this is ok! The only thing left to do is RIGHT CLICK the video clip on timeline, and click “Scale to Frame Size”. This will scale the video to a 640 x 640 by shrinking it along with two black bars on top and below the video. That is because the original video is bigger than 640 x 640. Plus this creates a true horizontal film feel.

16. Now that the video is prepared to be exported with the dimensions of 640 x 640, you will now export this video as you did in Step 12 but with a slight change. Once in the exporting window, all you need to do is change the Width and Height (under Basic Video Settings) to 640 x 640.  After doing this, this is what the video will look in the Instagram screen.

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17. Now after this exporting process is done, you now want to use the internet to somehow get it to your phone. Some people can use email, Dropbox, etc. Personally I have always had luck with simply emailing it to myself and then downloading it on my phone. There is no certain way to do this, as long as you can get the video on your phone.

18. Once you have downloaded and saved the video on your phone, you can now open up Instagram and go to upload any normal photo/video as you usually would. Since it is saved on your phone, it should be in your camera library. Once you select it and see that it fits, it’s now time to share to the world!

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