How to Use CC Radial Fast Blur Effect in Adobe After Effects
The CC Radial Fast Blur effect is a powerful tool that can create realistic motion blur effects for your video projects. It can simulate the blur of an object moving towards or away from the camera, or spinning around a center point. You can also use it to create stylized effects like zooms, flashes, or glows.
In this article, we will show you how to apply and customize the CC Radial Fast Blur effect in Adobe After Effects. You will need the Pro version of After Effects to use this effect, as it is not included in the standard installation. If you don't have the Pro version, you can purchase it from Adobe's website or find it on the original disks that came with your software.
Step 1: Add the CC Radial Fast Blur Effect to Your Layer
To use the CC Radial Fast Blur effect, you need to have a layer in your composition that you want to blur. You can use any type of layer, such as video, image, text, or shape. Select the layer and go to Effect > Time > CC Radial Fast Blur. This will add the effect to your layer and open its settings in the Effect Controls panel.
Step 2: Adjust the Effect Settings
The CC Radial Fast Blur effect has four main settings that you can adjust: Amount, Center, Type, and Quality. Here is what each setting does:
Amount: This controls how much blur is applied to your layer. A higher value means more blur, and a lower value means less blur. You can use values from 0 to 1000.
Center: This controls where the center of the blur is located on your layer. You can use the crosshair icon to drag the center point on your layer, or use the X and Y values to enter precise coordinates. The center point determines the direction and distance of the blur for each pixel on your layer.
Type: This controls how the blur is calculated for each pixel on your layer. There are three options: Straight Zoom, Fading Zoom, and Spin. Straight Zoom creates a uniform blur that radiates from the center point. Fading Zoom creates a blur that fades out as it gets farther from the center point. Spin creates a circular blur that rotates around the center point.
Quality: This controls how smooth and accurate the blur is. There are three options: Draft, Medium, and High. Draft is the fastest option but produces jagged edges and artifacts. Medium is a good balance between speed and quality. High is the slowest option but produces the smoothest and most realistic blur.
You can experiment with different combinations of these settings to achieve different effects. For example, you can use a high amount and a spin type to create a spinning motion blur effect. Or you can use a low amount and a fading zoom type to create a subtle zoom out effect.
Step 3: Animate the Effect (Optional)
If you want to make your blur effect more dynamic, you can animate it using keyframes. For example, you can animate the amount or the center of the blur to create transitions or movements. To do this, you need to enable keyframes for the settings that you want to animate. To enable keyframes, click on the stopwatch icon next to each setting in the Effect Controls panel. This will create a keyframe at the current time on your timeline.
Then, move your playhead to a different time on your timeline and change the value of the setting that you want to animate. This will create another keyframe at that time with the new value. After Effects will automatically interpolate between these keyframes and create a smooth animation for your effect.
You can also use expressions or presets to animate your effect more easily. For example, you can use an expression to link the center of the blur to a null object or a camera, so that you can control the blur with those layers instead of manually adjusting the coordinates. Or you can use a preset to apply a predefined animation for your effect with one click.