Apply Lens Flare to Video in Photoshop CS6

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You're watching VisiHow! In this video, we are going to show you how you can apply a lens flare to a video clip in Photoshop CS6 in Windows 7.

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    In this tutorial, a video has been imported into Photoshop.
    The layers are on the right-hand side. The clips are in the timeline at the bottom.
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    We make sure that we select the layer with which we want to work.
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    We make sure that the layer has been converted into a smart object.
    What converting does is Photoshop flattens out the image of a video. So, we are working with one big frame rather than with a lot of frames, which is how a video is normally filmed. Once we convert the layer into a smart object, we lose the ability to change thing like the speed and the duration of the clip; but we can treat is as an image basically. We can apply filters over the top.
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    Then, we click on the timeline and make sure that we've selected the right smart object.
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    We find and click "Filter".
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    We find and click "Render" then.
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    Then, we select "Lens Flare..." by clicking it.
    We have our preview, which we are not able to zoom in on in this case.
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    We can change the "Brightness" value of the lens flare.
    We do it by clicking and dragging the slider. The effect is quite dramatic if we go up to nearly "300".
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    We can drag the slider to the left and make the effect very subtle.
    So, it can be really nice if we are making something like a dreamy-looking video.
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    We can add and move the lens flare just by clicking and dragging it in the preview.
    This is done to make the clip look as if the sun is coming in. It's a very nice dream-like effect.
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    We can also select the type of lens with which we want to work.
    The default is "50-300mm Zoom". We can also set it to "35mm Prime", "105mm Prime", and "Movie Prime". They are quite interesting effects, depending on with what we work.
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    Once we are satisfied with all of the changes, we just click "OK".
    The effect will be applied to the smart object, making a really nice difference to the video. If we click the play icon, the effect will be shown throughout the whole thing. If we want to make the clip look as if the flare lens is moving, depending on which way we are pointing with our camera, then maybe it is worth duplicating and adding a second effect later on in the video.
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