How to Add Lens Flare

Lens flare occurs naturally when non-image forming light enters the lens and subsequently hits the camera’s film or digital sensor. This effect has been used frequently by Director J.J. Abrams in films like Super 8, and Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.

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To create lens flare in adobe premiere pro you must first bring the clip that you wish to edit into the timeline:

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Next select the “Effects” panel and scroll down to the “Generate” heading. An option to select a lens flare effect should appear. Select this effect and drag it to the clip in your timeline and it will defualt format to that clip.

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Now you can adjust the Lens flare effect by selecting the “Effect Controls” panel.

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In the effects control panel you have the options to move the flare center, adjust the flare brightness, alter the lens type, and blend the flare with the original clip. Play around with these options until the desired lens flare effect is created.

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