Soften Complexion

Former user wrote on 8/5/2011, 6:12 AM
I have a video with a series of women talking on camera at medium close up and close up range. Most of them were not planning on being on camera so to be delicate, their makeup was not ideal. I need a way to subtly soften their complexions. Everything I have tried just washes them out. Any of you have a filter or effx combination that has worked for you?

Dave T2


robwood wrote on 8/5/2011, 9:23 AM
have you tried the Soft Contrast filter?
jetdv wrote on 8/5/2011, 11:39 AM
You might try the "Skin Touch Up" effect found in NewBlue's Video Essentials IV.
Former user wrote on 8/5/2011, 1:01 PM
I tried the soft contrast and couldn't get a setting that I liked that didn't just wash them out. I might play with it some more.

Dave T2
Former user wrote on 8/5/2011, 1:02 PM
JetDV, I don't have any of the NewBlue's plugins.

Dave T2
robwood wrote on 8/5/2011, 1:11 PM
don't know if you wanna use After Effects, but there's a tutorial on videocopilot for globally removing skin blemishes using luma mattes with remove-grain+blur filters.

Opampman wrote on 8/5/2011, 1:54 PM
Edward (jetDV) is right. The NewBlueFX version 4 has Skin touch-up and is the way to go. You just need to be careful and like most effects, don't overdo the correction of the face or it looks fake - like it's painted on.
Zelkien69 wrote on 8/5/2011, 3:53 PM
Neat Video tends to work well with a little tweaking.
Jerry K wrote on 8/5/2011, 4:04 PM
Try this. Copy the clip on the timeline that needs fixing and add it to a new track below the original clip. Now add a blur or soft filter to the lower track.

Add croma key fx to the upper track on to the face that needs fixing. You will need to play around with the settings but it worked for me.

This will keep everything sharp except for the face that will get soft.

Here's the original link that I asked the same question and Bob came up with this fix.

Jerry K
Former user wrote on 8/5/2011, 6:49 PM
Thanks everybody for their input. I cannot afford to purchase any plugins right now, so I ended up using the soft contrast plug in with just a very lite touch.

I think it helps.

Dave T2