I do this in After Effects usually. Just make a mask and feather the edges. You can fake the look in Premiere Pro CS5 by stacking up a Bevel Edges and Edge Feather effect, respectively. For Bevel Edges, set all parameters to zero. Adjust Edge Feather to taste, I start with around 25 to get a decent look.
Here's what I came up with.
You're looking for a "vignette" effect (might help in your search). I'd bet, dimes to donuts, that one of your BCC blurs has masking built-in, which would enable you to limit where the blur effect is applied within a frame.
Barring that, you could try this:
- Stack another instance of your clip on top of the original.
- Apply a blur of your choice to the lower clip, and set the blur to taste.
- Apply the Circle effect to the upper clip. Tweak the following settings:
- Set Blending Mode to "Stencil Alpha"
- Increase Radius as necessary
- Apply Feathering as necessary to soften the edges of the matte
- Position the circle matte using the Center property
- You could also use Levels, Curves, or some other CC effect on the background blurred clip to darken/lighten it, if you like.
don't tell Bill Hunt! He thinks I'm crazy for using the Circle effect so much
That's it Colin. You wait until I am in New Orleans, and then say horrible things behind my back!
Actually, I always like your workflows. Though I normally just grab the Track Matte Keying (out of habit), I always learn something new (and almost always neat), from your methods.
Thanks for sharing,