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Film Effects Creates Vivid Looks for Snooker Footage

Editor Peter Wiggins uses Film Effects plugin with Final Cut Pro (August 16, 2005)

Smart De-Interlace and Warm Diffusion Film Effects preset
OTTAWA, Canada -- Nattress Film Effects played a crucial role in providing a new look for for VT inserts of The 2005 Embassy World Snooker Championship, made by TWI for BBC Sport. Freelance editor Peter Wiggins ( was hired along with his Final Cut Pro edit suite and used Film Effects extensively. Here are three example spots:

"A Night To Remember," which looked back at the historic late night final between Steve Davis and Denis Taylor that was watched by over 18 million people after midnight. Peter used the smart de-interlace feature and "Warm Diffusion" preset in Film Effects. Peter noted that the smart de-interlace in Film Effects kept the foreground balls sharp, with no staircasing or jagged edges on the curves. Standard de-interlacing halves the vertical resolution of the video, an undesired effect that smart de-interlacing avoids.

On "Trick Shots by Mike 'Magic' Massey," Peter wanted an a vintage film effect and used the 'Old Projector' preset with its hair, grain, weave and flicker controls to produce the look he was after.

"Alex Higgins," a rare interview and match with the great snooker player, was shot in a local snooker club in Sheffield. Smart de-interlace was again used, along with a heavy dose of the 'Bleach Bypass' Film Effect to give it a dingy, gritty look.

Film Effects is equally at home making PAL, NTSC or high definition video take on the characteristic look of film, working as a plugin directly inside Apple's Final Cut Pro.

Film Effects' V2.5 is now available for sale at $100US from and is a free upgrade for all existing users.

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