Video: VFX Tutorial Breakdown – Creating Fire from Bare Hands


Fire and smoke effects are some of the easiest things to make when you’re starting out in videos, and they deliver pretty spectacular results for the most part. For this Instagram post, I made my wife move her hand as if she were conjuring fire from her open palm.

I then downloaded a green-screen footage of a fire and a fire sound effect from YouTube. After importing all three into Final Cut Pro X, I composited the fire and keyed it onto her palm. This was the first time I was ever using green screen or compositing or doing anything of that sort, and it turned out pretty satisfactory at first try. But the fire still looked a bit artificial so I hunted down some smoke effects and more fire, and threw them in too for good measure.

Have a look at the result, and please do subscribe to the channel if you haven’t already.


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