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Guide to Create Vintage, Nostalgic Videos Using Filmora

Sean Kitching

Take your viewers back in time with a retro, vintage look. This guide offers tips for giving your videos an old-fashioned, nostalgic style. You will learn to add warmth, texture, and natural movement. And the best part? You can quickly achieve these retro effects within Filmora's user-friendly editing platform.

Key Steps of This Video Tutorial To Follow

00:50 Choose the Right Footage

You can start by filming footage you plan to transform into a retro aesthetic. It is recommended that you shoot handheld to capture organic movement and a sense of rawness.

01:18 Shutter Speed Adjustment

You can break the 180-degree shutter rule. We suggest adjusting your shutter speed to lower than recommended. It will introduce desirable motion blur into your raw footage. This technique will help create the retro effect more authentically. The final output looks impressive after applying the necessary filters and overlays.

02:00 Import Footage and Apply a LUT

Import your captured footage into the Filmora timeline. Then, go to the Effects panel and click the LUT (Lookup Table) option. Browse the available LUTs and select one that aligns with the retro style. Warmer tones and a summer-like feel generally work well. Apply the chosen LUT to your footage. That will instantly transform it into a retro-inspired look.

applying lut in filmora
02:40 Add Overlays

Stay in the Effects tab and start adding overlays to your footage. You can search for keywords like 35mm or 8mm film overlays within the Filmora library. These overlays can introduce film borders, frames, or other textures. You can mix and match overlays across various clips within the same sequence.

adding overlays in filmora
03:40 Adjust Opacity

For each overlay applied, adjust the opacity slider to control the effect's intensity. An opacity of 0% represents complete transparency, while 100% represents full intensity. Find the sweet spot where the effect is noticeable but not overpowering.

adjusting opacity in filmora
04:11 Add Transitions and Light Leaks

You can also light leaks or film burns to your transitions between clips. These effects work seamlessly with the retro look. You can apply them when transitioning from one clip to another. Besides, you can use light leaks or lens flares on specific shots, such as those filming into the sun. It will introduce an extra dimension of texture.

04:44 Compare and Finalize

You've applied the desired color grading, overlays, and effects. Now, compare the before-and-after versions of your footage. The transformed version should exhibit a beautiful, retro-inspired look. Feel free to try various overlays and effects available within the Filmora platform.

finalizing the output in filmora

These techniques will give your regular videos a cool, eye-catching retro film look. Vintage visual effects often engage the viewers. Filmora makes it easy to get creative and craft these cinematic retro vibes. You can see that the options are endless for making your videos look like nostalgic movies.

Filmora Creative Assets, the in-built stock in Filmora, offers a vast collection of resources such as video effects, overlays, music, and sound effects. Download Filmora to try the effect and find more creativity possibilities.

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