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How to Add Miniature Effect in Video with Filmora

Caroline Laurent
Caroline Laurent Originally published Dec 12, 22, updated Mar 27, 24

Want to add selective blur to make everything look smaller? Don't have any idea how to focus on specific mini-things? Then don't worry! In this article, you'll get a step-by-step process to add miniature effects to your video. At the end of the process, you'll have cinematic shots. Then start with us now! Scroll more to get pro tips!

In this article
  1. What Is a Miniature Effect?
  2. How to Make a Miniature effect?

What Is a Miniature Effect?

after adding a miniature effect

But first, let's learn the logic of making the miniature effect. As many video editing pros present on Tiktok, the miniature effect is a fun way to brighten up your photography or video shots. For example, when taking a video or a time-lapse of a landscape, we always have a bigger depth of field, so most objects in the frame are in focus.

However, when we film a miniature model, the depth of field is shallow. So, we only see some objects in focus, and the rest is blurry. This visual trick makes our brain believe that the big landscape we're seeing is actually a tiny model.

a miniature effect for landscape

To create a miniature look, we can use specific effects to fake a shallow depth of field, and then the landscape view will look like a tiny model. While some keys to notice before making the miniature effect are:

  • It utilizes selective blur to make things appear like small
  • The miniature effect works best for footage filmed from a high angle.
  • The tiny effect is usually used in drone footage, time lapses, or landscape photography.

Are you all set to add miniature effects to your video and make film-like shots? Then scroll more and get the step-by-step process.

How to Make a Miniature effect?

You are excited to add a miniature effect, and enjoy the rest! Without any further delay, follow the below instructions and get results!

Step1 Download the Wondershare Filmora
  • First of all, you have to download the Wondershare Filmora.
  • It's packed with new features and effects plugins that make editing more filmy and fun!
Note: filmora has a unique "stock media" option that enables us to use all these elements and more to boost our videos!
Step2 Choose any stock footage

If you don't have good-quality footage, but want to boost your video, here is how. You can get the miniature effect without a big format view camera or specialized lens.

  • Open Filmora and select any stock footage in Wondershare Filmora.
choose stock footage from stock media in filmora

Move to the stock media folder on the above bar in the Wondershare Filmora. Or you can look towards the left window, where you will see the sample videos tab.

  • Click on the sample videos tab, and a new window will appear on the library screen.

Here you will see almost more than 20 videos. So, instead of using the actual recorded footage, we'll make do with what we have by default. After selecting and adding the stock footage of your choice. Then you have to follow the below process:

  • First, hold the Stock Footage as shown in the folder section.
  • Then Drag and Drop it to the timeline section for further editing.
add stock video in the timeline in wondershare filmora

Who will get Stock Media?

Want to get stock media? You can only have access to the stock media library if you already buy the license of Wondershare Filmora.

  • The latest version has an unlimited stock library.
  • After purchasing any plan, you can access Stock Media (Unsplash, Giphy, Pixabay, Pixel).
Step3 Head to the effect panel

As we are working on miniature effects, what do we need first? First, we ensure that we have a Blur effect on the video.

search for the blur effect on effect panel in wondershare filmora

To add a blur effect from the panel, follow the below-mentioned steps:

  • First of all, move toward the above tabs.
  • Then click on the 5th section, which is Effect
  • After selecting the effect tab, a new window will pop up.
  • In this section, we have 500+ different effects.
  • Then, click on the search bar.
  • Search for the Blur effect.
  • After that, click on the Blur 2
  • Then Download this effect if you haven't done this already.
Step4 Add the blur effect to the video

After selecting and downloading the blur effect, it's time to add it to the video. Again, see how precise it turned out. To add effect, follow below steps:

  • First, drag and Drop the effect toward the timeline.
  • Then, make sure to release the effect on the video to give it a lens blur appearance.
add effect on the video in wondershare filmora
Step5 Add the effect multiple times

Want to get an ideal blur level? If you need more blur level in your video and make it more cinematic, then follow the below steps:

  • First, ensure that the opacity of the blur effect is 100%.
  • Then, if you still want more blurriness, add Blur 2 effect multiple times on the video.
  • Finally, add effect by just the Drag and Drop
add blur effect in video multiple times
Step6 Drop the same video clip
  • Add the same video clip 2nd time on the timeline.
  • Add it by just the Drag and Drop
  • Make sure you add it to 2nd video track in the timeline above the first one.
add the same video for 2nd time on the timeline in wondershare filmora
Step7 Add masks on the Video

Now, it's time to select a specific video portion and add a mask. Due to this, we will have a selective blur portion. For this, follow the below guidelines:

  • Double-click on the video present in 2nd track.
  • The settings tab will be open in the top left section.
  • Then find the Mask section and click on it.
  • After this, click on the Double-line.
  • Set the mask on video according to your style and choice.
add mask to the video on wondershare filmora
Note: you can adjust the mask size and position by rotating and changing its shape.

Watch the rotating and adjusting actions as shown below!

rotation of mask in wondershare filmora

For example, when we add a mask in the below time-lapse video, follow the above mask adjustments. Unfortunately, we can't get good results. Therefore, we will apply another way to add a mask by changing shape and position. Follow the instructions for modifications:

blur the object near to camera and focus on the distant object
  • Make a building or any object Blurry near the camera because it is not present within the depth of field.
  • While the object is far from the camera, it is focused because it is in the depth of the field.
  • Then adjust the mask, as per your choice.

Want to change the shape of the mask? Then follow the below steps:

changing the mask of video on wondershare filmora
  • Double-click on the video present in 2nd video track.
  • Settings will activate on the top left side.
  • Then click on the Mask tab to open it.
  • Select the Rectangular mask from the list and apply it.
Note: make sure you are masking the same extent and excluding the object you want to be out of focus.

Now, it's time to mask the whole object, which is far, but we want to make it in focus! For this, follow these steps:

  • Add the same stock video clip a third time on the third video track of the timeline.
  • Then add a mask in a Rectangle shape on the building.
  • Don't blur the edge of this mask.
mask the object far from the camera for the main focus
Step8 Final Look

You are excited now to see the final look of your miniature effect! Finally, it's in front of you! Just modify it more if you want to make it more precise.

final look of miniature effect on wondershare filmora

Have you tried to add a miniature effect before? If yes, then share your experience with us! Try with more mask shapes and add more blur effects. Make sure that you are using Wondershare Filmora to make more filmy shots. Feel free to try out different effects and enjoy the following results!

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Caroline Laurent
Caroline Laurent Mar 27, 24
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