The "time freeze" effect, typical of action films, can offer exceptional results. And it can be made without expensive equipment: a modern camera, GIMP, and of course our trusty Kdenlive are enough.
Kdenlive is able to detect the movement of an object in a two-dimensional video: and we can take advantage of this function to avoid manually building all the key frames of a "composite" transition. Great for making gunshots or stains appear on a wall.
Can an actor be kicked from one part of a room to another without being Chuck Norris and without really causing serious injury to the "victim"? Of course, just mix the GIMP photo editing with the Kdenlive editor, and you're done.
An actor with flames in his eyes may seem like a complicated effect to achieve, but we want to show you that thanks to Kdenlive you can get excellent results without having to resort to complicated, expensive, and not free software like After Effects.
What do Julie Andrews and Piero Angela have in common? The fact of having appeared in imaginary worlds, created by designers. How? Thanks to the effect called chroma key, which allows you to delete the background. Let's see how to make it happen in Kdenlive.
Everyone knows the sketch "I like trains", and probably someone thought of making it with a video camera. But how can you simulate being run over by a train without hurting yourself? With computer graphics, of course, and Kdenlive's help.
Inserting explosions into your movies is the most common special effect among filmmakers. But to make a credible explosion it is necessary to take into account all the details: in this article we see a procedure to give the scene maximum realism.
Let's start talking about special effects in computer graphics with Free Open Source programs: in this first episode we see how to simulate gunshots in movies using simply Kdenlive and some "ready to use" effects.