Best Hollywood Special Effects to Add to Your Videos

Last Updated on Mar. 8, 2024 – by David Morgan
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Best Visual Effects You Can Create

Some of our favorite movies utilize video effects to transport us into epic journeys, fantastic lands, and outer space adventures. You may find yourself captivated by the haunting magic of the Harry Potter series or can't get enough of the non-stop action of Marvel films like Ant-Man and Doctor Strange. In this article we have gathered a list of some of our favorite video effects and how you can recreate them and other cool video effects in minutes with PowerDiretor.

How to Add Special Effects to Your Videos

1. Harry Potter Cloak Effect 

Harry Potter's cloak of invisibility helped him escape trouble more times than we can count. The PowerDirector app can’t help you hide from deadlines or dark wizards. That said, it can make you disappear in your latest video clip, thanks to its professional-quality chroma key tool.

Let's take a look at how to create the cloak effect.

2. Ant-Man Size Changing Effect 

Ant-Man’s ability to shrink or grow has astounded viewers worldwide. While the action movie FX may seem complicated, you can quickly shrink you or your friends down to Ant-Man’s size using the PowerDirector and PhotoDirector apps.

Who's ready to go subatomic?

3. Zootopia Style Character

Zootopia’s wild and wacky world of animals-as-humans transfixed audiences. Fortunately, you don’t have to learn how to animate feature films to create a Zootopia-style character. All you need is an image of a person, footage of an animal, and know how to use video masks. 

Create your own character with your favorite animal.

4. Inception-Style City Effect 

Do you love mind-bending films? Want to turn your world upside down with an Inception-style city effect? Then you are going to love this tutorial. It’s easier to follow than the plot of a Christopher Nolan film.

Transform your hometown in a matter of minutes. 

5. Doctor Strange Shield

You don’t need lessons from the Sorcerer Supreme or a sling ring to generate a Dr. Strange shield. You just need to know how to use blending modes. Go ahead and strike your best hero pose. 

Time to become a Master of the Mystic Arts.

6. Giant Effect 

Tower above a major city using one of the most common green screen Hollywood effects: the giant effect. This impactful technique only requires a few simple steps, but the final result will astound your viewers. 

Godzilla’s got nothing on you.

Add Specials Effects to Your Movies

Kickstart your epic career as a content creator, share unbelievable short films with your friends and family, or star in a superhero flick of your own making without the hassle—or expense—of complex editing software.  

From capturing Marvel-style action FX to transporting your viewers to an Inception-like world, PowerDirector makes it easy to transform videos and add special effects at home or on the go. Even beginners can make Hollywood blockbuster effects.

Download PowerDirector for Mac, Windows, iPhone, or Android to start creating special effects of your own.

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