Video tutorial: Generate a realistic heat haze in After Effects CS6

In films like The Book of Eli, every landscape needs heat haze – and by adding this subtle effect, you can make the coolest of footage appear to have been shot on a scorching day. The sample footage for this tutorial was shot on a rainy day, but after colour correction and heat haze has been added, the wind looks as though it’s a hot desert wind. The key to getting this right is using the correct level of displacement, which we’ll cover here, and you’ll also be shown how to test the effect without rendering. After Effects CS6's new variable Mask Feather tool completes the effect, which you can see at the foot of this tutorial.

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