How to Create a Tilt Shift Effect in Post-Production
Tilt Shift is an effect more and more courted both in photo and in video, especially with the time-lapse’s rise. It started being used in shows like Sherlock in its credits or to make transitions all the while keeping a stylized mood.
To give this ‘miniature flavor’, you used to have to shoot with a costly tilt shift lens that would focus on a specific part of your image and blur its surroundings.
Now this can be achieve in post-production, although you still have to choose an appropriate framing: ideally filming from an elevated point with an as wide as possible angle.
Dennis Steib did a very clear 3 minute tutorial two years ago, that is still probably the clearest and shortest tutorial on the matter, especially if you are working with Final Cut Pro (not X yet), as I do: