MBL PRO (Motion Blur Lab PRO) is an Adobe Photoshop (or compatible host) plugin capable of producing high-quality, multi-directional and variable-strength motion blur effects quickly and efficiently using motion vectors.
MBL PRO was developed in an effort to achieve complex motion blur effects difficult to produce with today's existing digital retouching software. It is of particular interest to professional photographers, retouchers and digital artists everywhere.
Motion blur is an apparent streaking of moving objects inherent in photography, film and computer graphics when the image being recorded changes during the capture of a single frame, either due to rapid movement or long exposure. The camera's captured image does not always represent an instant of time but rather the scene over a period of time. Any moving objects in the scene are presented in the image as an integration of all positions, as well as the camera's viewpoint throughout the exposure time. In such an image, any moving object with respect to the camera will look blurred or smeared along the direction of relative motion. This smearing may occur on an object that is moving or on a static background if the camera is moving. In a film or television image, this looks natural because the human eye perceives it in much the same way. Because the effect is caused by the relative motion between the camera, the objects and the scene, motion blur may be minimized or avoided by panning the camera to track those moving objects. In this case, even with long exposure times, the objects will appear sharper, and the background more blurred.
MBL PRO features numerous modes of operation for simulating virtually any type of real-world motion blur. Single vector blurs are useful for linear motion blurs. Zoom blurs are useful for depth-driven motion blurs while spin blurs are useful for rotationally-driven motion blurs. Both offer sophisticated ellipticity and orientation options for dealing with varying perspectives. Finally, multiple vector blurs are useful for complex, multi-directional and variable-strength motion blurs. All motion blur types feature various distribution methods such as constant, increasing, decreasing and soft. Motion blur can be introduced to subjects, backgrounds or both.
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