How to Create Effect of Raindrops in VSDC Free Video Editor

Video editing technology has advanced so much, you can now control the weather in your videos! Let’s suppose you want to create an illusion of falling raindrops or severe fog that makes the camera lens look steamy. In VSDC Free Video Editor, you can do all of that – and even more.

How to create an effect of raindrops or a foggy glass in a video

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The new feature allows you to add the effect of falling raindrops to your video, achieve the foggy glass look, and the best part – you can customize those effects very precisely. That means VSDC doesn’t just provide you with an all-size-fits-all “filter” to lay over your video, but it allows you to control such parameters as the size and the number of water drops, the speed they are falling with, and even imitate raindrops freezing on the camera lens.

Note that you’ll be able to apply this effect to the entire scene or to a particular area using video masking. For example, if there is a window or a glass in the scene you’d like to use this effect on without modifying the entire footage, you’ll be able to do that.

In the tutorial below, we’ll show you how the raindrops video effect works in VSDC, and how you can use it for your projects.

How to add the raindrops effect to a video in VSDC

First, we recommend downloading the latest version of VSDC. Even if you already have this software installed on your PC, it’s always better to upgrade whenever a new version is released.

Once ready, launch VSDC and follow these steps:

  • Import your footage to the scene using the Import content button on the start screen.
  • Make a left-click on the footage and select Video effects. Proceed to OpenGLRaindrops.
  • In the pop-up Object’s position setting window, hit OK.

How to apply a raindrop video effect in VSDC

Now, the default version of the Raindrops effect is applied to your video.

Next, you have a set of tools to fine-tune it to your needs. To get started, make a double-click on the footage, left-click on the effect layer and open the Properties window.

This is what it looks like:

Raindrop effect settings available in VSDC Free Video Editor

There are three groups of setting available for the raindrops effect in the Properties window:

  1. Common settings
  2. Adjustments effect settings
  3. Effect settings

Common settings allow you to add a title to the effect layer, set the moment when the effect will appear in the video (by seconds or by frames), and the duration of the effect (in seconds or in frames).

Adjustment effect settings enable you to choose the transparency level for the effect. You can have the same level of transparency for the entire effect duration or you can have it gradually increase/decrease to the desired level.

For the latter, the Initial value and the Final value of the Transparency parameter should be different. For example, here is what the effect will look like if we set the Initial value at 100% (completely non-transparent) and the Final value at 10%:

Effect settings include multiple options to change various parameters, such as:

  • Intensity of the fog on the glass
  • Size and number of raindrops
  • Trails that running drops leave on the glass
  • And more

Because there is a lot to unveil, this group of settings deserves a review on its own. Below, we’ll take a closer look at each parameter and show you the results they produce when you increase or decrease their values.

Raindrops video effect: advanced settings overview

The first parameter is called Effect type and it opens two options: Rain and Foggy glass. “Rain” creates an imitation of raindrops falling on the glass (or camera lens), and “Foggy glass” creates the look of a steamy glass with water drops and traces here and there.

The difference between the raindrop effect and the effect of a foggy glass in VSDC

The next parameter is called Blur type. It allows you to adjust the level of blur and therefore - control the fog intensity. There are three blur types available:

  • None – the absence of fog
  • Type 1 – the glass is slightly fogged-up
  • Type 2 – the glass is covered with fog

If you select Type 1 or Type 2, you can also set Blur quality and Blur radius. The latter defines how much fog there will be on the surface, and you might want to set a dynamic change of this parameter using the Initial and the Final values.

For example, here is how a window becomes more fogged-up over time if you set the Final value for Blur radius higher than the Initial value.

Increasing blur radius for the raindrop video effect in VSDC

Next comes the Droplet visibility parameter. By changing it, you can make the droplets more distinct. Again, if you want to show the dynamics and increase (or decrease) the visibility of raindrops during the playback, the Initial and the Final values for this parameter should be different.

Here is what the effect will look like if the Initial value equals 1 and the Final value equals 10.

When you increase the drop visibility parameter for the raindrop video effect, the droplets become sharper

Note that if the Droplet visibility value is equal to 0, no droplets will be visible.

Trails intensity is the parameter that helps you control the intensity of water drop trails. Again, if you want to show the effect progress, use the Initial and Final values.

For example, in the video below, the Trails intensity parameter goes from 0 to 200.

Increasing the intensity of raindrop trails in a video

Notice that when the value is 0, there are no trails visible.

The next parameter named Continuous trail will only be available if you choose the Foggy glass effect type and set the Droplet visibility value is above 0. When switched to “True”, this option helps imitate smooth, uninterrupted trails.

What does the continuous trails parameter mean in VSDC when you work with the raindrops effect

If you want to create an illusion of raindrops freezing as they fall on the surface, use the parameter called Frozen raindrops. When its value equals 0, the effect isn’t being applied, but the higher the value is, the deeper the water freezes.

This is what frozen raindrops effect looks like in VSDC Free Video Editor

Density of drops allows you to control how many random-size droplets will be added by the effect. The higher the value is, the more of the surface will be covered with raindrops. In the example below, the Density of drops parameter value increases from 0 to 100.

The density of raindrops allows you to decide how many raindrops should appear on the surface

Notice how the number of droplets in the video increases along with the size of some of them.

Drops scale simply allows you to enlarge the drops of water that leave trails. In the example below, the Drops scale value is gradually increased from 20 to 200.

Increasing drop scale from 20 to 200 when using the raindrop effect in VSDC

If you want to change the speed of water drops running down, use Drop falling speed. Note that this option will only affect the droplets with trails.

To adjust the look of the water drops that don’t have trails, use the Small drops menu. It includes the parameters similar to the ones we’ve reviewed above: Density of drops, Drops scale, and Drop falling speed.

Finally, the last group of settings is called Adjust image, and it enables you to correct the colors of the raindrop effect. Specifically, you can correct the colors of the footage you’re applying the effect to and the color of the water drops as well.

There are three editing modes available for you:

  • Don’t use adjustment (no color correction applied)
  • Image adjustment (color correction applied to the footage only)
  • Effect adjustment (color correction applied to the water drops):

For the Image and Effect adjustment modes, you get the Red/Green/Blue value scale to multiply values of the selected tones in the footage by the number you input.

For example, this is what Image adjustment will result in if we gradually increase the blue tones.

Raindrop effect settings: gradual increase the blue tones of the footage

And this is the result of blue tones increased in the Effect adjustment mode.

Notice that the color adjustment menu also includes Red/Green/Blue value offset parameters. By increasing the value for the selected tones, you increase their intensity by the value you input.

Here is an illustration of gradual Blue value offset increase for the footage.

Raindrop effect settings: gradual blue value offset increase for the footage

And notice the difference when we perform a similar parameter adjustment for the effect.

Gradual blue value offset increase for the raindrop effect in the video

Go ahead and try the new effect available in VSDC

The new effect can be a stylish addition to your video and help create a realistic look of raindrops, fogged-up windows, or just condensate on any surface. If that sounds like something you’ve been willing to try, download the latest version of VSDC and try it for yourself!

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