special effects

plural noun

Definition of special effects 

: visual or sound effects introduced into a motion picture, video recording, or taped television production

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Though third-party plug-ins and special effects have already been available for the software, today’s news opens up Final Cut Pro X for third-party app developers to further streamline the editing workflow. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Apple adds third-party app integration to Final Cut Pro X," 15 Nov. 2018 All stunts, special effects, and spell-casting aside, Kim says the most memorable parts of the role are the most emotional. Lilli Millhiser, Glamour, "Everyone Is Going to Be Talking About Fantastic Beasts Actress Claudia Kim," 14 Nov. 2018 While many weapons enable cool combos and special effects that can work a bit differently, the selection isn’t expansive enough to allow for too many of these creative pairings. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Starlink: Battle for Atlas review: Cool toys, solid spacefaring," 16 Oct. 2018 With the week's Halloween festivities come hours of meticulous costume preparation and special effects–worthy makeup—whether for a look inspired by your favorite French royal, '50s Hollywood film star, or iconic scream queen. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "9 Makeup Removers for Halloween and Beyond," 30 Oct. 2018 An international team of scientists reported Thursday that the likely solution arrived at just after 3:54 p.m. Central Time on Sept. 22, in a scene beyond anything special effects wizards in Hollywood could have imagined. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Blazing a trail: UW professor's dream leads to breakthrough in identifying origin of cosmic rays," 12 July 2018 Richard III is often played as a hunchback, grotesque in mind and body, half murderous villain and half special effect. Joel Brown, BostonGlobe.com, "Capturing the villainy of Richard III, from the inside out," 12 July 2018 Otherwise, the plot is strangely simplistic, the special effects murky and chaotic. Katie Walsh, chicagotribune.com, "'Skyscraper' review: Dwayne Johnson shows off his dramatic acting chops," 11 July 2018 The visuals are breathtaking; the special effects are raw and cinematic; the sound is immersive and at times harrowing. T.c. Sottek, The Verge, "After 16 years of war, Battlefield V is a turning point," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of special effects

1907, in the meaning defined above

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