special effects

plural noun

Definition of special effects

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

Examples of special effects in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Snapchat has faced criticism in the past for other controversial filters, which overlay digital objects and special effects on photos and videos. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Snapchat apologizes for Juneteenth filter that asked users to smile to break chains," 19 June 2020 Facebook's Messenger Rooms allow ad hoc meetings, spicing up their images with photo filters, 360-degree backgrounds, and special effects like bunny ears. Steven Levy, Wired, "Videoconferencing Needs to Climb Out of the Uncanny Valley," 18 June 2020 The company debuted a new service on Thursday that data scientists can use to import machine learning models into Snapchat to create more compelling Lenses, or special effects that tap augmented reality technology. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Snap wants machine learning experts to make more animated messages," 11 June 2020 Marshall first started the series with a very simplistic ideal and no editing or special effects from his camera. Fox News, "Viral pictures show incredible scenes created solely by cardboard," 10 June 2020 KineMaster This Android and iOS app can blur faces in videos, including other features such as voiceovers, subtitling, and transitions and special effects. Coral Murphy, USA TODAY, "Want to blur a face in your video? These video and photo editing tools can help," 29 May 2020 Sure, the '90s-era special effects are dated, and the grand conspiracy arc turns into a hot mess at times, but David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson's chemistry is epic (where my fellow shippers at?!), and so many of the episodes hold up really well. T+l Editors, Travel + Leisure, "These Are the TV Shows T+L Editors Are Binge-watching Right Now," 4 May 2020 In 17 years, Graceann Dorse and her husband, Christopher Webb, have built their cinematography and special effects firm, FX WRX, into a significant creative and economic force in New York, navigating natural and financial disasters along the way. New York Times, "Wall Street Rallies, Bucking Drop in Global Stocks: Live Updates," 24 Apr. 2020 The former special effects engineer (Barry) and journalist (Karen) stocked the space with magazines, hard core films, and adult toys, all catering to the LGBTQ+ community at a time when many members of it couldn’t live their lives out in the open. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "How The Director Of Netflix’s Circus Of Books Found Out Her Parents Ran A Gay Porn Empire," 23 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of special effects

1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Special effects.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/special%20effects. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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