Improving Skies: Many Means to an End with in:sync Speed Razor 4.0

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Solution 3: Use the Gradient effect and Matte effect in conjunction with another image.

Now that we have our ready-made Matte effect and matte (the grayscale gradient), we can composite either actual cloud footage or computer generated sky colors created in a paint program.

Create your sky or capture clouds from another shot.

Delete the original color gradient.(Tip: Another possibility is to use the original shot and use the color correction effect and/or adjust the saturation/contrast with the image filter effect and replace the original color gradient with that.)

Put the new clouds/sky in the place of the original gradient. Source the matte's S1 to this new clip.

Render a single frame preview of the composite and adjust your grayscale gradient matte until it looks correct.