Mantra VR | Magnifying Glass Tutorial

Mantra VR | Magnifying Glass Tutorial

The Mantra VR Magnifying Glass effect can be used to help focus the viewer’s attention, and also for unique effects such as a searchlight.  Charles Yeager illustrates some of those in this tutorial. The effect simulates one ore more magnifying glasses of arbitrary size and distribution, with a magnifying power that can be adjusted. 

Mantra VR is a 360/VR plugin for After Effects and Premiere Pro. It is a set of 16 stylization and practical effects that you can apply directly onto your 360 footage, available now for $229.

Mantra VR is designed by the creators of SkyBox Suite, which has been acquired by Adobe, that are now fully integrated in Adobe Creative Cloud.

Mantra VR – Magnifying Glass Tutorial

Effect > Mettle > Mantra VR > Magnifying Glass.

Field Of View

“Draw Background” can be toggled off for a searchlight effect.

Duplicating the “Draw Background” and adding a Blur to your footage creates a focus effect.

The Recursion option zooms the magnifying level of the effect.

Multiple instances on the Magnifying Glass on the same point will focus on a single pixel.

Mantra VR.

360/VR Stylization + FX for After Effects and Premiere Pro.

A set of 16 filters with practical and artistic effects, with a Node Panel, Audio Reactivity and Globe Preview Panel


Charles Yeager is a Filmmaker & Motion Graphics Artist currently residing in Arkansas. His projects have been recognized by Canon, Video Copilot, Vimeo, Filmmaker IQ, No Film School, Film Convert, BOOM Library & Filminute. See his portfolio at

Charles is the author of numerous tutorials on 360/VR video production in After Effects and Premier Pro. You can find them in the tutorial sections on the Mettle website.

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