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  • Laurie Pepper

    December 11, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    You know how a spotlight in the dark has little moving light motes in it? That’s what I want. Does anybody make a a plug-in? I’ve messed around with masks and feathering and noise in fcp, but that doesn’t give the look I want. I figure I might have better luck with After Effects but it’s been years since I used it. And I’m a total newbie to Motion. Advice please?

  • Eric Santiago

    December 11, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Moving lights? Do you mean shadows?

    Not sure if there is anything like that in FCPX but in AE you would have to create masks and use 3D shadows to create that.

  • Laurie Pepper

    December 11, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    That’s what I was thinking.

  • Laurie Pepper

    December 11, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    no, little specks of light, moving.

  • Ben Balser

    December 11, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    I’d do it in Motion. The lights in Motion are super easy to learn/use. Here’s a very old tutorial of mine, not the same effect, but same technique you’d use.

    https://www.macprovideo.com/article/video/faking-lighting-for-video-with-motion-5

  • Laurie Pepper

    December 11, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    I’ll try it. Thanks. Just went back to After Effects. Light Sweep is pretty wonderful!

  • Ben Balser

    December 12, 2022 at 1:31 am

    Someone on FCP.co posted this effect they made as an FCPX template. You’d have to search the “Free Plugins and Templates” section there.

  • John Fishback

    December 12, 2022 at 2:26 am

    Try searching online for keyable footage of dust motes. I think that’s what you’d see in a spotlight beam. I’ve seen that somewhere, but can’t think of the vendor.

  • Ben Balser

    December 12, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    MotionVFX has a dust collection that I use quite often.

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