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  • Glowing eyes effect!!

    Posted by Rob James on April 13, 2005 at 12:38 am

    Hey fellas can anyone here offer me any ideas on how to duplicate the glowing eyes effect used in Stargate SG1 on the bad aliens? I was thinking about using a Bezier Mask in the pupils, but how do I get the rays of light to glow out past the pupils? Or can you think of other ways to simulate this effect. I’ve got the voice down to a tee, just need the glowing eyes.

    Rob James replied 18 years, 5 months ago 4 Members · 10 Replies
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  • Dan Crandall

    April 13, 2005 at 2:34 am


    I’ve played with this effect. I’ll be happy to email you a veg file if you want to give me an email address.


  • Rob James

    April 13, 2005 at 2:46 am

    Thanks alot Dan, there is an e-mail button at the bottom of my website. Give me a clue what method did you use? The suspense is killing me!! Thanks for your help!

  • Dan Crandall

    April 13, 2005 at 2:57 am


    I’ve emailed you the veg file.

    I used the bezier mask on the eyes and then added a child solid color track to make the eyes glow. There are probably better ways but it does work.


  • Rob James

    April 13, 2005 at 4:39 am

    Thanks Dan, that is very cool, and quite close to what I’m looking for. But I’d like the glow to shine out pass the eyes a few inches, kind of like a treasure chest of gold, that just has it’s lid slightly cracked open. It’s very hard to describe, but I’ve seen a titling veggie that is very similiar to the effect I’m looking for. Not sure if it used lens flare or what, but the text had rays of light emanating all around the outer edge of the text. Yours is a great start, if I could just get some rays to leak out of the pupils I’d be set. Once again thanks for the veggie. Anybody else have any possible solutions?

  • Doug Graham

    April 13, 2005 at 4:38 pm

    The term for that effect is “volumetric lighting”, bacause the light rays appear to be actual objects.

    Doug Graham

  • Rob James

    April 13, 2005 at 10:29 pm

    That’s GREAT to know Doug, can you tell me how to achieve it?

  • Seth Hancock

    April 14, 2005 at 7:51 am

    A simple answer to your question is to purchase combustion or after effects and trapcode’s Shine plug-in and motion track the effect.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Vegas and solely use it as an editor because when it comes to any type of motion graphics or animation Vegas just doesn’t cut it for graphics. Keep the change…


  • Rob James

    April 14, 2005 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks Seth, for the advice. I too love Vegas, and agree it really shines as the Master Editor. But about using Trapcode’s Shine plugin with After Effects, could you link me to a step up step tutorial, or would you be able to tell me that yourself? This is an effect I’m so eager to learn. Once again thanks for your help.

  • Seth Hancock

    April 15, 2005 at 5:14 am

    Shine is incredibly easy to use (that’s why you see it on SOOOOOOO MANY commercials, tv programs and movies). The best place to start is There are some tutorials on how to use this plug-in but I can also provide some info on how to use this with After Effects and your footage.

    I believe you said you don’t have a lot of movement with the person. Therefore, you will need to draw a couple of masks around the eyes… first of all duplicate your footage so that you can easily isolate the eyes… then draw masks around your eyes so that you can apply the effect to the duplicated layer. Since it is the same footage the eyes will line up and move exactly the same and you can just apply the effect to that layer.

    Lastly, you will need to play around with your length of the rays, color and the way they act within your scene. But I would much rather use something like AE or Combustion for effects generating than Vegas.

    Good luck and let me know if I can help in any other way. Take care.


  • Rob James

    April 16, 2005 at 2:35 am

    Thanks ever so much for your advice Seth, I’ve purchased Shine, and already have After Effects, so I’ll follow some of Trapcode’s tutorials and get a handle on how to use the effect, and will post some results if they are half decent. Once again thanks again for your help.

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