Creative Communities of the World Forums

The peer to peer support community for media production professionals.

Forums Field Production What’s the Easiest way to create the lightsaber effect?

  • What’s the Easiest way to create the lightsaber effect?

  • Sa Dilshan

    January 17, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Hi, I want to create a lightsaber effect (one person, tripod shot) . I have a toy saber (without lights.) Problem is I want to create 2-3 minutes videos every week. (dont want to be professional at all) And it takes forever to animate it in AfterEffects frame by frame. Is there any easier way to do this while shooting. So I can save time in AE?

  • Blaise Douros

    January 18, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Make a really visible track point at both the tip and the hilt of your lightsaber. Use the Point Tracker to track each of these points. And then download this plugin:

    https://www.videocopilot.net/blog/2016/03/new-plug-in-saber-now-available-100-free/

    Use the point tracking data to control the Start and End points of the Saber plugin, and then all you have to do is clean it up. You’ll still have some hand work to do, but it’s much easier than going frame by frame.

  • Kalleheikki Kannisto

    January 22, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    + when shooting, use short shutter speed, that way AE will have much better time tracking the track points.

    Kalleheikki Kannisto
    Senior Graphic Designer

  • Bill Davis

    February 12, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Darn, just saw this.

    FanFilmFX.com is what you need.

    It’s a totally cool light saber generator. There’s a free version and the paid version is only $4.

    These are also hosted on FXFactory. So you can get them there with confidence.

    Have fun!

    Creator of XinTwo – https://www.xintwo.com
    The shortest path to FCP X mastery.

  • Brandon Lanski

    November 3, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Also, when you’re going frame by frame, use the page up and page down keys on the keyboard.

    Also you don’t need to put a keyframe on each frame, you can probably get away with a lot more than you think you can by doing your first keyframe, placing another maybe 8-12 frames later and then checking in between real quick to see if there’s anything that needs to be nudged just a little.

    You can download the daber plugin, vrom video copilot. They have an older version too if you want a “shittier” look

  • Brandon Lanski

    November 3, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    *Saber plugin *From Video Copilot

Viewing 1 - 6 of 6 posts

Log in to reply.

We use anonymous cookies to give you the best experience we can.
Our Privacy policy | GDPR Policy