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First, import your footage into Elab
After doing this, you will want to create a new 4-Point Neon Light Effect.
At this point, I would recommend zooming up on your saber hilt, using the zoom tool in the upper right-hand corner of the canvas. Once zoomed, create a simple 4 point neon light, by clicking twice at the hilt, and twice directly above those two points. Then position the effect as desired
Now that you have created the start of the ignition, it is time to actually create the igniting effect. I am doing a fifteen frame ignition in this example, but you can use almost any number.
Scrub through the clip to the frame where you wish your ignition to end, in this example, frame fifteen. Reposition the neon light effect if the saber hilt has moved. Then, drag the saber’s two tip points upward, until you have what looks like a normal saber. This can be any length desired.
After doing this, go back through the ignition sequence, which has automatically been keyframed for you. Make any adjustments to positioning that you feel necessary. Your footage should look like this at the end of the ignition effect.
Now it is time to adjust some settings, the settings I like to use for my 4-Point shape are these:
Now that you have adjusted the shape settings, it is time to turn the Neon Glow on in the timeline. You can adjust your settings in any way, but these are the settings I used for this shot:
Now your footage is complete and should look like this:
This is a fairly simple method, and you can create an ignition effect in many ways. Sometimes it looks good to create an “ignition flash” using the optics engine or the muzzle flash engine.
I hope this was helpful to some of you Fxhomers out there, and I can’t wait to see your end results