11. Light Sabers V2
• New Light Saber preset with enhanced motion blur
• Obscure the Light Saber when behind Objects
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Jan 22, 2007
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164 Responses to "Light Sabers V2"
Evan
04/13/2012
Hmm, I'm just wondering, for some reason, the end of the motion blur is still round like in version 1. I have everything else, but it's still like that. Also, how did you have the shutter speed set to 150 and have it still look pretty blurred?
GamerSloth
11/16/2011
@Matthew

The preset folder should be in your 'My documents' folder under adobe/user presets
Mistry
08/19/2011
Hey andrew, is there any way that you could possibly upload that footage into project files? I cant find any good kind anywhere else. thanks :D
Jordan
07/15/2011
Hey Andrew, is there a way to invert the glow so the color is on the inside and have it glowing white? This way you can make a Darksaber from the extended series of the books. Here is a link to a picture of it and some information:
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Darksaber_%28lightsaber%29
Matthew
07/09/2011
I can't find the preset folder. I have Adobe After Effects CS5. Please Reply!
syed
06/10/2011
how to put an effect on adobe after effects
Adam
06/06/2011
Does this work with CS5 on MacOS? I used this plug in a few years back on Windows CS3 and it worked fine, but no luck on my system now. Any suggestions?
Erlin Hysenbelliu
02/18/2011
Not even by frame number. I Bet they know every pixel position of each frame :P
JS
04/11/2011
and thats not a joke
awsomeguyerror
01/17/2011
so i extracted files to c:/program files/adobe/after effects/presets
and when i drag light-saber into comp i get this error
This favorite contains 4 references to missing effects. Please install the following effects to restore these references. ("Alpha levels", "simple choker") help!
memeG
01/11/2011
Wow! its really amazing...
Tim
12/22/2010
where are the lightsaber presets on your website i cant find them
Gabriel Soto
11/27/2010
I love Your tutorials and I love STAR WARS and thats why I love this Tutorial!
Chris
10/12/2010
Sorry delete my comment I just posted I figured it out xD
Chris
10/12/2010
Hi just curiuos if you will be updating these with CS5. They dont seem to be showing up in my presets list or anything.
Robert
01/01/2011
They do work with cs5. If you have a mac, go to applications-after effects- plugins and paste the preset. then restart after effects and it will be there
Caleb
09/24/2010
"by andy 04/29/2010
how do you make the lighsaber go completely like at the start of the video when the fight hasnt started?"

Well, I'm not 100% positive since I haven't tried it, but if you keyframe the saber gradually rising (if you watch you see him make it longer or shorter) it'll play and have the *fwaump* appearance your looking for.
B-Dawg
08/12/2010
unfortunately i have the cs5 version and i cannot get the presets is there a way to get it to let me to use them in the cs5 version or am i just screwed?
aderistic
06/02/2010
pretty cool man
andy
04/29/2010
how do you make the lighsaber go completely like at the start of the video when the fight hasnt started?
Mike McMahon
03/30/2010
really cool addition to AE, but its weird how sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't on Mac OSx CS4
Corey
03/12/2010
i love your tutorials and i want to use some of your light-saber preset, but im on a mac. and i cant use them. are you able to make them for mac as-well or is it too much work?
Jeremy
02/19/2010
THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH of this plugin, i used to mask out white solid and use mask path but it SUCKED this is much better looking and a lot quicker thanks
G7I9A1
01/22/2010
Very cool!
(BRAZIL)
Skywalker
01/14/2010
Thank you so much! This helped massive amounts in doing my project. I only had 3 days to complete it so it is a little rough, but this preset and tutorial made it possible. View my project at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXLW8mtZ2G4

Thanks Again!!
Steven
12/19/2009
Correct me if I'm wrong, but if I put a piece of bright tape at the top and bottom, i could use these to motion track the physical saber and then link the start and end positions in the preset to the tracking info right?
Mick.
10/21/2009
I'm pretty new to AfterEffects, and am so far loving everything I've seen on your website..
But I must say, the Light Saber effect was what got me started on AfterEffects and this preset is amazing. Thanks heaps!
DBR
08/08/2009
You are AWESOME!! Thanks! :D :D
thanks from Poland :P
Mathias97
07/04/2009
Ok , i just want to know where i download that light saber thing ? i cant find it.
Alex
07/03/2009
hey andrew kramer i really need this effect but now since its gone i was woundering if you could give me any link to haveing this effect i mean i really need it and i downloaded adobe after effects and made so many accounts and downloaded at least 15GB in all just for this single effect! so please if theres any way at all please send me a link or something to my email carnagenelson89@yahoo.com thanks!
Aiden
06/30/2009
how do you download the presets. It's probably a stupid question and you think im an idiot but i don't know. please help.!
raju
06/30/2009
u r the great animater of the world
Dan
06/17/2009
I have cs4 but when i try to import it there is an error! help
addapann
06/16/2009
This worked really well, and goes well with the tutorial. thanks much.
joaquim
06/06/2009
Hey your tutorials are awesome and so helpfull, but where can I download the preset? Thank you!

We all love andrew kramer =D
david
06/03/2009
hey andrew for some reason when im rotoscoping with the preset and i align it right when i play back the vid its in the wrong place every time whats wrong??????
Marcus
05/31/2009
I just want to say, you're the best Andrew (or at least ONE of the BEST)! I just want to tell you how how much we all appreciate you work. - Vive la videocopilot! ;D
jonathan
05/19/2009
good tutorial its very use full you dont must to make a lightsaber
Catboy
05/19/2009
wow its free? videocopilot is awesome :)
forest
04/23/2009
very funny?
Jonathan r.
04/10/2009
What website are the presets at Video co pilot? cuz i clicked
project and it downloaded somthing and theres are not the andrew crameer thing or anything????????
bubul
04/08/2009
U r great!!! thank's a lot dude
(indonesia)
russell moeller
04/08/2009
What website are the presets at Video co pilot? cuz i clicked
project and it downloaded somthing and theres no andrew crameer thing or anything????????
Star Wars fan
04/07/2009
How can I get Lightsaber V2 on my computer?
Star Wars ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jonathan
04/07/2009
How can I get Lightsaber V2 on my computer?
Star Wars ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
dan
03/02/2009
great awsome tutorial but can make one or just send me an email on how to make 2 light sabers on aae at the same time please
malachiparker1985
02/28/2009
I have 2 problems.

1. I have AE 7.0 and the button that you show to mask the lightsaber when going behind an object "something Alpha something" anyway it's supposed to be present right above the layers palette and it's just not there.

2. What do you do when you're editing a video and the camera angle changes? I tried just adjusting the lightsaber to the new angle but then that affects all the frames that went before it.
lolololololololololol
02/27/2009
i cs4 trial it no worky on ther it keeps giving error message help plz






lol lol
lololololololol
09/01/2011
you r

fool if that cs4 is not working

you should try cs3,cs4.......
stupid.....
person.......
you r telling here ....
backoff.....
you sucker
Demian
02/23/2009
Andrew Krammer = Pure Genius!
William Chenoweth
02/21/2009
Very Nice Andrew! Great Light Sabre effect! I made a video of my son and i fighting with swords.. I finsihed his sabre but I think I need to add the old preset for my sword.. looks like you cant use it for 1 preset for 2 layers. great stuff! Thanks! Will be posting on willslife.com
Jacob Welch
02/02/2009
this is incredibly easy to use and good looking but it seems to me that the motion blur is occuring on the wrong side of the saber
it should trail behind it when you move it but for me and i'm not sure if its the same for you but the blurred shape is jumping ahead of the saber in the frames instead of following behind.
any ideas on what i am doing wrong or how to fix this?
Netinmaster
01/29/2009
Holy crap mate!! you're awesome!!! CHEERS!! ^_^
ciaran brady
01/23/2009
your lightsaber videos are pretty good but what if a lightsaber cuts off someones hand or goes
through them
Image_lab
01/20/2009
Hi Andrew

Your tutorials are great, but this preset have some troubles, what can i do to make works this presets

this is the message that AE send me:

AE warning: Class"effect" has no
property or method named "Perspective"
expression disabled

Error ocurred at line 3.
Comp: "Com1"
Layer: 1 ("white solid")
Property: "Starting Thickness

Thank you from Mexico
moroccan fan
01/19/2009
thanks Andrew you are the MEN :D
Victor
01/17/2009
loved the tutorial, but i'm new to this stuff im having trouble with it i got cs3, help plz! :P

thanks from brazil!
Danny Winn
01/12/2009
How exactly do you download the preset for this lightsaber? I clicked the "Download Presets" button but it's just a bunch of addresses to tutorials. Can anyone explain how to get the presets and is it free? Thanks to all!
Edwin (emindesign)
01/11/2009
I never thought that I would ever get to use After Effects. Now, with your tuts, I feel like I can do this. Thank you. You really really really rock Andrew.
Robert
01/11/2009
Yea i have AE CS4 and the presets dont work can you help me out please
sexy mama(not engaged)
01/03/2009
i love you. will you marry me?
qwen(alfa72)
01/03/2009
-_- f..k you!
Luke
12/20/2008
Do you have the lightsaber presets for CS3?
If so could you send to luke.gadeke@googlemail.com

Much appreciated!
Dissapointed
12/19/2008
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I HAVE CS3!!!! BOOHOO
Mike
12/09/2008
Hey andrew, im having trouble with the download. i couldn't find the preset folder possibly bc i only have the trial version of cs4 but i tried opening the file and an error came up saying that it can't import file due to unsupported file type or extension. I'm kinda new to this stuff so im a little lost at the moment. If you could help that would be great. Thank you.
caspian200
12/09/2008
hey Andrew! Great tutorial and awesome preset.

to the ppl who can't find it just click project to download it.

Also I just saw the preset being used on the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother"!
Juan
12/04/2008
You are my idol! very nice tutorial and very very best the preset! thanks!
DOOFUA
11/30/2008
error message on cs4
none
11/26/2008
you should make it available for CS3
anoop
11/26/2008
I am again here for thanksgiving. Your tutorials are more helpful to Indin graphic designers
thomas
11/23/2008
where download presets or isn't this free?
tobi
11/11/2008
for people who get the missing saber controls prob

press the reset button next to it
that has helped for me
Jake
10/13/2008
Thats awesome 10/10
Jake
10/13/2008
Thats awesome 10/10
mostom
09/25/2008
is there a possibility to get it to work in AE CS3
HombreJoe
09/24/2008
hey that light saber glow works on like text and stuff too and it rocks if you mess with it! thanks!
Ben
09/20/2008
Hi Andrew,

very good tutorials! Unfortunately this preset doesn't work neither on CS3 nor on a non-english version of After Effects... Could you please fix it?
omer
09/05/2008
how can i download this presets?
conner
08/24/2008
does this work for cs3?
Aaron
08/22/2008
yo Hey Andrew ahhh no lightsaber presets work on my After Effects cs3 just wornding if it onley works on a NTSC vershion
Pieter
08/20/2008
i fixed the black background of my first comment but i got other prob

there is no lightsaber if i add the effect!!
Pieter
08/20/2008
is it normal that if i add the lightsaber or saber v2 preset to my video that only the saber pops up with a black background? i cant see my vid anymore..


has this something to do with the
missing:lightsaber controls?

i got CS3 since 20 mins ago and i dont know very much of it. and sorry for my bad english...
bryan
08/18/2008
when i drag it into version cs3 it says cancel drag can you make it work for this version
Frames not updating
08/18/2008
I have the same problem as Anish with the Lightsabre tutorial as well as the 3D movie from 2-D image tutorial. I make a chance to a key point, then run the timeline but all I get is the last position I set the sabre effect to (or position of rotation from the 3-d image tutorial). Am I missing a step of a shortcut I should be pressing each time?
Anthony
08/01/2008
thank u it worked ur the bset plz repond :D
Anish
07/27/2008
When I use the lightsaber in one frame and go to the next frame and adjust it, it is moved permanently, it does not stay in the previous frame. How can i make the lightsaber not move when i adjust it between frames.
Thanks
The Dude Man
07/27/2008
You rock ! Thanks a bunch ! Love you !

Sandis
07/20/2008
hey men!! you rock!!! big tnqq!!!
Gabriel
07/19/2008
first of all EXELENT tut and work ^-^

My problem:

when i install the preset, in the effect controls says

Missing: Saber Controls and it give me an error

the other ones are ok

...im using version 8.0

hope u can help me plz!!
i really want to use it =D
Math Campbell
07/19/2008
Hi Andrew, dunno if you read these comments, but thank you for the tutorials, they're really great.

I'm fairly new to AE, and so I checked out all the basic training ones first, then moved onto the more advanced ones, in the space of a couple of days, thanks to your help!

Mine's not very good since I only have my Macbook's iSight camera to get source footage, and I really suck too :) But since you asked to see all vids done based on it, here's mine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxzXxNV9Zww
Charles
07/17/2008
*** THIS WORKS WITH CS3. HERE'S HOW: ***

First, ignore the fact that the control says "Missing". If you actually listen to the tutorial, Andrew even warns you that it's going to say that!

Second, Motion Blue needs to be turned on both on the solid layer AND globally. To do that you have the click the small Bouncing Ball button on that actual layer (it's the sixth small button over from the Source Name on the bottom left). ALSO, you need to click the larger Bouncing Ball button just above that... about six buttons to the right of the current time.

That will activate the motion blur. Now when you play with the shutter speed you will get the effect.

Now stop bugging Andrew so you he can make us some more tutorials!

Enjoy!
Charles
07/17/2008
*** THIS WORKS WITH CS3. HERE'S HOW: ***

First, ignore the fact that the control says "Missing". If you actually listen to the tutorial, Andrew even warns you that it's going to say that!

Second, Motion Blue needs to be turned on both on the solid layer AND globally. To do that you have the click the small Bouncing Ball button on that actual layer (it's the sixth small button over from the Source Name on the bottom left). ALSO, you need to click the larger Bouncing Ball button just above that... about six buttons to the right of the current time.

That will activate the motion blur. Now when you play with the shutter speed you will get the effect.

Now stop bugging Andrew so you he can make us some more tutorials!

Enjoy!
Benjamin Bailey
07/14/2008
Thank you, Andrew. Some very good information in there, about glows, rotoscoping, and animating a layer (mask?) Anyhow, thanks and God bless!

Benjamin Bailey
http://minosafilms.wordpress.com/
Andy Morgan
07/09/2008
CS3 version please!!!!!

Thanks ANDREW!
Andy Morgan
07/09/2008
I have CS3 After Effects. The presents tell me its un-supported. and when i do get it to work it does not have all the fancy flowing and pulsating like on your tutorial. Do i not have the best version?

Andy
Andynsb@hotmail.com
gerry
07/09/2008
I'm new to after effects and an amatuer - I have done my first little project (3 Seconds long) with my 8 year old son jumping off the couch spinning with a lightsaber - he's impressed but I keep trying to tweak the saber to be as realistc(lol) as possible and i have a couple of thigs to say about the preset

1. the two point mask is great a distance but close up I'd prefer to be able to chage it top 4 or six points

2. I'd like to see it a bit softer at the core

Other than that you've made it pretty easy for a noob to bang out an ok rotoscope in a day (or so?)
Big Boss
07/03/2008
Hi Andrew!! Your tutorials are ever the best!! But with this preset I have some problems. When I apply this effect, it miss the "soften" and the "Perspective" on the saber controls (also with the saber_glow effect). I have the italian version of AE CS3 but there's no problem for this, 'cause I just only rename some expression and the effect work (like the previous version of the lightsaber preset). Also he told me "Mancante(Missing):Saber_Controls" or "Mancante:Saber_Glow".
Can you fix this problem?
Thanks
P.S.:Sorry for my english if I wrong something.
cyberhuntera
07/01/2008
Hey people can you tell me why when I finish with the clip and I play it back it is just like version 1?
femfoyou
07/01/2008
ok, perfect.
solution problem "error saber control"
only work in english version after effects

in link access your after effects
write this "c:\....AfterFx.exe" -L EN

femfoyou
07/01/2008
ok, perfect.
solution problem "error saber control"
only work in english version after effects

in link access your after effects
write this "c:\....AfterFx.exe" -L EN

Damien
06/27/2008
Has anyone figured out how to get the blur to work in CS3?>-(
Justin
06/25/2008
I'm really surprised that so many people are having problems and there hasn't been a simply reply with whether or not it works in CS3.

I'll quickly answer. It does work... sort of. There is a "missing saber controls" message in the effects panel that seems to be affecting the motion blur because when it is on for the layer and comp you get the rounded (older) tip, not the notched/square tip.

It would be great if AK or the crew could take a look at this as it seems a lot of people are going ignored with their problems.
Nicholasfunstuff
06/25/2008
Hi! I very like this preset but I have problem with it, when I put the light saber V2 on my AE 7.0, it says Missing: Saber Controls. What should I do? I tried reinstalling the presets and also installing the old light saber preset but it still says Missing: Saber Controls. Please help me.
Thanks!
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