20b. Light Sabers V2
• New Light Saber preset with enhanced motion blur
• Obscure the Light Saber when behind Objects
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412 Responses to "Light Sabers V2"
Zz
07/08/2014
good
cool
06/25/2014
cool
mus
06/24/2014
merçi
Jheremy
06/03/2014
Does it work with motion tracking?
balaji
05/21/2014
super work
Juan
04/30/2014
Very Useful. I remember I did my own light saber once but frame by frame. Thanks!
Tobboss
03/31/2014
Hey guys. Haven't used this plugin for ages, worked well back then. Now using it again in AE CS6.
My problem is that the blur seems to run in the wrong direction! not coming from the last frame but going to the next like predicting the future. i just don't know why. the sabre effect now looks like beein played backwards. any ideas where to tweak?
Andy
06/15/2014
I've always had this problem, I just had to edit backward, or account for where the blur will go. I assumed it was just part of how the plug-in worked.
Andy
06/15/2014
I've always had this problem, I just had to edit backward, or account for where the blur will go. I assumed it was just part of how the plug-in worked.
Ryan
06/12/2014
If you want to pass this along, I actually believe I have found a workaround!

I simply add BOTH the solid that contains the lightsaber effect and my footage to a new precomposed composition. Then, I reverse my footage WITHIN that precomposed composition. I then do the animation of the lightsaber within that precomposition.

Next, I go to the master composition and on the pre-comp I reverse it again by going to Layer-->Time-->Time Reverse Layer and BOOM! It is now playing normally (not in reverse) with the effect working properly.

Hope this helps somebody!
Philip
01/03/2014
By the way this works with CS6 that's what I'm using it with.
Philip
01/03/2014
Ha I was using this preset wrong but this will save so much time! I was making two separate lightsabers and putting one on one side of the object blocking it and one on the other. It took forever to deal with two!
shubonkar
12/23/2013
good
zCsanadi
12/12/2013
The script is really awesome, i just wanted to use it under AfterFX CC and it isn't working as supposed. I guess it's not updated, but the motion blur is totally off...and the main setting part shows missing components.

May i ask what does it need to be updated? It is LOTS better than editing frame by frame so... :)
songsang
11/27/2013
^_^
samuel sebastian huang
11/04/2013
thank you broo!!!!!
xp cs4
10/17/2013
when i check motion blur comp and layer, nothing blurs and saber getting shorter. what should i do?
Damian (TripleDStudios8)
05/25/2013
thank you! After effects "lightsabering" has finally become easy! :)
dewwieee
05/13/2013
when i download the project floder i dont see it in after effects. im running cs6
Brennan
05/07/2013
I need help with this. See my video have individual parts that need to have the obscures in it and I can only put one track matte on the first obscure. Does there happen to be a way to trim the solid on the comp window or a way to add more obscures to the light saber effect?
Harry
07/09/2013
If you talking about 2 objects needs obscure, you can put more than one masks in one layers. If you are talking about 2 seperate parts of a footage, you can either cut the clip and do one for each, or creat 2 lightsaber layers and 2 obscure layers, one for each its own. then trim them.
anam
05/03/2013
soooooooooo, niceeeeeee__D
Christopher
03/28/2013
Hey mike he means After Effects 7 not after effects CS7 After Effects 7 is the old version of after Effects.
Great Video Andrew you have transformed my skills in After Effects And I love your products aswell you are the best.
mike
03/14/2013
what do you mean after effects cs 7
Aakash pundir
03/13/2013
hey Andrew sir i am not be able to download this preset please help me out there..............
Yardo
02/01/2013
what website]?
Warren Reed
10/19/2012
ah, yes, now I'm using this with the new element 3d and boy are those fruits gettin' sliced!±!!!!! wait, I'm not done: !!!!!!

I'm playing ketchup, not with newly sliced tomatoes, but cramming all these tuts to catch up with everybody else!!!
asante sana, ndugu wangu
lisa
10/13/2012
It's so good!
dalton
09/28/2012
me and my dad want to have the element 3d but it says we need a Adobe After Effect and was woundering do u know a plase that sells any of the programs for pretty cheap. like $100-$300 dollors if you do please tell us. Thank you.
TheDiebastian
07/31/2012
you can do it a plug-in and make it for cs4,cs5,cs5.5 and cs6 thanks
latif
09/09/2012
is light sabers are in after effects cs5.5? if yes how to open
Shashikant
07/22/2012
it is very good, my son ( std-7th) & my self very happy to see this tutorial

I will buy it if possible,

Regards
ThePianistop66
07/07/2012
Hi! Your tutorials are amazing! I have completed many tutorials (lynda.com) and now I'm watching all of your tutorials! My name is also andrew :) I know I'm not your level, but wouldn't it be easier to track the first and end point of the saber and give those positions in your preset?
David
06/29/2012
I knew you would do a LS tutorial at some point. As Brandon from Freddiew said, everyone VFX person plays with LS at some point in their life, same with VFX people who do tutorials. haha.

I'm glad i know how to do it without the preset so i dont feel like im cheating myself when i use it. lol

Keep up the good work im learning so much from you and hope to some day be to your level and maybe work along side you on a project.
musfique ansari
06/21/2012
i have to one question to you how to we step the plug-in in the after effect .(trapcode)
Jake
06/21/2012
YAY IM GOING TO EXPLODE
saroj dangal
05/12/2012
i'm learning so many thing from this site,,
love all ur's tut...they are great...
Evan
04/13/2012
I think the file I downloaded is screwed up. I downloaded vc_presets.zip, and then put all the folders into c:/Program Files/Adobe/Adobe After Effects CS5/Support Files/Presets/AndrewKramer/VFX. Then, I opened up AE and tried to test this. It's basically screwed up, because it shows pretty much none of the new features, and when I select it, it states:
After Effects warning: Class 'Effect' has no property or method named 'Perspective'
Expression disabled.

Error occurred at line 3.
Comp: 'goo! lightsaber'
Layer:1 ('White Solid 3')
Property: 'Starting Thickness'
thepianistop66
07/07/2012
Like Andrew Kramer said, this preset works only on old versions of after effects (6.5 and 7). After effects CS5 is after effects 10. That's why it's not working
rincewind86
06/29/2012
i got the answer for this prob:
had the same problem....you just have to use another language thats all.
in the projectfolder are different versions for the plugin..so try all out one should work fine (testes with AE CS4)
Dishank
04/20/2012
hey...! try extracting it directly from the zip file to the preset folder...
wilson
04/03/2012
I love Andrew! In a very heterosexual way! "Bromance"? yesss thank you
osbmentproduce
03/22/2012
i discovered that something that goes well with this is a lense flare
YEAH
02/14/2012
Thanks, now my school project gonna look EPIC!
Hieu
01/09/2012
where can I download that file?
Etn
12/08/2011
when a copy the preset, AE says that's an error, and don't even open it, please fix the preset :(
Divine
11/30/2011
please AND. what have i not done right, am useing CS4 but when i copied the light saber to my preset folder it does not apper on the preset window, what should i do?

sebastian
02/15/2012
i had the same problem as you when i first used this preset
try zooming out of your comp and when you start the light saber preset you should notice that it has spawned itself out side of the frame, to fix just drag it back into the frame

hope this helped
Bloodyworld
11/26/2011
Great tutorial, I disloiked nothing about it, have I ever been lying? I mean when I'm encouraging, I wish I made this tutorial, it is just so awesome, but anyways, see ya!
Tripoli Warrior
10/18/2011
What am I doing wrong? when I download the presets, my mac version of AE CS5 cant read any of them. Adobe Bridge doesn't even register that the folder or any of it's content exists.
jordy
10/17/2011
when i drag the preset says: no saber controls, and then when i try to move the saber there´s no blur.
Madhur
09/29/2011
superbb tutorials.......
just need to tell u...when tutorial video gets finished,the total bufferring memory get lost and i need to buffer the whole video again to watched the desired part from the video....please suggest any solution.thank you
ET
09/27/2011
"Missing : Saber Controls"
I get the "missing" comment in the effects controls panel.
I've installed installing in both Presets and Plugins and same result. See a couple on this thread have had a similar issue. Using CS4. Any advice appreciated! Thanks.
Bag of tips and tricks
08/26/2011
Nice tutorial. Look like you can put your thumbs up for any kind of VFX challenge.you are great

dude do more tutorials focused on Film VFX. please. cause I am a 3D animation & film vfx guy and working "visual mirror",Bangladesh.
Nicole
08/22/2011
I love you Andrew~Thanks for your tutorial.
buzzie114
08/21/2011
To do wnload the preset simple go to http://videocopilot.net/presets
Drew
08/18/2011
is there anyway to get one light saber to go behind the other
Manos
08/03/2011
pleeaseee put the footage as well on your tutorials!
luis vega
08/03/2011
how can i dod this
chance
06/25/2011
plz send me a blueprint if u can ill be waiting
THANKS YOU
06/24/2011
THANKS YOU ANDREW KRAMER ;) im impressioned my brothers with light sabrer (i dont speak good in eglish because im french )
hampusss
06/24/2011
cant find download
gaston
06/20/2011
i cant do the translation whit the blur turning on :( please help, or make a more good tutorial ;)
Eddie
06/09/2011
Download the presets from WHAT website? Please answer!
helping people
07/22/2011
click the project files and it will auto download
mick
07/01/2011
project files
Mike
06/20/2011
This website. It says project files in a gray box up above. You just then copy it into your presets file in After Effects. which would be: " C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CS4\Support Files\Presets ". On After Effects you would then go to the presets and in the "English" folder (which you copied into there) click on "video Copilot" and click on the "light saber V2.1" (second from the bottom) then use the same named file.
Henry
06/18/2011
can dont be so rude?juz download the project file...
Tanner
06/07/2011
I'm still getting the rounded edges with version 2. I'm on CS5.5. Did something change or am I doing it wrong?
Himself
01/08/2012
gosh, I rofled so hard xDD
Tanner
06/07/2011
God I'm a noob. Didn't have motion blur toggled on.
nievesatl
06/01/2011
I really like this website. And I'm new with Adobe After Effects. I have a mac, and I have CS5, and the motion blur is not working. For the Light saber. Did anyone else face this? If so, please reply saying the resolution.
I'm also having problems with importing sound when I import video, and the quicktime that I imported had sound, please respond.
Cyan 3D, Bangladesh
08/26/2011
you guy make sure that you enabled Motion blur for the Light saber layer in the timeline and also turn on motion blur for global(it's located on the top of the timeline panel. just click it). works fine, proved.
Tanner O
06/07/2011
Make sure you have motion blur turned on for the composition AND for the light saber layer. Still working on audio myself.
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05/24/2011
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Yster
03/13/2011
It also works with CS5... just do what "Butterz" describes 2 comments under me
Ian
03/05/2011
Great tutorial. Only additional thing I would do is extend the saber down into the hilt a little bit, then mask it out at the top of the hilt or blade guard (looks a little more realistic).
Butterz
02/28/2011
Yes, this DOES work in CS3 & CS4. I am doing a video as a school project using CS4. So when someone says it is not supported with that version, chances are they're doing something wrong. Just Cut the "Light_Saber_v2.1" folder (from the "Project Files" link on this site) and Paste it in " C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CS4\Support Files\Presets " Open AE CS4 and it's there. If AE is already open, close the program and re-open it. Hope this helps.
star wars fan
02/27/2011
You can also do a tutorial with a visible force from star wars,as in star wars the fores unleashed 2
Your friendly helper
03/08/2011
That Should be pretty easy, ive made it myself. I took some pictures of light through water, colored it blue, added some turbulent displace to it and animated it. Done!
Sam Hudman
02/26/2011
i downloaded the file and when i try to open using bridge after effects says "After Effects: Cant import file usopported filetype or extension" please help i love this website i use all the time btw
Taylor Jones
02/23/2011
Hey Andrew,

Working on this preset with CS5 and i'm getting this error:
After Effects Warning: Class 'Effect' has no has no property or method named 'Soften': Expression disabled.
Error occurred at line 2.
Comp: 'Lightsaber Duel'
Layer: 1 ('Blue Saber')
Property: 'Blurriness'

SO yeah when i bring up the preset i end up getting this really bent and warped cone instead of the sleek saber it normally is.
I can't even put it back into normal shape.

Anyways nice tutorials and thanks for any help!
~Tay
ido (ag)
02/20/2011
i made it there was a thew mistakes but i got it and its pretty sweet this is an awesome tutorial but sometimes you forget to say what did you click
LEANDRO
02/20/2011
I LIKE STAR WARS ALOT OH CAN I HAVE YOUR LIGHTSABER I WILL PAY YOU 100 BUCKS IF YOU GIVE THE LIGHTSABER PLEASE I AM YOU BIGGEST FAN FOREVER TELL ME WHERE LIVE I WILL COME BACK TOMMOROW
ag
02/17/2011
it says mising controls and it makes probloms
Mr. Z
02/12/2011
I like it!
It's very Good!
The man is very funny!
ortaga
02/11/2011
what program does this go to
Edward
01/31/2011
Hi! I made all in the tutorial and it works. But in my video, the saber passes behind me two times in the same scen. I can't cover it the same way twice. It just wont cover the saber again. And if I switch position of the layers I may cover the saber again, but the other cover is gone. Please help.
Andrew
01/28/2011
sorry for a double comment but i ran into another problem after fixing the other, how do I make the blue obscure appear twice (my lightsaber goes behind me, then in front, then behind again). Im a little new so i need the answer to be very understandable
pikachu000000000
03/28/2011
You can use Mask Expansion and Opacity settings to kinda make the mask appear and disappear again. Hope this helps! ;)
Andrew
01/28/2011
i cant move the points on the blue obscure, i can only move the whole thing
Joe-z
01/23/2011
Hey there Andrew, if your reading this, i downloaded the whole presets package and i tried doing to the light saber effect on a project and the preset,Light_Saber_V2, will not let me move it around freely.
Yoshibachi
01/07/2011
Excellent preset.

Personally I add a glow effect. They look more realistic to me.


http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/9582/sanstitrekl.jpg


More tutorials to star wars fans :)
Diran Makabesu
12/28/2010
im very confused, were do i get the lightsaber download and is it free
Awade
01/14/2011
go to AE Presets and there it says Free Presets. =D
Forrest
01/10/2011
click on project files.
Darth Vader
01/08/2011
in the tutorial page, click on "project files" and download
Mint
12/25/2010
Thank you very much for this perfect tutorial ! I'm beginner and it is really easy to understand ! :)
Jewel
12/23/2010
Whenever I drag in the solid layer it doesn't show the color ( go over ) the video. Then when I drag the preset it doesn't show the video behind it. Instead of the video, it's a black background with the lightsaber on it.
Chance
06/20/2011
where do you make a glowing lightsaber?
zack
12/23/2010
is their a free download for this
Salim Sanehi
12/11/2010
Cool Tutorials :D
I thought Sony vegas was the best , before i saw After effects HAHA
Dale
04/23/2011
Sony Vegas is a video editing program. AE is a visual effecs program. They are in the same family but not the same thing.
Skjoff
11/26/2010
I have some problem with version two of the lightsaber plugin. When I create a new layer and drags Light_saber_v2 into my movie it comes up. This favorite contains 4 reference to missing effects. Please install the following effects to restore these refences. ("Alpha Levels", "Simple Choker")

Do i have to import those plugins into AFX to make my light saber work correctly. The lightsaber comes up but the shutter speed dont working. I have adobe after effect 7.0
JoseMaGM
03/01/2011
I know the problem... I've got the same... The reason in my case was that I had the standard edition of After Effects 7.0... You need the professional edition..
kos
12/12/2010
u gotta drag it in ur plugins
pushpak dey
11/26/2010
hello sir, i am a student, i became a fan of urs after seeing ur works. truelly, the way u explain the tutorials are awesome. thanks for ur help
Eagle
11/15/2010
I know your getting this a lot right now, but I downloaded the project and saved the file in my presets and CS5 says that it's not encrypted. What is going on? I tried V1 and it didn't do that but it's not reading that either. please help.
spectram
11/15/2010
Any chance we can get these great presets ported to work with AE 6.5?
maik_leader
11/12/2010
hello guys. i have the cs4. it works but i have one problem with the composition settings. i am changing the shutter angle but nothing happens. did anyone have the same problem. do you know a solution?
Michael Tatalovich
11/10/2010
Any hope for an update to use with CS5? I know that you are limited on time as I am sure you are in great demand for your skill.

Thank You

Mike T
Chance
06/20/2011
how do you do that because this my first time.
thepow
12/29/2010
It works fine under Cs5 on win 7.
Shinzou
11/04/2010
Guys please help.
whenever i go to use the pen tool for the obscure layer (08:38 in the tutorial timeline)After effects Automatically makes a 'Shape layer' how do i turn this off??
Max
10/10/2010
help me i downloaded it 5 times and it want wor somebody help me please
Daniel Rivera
09/30/2010
Hey I was just wondering how to do an awesome title effect for final cut pro 7! or do u have any tutorials that would be similar to using final cut?
ryujin
09/27/2010
hi im trying to do this tutorial but im using cs4 do you have plugin for cs4? or how we can fix this?
enoch
09/13/2010
hi! i was wondering but will the project if i download it, work perfectly on adobe after effects cs4???

or will i need cs5???

cheers
Fobos
09/13/2010
Anyone can give me the link with this plugin for AE cs3 plz i cant find it

Thank you
Yani
09/10/2010
Thanks a lot. Works heaps better than the old one. Even if your after the white solid look. I managed to apply motion tracking to it and it followed it very smoothly, thanks.
Nikola Jovicic
08/28/2010
Is there a way to lock the lenght of the lightsaber?
I never seem to get it just right :(
thanks in advance
Mc Hammer
08/07/2010
Can you do a lightsaber throw tutorial? Please?
keith
07/29/2010
THE BLADE OF A SAVER
Daniel Porteous
07/21/2010
Hi. I have this issue with the lightsaber glow right.
So i have figured out how to move it on the prop, to make multiple obscure layers, etc.
However, when i make an obscurity layer of where i want, the glow isn't over the layer, but is everywhere where it should be outside of the layer.
When i drag the lightsaber_glow preset onto my composition, it jsut colours the invisible obscurity solid and doesn't cover it in glow. I ahve tried putting it on the actual footage, different composition in the workflow.
Any help please?
Adam
07/11/2010
I had trouble with this one, i couldnt seem to be alble to get the sabre to pass behind more than once. I discoverd you had too add them into a new composition Ha ha.
Thomas Eichbaum
05/25/2010
Great Effect, but what to do when crossing the blades?

Some tutorials???

Thanxxx!!!

Greetz
Thomas
Mike Maune
05/23/2010
Ok, for you who don't know where / how to get the lightsaber preset, download the project and extract whatever language you speak into After Effects' Program Files, under Presets.
Joey S
05/23/2010
Will these presets work if I have CS5...If so i'm having a little trouble getting them into adobe.
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