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How do you create a sith lightning effect? I am getting into special effects, and was wondering how you do this. I have FCE 4 & 3.5. I'd rather not have to use a different program, but...

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Is that "sith" as in Star Wars? –  Warrior Bob Aug 22 '11 at 18:47
    
Yeah, I am starting to get into SPFX. I am getting familiar with how to create SPFX and was curious about sith lightning. –  daviesgeek Aug 23 '11 at 2:41

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With FCE I think your best option would be a plugin or something. I know you can make them with Apple Motion and After Effects though, or a really simple one with good ol' iMovie HD.

Good luck in your search for the force.

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How can you make them with Motion and After Effects? Could you elaborate a bit? –  Warrior Bob Aug 22 '11 at 18:47
    
After Effects has built in lightning effects. Tutorials are all over the place... for example youtube.com/watch?v=puN_qxndOoI. As for Motion, I don't think it has a built in plugin, but according to this post you should be able to find loops you might then edit. forums.creativecow.net/thread/170/862970 –  kevin9794 Aug 23 '11 at 1:45
    
Oh, that's right! iMovie has lightning! Thanks! –  daviesgeek Aug 23 '11 at 2:41
    
Thanks so much! This worked great! –  daviesgeek Aug 26 '11 at 3:59
    
No problem :) I'm glad it did! –  kevin9794 Aug 27 '11 at 21:28

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