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...

  • Is that "sith" as in Star Wars? Aug 22, 2011 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, 2011 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.

  • How can you make them with Motion and After Effects? Could you elaborate a bit? Aug 22, 2011 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, 2011 at 1:45
  • No problem :) I'm glad it did!
    – kevin9794
    Aug 27, 2011 at 21:28

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