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This is a tutorial on how to make a lightsaber using Sony Vegas (I will be using Sony Vegas 6.0 in this tutorial but any version should work).  Microsoft Paint will also be used to draw a white line for the saber blade base (almost any drawing/photo-editing software can be used).  Please comment, rate, and subscribe.
 
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Step 1: Step 1 - MS Paint

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First step is to open MS Paint and make the background black.  Then take the rectangle tool and make a white rectangle that is thin and long like in the picture.  Then save it.

Step 2: Step 2 - Sony Vegas Studio

First open Sony Vegas Studio.  Then open up the file that you just made in step 1 into the Vegas timeline, we will call this layer1.  Then go to Media Generators>Solid Colors>Black and set that onto a sepperate timeline, we will call this layer2.  Then chroma key out the black in layer1. Continued on next step.

Step 3: Step 3 - Sony Vegas Studio

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Picture1 - Select the Track Motion button on the layer1 timeline.  
Picture2 - In the Track Motion box there should be a tick box that says something like 2d glow, so click on that.
Picture3 - Change the color to what you want your lightsaber to be (in my case orange).  Set the blur to 8.00% and the intensity to 60.00%.

Step 4: Step 4 - Finished

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Now all you have to do is save it (this can only be saved as an .avi so it is not for photo's but it is for movies).  And here is what it will look like with orange.

Roland S8 months ago

How good is Sony Vegas Pro is it better than After Effects. I am looking for a good program to use.

electronicz (author)  Roland S4 months ago

Sony Vegas Pro is very nice at video editing, and light saber making ;) , but I have never used After Effects so I cannot compare them. Thank you for commenting! :)

nice, can you use this software to edit video as well? could you add lightsabers to a video of two people fencing or something similar?
electronicz (author)  amandaghassaei2 years ago
Yes, this is a video editing software, it is possible to add lightsabers to a video, I have made a very short video using this process. You have to put the lightsaber on the video frame by frame, which is a very tedious process. That is how they made the lightsaber duel scenes in the Star Wars movies. If anyone wants me to make an instructable on how to add a lightsaber to a movie, please comment.