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What did I do wrong?
Can I be brutally honest? You didn't learn the basics of Ae before tackling a moderately complex job.
4. Is there an easier way of doing this instead of moving the solid on each and every frame?
Yes - much easier, but it requires some learning:
Use the point tracker to track the 'tip end' of the toy saber.
Use the point tracker to track the 'hand end' of the toy saber.
Create a black solid above your footage and apply the beam effect to it.
Adjust the beam effect to create a suitable light saber effect.
Set the solid to 'add' blend mode.
Create and expression linking the 'tip end' track point to one end of the beam.
Create and expression linking the 'hand end' track point to the other end of the beam.
They didn't make star wars in a day ; )
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lower the opacity of the solid? If so, where do I do this?
Hire someone to do it for you. There are people who spend a great deal of time learning how to use this software with the hopes of someday being able to get some return on all that time & effort that they invested. And then here you come asking how to lower the opacity of a solid.
Most of the learning sites offer a free 30 day trial...follow a god dang introductory course on after effects, would you?! SHeesh
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