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Create another shape layer that's a fair amount bigger than the firefly layer, add a bunch of fast blur, change the blend mode to ADD and parent it to the firefly.
if you don't get enough glow then duplicate, add more blur.
I recently built this short video to show how to make a light saber. The only difference between the light saber technique and the firefly technique is the shape of the layers.
Hope this helps.
Thank you to both of you.
What did you do around 1:49 to make the intensity of the sabre intensify in middle of the shape? Couldnt quite pick it up in vid.
BTW. Very helpful thanx.
That will create the "firefly body". Now I need to add some radiating points that I will animate and track with the body. Tracking will by parenting I guess and the animated points need to expand /contract /scale over time a little to indicate "reaction".
eg similar to but less than : http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-video-7896593-fairy-tale-moon.php
(Question been meaning to ask you Rick.) Did you have involvement in Australian Film Laboratory (Colorfilm / Atlab) at some time in the past?
If what you want is a lens flare, as well as or instead of a glow, this is really great feature of Optical Flares from Video Copilot. It allows you to parent a lens flare to a point light in 3-D space. Really awesome. Here's a video I made doing just that:
I just duplicated the layers. The more you duplicate and blur the brighter the core. It's a function of the ADD blend mode. It performs best in 32 bit projects and more accurately simulates the way real light behaves.
If you're on a mac you should see the keystrokes. Change Option to Alt and Cmnd to Ctrl for windows.
Stan. Thats pretty much it. I do want the flare to be a little more organic though so I will have a play around the help you have provided.
Rick. Thanx. I get it and that will work well.
Coolio. One of the things I love so much about VC Optical Flares is the plethora or flare design presets and the ability to add or subtract elements to your taste.
Just purchased and installed VC Optical Flares.
Let the learning curve begin.
Thanx for the recommendation.
Glad to hear it! I use it frequently. I know you're going to love it. Not much to learn, either. It's very inuitive.
Will your project file work on CS 4..?
The VC Optical Flares have made this process of creating and animating my 'firefly' so easy.
They are incredible and I highly recommend the package. (even if you dont have to make a firefly everyday). The interface and how it works with AEFX is the way all plugins should work.
I do advise viewing all of Andrew Kramers fantastic Optical Flare tutorials. No one does tootz like Andrew K.!
I wont be using the shape layer technique for this project now.
The project won't work but the technique will.
Many thanks.. It has worked
Super Easy way to accomplish what you're asking. The following steps describe how you can set up a lens flare like the one found here in the video.
1: Create a new solid layer.
2: Apply a lens flare effect to the new solid from Effects and
3: Place the "Flare Center" on top of the "Anchor Point" to line
up the various circles.
4: Apply a glow effect to the new solid from effects and presets.
5: Set the "Glow Dimensions" to Horizontal only (not horizontal
6: Increase the "Glow Threshold" to 100%.
7: Increase the "Glow Radius" to 1,000.
8: Increase the "Glow Intensity" to 5 or higher.
9: Apply a hue/saturation effect to the new solid from effects
10: Under the hue/saturation effect click on the "small colorize
11: Set your "Colorize Saturation" to 50.
12: Using "Colorize Hue" set the color of lens flare you want.
13: Finally, put he new solid in "Add Mode" so that it only
reveals the lens flare on top of your footage rather than the
14: Enjoy your J.J. Abrams-esque Videos.