Technique used: Rotoscoping
What is rotoscoping?
Rotoscoping has often been used as a tool for visual effects in live-action movies. By tracing an object, the moviemaker creates a silhouette (matte) that can be used to extract that object from a scene for use on a different background. Rotoscoping plays a large role in the production of visual effects imagery. Rotoscoping in the movie industry today is often aided by motion tracking and onion-skinning software. Background info on lightsaber VFX:The birth of the lightsaber
I first created a matte for the footage to use over the lightsaber and used the effect controls to make a mask,as shown below, I also selected the mask path button so it mapped all the changes made to the mask to the footage.
I then finished the masking and then i opened up the after affects window and started adding the after glow.
I selected the footage and then selected the edit tab and selected “stylize” and then selected “glow”
I then altered the the settings to achieve the desired effect. After i finished i then exported it to upload to youtube.
The edited footage: This is my final edited footage.
In my opinion i did good with my VFX work but I could improve upon it, I could do this by masking more footage instead of having to cut it. I could also be a bit more precise in my masking.