Lightsaber VFX

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. rotoscoping-after-effects-1497-v1Background info on lightsaber VFX:The birth of the lightsaber

Editing process:

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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.

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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”

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I then altered the the settings to achieve the desired effect. After i finished i then exported it to upload to youtube.

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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.

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