Video editing & visual effects

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HitFilm Pro

Create mind-blowing VFX with the industry’s biggest VFX toolkit. HitFilm Pro comes with 870+ powerful visual effects, 3D camera tracking, particle simulation, and everything you need to produce professional VFX from start to finish.

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How to create realistic lens blur and depth in HitFilm

Want to level up the quality of your composites? While not usually the focus of the scene, the type of blur you use in your VFX work can make a huge difference in the overall realism of the shot. In this tutorial, Zach introduces you to the Lens Blur effect and explains how it can be used

How to create futuristic laser gun effects

Use Animated Lasers to bring sci-fi battle scenes to life! This fully customizable futuristic effect gives you everything you need to create everything from Stormtrooper blasters to world-destroying death rays!

Learn how to create Star wars style Blasters, Phasers, and crazy spiraling lasers in this sci-fi weapon VFX tutorial. You can do all of this and more with the Animated Lasers effect found in HitFilm Pro. The effect is also part of the “VFX: Starter” pack for Express.


What is the Animated Lasers effect?

The Animated Lasers effect was designed to create laser bolts that travel from one point to another. The lasers can be constructed from multiple lines, which can be further manipulated into spirals, expanding the effect to also be useful in motion graphics animation.

how to create futuristic scifi laser effects animated lasers in action

How to create sci-fi laser gun effects

  1. Import your footage into a HitFilm composite shot and create a black plane layer.
  2. Drag and drop the Animated Lasers effect onto the plane layer and position the Start Point on the laser’s source, and the End Point on the laser’s target.
    • You can even use another layer’s position which is perfect if you’ve done some motion tracking.
  3. Keyframe the Location parameter to animate the beam between the two points.
  4. To align the laser with the prop weapon, adjust the Depth control for the Start and End Points.
how to create futuristic scifi laser effects HitFilm Pro interface

There are a ton of options available for you to customize the look of your laser effect. You can adjust the colors and how they mix, the length and taper of the beam, and you can even add Spirals! To scale up the complexity and dynamics of the effect you can even increase the Number of Beams present.

Not sure about the Animated Lasers effect? Give it a shot! This effect is a great tool for Star Wars style blasters, Star Trek style phasers, and even stylized motion graphics.


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Hannah Odebode

Hannah Odebode

Hey! I'm Hannah, the intern! I'm the person that gets to answer all of your questions and respond to your lovely comments on our socials. I have a great love for all things thriller/horror-film related and my favorite film as of yet is Parasite. 😊
Hannah Odebode

Hannah Odebode

Hey! I'm Hannah, the intern! I'm the person that gets to answer all of your questions and respond to your lovely comments on our socials. I have a great love for all things thriller/horror-film related and my favorite film as of yet is Parasite. 😊