We all know how much FXhome loves to create light-based VFX, but have you ever used the Light Streaks effect? This tutorial takes you through the ins and outs of the Light Streaks effect and how it can be used to add some flair to your videos!
Light Streaks is an effect that comes with HitFilm Pro and is part of the “VFX: Lighting 2” pack for Express. The effect only works in a Composite Shot, so don’t try applying it in the Editor.
This effect replicates the lens aberrations created by anamorphic lenses. Essentially, it adds dazzling light rays to the bright spots of an image. To apply the effect over top of your video, simply change the Blend Mode to something other than “None” – we’d recommend using “Add” or “Screen”.
The Light Streaks effect allows you to add up to 16 rays and adjust the Brightness, Size, and Angle of each one.
Adjusting the Threshold setting enables you to adjust how bright an area has to be to create a streak. You can even change the color of the streaks by using the Channel Size sliders and the Scale Colors option.
Light Streaks is a great tool to add visual interest, whether you’re looking to create a retro-inspired motion graphic design or increase the realism of a composite by adding some imperfections to your lens. You can also use it in moderation to liven up the lighting on your 3D models!
Interested in getting the Light Streaks effect for HitFilm Express? Head over to the Add-on Store to purchase the effect. See you next time!