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 light streak effects in HitFilm

Learn how to use HitFilm's Light Streaks effect to bring your scenes to life! This fully customizable effect gives you everything you need to create realistic, cinematic light rays - perfect for creating retro-inspired motion graphics and adding some flair to your 3D models.

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.

How to create light streak effects in HitFilm - the effect in action

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!

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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. 😊