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TOPIC: Better Lightrays

Better Lightrays 24 Nov 2012 02:36 #17723

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New Effect for Final Cut Pro X - Better Lightrays.



One of my favorite filters in motion is the Lightrays effect. It looks awesome on text, and bright parts of your image. The only problem with it is well....it adds it to the whole image and not just part of it. This is were my Better Lightrays comes in. I've included two different effects here, both the original lightrays filter from Motion 5 and my Better lightrays effect and really take a look at what you can do.

The Power of Threshold

One of the things I used to create this effect for Final Cut Pro X, was to use a image mask with threshold. This way you can control what is affected by the light rays filter. I even added a blur option so it wont be so hard on the mask. As I started to use this and see how it worked I quickly realized that I needed to be able to limit the effect even more at times. Thats where the mask 4 point mask comes in, and the ability to even colorize the rays.

Features
  • Custom Installer
  • 4-Point mask built in
  • Brightness Threshold Mask
  • Blur Mask Control to soften the edges of the mask
  • Custom On Screen Controls
  • Colorize the Light Rays



Download for free from my website by clicking here.
Last Edit: 24 Nov 2012 08:19 by Mikeybouchereau. Reason: added video tutorial
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Better Lightrays 24 Nov 2012 02:50 #17726

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Thanks, Mikey...that's a great effect with excellent adjustments.
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Better Lightrays 24 Nov 2012 23:00 #17765

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"Magic Potion" indeed, Mikey. Great work, beautiful effect, fantastic video, I even liked the music. Thanks for everything.
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Better Lightrays 25 Nov 2012 22:35 #17793

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Thanks guys. I do have a question for anyone that downloads this or any of the plugins i make.

Do you like the installer or would you rather have just the motion projects?
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Better Lightrays 25 Nov 2012 23:02 #17796

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@mikeybouchereau You have one of the best installers I have seen for these effects, templates and such. It couldn't possibly be easier. But I am grateful for however you deliver your work, so whichever is easier for you is fine by me.
Best regards,
Dan
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Better Lightrays 26 Nov 2012 00:22 #17799

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I like the installer that you provide. It makes things a lot easier for me. Thanks!
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Better Lightrays 26 Nov 2012 08:05 #17810

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@dgwvideo & @ferguskim thanks for the feedback. I thought the installer was a good idea but since I made the change no one has commented on it, so I was unsure if people liked it or not. The tool I use to create the installer is very easy to use and I will continue to create effects with it.
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Better Lightrays 26 Nov 2012 16:58 #17826

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Very nice. I have to learn to more about Motion 5 so I can start giving back to the community. Thanks Mikey!
James
Taipei, Taiwan
Last Edit: 26 Nov 2012 16:58 by wdevn.
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