How to Make a Lightsaber in Windows Movie Maker

by Daniel Ketchum

One way to add a lightsaber effect to your video is to use Windows Movie Maker. In concert with a graphics program such as GIMP or Photoshop, you can produce a quality effect that will impress anyone.

Load your video from your camcorder onto your computer. Save it to a folder named "Video A".

Open Windows Movie Maker. Go to "Import File" and browse to find the folder "Video A." Click on the video you want to use, and click "OK." Soon, the video will appear in the "Collections" bin at the top.

Use the "Cut" tool to separate the section of frames in the video where you want to add the lightsaber effect. Move the slider to the first frame of the separated section.

Go to "Save Picture As" and save the frame as a jpeg called "Frame 1" in a folder called "Video B."

Continue moving through the frames in the separated section, repeating Step 4, but change the "frame" name number to the next highest number. What you are doing is creating a sequence of numbered frames.

Delete the separate section and save your project in Movie Maker.

Open a graphics program such as GIMP (which is freeware) or Photoshop. Then go to "File" and click "Open." Browse to "Frame 1" that you saved in "Video B" and open it.

Create a new layer above the image layer. Then select the "Brush" tool, change the color to what you what the lightsaber to be, and paint over the blade in the image. Then use the "Outer Glow" effect to create the glow around the blade. Save the image as "Frame 1" to "Video C."

Repeat steps 7 and 8 for the rest of the frames.

Open Windows Movie Maker. Import the images in folder "Video C" into the "Collections" bin. One by one, drag them to their place in the timeline where the originally separated section used to be. Now save your project.

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About the Author

Daniel Ketchum holds a Bachelor of Arts from East Carolina University where he also attended graduate school. Later, he taught history and humanities. Ketchum is experienced in 2D and 3D graphic programs, including Photoshop, Poser and Hexagon and primarily writes on these topics. He is a contributor to sites like Renderosity and Animotions.