Add ‘Star Wars’ lightsaber effects to your videos for free

You might not have heard, but there’s a new “Star Wars” movie opening later this week. Whether it’s amazing, pretty good or just “meh,” chances are good it’s going to inspire alot more fan films.

And, of course, the most important ingredient in such a film is a lightsaber duel. But who has the software and editing tools necessary to turn those broomstick handles into glowing vwoom-vwoom laser swords?

You do. For a limited time, HitFilm is offering a special edition of its free HitFilm 3 Express video-editing software (Win/Mac). What’s so special about it? This version includes lightsaber and lightning effects.

For those unfamiliar with it, HitFilm is a powerful video editor with a strong focus on special effects. Most of them are sold as add-ons, and in fact the “lightswords” effect normally requires the purchase of the Sci-Fi Adventure Pack, which costs $24.99. And lightning typically sells inside the $24.99 Destruction Pack.

As part of the promotion, the developer is also offering HitFilm Strikes Pack, a collection of seven add-ons (including the two aforementioned packs) that would normally cost you $220. But until Dec. 30, you can get it for $169.

Thankfully, there’s no money required at all to grab HitFilm 3 Express and start adding lightsaber effects to your current or future movies.

You will, however, need some time. Video editing can be a slow, painstaking process, and as you’ll see in the following how-to video, the learning process here is tough. There’s a lot to do just for this single example scene.

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