- What Is the 'Lasers of Doom' Effect?
- Filming Tips
- Step 1: Setting Up Your Project
- Step 2: Adding the Media to the Project and the Timeline
- Step 3: Marking the 'Firing Point' for Adding the Laser Beam
- Step 4: Creating a Placeholder Clip for the Laser Beam
- Step 5: Adding and Adjusting the Lightning Effect
- Step 6: Blasting Your Beam Across the Room
- Final Steps: Test Render and Add Sound
Final Steps: Test Render and Add Sound
At this stage, you have the start of a very cool-looking effect, with the laser beam shooting out of the gun and vanishing offscreen. To enhance the effect further, you can adjust the opacity of the beam, reducing it to around 80%. Try adding other effects to see if they enhance the laser beam in any way. Experimentation is the key to fun video editing (see Figure 29).
When you're finished tweaking the various parameters, press the Enter key on your keyboard to try a quick test render. Once the render has finished, press the spacebar to see the effect in motion.
With the visual and audio elements set to your taste, press Ctrl-S to save the project, and then press the Enter key on your keyboard to render the movie again if necessary. Once the render has completed, save the project as an AVI file by selecting File > Export > Movie (see Figure 30).