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Make your own Star Wars special effects with Hitfilm 3 Express Special Edition

By Salehuddin Bin Husin - on 16 Dec 2017, 12:08pm

Make your own Star Wars special effects with Hitfilm 3 Express Special Edition

Note: This article was first published on 10th December 2015. It's still applicable today.

 Interested in creating your own Sith lightning and lightsaber effects? Here's your chance to learn how to do to it.

If you've always wanted to do some neat visual effects but were always held back with the high price of design programs, we have some good news for you. Hitfilm, the creators of the Hitfilm special effects suite, is releasing a special edition of their Hitfilm 3 Express program for free.

They're naming it the Hitfilm 3 Special Edition: The Force, but it's actually their Hitfilm 3 Express program with a few Star Wars project files as added extras. Hitfilm 3 Express was originally free as well, though optional paid expansions can enhance the base software's functionality. The Force special edition of the software is especially geared for teaching users how to create Force lightning and lightsaber effects.

While we've no prior experience with Hitfilm 3 Express (we usually just use AfterEffects), there are a ton of tutorials out on Youtube as well as the main site itself. From what we've seen, it's not that different from AfterEffects, so it shouldn't be too hard for a novice to pick up and use.

Source: Hitfilm (via TechRadar)