View Full Version : Help!! Anyone know how to create a light trail

06-19-2008, 05:38 AM
Hi Everyone

I have a brief where i have to create an animated light trail (like the tracing a sparkler leaves when you wave it around). I would like the trail to start from nothing, follow a path and by the end of the animation, have lit the whole of the path. Is there any plugins or advice anyone can give me?

Thanks in Advance


06-19-2008, 05:51 AM
Yeah this can be done easily using a particle emitter animated along a path...just adjust the life span of the particle to have your trail effect.

Loads of stuff on this site if you use the search function

06-19-2008, 05:56 AM
Hi, yeah thanks Otterman. My only issue with particle emitter is not having the trail as one constant object. I am curently testign the trailer plugin. Does anyone have any other suggestion?

06-19-2008, 06:04 AM
Yeah trailer is one way to go but hv's work just as well.

here a sample scene with a render sweetcheeks :D

06-19-2008, 06:19 AM
You're a star, Nice one.

06-19-2008, 06:20 AM
Damn, cant open the file. Im in LW 9.3.1 on a mac. Wassup?

06-19-2008, 06:29 AM
Well me also.....but heres the unzipped file to try, Oh and an image ul need also (oops!)

Rendertimes are a little silly because ive put a bloom filter on there...you might wanna turn this off to speed it up and do it in post production.

Let me know how you get on........and if the file opens :lightwave

06-19-2008, 06:31 AM
darn it...it wont let me attach the file.

PM me your email address and il zap it over to you directly

06-19-2008, 06:34 AM
You have been PM'd


06-19-2008, 06:54 AM
Opens fine for me... Thanks Otterman! Neat effect.

06-19-2008, 07:51 AM
You don't need any plugins. Experiment with PRMBlur and very luminous objects. Have a look at the image on this start to a page on LightWiki (http://www.lightwiki.com/Motion_Blur).