Hi guys, I was doing animation for a little short I was doing, which involved a CGI darth vader with saber. I was kinda amazed that I couldn't find a decent tutorial for a saber that satisfied me. The ones I found included a illuminated cylender with 1 glow filter applied. So I started fooling around with different settings, borrowing some from an after effects tutorial I found in the films forum. Here's what I ended up with. This is a saber model using a tapered cylynder. The cylender material is just a all almost white diffuse with falloff set to OUT=100 Type additive. I turned on object motion blur. In vid post, I created the cam object with image blur set to frames=1, dither-40%, duration=4 I created 3 glow filters. #1 set to size 8 intens=50 #2 set to size 5 inten=70 #3 set to size .5 inten=100 color is almost white. [link=http://www.kanefilms.com/lstest1.avi]clickie for divx test 1[/link] For this test, all settings are the same except I turned off image motion blur and increased the duration of object mo blur from .5 to 2 [link=http://www.kanefilms.com/lstest2.avi]clickie for divx test 2[/link] What I'm missing is the nice flow of white that the blad should produce as it swishes through the air. Test 1 is fluid, but the duration isn't long enough for me. Test 2, the duration is good, but the white swish isn't smooth. Am I being over critical? A friend here said it looked alright, but something looks wrong. Anyone want to wade in here with ideas?