Better Lightrays

November 23rd, 2012 by admin under Blog, Effects, Final Cut Pro X, Tutorials

Video Tutorial



One of my favorite filters in motion is the Lightrays effect. It looks awesome on text, and bright parts of your image. The only problem with it is well….it adds it to the whole image and not just part of it. This is were my Better Lightrays comes in. I’ve included two different effects here, both the original lightrays filter from Motion 5 and my Better lightrays effect and really take a look at what you can do.


The Power of Threshold

One of the things I used to create this effect for Final Cut Pro X, was to use a image mask with threshold. This way you can control what is affected by the light rays filter. I even added a blur option so it wont be so hard on the mask. As I started to use this and see how it worked I quickly realized that I needed to be able to limit the effect even more at times. Thats where the mask 4 point mask comes in, and the ability to even colorize the rays.




  • Custom Installer
  • 4-Point mask built in
  • Brightness Threshold Mask
  • Blur Mask Control to soften the edges of the mask
  • Custom On Screen Controls
  • Colorize the Light Rays


12 Responses to “Better Lightrays”

  1. Louis said on November 25th, 2012:

    Thanks Mikey it will be of great use.

  2. Thanks Louis, if you have any suggestions for effects or generators, let me know and ill see what i can come up with.

  3. Stephan said on November 26th, 2012:

    Hello Mikey, great Plugin! Thank you very much. All the best from Germany

  4. pari said on December 14th, 2012:

    just nice!

  5. passion said on March 11th, 2013:

    What a nice job Mikey…!
    Thx from paris

  6. pip said on August 16th, 2013:

    Mikey . this is a great set of plugins
    thanks so much for sharing. particularly blur focus . i was scratching my head thinking how to get that effect & you put it there doing just what i was trying for ….brilliant mate. good job !

  7. Barttolome said on December 1st, 2013:

    Hello Mikey,tank you very much for sharing your set of pluguins, its good job.
    best regards from Mallorca Spain.

  8. Jean Claude said on January 3rd, 2014:

    Hi Mickey, thank for sharing the better light rays effect. I found it very useful. Best regards from France.

  9. vincent msigwa said on June 26th, 2015:


  10. Alex 04 said on October 12th, 2015:

    Fank yoo very mach

  11. Rodolfo said on January 27th, 2016:

    Great Mikey, Thanks very much,realy very nice, all the best from Germany.

  12. I’m not quite sure how to say this; you made it exertmely easy for me!

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