Better Lightrays


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


FCPX Generator: Color Gradients

So here I have created some Gradient Generators. I took a look online and I found a few that were meant to be used as effects and not as generators. This is great because it avoids having to have another layer (connected clip) on your timeline but sometimes you just want a Gradient as a background. So here are 2 different Generators one is a 2-Color Gradient Generator that can be either liner or radial. The second is a 3-color Gradient Generator that can also be liner or radial.

2-Color Gradient

  • Has on screen controls for Start and End Points
  • Custom Color picker for both Start and End Point Colors (unlike the built in one)
  • Start and End Points can be Keyframed
  • Type of Gradient: Linear or Radial

3-Color Gradient

  • Has on screen Controls for Start and End Points
  • Custom Color Picker for all 3 colors
  • 2nd Color location slider (where on the line is the 2nd color located)
  • Start and End Points can be Keyframed
  • 2nd Color Location can be Keyframed
  • Type of Gradient: Linear or


9 to 5: My drive to and from work

Here is a video I made using my iPhone. This is a weeks worth of photos I put together to make a timelapse of my drive to and from work. After making this and seeing people have questions on how to build a timelapse sequence in motion 5 or in FCPX I will be creating a tutorial showing how to create your timelapse using compressor. (Hint: It’s really easy)