PLEASE HELP. so i just started getting into vfx and i figured a good way to start is to make a lightsaber video. i looked at a tutorial by bouchandre on youtube and followed the masking instructions to the letter, and when it came to pre-composing my white masks so i can add color later, the saber effect(in this case its white because i haven't added color yet) just disappears. i tried rendering the whole video but when i open up the video, all of the effcts OTHER then the masks for the lightsaber(basic color correction, cinematic black bars) are seen but i just see the plastic saber i started with, and my effect is lost. how i can i fix this? i click precompose and when bouchandre did it the effect stayed, but when i did it it dissapered. please help, i've gotten really frustrated about this because im such a newbie haha.
I am a keen learner and am very keen on pursuing a career in the animation industry. My artistic skills are mostly self-
taught. I have a deep knowledge base of Photoshop, Maya, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Final Cut Pro and Sony Vegas.