I will be buying Adobe Production Premium CS4 for upcoming projects. This was made using Adobe After Effects CS4 Demo and Andrew Kramer's Light Saber preset along with his very helpful video tutorial found here: http://library.creativecow.net/articles/kramer_andrew/lightsaber.php
Every single frame the point of each end of the saber had to be placed. Total frames was just shy of 600 frames. 2 sabers, so I had to go over it twice. Video was shot at 17MB 1920x1080 on a stock Canon HF100. Rendered in Sony Vegas Pro 8.1
This video us just a first test. We still have a long way to go.