Special effects?

Clear_Note

Demon King/Sith Warrior
#1
I wanted to add special effects like people glowing and stuff like that to a video because me and my friend are majoring in film and we're making a short fantasy video so we can compare it to our stuff at the end of our first year. Is there any way to add things like energy balls and stuff without less effort than doing that Adobe Imageready thing where you just paint it in frame by frame? The movie program we're gonna use is sony vegas pro 8.