Light Beams in HitFilm Express

I'm trying to have a point of light circling an object and leaving a light trail behind. As far as setting up the rigging, HitFilm Sensei graciously pointed me to the missile smoke tutorial here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxAAr8w4VnA

The rigging and motion is exactly what I'm looking to do (other than tweaking sizes/distances/etc).  

I saw that there are ways to do it with the Particle effect in Pro, but is there any way to do this in Express?

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  • It would really be best done in Pro, however, you could adjust the missile smoke setting to sort of look like a beam of light. Try these settings...

    Under Smoke... Density = 1000, Linger = 100, Linger Variation = 0, Size = 5, Size Variation = 0, Speed = 0, Speed Variation = 0 and change the color to what you want.

    Tick off illumination, add a glow effect that is the same color and maybe a neon glow also the same color. Work the glow settings until you find something you like (i.e. crank the intensity way up and drop the radius way down).

    Good luck!

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