I am currently interested in how (what program to use) to make this effects of lighting and animated aura in the following video.
Snapshot of video:
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This whole effect is what Riot Games uses for their log in screen for a game called League of Legends. (The video is actually of a character from the game, which is why I mention it)
All of that having been said, the files Riot Games uses in the end are
swf files. A
swf file indicates that Adobe Flash was used in the process, which may have been used for some animations, though more than likely Adobe After Effects was used for the animations. The static image in the background is more than likely made with Adobe Photoshop, some of the other elements could come from various other programs, or could have also been made in Photoshop (such as the particles). Overall the effect is really not too complicated as it is just a series of simple 2-D animations on a static background.
It's really not a black and white question, there's tons of software out there to do an effect like this. If you want an exact process only the person who made it can tell you but hopefully this is a good starting point for you.
It was more than likely done in After Effects. Chances are they probably used a 3rd party plugin for the light effects as AE hasn't got the greatest selection. My guess is that they used Red Giant's Trapcode. Trapcode is very industry standard for motion graphic artists.