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By glint effect, do you mean an optical flare? If so, here's a tutorial for Natron: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdFLWwxMXAc. Natron is a free node-based compositing program found here: https://natron.fr/download/?os=Windows
If you mean optical flares, you can use Hitfilm 4 Express. It is a FREE editing and compositing software that works the same way as some more "professional" and expensive programs like Premiere Pro and After Effects.
There should be a good amount of tutorials online about how to make lens flares in HitFilm Express.
Hope that helps.
A couple days late....
Create a new white layer, change the transparency to 5-10% or something, just enough so it looks like the glint you want. Then, animate a mask of this white layer over the top of whatever you want to be glinting.
I'm not completely sure if this is the effect you're talking about, but here's something you can do:
1: Take a picture of the thing you want to have the glint.
2: Take a second picture, but on a very, very black background, the only light should be an uncover little flashlight tip.
3: Keep the exposure pretty high and put the flashlight tip in the exact spot where you want the glint to be.
4: Use your favourite photo editing program to composite the flare image over the first frame. You should probably set the top image to Linear Dodge Add.
This probably won't help if you've already finished shooting, but when you're done with the shot, before you strike the set or move the camera, take a bunch of shots with the key light moving around in different places. Then in your compositing software, cut a hole out of the object (or area of the object) that you want to glint, and show the differently lit images behind the hole. It looks nice because the light is reacting more naturally to the object. That's how I achieved the flickering film reel in this shot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14bhO_8k5uU&t=1m33s
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