New Product Preview: Optical Flares

UPDATE: Product Now Available!

Mysterious things have been brewing behind the scenes at Video Copilot.
Dark things. Well actually bright things.

Drum roll please… I’m very excited to announce our new plug-in Optical Flares. We are still very much in development but I wanted to give you a small taste of what to expect. Optical Flares is a next-generation plug-in for creating realistic lens flares and reinvent the look of digital lens flares beyond perfect geometric shapes to natural organic light.

This plug-in already has over 50,000 lines of code but I want to show you 1 small feature.

Watch Preview Video

I know there are many questions but please hold on to your questions since we will be releasing more information next month that should help clarify what this is all about. We don’t have a release date yet but it will be sometime after October, possibly November. The price will be $139.95 but I’d rather talk about that when I show you all of the amazing features!

September 28th, 2009 @ 5:11 pm
Sweet!! I can't wait for this!
It looks WAY better than the default lens flare in AE!
Alby Smith
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:12 pm
another great stuff!
truly amazing!

thanks AK!
you're the man!
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:14 pm

This is great!
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:14 pm
wow can't wait
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:14 pm
YAY! im going to buy this right when it comes out
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:14 pm
wicked cant wait to get my mitts on this
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:16 pm
This looks amazing!
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:16 pm
This tutorial is brought to you by...JJ Abrams
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:17 pm
or plug-in...not tutorial :P
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:18 pm
Awesome! Looks very nice, can't wait!
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:18 pm
Looks awesomeeeee!
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:24 pm
very cool!
It looks so much more realistic than the built-in lens flares.
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:25 pm
This is going to be a very useful plugin.
Thanks so much Andrew, can't wait!
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:27 pm
Cool..I would be keen to see how diffrent this will be than Knoll light factory. The 3d AE light integration looks really really good..If it works with 3Ds Max imported lights via Max2AE or equivilant...I'm sold!

I'm guesing the Lens flare research was gained from
Star Trek? (shining mag lights into anamorphic lenses) and replicating those into digital versions.

Congrats on the new edition to your family btw..kindest regards to you all!
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:30 pm
Looks awesome.
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:32 pm
Outstanding!!!! They can use it for the next Star Trek Film :)
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:36 pm
whoa! ...very excite!
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:36 pm
Hey James, I'll answer your question because it is about this 1 feature. Yes 3D lights exported from max (boomer labs) and cinema 4D will work including color and intensity!
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:36 pm
DO WANT!! thanks ahead of time, AK. I will be getting this for sure!
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:38 pm
wow, always working on something new. thank you~
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:38 pm
This looks really exciting. It was like just yesterday AE2 came out.
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:40 pm
Awesome, looks like they used that for the Star Trek film. So many lens flares in that movie, its nuts.
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:41 pm
:o AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is absolutely SUPER!!! :D
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:41 pm
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:42 pm
Hey andrew one question:

will it be compatible with cs3?

and is this the tutorial you told us you are going to put? or another one? thanks
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:45 pm
Cool! So these are fully 3D lens flares? Is this like Knoll Light Factory? What's the difference?
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:45 pm
Unbeliavebly awesome. I confess that when you said you were going to create a new plugin, I wondered what else you could come up with...well, that was better than I expected.
September 28th, 2009 @ 5:46 pm
Thanks Andrew...I know I was sneeky about asking a question! - That is truly an amazing feature that opens up the integration of 3D lights in a scene.

I for one thank you for working this out...I can think of many applictions where this will be an amazing aceleration of handling light/lens effects for motion graphics and visual effects.

I look forward to this coming out!
September 28th, 2009 @ 6:03 pm
Hey Andrew,

Awesome, I can’t wait for this!!!
Mark Lee
September 28th, 2009 @ 6:06 pm
just the ticket Andrew. I'm an absolute lens flare maniac.
September 28th, 2009 @ 6:11 pm
November is going to awesome cuz this new product might be coming out and all the sick games to, sort of going off topic but i really cant wait to buy it :D
September 28th, 2009 @ 6:18 pm
What about the matte plug-in? Is it in development?
September 28th, 2009 @ 6:22 pm
J.J. Abrams would be proud.
September 28th, 2009 @ 6:23 pm
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cant wait!!!!!!!! oh, and by the way, id buy it even if it was $1,000!
September 28th, 2009 @ 6:42 pm
Kinda reminds me of Flashforward... only the titles though. Really nice looking and cannot wait to use some elements of the Many many features you say you have lined up for us!

Gonna be as epic as AE2!
Dave B
September 28th, 2009 @ 6:47 pm
WOOOOOWW... didn't you just have a little one? I can't understand your work ethic how do you do this all? That is truly amazing
September 28th, 2009 @ 6:50 pm
@ MovieMaker: Knoll Light Factory has very clean perfect lense flares primarily for motion graphics. This plug-in looks like it has more imperfect, "dirty" looking flares that are suitable for visual effects as well as motion graphics.
September 28th, 2009 @ 6:52 pm
Bout time someone took this job to task! We needed some 3D lens flares.
Dark Pivot
September 28th, 2009 @ 7:12 pm
Whoa, when I saw the video, my jaw literally dropped. I was like :O.
September 28th, 2009 @ 7:14 pm
Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! plug in
September 28th, 2009 @ 7:18 pm
ALRIIGHT! cannot wait. :)
September 28th, 2009 @ 7:19 pm
I had my doubts for this but it looks pretty good. I'll have to look at the price though. I have to realize the difference between wants and needs :X
September 28th, 2009 @ 7:42 pm
You sound tired from the baby haha. On the flip side, this looks really cool, my initial thought was what happened to knoll light factory, but this looks very original and neat.
September 28th, 2009 @ 7:45 pm
That looks very cool Papa Kramer!
September 28th, 2009 @ 7:47 pm
Very cool, Andrew. I too have been studying anamorphic flare more than I care to say. :p

I know you said it was still in development, and you flares look great, but the flares in that video needed some more rounded artifacts mixed in with the square ones on the anamorphic center line.

I'm sure you already know this though. Anamorphics will produce rounded or squared artifacts, or both at the same time depending on the lens and light source.

Todd Vaziri at ILM did Star Trek's anamorphic flares, so you might want to talk to him about it.

Looks great though so far, I will definitely be buying this product the minute it's out.
Matthew Park
September 28th, 2009 @ 7:49 pm
Everytime Andrew Kramer plans/comes out with a new product, it's like waiting for the next best... I don't know use your imagination. I WANT IT!!!!!!
September 28th, 2009 @ 7:51 pm
SWEET!!!!!!!! Looking forward to seeing more!!!!!

September 28th, 2009 @ 7:56 pm
WOW... this is the greatest thing ever!!!
September 28th, 2009 @ 8:04 pm
Mr. Kramer trying to get rich now....GO FOR ITTTT!! You deserve it. But beside that, seems like a great product. You'll see my $150:)
Anonymous Suggester
September 28th, 2009 @ 8:04 pm
Now I'm sure you've got this covered (cause as you said, it was just a preview), but just in case:

I noticed that when the camera panned in, you could see the horizontal line way before the "light source" came into view.

And if you look at real lens flares, the horizontal flares are very short at first, and appear just before the light source comes in.

Now again, I'm sure you have this covered and my suggestion is a moot point; but as I said, just in case.

Keep up the good work A.C. :)
September 28th, 2009 @ 8:11 pm
Alright so I read the description and im saying to myself "Are you serious? I am not going to pay like $100 for being able to make lens flares, which i can already do!", but then I watch your quick demo video... God dam, you know how to work a crowd. I'm sorry for ever doubting you.
September 28th, 2009 @ 8:17 pm
Andrew, I have a question on your speaker panning preset.

I'd just like to know, does that panning preset support 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound???
September 28th, 2009 @ 8:25 pm
Looks rate good!

Did you create the plugin in Pixel Blender? Or the AE API?
Dustin James
September 28th, 2009 @ 8:26 pm
It looks great... I'm anticipating new information about this as well as the release.

Have you considered a normal email newsletter? Not just the occasional newsletter to announce big releases.. but a normal monthly newsletter. (I do know that it would be much more time consuming, but just a thought.)
September 28th, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

Please tell me this will be a 16bit or 32 bit plug!!!
I'm sick of the little yellow sign!!!

Lou ...
September 28th, 2009 @ 8:50 pm
wow, sounds very useful indeed! cant wait to learn more :D
September 28th, 2009 @ 8:54 pm
no more painly long expressions
September 28th, 2009 @ 8:56 pm
Andrew this plugin looks amazing! Now I know you said to hold questions but, will there be other types of lens flares aswell?
September 28th, 2009 @ 8:11 pm
50000 lines of code ain't cheap.
September 28th, 2009 @ 9:15 pm
I can't even explain how excited I am about this. This thing will be purchased the second PRE-orders are available.

September 28th, 2009 @ 9:21 pm
wow..this plug-in is the much awaited be purchased all over the world..this is sooo cool..and nice..i really like and love it..your so great and hard working with 50,000 lines of code..your so god damn after effects angel from vfx god, save me..
September 28th, 2009 @ 8:38 pm
Pixel blender? no.
September 28th, 2009 @ 9:40 pm
i don't know if that will be in the final plugin, but those chaotic lines are soooo coool!

can't wait andrew!can't wait:)
September 28th, 2009 @ 9:40 pm
Kinda cool. I don't know if i'd ever want to do that though. Probably not. I'll have to wait and see some of the other stuff it can do!
September 28th, 2009 @ 9:55 pm
This plugin looks pretty sexy, feels a lot like Trapcode Lux.
Remington M
September 28th, 2009 @ 10:17 pm
I'm with Steven, at first when I saw the price I was kind of bummed that I probably wouldn't be able to buy VC's latest product, but the video already sold me, and as you said I'm sure that it is just a fraction of what it can do. Now go spend time with your new family Kramer!
September 28th, 2009 @ 10:34 pm
Roll it out already ... love your products and ready to spend $$$
September 28th, 2009 @ 10:37 pm
simply fantastic, and if you showed us only 1% of that what it can do, then im already impressed :) definetely gonna buy it.
September 28th, 2009 @ 9:39 pm
I'm pretty interested to see what else this plug-in can do.
September 28th, 2009 @ 11:06 pm
great!!! if i'm not wrong i saw a lot of this effect in the new Star Trek movie. Cool stuff
September 28th, 2009 @ 11:10 pm
It seems this will be a top plugin… Work quickly, we all want to see the final result.

Thank you!
September 28th, 2009 @ 11:16 pm
I want this so badly ! Can't wait !
September 28th, 2009 @ 11:38 pm
Best product you have ever made. Not even close. And yes, I have loved a bunch of them.

Gonna blow up Knoll Light factory's domination.

Roll on November.
Jake The Muss
September 28th, 2009 @ 11:38 pm
Looks quality! Superb!!!
September 28th, 2009 @ 11:43 pm
Wow, quickmatte, video blog, a new baby, and now this? You must be really busy right now. Can't wait to see all of the other features. Keep up the great work, man!
September 28th, 2009 @ 11:45 pm
Not fair. I was almost finshed in my plugin of this.
I wanted a knoll light factory type plugin that had features like this one and everything else it could be.
(hit head against wall)...(ow)
September 28th, 2009 @ 11:46 pm
still a very good plugin though and im glad of the gpu function.
September 29th, 2009 @ 12:08 am
for this monster only 150 dollar? its amazing!!! i want it!!!!!
September 29th, 2009 @ 12:08 am
O man i want it badlly
September 29th, 2009 @ 12:11 am
I need a new plugin to help me pick my jaw up from off the floor.... ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!!

September 29th, 2009 @ 12:23 am
How much will this plugin cost?
September 29th, 2009 @ 12:45 am
Congratulations Angrew! Can't wait until this comes out!!! One request - please finish it as soon as you can, I just CANNOT wait for this!!! :-)

And don't listen to little low life idiots... This is a great product, people will always find something to complain about. Give someone a brand new 5 series and they will complain that it's not the M5... Good job again, I fully support your work and products.
September 29th, 2009 @ 12:48 am
Great plug-in i can't wait to get it.
September 29th, 2009 @ 12:56 am
OMG!!! I just saw STAR TREK movie and loved the way lens flares looked!!! This will be really nice!!!
Ori Lahav
September 29th, 2009 @ 1:03 am
Hello Andrew,
I think you have a little mistake in creating this plugin. When a you don't see the light source, you shouldn't see the horizontal long lines of light (don't know how to call them...).

In this video, even if the light source goes out of the picture, these lines are still visible.

Stefan M
September 29th, 2009 @ 1:09 am
Wow... Amazing AK.

September 29th, 2009 @ 1:18 am
Sweet baby Jesus!

I cannot wait for this plugin.

50,000 lines of code? Are you writing a MCP?
September 29th, 2009 @ 1:36 am
$me horny for more! xD
September 29th, 2009 @ 1:38 am
Remind me of the 80's in the 3D side of the prod.
I think I still have a lens flare hungover from then and probably won't have a use for your plug.
But anyway it's nice to see your team going the plug dev. way !
Orhan Nasufovski
September 29th, 2009 @ 1:40 am
Wow, you're on fire!

It's funny how you don't think much of a plugin or a specific feature, but then must have it as soon as it is announced.

As much as I'm really excited about this product, it feels as if you're getting into too much work.
I mean there are tons of things which were announced and never mentioned again.

Quickmatte, video blog, and the t-shirt contest are a few at the top of my head.

Still, good luck, and congratulations on the additional family member!
September 29th, 2009 @ 1:45 am
This is truly awesome, I can't wait!
mohmmad drwsheh
September 29th, 2009 @ 1:48 am
man ilove you
ithink u the most importent designer in the world
September 29th, 2009 @ 1:51 am
I'm inspired !
September 29th, 2009 @ 2:06 am
putted on my wanted list Andrew :p
September 29th, 2009 @ 2:14 am
make it so....number one
September 29th, 2009 @ 2:35 am
hay andrew,i think u r tired,because ur voice is not as good as the tutorials voice.

but it seems a very powerfull plugin. we r waiting for it.
September 29th, 2009 @ 2:42 am
Andrew, how well will the plugin interact with Knoll Light Factory?
September 29th, 2009 @ 3:08 am
cant really wayt for it!
AP Oinonen
September 29th, 2009 @ 3:38 am
Awesome stuff AK.
Keep it up.
Jens Christian
September 29th, 2009 @ 3:57 am
I'm excited to hear more about it. Because right now, i'm not sure it will be usefull in so many situations. Hopefully, i'll change minds :)
September 29th, 2009 @ 4:18 am
Looks fantastic mate, really looking forward to the final product!
September 29th, 2009 @ 4:37 am
my dream came true...finaly we can add realistic flare to lights this plug in should have been an after effect ¨light¨ standard option thanx Andrew cool plug in waiting a long time for something like this
September 29th, 2009 @ 4:40 am
The plugin looks great, and I am looking forward to purchasing it. I guess its just a rule for me.....AK comes out with a product, I have to buy it!

Looking forward to hearing more details about the features in the upcoming weeks!

Thanks AK!
September 29th, 2009 @ 4:43 am
This is brilliant Andrew, it was always possible however it would require a massive work around. Nice job, big market for this!
September 29th, 2009 @ 4:43 am
This looks like another must-have VCP product! Well done guys.

To anyone who's unsure about the price - Knoll Light Factory is $400, so $150 for this is very good value!
Steven Noni
September 29th, 2009 @ 4:50 am
grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, i cant wait!
Dansoy frm the philippines
September 29th, 2009 @ 5:01 am
OOOOhhhh yeahhhh.... i been looking 4 dis... First i saw dis in "fringe" i was shock, amaze. The flare is unique it isn't ordinary.

U created this sir? wat is 50,000 lines of codes?
September 29th, 2009 @ 5:28 am
Andrew! It looks cool, man! I can't wait!! ;)
September 29th, 2009 @ 5:53 am
That is amazing . That's what I was waiting for and to be honest it reminds be a CSI flashlight - lens look, which is imo amazing in CSI Miami - not only flashlight but many lighten objects.
September 29th, 2009 @ 5:59 am
u read minds kramer..beyond words !
luv !
September 29th, 2009 @ 6:23 am
September 29th, 2009 @ 6:37 am
wow awesome, u r only 1 who can read our mind about what we need.......
September 29th, 2009 @ 6:48 am
It's so funny, I've been noticing your lens flares for a while, and i've gotten knoll light factory to look similar but it never looked quite right! Happy to hear about this. They looked great in the miniature car video you did.
September 29th, 2009 @ 7:03 am
Please!!! Hurry Up with that plugin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need it haha
Zvi Twersky
September 29th, 2009 @ 7:07 am
I heard the price will be $149.99
September 29th, 2009 @ 7:15 am
I just came on net and i was thinking, i really really need now some cool lens flare, and recently that i cliked to this blog!
this is MIRACLE!!!! :D
September 29th, 2009 @ 7:27 am
what price man???it's free!
they said it's free
September 29th, 2009 @ 7:31 am
Can't wait to see how they react to wiggles and motion tracking! Looks like a wonderfully powerful plug-in!
September 29th, 2009 @ 7:40 am
This is insane! He is insane! (FRINGE)
September 29th, 2009 @ 7:48 am
Sounds great. To give a brief intention of what it's exactly like, could you explain in what way it's different from Knoll Light Factory?
September 29th, 2009 @ 7:53 am
*Does shatner impression...

There's. A lens flare on. My. Composition. A beautiful. Lens flare.
Zvi Twersky
September 29th, 2009 @ 7:55 am
Andrew asked not to ask questions but there are already 27 question marks on this page! (yeh, I was board so I counted them) Hang on to questions
September 29th, 2009 @ 7:56 am
And... it would be cool if you could add a tutorial on the lensflare-technique you're using in the Action Essentails 2 Promo. Just an idea.
September 29th, 2009 @ 7:58 am
Um, Wow! Dude, this looks sweet!
It's like Knoll Light Factory, but awesomer (because it's from VCP)
I can't wait!
September 29th, 2009 @ 8:12 am
How much? freeware?
September 29th, 2009 @ 8:21 am
I'm a bit of a Trekkie so this looks great for photon torpedoes.
September 29th, 2009 @ 8:29 am
OMG!, i what that so bad, don't forget release a mac version andrew, congrats for ur new baby, and thnks for video copilot
September 29th, 2009 @ 8:48 am
Nice Flare!! when its gonna on sell? can't wait to use it for my current project..
September 29th, 2009 @ 8:56 am
This plugin looks fantastic. You're finally offering some competition to Knoll Lens Flares, which is horribly outdated.

Please Please tell me that these flares will work in 32Bit floating point. If they're clipped to white, that's not so hot. :)

Thanks, I can't wait to get my hands on it.
Carlos Sepulveda
September 29th, 2009 @ 9:07 am
Wooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww you are the best dude.....I can't wait.
you are a great inspiration for me work.

Thanks for all.
September 29th, 2009 @ 9:13 am
Yeah, Andrew's said hold onto your questions.
We need to see all the other features too just to see that it's really worth it.

Although, I do agree with one person, "How is this different to some of Knoll light factory's stuff"
September 29th, 2009 @ 9:19 am
Wow this is great, I plan on buying after effects in a few months and all you've done is help. I can't wait to apply the wiggle expression to the velocity of a particle emiter!!! Its kinda funny how no one else I know understands what I mean when I say that, not even my fellow film artists.

September 29th, 2009 @ 9:21 am
Holy Bacon! Incredible! Amazing! man... it seens to be a fantastic plugin.
September 29th, 2009 @ 9:25 am
September 29th, 2009 @ 9:36 am
September 29th, 2009 @ 9:36 am
You think that kind of automation comes easy? Or cheap? Do you know anyone who can connect eight connection machines and debug two million lines of code for what I bid for this job? Cause if you can, I'd like to see them try.

Dan Ashlin
September 29th, 2009 @ 9:39 am
Thank God! I hate using the lens flare plug-in in AE. I can finally start using lens flares that don't make things look cheap half the time! Bought.
September 29th, 2009 @ 9:40 am
"LENSFLARE PORN" - a term I made up to describe movies like STAR TRECK and TERMINATORS.

Now we can do it on our demon face youtube videos!!
Maybe the demon face eyes can glow and become lens flares!!

Seriously great stuff. Saw the autotracking feature....looks cool. Nice to not have to keyframe the flairs they just follow the brightest part.
September 29th, 2009 @ 9:42 am
Dean: Classic.
September 29th, 2009 @ 9:51 am
looks amazing!!!
September 29th, 2009 @ 10:17 am
really cool. i'm going to buy it!
September 29th, 2009 @ 10:25 am
wooow very cool men yupi please more more
September 29th, 2009 @ 10:43 am
Epic fail, the default lens flare in AE will never be topped (cough! cough)! What a huge waste of time.

Actually it is awesome. Nice work.
Tristan Barnard
September 29th, 2009 @ 10:50 am
Hey Andrew. Can i assume that you had something to do with the lens flares used throughout FRINGE and Star Trek? When watching both shows it is obvious that Abrahms has an affinity for the optical flare and was always curious if your company did any of the work on those.
September 29th, 2009 @ 10:53 am
Andrew looks like a real interesting plugin. Cant wait till november
September 29th, 2009 @ 11:15 am
Looking great I can't wait
September 29th, 2009 @ 11:32 am
Very useful and very good work as usual!
September 29th, 2009 @ 11:35 am
Andrew is back in God mode! :)
September 29th, 2009 @ 11:36 am
can't get it to play. Just get the preloader nonstop. :-( Other vids on the site work though. Weird....
Michael Andrew
September 29th, 2009 @ 12:12 pm
Hi Andrew, I think I saw this effect in new Fringe episode, am I right? ;) Pretty amazing, keep inspirng people, greetings from Poland.
September 29th, 2009 @ 12:24 pm
Regarding the demo video. Maybe it's a trick of the light, but the flares behind the text seem to remain behind the text. Shouldn't the flare artifacts render on top of everything else even when the light source is behind the object? Also, will partially obscuring the light source on the flare correctly alter the shape of the piece that's emmitting the flare?
September 29th, 2009 @ 12:26 pm
I'll pay for this.
Great as usual.
Thanks for sharing infos.
From Paris - Euclid
September 29th, 2009 @ 12:28 pm
Looks great! Looking forward to it!
September 29th, 2009 @ 12:30 pm
Whoa! so cool... want it nao mac vrs please
Fabiano Peres
September 29th, 2009 @ 1:22 pm
US150,00 looks expensive, let's wait and see what else it does. It will probably be worth.

Keep the good work Andrew.
September 29th, 2009 @ 1:24 pm
Knoll Light Factory is $399.00, our plug-in will be under $150... I'll let you guys decide :)
September 29th, 2009 @ 1:28 pm

This is a great plugin. What kind of video card you use for GPU rendering? Looks like it will be much more smoother to do work if you have a good graphics card. Not specifically the flare work but generally. Do you have any recommendations?

September 29th, 2009 @ 1:34 pm
There is another consideration:
with all the free material you can find in this website $150 still aren't enough...
September 29th, 2009 @ 1:53 pm
Hmm good point Andrew, Knoll L. Fact. is $399, while this will be around half that. Worth buying from what I am looking at. And this is only the surface of what it will be capable of? WOW!!! :D
September 29th, 2009 @ 2:01 pm
hey =D
this promises to be a nice product, looking forward to it!

I only got one question for you, how are you developing these plug-ins? I mean, what IDE, language, SDK etc, I can't find info on this :S

Best, RjM
September 29th, 2009 @ 3:03 pm
Plug-in look pretty exciting.
This flares will be really cool in motion graphics.It also will be really good in movies.I was thinkin' about creating these kind of lens flares which I have seen in Fringe.They are awesome.Thanks Andrew.
September 29th, 2009 @ 3:35 pm
September 29th, 2009 @ 4:50 pm
This needs to come out near the end of oct. so I can get it for my birthday!!!!!! CAN'T WAIT LOOKS EPIC!
September 29th, 2009 @ 7:26 pm
that's so great i can't wait until you release it
September 29th, 2009 @ 8:17 pm
I see.....looks like a basic plug-in, but I'm mystified with what you're goin' to do with it,
September 29th, 2009 @ 8:28 pm
Amazing work Andrew!
cant wait to use the newest plug-in of VC!
September 29th, 2009 @ 9:20 pm
I want to work in the SFX and motion graphics industry. This site is one of the motivators pour moi. Hiring? I am willing to start as a key grip on your projects.
September 30th, 2009 @ 12:22 am
Nice Work Great Plug-ins
Good work Andrew

I am wondering if we can importing our Lens Flare Shape which we make it in Photoshop or Illustrator to open choices to edit our own Lens Flare Look ..?!

you know some People like to draw there Elements Lens Flare and add it to AE and make some Fun

if this Plug-ins open it will be exiting and interesting ...
September 30th, 2009 @ 12:43 am
Master plugin. Thank Andrew and all the staff at Videocopilot
September 30th, 2009 @ 1:02 am
Hey Andrew, ! Andrew ! Aaaandrew! Hey ! here , no left , more left more stop exactly here. Hi :D

Knoll-Light-Factory is 149$ !!!! but don't compare your work with other's product. We like VideoCopilot products and I think this is better than Knoll-Light-Factory.
Zvi Twersky
September 30th, 2009 @ 1:11 am
We all saw the interview with Andrew. We all know that Videocopilot moved and just grew out of its diapers. Flares were around since the old ages. One of the first effects we saw around. Optical Flares is like Videocopilot's first steps. Can't wait for Videocopilot to start saying it's first words... that will probably be a particle system... The really good AE 3rd party plugins are in my opinion way over priced. I'm sure VC will eventually take over the plugin industry as their plugins are WAY cooler and more fit to our needs. This is because Andrew communicates with us and visa verse and knows what we need. Great job!
September 30th, 2009 @ 2:13 am
Looks promising! 150$? In VCP relatons it seems expensive, but compared to others it´s an hot deal...
Jakob T
September 30th, 2009 @ 2:20 am
Awesome :D

Will the GPU Rendering function work with SLI ?
September 30th, 2009 @ 3:00 am
Yeah, ressurection of old good flares seen in Chriss Cunningham videos. Good idea to make it controllable.
Of course it is looking good, like confusing came from nowhere lens flare in Star Trek. Need to be shure where to place it.
September 30th, 2009 @ 3:12 am
Sweet!! I can’t wait for this!
It looks WAY better than the default lens flare in AE!
September 30th, 2009 @ 5:31 am
A few others have mentioned Knoll Light Factory, I'm also interested to see how this compares as I use it a lot for very subtle flares and blooms. I've had a lot of issues with KLF since upgrading to CS3 and switching to 64bit so anything that can come close (or surpass it) without crashing or being a PITA would be great...and $150?...sounds good to me.

The only thing that concerns me is that lens flares are going to be everywhere again just like the early 90's. It amazes me that shortly after your tutorials the effects can be seen everywhere, first the blood cells, then the light streaks, then the blueprints...I'm not sure I can handle flares on every TV commercial and showreel.
September 30th, 2009 @ 5:43 am
Unbelievable, this looks great. Hey you guys can be the next Google are Microsoft of the after effects world.
September 30th, 2009 @ 6:48 am
If thats only 1% of what this plug-in can do...the f**k me this is the best plug-in ever! Congrats Videocopilot!
September 30th, 2009 @ 6:56 am
Hey Andrew;
i realize you mentioned that the product was unfinished, but i was wondering if the blocky/blotchy look of the light streaks will be 'blendable', to sort of soften it up. While the current effect looks pretty good, it may [obviously] not always be desired outcome. Regardless, i'm just asking because i didn't see any control that would hint to an adjustment of that sort. Cool Plugin though.
Zvi Twersky
September 30th, 2009 @ 7:28 am
@kamal98, I think Andrew will go bigger then that... we will all stop using after effects and start using AE (Andrew Effects) ;-)
September 30th, 2009 @ 8:11 am
In advance forgive for my English.
Excellent work, as well as always though I work practically only in 3D.
Always amazed and during too time it was pleasant an accurate statement of a material and a constructive approach.
Thanks huge for the given information and the future connected module, though and not the free!
September 30th, 2009 @ 8:37 am
Awesome plugin! Looking forward to trying it out! I can already see how this is more robust than KLF!
James SBS
September 30th, 2009 @ 9:01 am
I almost pulled the trigger on Knoll LFP, but now I'm definitely going to wait. I'm sure yours will blow it away...
Navarro PArker
September 30th, 2009 @ 10:38 am
Looks like you've been listening to your forums! ;)
Andrey Malik
September 30th, 2009 @ 11:04 am
I think it's a good thing. Easy and Powerful.
Andrew, can you tell projects you worked on? I feel you participated in dr. House VFX =).
Best regards.
September 30th, 2009 @ 11:55 am
You are doing great job. keep going on.
September 30th, 2009 @ 1:13 pm
Dude!!!!.....what does my lens flare say.....Sweet!!!!
September 30th, 2009 @ 1:15 pm
Knoll Factory Producer: Looks like we're out of a job.

Ian Malcom: Don't you mean extinct?
September 30th, 2009 @ 1:30 pm
Oh I like the bling mister!!
Very nice!!
September 30th, 2009 @ 1:35 pm
I know you said under 150$, but do you got any idea on how much i will cost more precisely than under 150$?

Looking forward to the product, and answer ;)

Best Regards
September 30th, 2009 @ 1:52 pm
I've already got Knoll Light factory. It is insanely awesome. So....I guess I'll wait for the next....TUTORIAL. A new tutorial would be awesome. We've had so few recently....
September 30th, 2009 @ 2:13 pm
can’t wait for this!
September 30th, 2009 @ 3:10 pm
this is perfect. i want to buy it today.

i almost bought knoll light factory for the last project. but $400 just seemed pricey for an effect i may not need again. i ended up using the built in afx lens flare. that said, i have been doing a lot more 3d lens flares lately and the $150 pricepoint is a no-brainer ($100 is more of a no-brainer, but whatever).

great work. once again, you're helping our stuff look better. awesome.
September 30th, 2009 @ 4:59 pm
u r hot, man! too bad u r married, lucky wife u have ur tutorials are awesome!
September 30th, 2009 @ 5:36 pm
150 dollars?! thats some serious mulah for some lights?! dont get me wrong andrew i love your site and i think your one of the greatest after effect people out there but... c'mon even if its under i mean 100 dollars is too much in my opinion
September 30th, 2009 @ 5:50 pm
Well the price isn't set yet, I just know it will be under $150 and more than $100. All I can say is that it is a major piece of software, probably 50 X more complex than TWITCH and that is no joke. And remember, you haven't even seen the plug-in yet just 1 feature:)
September 30th, 2009 @ 6:20 pm
Awesome! This looks a lot like the flares you used in Star Trek. Amazing work.
September 30th, 2009 @ 8:23 pm
Very cool! Can't wait to see more! No wonder you guys haven't been cranking out as many tutorials as you assumed you would. *thumbs up*
September 30th, 2009 @ 8:33 pm
Does it works for mac????
September 30th, 2009 @ 9:24 pm
Nice! Send me the first copy and I'll through in and extra $15.00
P.S. I have all you software.
Mark Louie Almeda
October 1st, 2009 @ 2:13 am
wow Andrew! looks very intersting!
Mark Louie Almeda
October 1st, 2009 @ 2:18 am
Andrew, are you the one that program this Plug-in?
October 1st, 2009 @ 2:48 am
Andrew, how will this product compare to Knoll Light Factory? Also, I'm a Lense Flare Enthusiast(Hope I spelled that right.) I use it in all my work :D. Cannot wait for this.
October 1st, 2009 @ 2:59 am
You are seriously whacked...and that's why we love you.
October 1st, 2009 @ 9:01 am
Any idea of when it will be out?
October 1st, 2009 @ 9:04 am
This plug in is amazing! it is really going to benefit all the projects I work on at my job and on my personal projects. I have tried countless times trying to get a the of a 3d lens flare and it never works...UNTIL NOW! thanks Andrew for inspiring all of us and taking time to create such amazing products! you rock!
October 1st, 2009 @ 11:02 am
Go Ahead Andrew!!

I know for sure it will be an amazing plugin. VCP has always rocked, may it be a free tutorial or a product for few bucks, they are all amazing as always!!

TEAM-VCP is full of genius guys. :)

October 1st, 2009 @ 11:20 am
Kneel before Zod?? NOOO!!!! Kneel before AK (The God of AE and Motion Graphics)
October 1st, 2009 @ 11:30 am
Yes..very similar to the ones in the movie star trek 2009

don't you guys think that now, adding lens flare it's kind tacky and cheesy
(90's are over)
October 1st, 2009 @ 5:38 pm
sweet this is awsome i cant wait
October 1st, 2009 @ 6:06 pm
I love your Kung Fu dude ... awesome ...

October 1st, 2009 @ 10:04 pm
Kick'en Some Major Butt Andrew...looks great..I was going to say the same thing as Mr. price, but you already answered him on the knoll light factory bit.

I just started experimenting with twitch and it is awesome! I will be using it heavily in opening title secquence, will post a glimpse when near final draft on forum, but I digress.

I can't wait to purchase this outstanding plug-in from when your finished to futher the cause of lovely furnishing for Video Copilot's new studio!

PS: Hold On To Your Butts!!!!
October 2nd, 2009 @ 5:39 am
lens flare do the same things.
October 2nd, 2009 @ 1:05 pm
$150 price seems okie for nice result plugins. Andrew can Flare optics generate realitics lens flare? does the flare have other option of shape instead of just sphere? like polygons/hexagon shapes?
waiting for it to release. cos I also interested to buy your realtimelapse sky video for my current project.
we have older library which can use in HD. and yours is just best ;)
I hope u create more tutorial ;) love wacthing it not boring like others dude hahaha..
cheeers all the best and your new born baby too ;)
October 2nd, 2009 @ 1:19 pm
You just put John Knoll to shame my friend, damn good work!
October 2nd, 2009 @ 2:59 pm
did u use these lens flares in the action essentials 2 promo?
October 2nd, 2009 @ 6:07 pm
What is that.
Andrew you are .... zy.
wow wowwwwwwwwwwww.
October 3rd, 2009 @ 6:35 am
the lense flare effect is realy cool,is realy advance, but the i will be greatful if u make a tutorial using the lightning effect, the controls are little bit much.
but a know something nice can be done with it , just like the lens flare effect. thanks oras
October 3rd, 2009 @ 6:36 am
the lense flare effect is realy cool,its realy advance, but the i will be greatful if u make a tutorial using the lightning effect, the controls are little bit much.
but i know something nice can be done with it , just like the lens flare effect. thanks oras
October 3rd, 2009 @ 7:06 am
this looks incredible
October 3rd, 2009 @ 8:11 am
go kremer go .....
James SBS
October 3rd, 2009 @ 9:01 am
Is it ready yet?.....How about now?
I'll pay twice the asking price if I can get it early...
October 3rd, 2009 @ 7:12 pm
Ohh. It's so nice. Waitting ...
October 3rd, 2009 @ 9:08 pm
Im wondering if you will push the realism even further adding textures of glass/dust/wet or some pseudo scratches that lenses have.

No matter what i cant wait for this!

Brendan Campbell
October 4th, 2009 @ 6:30 am
Wow! When I posted a question on the forum, I expecated advice! I never in my wildest dreams imagined a whole plugin! I've gotta get this the second it's released!
October 4th, 2009 @ 12:24 pm
This is just so AWESOME. Catn wait to get my hands on this ;) !!
October 4th, 2009 @ 9:49 pm
Mr. Kramer, I know you wanted questions to wait, but I have to ask... will this plug in work with motion 4 or final cut pro... I sure hope so :)
Fortune Lauture
October 5th, 2009 @ 7:05 am
It's really cool! When it will be available?
October 5th, 2009 @ 6:14 pm
Hey! I love this effect, t's totally fringe! *_*
October 6th, 2009 @ 3:35 pm
Awesome! So in two months time?
October 7th, 2009 @ 8:14 am
something like the ending credits from Star trek right?:D nice flares there!
Navarro Parker
October 7th, 2009 @ 3:40 pm
Will it be possible to construct custom lens arrays?

Check out the unique trapezoidal "flare" off Bono's shoulder in this U2/Blackberry ad -- :22 seconds into it.
October 7th, 2009 @ 7:20 pm
Great ! ! Mr.Kramer
October 11th, 2009 @ 12:41 am
Hi my name is massoomah i am from iran and i love your AE training and i follow Anderw kramer and videocopilot traning and in this software i am imrove very well but i encounter a problem, that is about writting Persian in after effect,would you say me how i can write Persian in this software,
THANKS alot for your heling , i love you very much, and i have best wish for you and videocopilot
October 12th, 2009 @ 5:03 am
hey when its coming? i wana use this effect in my video!
October 13th, 2009 @ 3:29 am

October 26th, 2009 @ 10:43 am
Will this product work with apple final cut studio??
November 1st, 2009 @ 7:43 pm
I buy everything you guys make and am never dissapointed!!! Can't wait.

November 2nd, 2009 @ 11:41 am
Looks good cant wait to get all your products i am saving at the moment lol :)
November 19th, 2009 @ 7:06 pm
Hey I love the stuff your company creates...when? can I order mine?
December 3rd, 2009 @ 1:21 pm
Just saw "Star Trek".
Flares... There were so SO many of them...
Too many...

So i alert ya all, dudes... Don't use it a lot... it may look overflared lol :)

And yeah of course.. Andrew in the best biped in the universe! :D lol
Btw Andrew... You took part in "Star Trek".
There are a lot of flares.
You just made a flare plugin.
So.. It will be logical to ask:
Did u work at flare part of "Start Trek"? Or just a titles?
December 5th, 2009 @ 11:51 pm
Hey Andrew,
Any chance we can get a status update? We've hit December, and the jitters are kicking in...
Super excited about this!
December 13th, 2009 @ 8:07 am

R u really frm Earth.

I cant believe u people likes U.

I just goin to drop my plan to work on CG.

U just devastating Power guys
- ®theep -
May 3rd, 2010 @ 10:07 pm
can't work on AE cs5.
July 12th, 2010 @ 11:27 am
This is super cool! i mean really super freaking cool!
July 31st, 2010 @ 10:51 am
Optical Flares has been of great help to me for tha past months. :) But all of a sudden, it won't work and it says "Optical Flares have encountered an unrecoverable error" and that some kind of Minidump was created. What does this mean? After a couple of hours it works again, and then after a couple of hours it doesnt :S
June 10th, 2011 @ 7:54 pm
The plug-in was great. But i got a question: My screen resolution is set to 1024 x 600. The plug-in works very well but when it comes to clicking the OF options (that's clicking the option and a large pop-out preview window appear)the window is too big for my screen. I can't view the presets button (SHOW PRESETS) as well as the CUSTOM PRESETS. The window goes outside the screen. I tried changing my notebook's screen resolution but still it's outside the screen like this:
Please help me. Thanks
September 24th, 2011 @ 1:39 pm
Good but complicated
November 11th, 2011 @ 1:13 pm
Salut, you used to write excellent, but the last several posts have been kinda boringK I miss your tremendous writings. Past several posts are just a little bit out of track! come on!
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