BLOG SHOW: Optical Flares & Bears Oh My!

In this new “Video Blog Show” we will be trying a new format and most importantly checking out the interface for OPTICAL FLARES for the first time!

Topics Covered:
New Blog Show Format
Fight Enhancement Tip in AE
Check out Upcoming Bar Graph Tutorial
5 Min Inside Look at the Optical Lens Flare Interface

This episode is a bit longer (18 min) but the time flies-by! We are shooting for 10 minute shows in the future! We also changed the resolution to 960×540 so you can see the tutorials and demonstrations much easier.

NOTE: Optical Flares is Mac & PC compatible.

October 15th, 2009 @ 10:51 am
Nice Episode!

Love OLF!
James price
October 15th, 2009 @ 10:51 am
Lovely stuff!
v Ralle v
October 15th, 2009 @ 10:52 am
I'm excited. I'm pretty sure Optical Flares will be a good plugin.
October 15th, 2009 @ 10:54 am

WOW I cannot wait for the lens flare gizmo.

great Vodcast? look foward to more.

Stay cool and much big love to you and your family.

October 15th, 2009 @ 11:01 am
Yeah, 18 min is a bit long... Kind of hard to squeeze in during lunch at work :/

But hey, it is still worth sitting through the rambling to pick up a jem every now and then ;)

October 15th, 2009 @ 11:09 am
Also I was an eagle scout and I write here and I would congratulate for the work that you and your staff do...

p.s. sorry for any grammar mistakes
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:10 am
WOW!!! Cool. I love this stuff
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:14 am
that was awesome ;)
Whasa Dudes
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:15 am
It's really cool!

And your interface is really cool.
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:15 am
Nice Episode!

Love OLF!
Erik Berg
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:16 am
I can't wait for this to come out

did you say the sponsor was coke?

I don't think they'd be very happy about the pepsi at the end haha
    September 12th, 2011 @ 2:18 pm
    I know, at first I was like "Did Coca-Cola actually sponsor them" then when he opened the Pepsi, I was like :D
abd alhadi
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:16 am
Thanx a lot
interesting plugin
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:18 am
Great format. Looking forward to the new product.
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:21 am
I'm in lens flare heaven, I pity the fool who spent so much dough on knoll light factory.

The 4:3 guide...oh no you didn't!
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:21 am
I think this video really demonstrates the value of the Optical Flares plug in. At $140 I was a little skeptical but after seeing that interface, it blows Knoll Light Factory out of the water! KLF looks like a piece of crap compared to your interface. Not to mention I see many many more customization features. Can't wait to buy it!
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:22 am
Very nice
Thanks Andrew
Great job
Greetings from gaza
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:24 am
Great videocast,

I can connect with your humour and you know what you're talkin about, Love it.

Love these blog cast's
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:25 am
Nice Nice. seems to delevop to an interesting thing. Ever thought about doing a tutorial or "Video Blog"-entry live? That would be nice, wouldn't it?

greets from Germany
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:25 am
dude... you need to charge more for Optical Lens flares! That is amazing.
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:25 am
One of the best plug-ins I have ever seen, with a very low price. Making a promo like the AccionEssentialsPromo would be a piece of cake with OLV. Good job on the interface too!
Simon Steele
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:27 am
Plugin looks great, and thanks for the quick tip on cloning and that I really like the "bite size" tips.

Optical Flares looks great, I knoll light factory though so I am not sure if that would be flare overkill.

But I love the look of the interface and feel of it all. you guys make great products.
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:28 am
it's absolutely incredible!!!
is coca-cola your sponsor or it's only a joke? :-/
    Andreas Zinonos
    August 15th, 2011 @ 1:44 am
    I think it's a joke, cause he opened a can of pepsi at the end haha :D
jose landy
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:29 am
Hey what's up andrew!!
Man, i'm a very fan of your work, amazing!!!!im trying to do something like, to provide knowledge here (Brazil) to people who wants to learn this amazing tool. im a two weeks user and trying to go very far. if you can take a look at my teaser.

once more congrats!!!!!!!
Eric Sneider
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:34 am
Absolutely stunning! I am very impressed. I used to use FX Home Visionlab Studios which allowed you to create semi-realistic optic flares of your own, but this is far beyond that and definitely worth the money. Fantastic guys!

Nice fight tutorial too.
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:35 am
I didnt see anything.
for real!!!
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:38 am
its great see you, but i think that you must do a Joke Show some thing like "everybody loves andrew" hahahaha im´just kidding, great blog and excelent products in this moment my wife is pregnant but after all i try to saving some money to buy the action essential 2",

tanks for every thing i learn soo much here

god bless you and go on!!!
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:38 am
That was Brilliant :)
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:39 am
is nice the new format by the way
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:42 am
Hey Andrew! Awesome update,you really helped me a lot with the fight enhancement!what a beautyfull Optical Lens Flare Interface!I will buy it!!!
Justin Junda
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:44 am
I like the bear part that was good.
ben hayes
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:45 am
Oh my god... u should be working for the foundry or something, i'm just amazed, john knoll will be impressed!
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:45 am
hahahah in the end!
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:47 am
Hail to you Andrew! Awesome suff, as usual.
One critic: no lightbox please!
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:47 am
Fantastic! The Blog show is really kicking off now, and I loved the insights to the new tutorials and product. It looks amazing!
Love the ending aswel: sponsered by Coca-Cola....that's why Andrew opened a can of Pepsi....?!
Nice One
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:48 am
Optical Flares looks great

I think you take the wrong can XD
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:51 am
!!! Awesome !!!
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
Thanks Andrew ,, Thanks video copilot
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:53 am
Looked like Pepsi - not coke.

But that plugin is sick! There aren't many (or any) plugins for ANY other program or any other subject that are this well made. User friendly and high quality results - just Awesome!
Matt in MO.
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:53 am
dude now I know the Optical Flares is totally worth it!
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:55 am
Optical Lens Flare is going to change the AE world.
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:55 am
lol that was a pepsi at the end
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:56 am
nice Awesome update
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:56 am
Thank you this. Great to see you again !
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:56 am
Love it ... it's a bargain for $140. Can't wait to get it.

Jarmo Pohjaniemi
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:58 am
Great video! I'm now looking forward to Opitcal Flares. Loved the pepsi at the end, btw.
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:59 am
Totally awesome. Makes knoll light factory seem old. Like those old apple computers with the floppy disks old.
Jay Scott
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:02 pm
Dude Totally excited about optical flares....i cant wait to buy its totally worth $140....Hey the Pepsi at the end LOL that was hilarious!!!!

Keep Rambling too i always love to hear what you gonna come up with next...

MUCH LOVE to you Andrew, your family, the VCP Team....Thanks for your hard work and effort... Im A video Producer and You definitely make my life easier..

Thanks Jay
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:02 pm
MORE RAMBLING PLEASE! That was incredible. $140 is definitely cheap for such a robust plugin. And, wait a second, that was a Pepsi you were drinking, shame on you Andrew for turning your back on Mountain Dew. ;) :D
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:04 pm
Great news everybody! Knoll Light Factory Pro is on sale for only $279.30!
Tony R.
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:05 pm
Jesus H. Christ will will you guys keep it down, the guys over at Red Giant are going to catch wind of this and be quite Sad that Andrew Kramer the tutorial guy just made a plug-in thats better than theirs. LOL

JK i still use KLF, but i might just buy this because the lens flares look much cooler.
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:07 pm
Awesome :). Totally blown away by the interface, that's looking great.
Will Optical Flares also be available for mac?
Robert Brooks
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:09 pm
ha ha, love the twitch plug that you added in the beginning... can't wait for the product to release. And love the "ground breaking" intro Thanks for all that you do and for inspiring us all. Take care, and God bless.
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:11 pm
Coca-Cola... hehe ;-) wow, that plugin... cant wait to see more of it! Thank you for this cool vid.!
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:11 pm
Hey Andrew!

This new videoblog is much better in sd-resolution!

Have to say that the bear joke wasn't that funny. It is also nice to notice that you edit out most of those random mumblings.

But anyway. UI of that optical flare -plugin looked brilliant. I was really astonished! Let me say, this product is going to be real hit! It shows up amazing programming skills that you guys have. It is ingenious how someone can make the most used effect of the 90's look still interesting and cool!

Have you code some of it by your self or do you have some specialist for that job? How much of the interface has your own design? Did you create the layout, buttons and all that and then someone then coded it? or how was it done?

What a preview! Can't wait the final product!

Good job!
Dave B
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:13 pm
Lol I just posted a comment and it told me to say something "useful"... neway I definitely like the show... hope coke doesn't come after u for that tho !!
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:14 pm
Love the ending!!
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:16 pm
nice one said coke ..and end pepsi.....nice
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:17 pm
Slickness. I was going to make my own lens flair from the "Lens Flaire 2000" kit they sell at CostCo. But you need a really long extension cord, and you have to be there in person to turn the light on in the background, and move around the room holding the lamp, as every client views the effect. So on the one hand it is cheap, but then you gotta figure in your time and the extension cord. I gotta say this is way a head of the "Lens Flaire 2000" When would I be able to get me some o this?
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:21 pm
hahaha at the end with a Pepsi...
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:21 pm
Now, I'm convinced to buy Optical Flares ...
I'm not kidding ... ;)
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:25 pm
Master Jedi Kramer I am having an argument with a friend about your tools of the trade. I think you use a Mouse and are just really good at it and He feels like you use a Cintiq. Could you settle our dispute?
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:26 pm
wow wow... What a difference from the last blogs, this one makes sense to me. Thanks for structuring the whole thing so it feels professional! Timewise i think you made the right choice, blog/show. And 18 minutes felt good also. Anyway It all felt right.

And the lens flare plugin is the bomb. Can't wait to mess around with that. Quick question, will there be a demo version?
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:30 pm
Good question about the Mac and if it will be available in OSX. But seriously...Optical Flares looks so exciting. I can't wait to get it (for Mac).
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:34 pm
Wow, Andrew! Cool stuff, man! I can't wait to see more about Optical Flares... I really looks sweet...

By the way, very good ending... ;)

Greetings from Argentina.
Rogier Colijn
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:35 pm
Best episode so far! The plug-in looks AWESOME! The interface looks slick, fancy and above all EASY TO USE, with presets with gigantic image's so you dont have to click and see what they look like, you'll instantly see how they look! VERY NICE and the fancy animations, it's nice, but maybe on REALLY BIG projects you might want to add a turn off switch for them so it goes a bit faster ;)
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:36 pm
PEPSI!!!! hahaha
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:44 pm
Great Show!
Always funny, Always Impressive!
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:46 pm
Wow, now I see that Optical Flares really worth the price! And actually, it's even cheap! Great work!
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:48 pm
When I knew that optical lens flare will come out, it didn't interest me. But NOW!
Yes I Want To Buy It!!!
And Coca Cola Support?! WOW!
October 15th, 2009 @ 12:51 pm
Thats F en AMAZING!!!!!
October 15th, 2009 @ 1:04 pm
Coca ~ Cola sent me an email to cease watching all VC content. All kidding aside. I told my wife (AKA Mrs Klaus)to get Me the Lens-flare Plugin for Christmas, if Im a good Husband of course. Otherwise give me the money in the amount of what it costs to purchase the plugin.
October 15th, 2009 @ 1:07 pm
i have archery too lol
October 15th, 2009 @ 1:12 pm
Suggestion: put the little banner competition inside these clips!

Great stuff B)
Radio Controlled
October 15th, 2009 @ 1:17 pm
love the interface andrew, i konw how difficult it is to get an oparational interface for anythig that actuly works,
i have always tryed to avoid lens flares , but this is very interesting.. i realy do think its time to try and better 'your friend and mine plug in' ,,,, Particular, i dont know if this would be posable, but it would rather neat.

October 15th, 2009 @ 1:18 pm
n1 andrew .....i like this show :)
October 15th, 2009 @ 1:20 pm
A Nobels Peace Price in VFX for you and your crew!
October 15th, 2009 @ 1:30 pm
Dude that interface is sick! i was wondering why it was $150, but after that... well worth it :)

October 15th, 2009 @ 1:32 pm
Really Amazing. That little snipit on the fight sequence piece will really help sell a few shots from the movie I've been working on for 3 years. Cheers Andrew! Thanks!
October 15th, 2009 @ 1:34 pm
Seriously, seriously great plugin!

One thing I was wondering, how are you going about 'making' those flares in the first place? Did you start by building a collection of flares from the ground-up inside of aftereffects using coloured solids and feathered masks? Or is it all handled 'in code'?
October 15th, 2009 @ 1:36 pm
Wow! Blog tutorials! Something new! Cool U've found a sponsor, hope U will be a great video empire!
October 15th, 2009 @ 1:37 pm
"Not very good!" :)

The Red giant products are rubbish compared to this videocopilot plug-in.
Josh M
October 15th, 2009 @ 1:37 pm
Great show! i love the new format and cant wait for the next one. it would be awesome if you made some short skits or something to throw in there for fun to show off some of your skills, like the mini movie you created for The Meteor tutorial series (not that we dont already know your VFX skills are amazing). anyways OLF looks even better than i imagined, love the interface! and the coca cola sponsor/pepsi joke was great :)
October 15th, 2009 @ 1:37 pm
You're right. The time did fly.
And oh, just like the Ancient Titles the pepsi comes in when Coca-Cola's in the light. Genius...
October 15th, 2009 @ 1:40 pm
Stop telling me about this Plug-In, sell it to me... ;-)
Just Kidding. Love the Lens Flare Studio. Maybe you can give us more information about that on in a later show?
October 15th, 2009 @ 1:41 pm
Awesome job guys, looking forward to purchasing another great product. Loved the pepsi at the end, perfect AK humor.
October 15th, 2009 @ 1:44 pm
nice interface.
and nice hair:D:D:D
October 15th, 2009 @ 1:50 pm
It just keeps getting better and better. I love your sense of humor. Thanks coca cola!
Congrats on the new plugin. Looks fantastic.
October 15th, 2009 @ 1:51 pm
Andrew, it took a lot of work to put this show together, thank you. I listened to your video blog while working on AE, so I have no problem with 15+ minutes show. I like long video blog.

In future, I hope you will find time to produce audio podcast on Visual Effects and Movie Effects.

Thanks Andrew.
October 15th, 2009 @ 1:54 pm
you have to say:"welcome to another AWESOME blog video show".
you have to stay real!!!
October 15th, 2009 @ 1:58 pm
I started to think it's cheap at $140! Awesome work.
October 15th, 2009 @ 2:04 pm
Greetings from're the best Andrew! Awesome pulg-in!And also the bars....and the numeric preset cool!
I can hardly wait for the new tutorial!
Good Bless You!
October 15th, 2009 @ 2:06 pm
WOW :) Great work Andrew !!! That interface blow my mind !!! You really put SOME work in it and it's pretty awesome :) Congratz from Bulgaria ;)
October 15th, 2009 @ 2:16 pm
optical flares is amazing
October 15th, 2009 @ 2:16 pm
Optical Flares is looking awesome! Can't wait for the promo too :P
October 15th, 2009 @ 2:21 pm
Love the Product Placement.
October 15th, 2009 @ 2:25 pm
I lol'd @ "Thanks to Coca-Cola..." [pause] *opens Pepsi*
October 15th, 2009 @ 2:29 pm
deem i loved the opening of pepsi in the end :D it was superb... your humour is amazing.
October 15th, 2009 @ 2:30 pm
What can I say... Video Copilot/plugins/tutorials never cease to amaze me ;)
October 15th, 2009 @ 2:33 pm
Andrew & Staff:
I would just like to say that I am glad to see how far you have come since Creative Cow. I have only been watching this site for a year, but I am absolutely in love with the visual techniques. Keep up the great work!

I am looking forward to buying my first product in the weeks to come!

Thank you!

A.R. Herrington
October 15th, 2009 @ 2:37 pm
It's PEPSICOLA! anyway im a boyscout to, nice to see you where one
October 15th, 2009 @ 2:39 pm
LMAO....dude love the Pepsi can at the end...
October 15th, 2009 @ 2:42 pm
Optical Flares looks amazing can't wait! all in all it's good to be seeing even more of you though I must admit that sharp increase in robot malfunctions are very troubling
October 15th, 2009 @ 2:43 pm
Well now im kind of sorry i said the plug-in was expensive. It is totally not!
Being able to create your own lens flare is so fantastic, and so new!!

You amaze me everytime Andrew!
By the way, money from me is comming when time is in!!!
October 15th, 2009 @ 2:43 pm
"Coca cola is the sponsor" he said with a grin. Then he casually opens a pepsi ;)
Tadej Bokan
October 15th, 2009 @ 2:52 pm
Holly crap!!! The plug-in is insane... I can't believe it's so top notch on a small price. U R the man!!!
October 15th, 2009 @ 2:53 pm
Dam i want coce now :/
October 15th, 2009 @ 2:57 pm
I can't wait for this plug in. Just finished up a music video that would definitely look amazing with those trigger lens flares tracked into some of the shots. When are we going to be seeing a release Andrew? Hopefully soon, I'll buy it right away!
October 15th, 2009 @ 3:02 pm
Lens Flares looks amazing!

I was truly flabbergasted :D
Anthony Coffee
October 15th, 2009 @ 3:03 pm
you should make a tut using a coke can and optical flares and sam
October 15th, 2009 @ 3:05 pm

Andrew, when will we see more of your latest short with Sam beating up that guy?

Yann Abgrall
October 15th, 2009 @ 3:11 pm
Haha you made me laugh with that Pepsi one.
Seriously, good job with the plugin.
And, with the bear.
October 15th, 2009 @ 3:12 pm
always the best always waiting for news of vcp
bedji from algeria
October 15th, 2009 @ 3:21 pm
Awesome show Andrew :) I like the new format. The plug in looks great! Kudos all around sir =D
October 15th, 2009 @ 3:22 pm
And boommmmmm Andrew is In my huis ( just kidding ) '), DUde nice joks , And boommm nice plug-in and boommmm cool video :)
October 15th, 2009 @ 3:26 pm
always coca cola :)
hahahaha :)
October 15th, 2009 @ 3:44 pm
Coca Cola? Omg... hope thats a joke
October 15th, 2009 @ 3:50 pm
Hey Andrew, nice job with the show. Really liked the shirt with the epaulettes (shoulder loops - Keep the great work coming!

-From an Eagle Scout of Troop 870, Ellport, Pennsylvania.
October 15th, 2009 @ 3:58 pm
Okay... there are TWO opportunities:
1. Andrew is god!
2. Andrew has a very good rapport with god xD
October 15th, 2009 @ 4:00 pm
Dont' have time to watch this :(
October 15th, 2009 @ 4:07 pm
Love this page.. There´s no other page that contributes with such high educational videofxs tutorials and sets.. if there is, then tell me!
October 15th, 2009 @ 4:18 pm
Great entertainment! OLF looks like a nobrainer to me...
October 15th, 2009 @ 4:26 pm
LOL the new plug-in explains all those lens flares in star trek...
Justin Koppstein
October 15th, 2009 @ 4:31 pm
Andrew, you need to make a tutorial for that intro were the group breaks up. Looks AHMAZING!!

I hope you consider that for a tutorial soon! That would make my day.

Nice video too
October 15th, 2009 @ 4:34 pm
Well the new format works for me... good to get an inside track on what's going on in VCP, get some quick tips & tricks - AND have a giggle.

Keep it up, bud :-)
October 15th, 2009 @ 4:37 pm
man i want a coca cola sponsor too :P and a pizza one
October 15th, 2009 @ 4:46 pm
Michael Bay is going to go nuts over this plugin.
He loves his lens flares.
Olympia Logger
October 15th, 2009 @ 4:47 pm

... how many times a night are you getting up now?
October 15th, 2009 @ 4:50 pm
Hey, I'm a boy scout!
I love hearing the updates about Copilot, and what's coming soon.

Are you seriously sponsored by Coca Cola, or is that another joke??

-From a Boy Scout in San Luis Obispo, Troop 308.
Timothy Cross
October 15th, 2009 @ 4:53 pm
brother...where is the dew? :)

optical flare plugin. best i've ever seen.
October 15th, 2009 @ 5:11 pm
haahahaha, terrific.

Just a question MR. KMR, Does Optical flares plug-in work on PC and Mac?
October 15th, 2009 @ 5:20 pm
Is it me or did he just pop open a pepsi can! Anyone?
October 15th, 2009 @ 5:35 pm
Haha, my wife dropped our baby when she saw the Pepsi :) not really but a very great show today, I think this was much needed after a lot of criticism due to the last post on optical flares in which I regress my last post, I know that I am coming around after seeing what optical flares can do and how professional of a job you are doing on the user interface as well as the end product. In the end if you can sell people on how great it is I don't see my boss not approving purchases such as these. Okay I am rambling too now, good show!
October 15th, 2009 @ 5:46 pm
October 15th, 2009 @ 5:53 pm

I'm an Eagle Scout, lol and i just got my cinematography merit badge (finally). I appreciate the uniform. haha
I love the show!

- Blake
Nicolas Chapleau
October 15th, 2009 @ 6:11 pm
So, are you adopting that new iFrame format now? I was kinda disapointed to see yet another format pop up BUT if you say it's worthwhile, then it is. Just curious to have your views on it.

Nice work AK,

October 15th, 2009 @ 6:13 pm
hahaha the pepsi
October 15th, 2009 @ 6:38 pm
How about calling the video show the Video Copilot "Mission Briefing", to stay in theme with the whole "copilot" thing? Just an idea.

Thanks for all you add to the community!
October 15th, 2009 @ 6:43 pm
Very cool the Intro men...
Very good!!!
October 15th, 2009 @ 6:49 pm
Hehehe, nice work there mate ;)
Timothy Santana
October 15th, 2009 @ 6:55 pm
I'm soooooo getting "Optical Lens Flare" when it comes out!

And the AE TUTORIAL was awesome!
Matt Sich
October 15th, 2009 @ 6:55 pm
Haha nice! Don't be expecting anything from coke now lol
October 15th, 2009 @ 6:55 pm
Love the coca cola (pepsi) Plug. lol! Awsome. Can't wait for the flares.
October 15th, 2009 @ 6:58 pm
Great episode! I like that it's a little bit of everything quick tips, mini tutorials, updates, rambling. I don't mind the length(that means more content!)
Thank you so much Andrew and Staff for creating such a great website for us. Along with the full length tutorials, great products and the other miscellaneous things on the blog, this site has become THE go to place for After Effects users. You have taught me so much in the 30+ tutorials I've watched here and I am very appreciative. Keep up the good work.
October 15th, 2009 @ 7:06 pm
Holy Sith! This plug-in will be asskickingly awesome!!!!
Remington M
October 15th, 2009 @ 7:52 pm
Crap Kramer, I really wasn't planning on spending $140 dollars on a new preset, but you make it impossible not too. That interface was ridiculous, and now I totally see now how your practically giving it away for that price. Unfortunatly I will be buying it:)
October 15th, 2009 @ 8:21 pm
Did anyone else notice that the save name of his graph project was named giraffes? lol
October 15th, 2009 @ 8:30 pm
Awesome!!!! How did you make that plugin??
October 15th, 2009 @ 8:39 pm
OMG ROFL!!! Dude, that bears bit... CRACKED ME UP!!
October 15th, 2009 @ 8:41 pm
andrew it's great to learn new things from you every day mate...i have got to say you have shown me the whole new world in a design aspect....i really respect you mate...keep up the fantastic work man....
October 15th, 2009 @ 9:20 pm
Excellent show man. This plug-in looks incredible. You really do a great job with this stuff. Can't wait to see more!!
October 15th, 2009 @ 9:24 pm
Kramer you big tease, makin my credit card finger itchy you are.
October 15th, 2009 @ 9:36 pm
how much will this cost?
October 15th, 2009 @ 9:57 pm
Andrew, you guys should code your "own" after effects and i promise you gonna pwn adobe :-)
October 15th, 2009 @ 10:08 pm
Kramer.. u're always appreciated.
Peter Somers (TC-Productions)
October 15th, 2009 @ 10:09 pm
I think KNOLL is shaking in their little space boots, after seeing your flare plugin!
It looks absolutely amazing!

Credit card in hand, waiting for shipping date!!
October 15th, 2009 @ 10:09 pm
Haha, loved that subliminal Twitch ad there :D
I can't wait to see all the stuff you can do with optical flares
October 15th, 2009 @ 10:21 pm
Nice one with the sponsor Andrew :)
October 15th, 2009 @ 10:25 pm
You're not related to the Jigsaw Killer in the Saw movies are you? His surname is Kramer too... hmmm
October 15th, 2009 @ 10:38 pm
hello there mr KMR ... is It work with mac ?
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:10 pm
Very nice
Thanks Andrew
Great job
Greetings from Pakistan
Neil B
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:16 pm
Another great video - Optical Flares looks like a great product! Ive read all of the comments on this page so far, and Im suprised nobody picked up on the Predator 2 Gary Busey line in the title!

Keep up the good work!

All the best.
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:31 pm
Dude, That Was Sooo Cool!
Can't wait for the actual plugin! :D
October 15th, 2009 @ 11:40 pm
HAve a nice drink.

October 15th, 2009 @ 11:40 pm
Andrew i think you and your team made the first lens flare plug in where you can make a ''matte'' for lens flares to realistic hide behind objects. a flare will also become smaller when its behind a human or an object. and from what i know no plug does this.
i was afraid that this one wouldnt have this. so it was a big suprise. i think you and you r team worked so hard on this that you have no idea how good it looks. i am serious here.

i used the lens flares from sapphire. but they dont have the ''foreground'' function.
October 16th, 2009 @ 12:04 am
Great video, awesome plug in, I like the intro at the first, really cool :), your products are awesome really
I mean it, keep it up.
October 16th, 2009 @ 12:24 am
October 16th, 2009 @ 12:27 am
Andrew you are the best !!!!!!
October 16th, 2009 @ 12:27 am
Great vid Andrew.I dont know why but i have this un-controlable urge to buy the twitch plugin,Hey $45 that Great.
D4 Manager
October 16th, 2009 @ 12:50 am
@ Ryan: easy, just 50.000 lines of code

Btw, this is the end for Knoll Light Factory
October 16th, 2009 @ 12:51 am
Hi Kramer I am new to after effects and I really like your work and your tutorials which have helped me a lot.
Could you come up with a tutorial on how to create glass slides like the ones in one of your project files
Dipo Dipe
October 16th, 2009 @ 1:01 am
Thank you, you 're great at what you do.
October 16th, 2009 @ 1:24 am
:D:D:D Entry has been updated, right? Now we can see you in full sreen. I really prefer the small size one. Please change it or remember for the next time
October 16th, 2009 @ 1:30 am
BTW: The interface looks really great. Similar to the one in AE CS4. Your team has done an awesome job on this.

melle (Germany)
October 16th, 2009 @ 1:42 am
What?? Your sponsor is Coca Cola and you are drinking Pepsi?? LOL
October 16th, 2009 @ 1:50 am
I like the ending lol Pepsi
October 16th, 2009 @ 1:57 am
You the man KRAMER!!!
October 16th, 2009 @ 2:39 am
hi andrew, i think the show is a great idea and concept, have you heard of the website revison3, i really think you could increase your viewership if you had your own show on rev3. it would be awesome.

anyway i will be buying Opitical lense for sure
October 16th, 2009 @ 2:41 am
The Optical Flares are really cool!!!
And your "show" is getting better...
October 16th, 2009 @ 2:49 am
Very Nice !

Here from Algeria

Is you who code the plug in ???
October 16th, 2009 @ 2:56 am
Oh my god!

I just clicked the title of this blog update is a Wizard of OZ reference..
Lions & Tigers & bears, oh my....

Was Sam the Scarecrow?

October 16th, 2009 @ 2:59 am
I am so stoked on your new plugin. Good Bye Knoll Light Factory, hello Optical Flares. You guys are frickin great, that plugin looks boss for lens flares.
October 16th, 2009 @ 3:27 am
After having seen this I seriously think the plug in is underpriced.
I wonder, how long did it take your programmers to write it?
October 16th, 2009 @ 3:46 am
I just can't bear this new format.
October 16th, 2009 @ 3:51 am
Andrew you are the best, Thanks Coca-Cola and open a Pepsi ;-)

I love you
Eirik Henden
October 16th, 2009 @ 4:09 am
This is really good !

October 16th, 2009 @ 4:38 am
ooooo. rectangle mango. UI obscuration layer detection. am i the only one getting a chubby??? lol. keep up the good work.
October 16th, 2009 @ 4:38 am
Hahaha sponsored by Coca Cola but lets drink Pespi, awesome lol.

October 16th, 2009 @ 4:45 am
What the Dew!

I've been waiting for a Lens flare tutorial after seeing you're lil flare revival in the Star Trek Credits.

I remember when a project wasn't considered finished unless it had a lens flare!

Old Scool 2.0!
October 16th, 2009 @ 4:45 am
WOOOT. That plugins gonna be the BOMB!
effin awesome...
also i think i was one of those guys who actually liked the bear joke.xD
October 16th, 2009 @ 5:02 am
wow A.K! oh you dun did it now!! I Love it!!
October 16th, 2009 @ 5:02 am
Haha Andrew Kramer man ! You are a monster ! hah im completely blown away ! Congratulations for you and your crew. The interface looks amazing, and the effects are incredible ! Success
October 16th, 2009 @ 5:14 am
Andrew you're unique!

October 16th, 2009 @ 5:20 am
Awesome awesome and uh did I already said awesome?
Great work man!
Keep it up!
October 16th, 2009 @ 5:40 am
October 16th, 2009 @ 5:57 am
soooooo amazing, im really excited and looking forward to get this plugin in my collection. and sure its obvious that a lot of work has been put in optical flares developing.
p.s. ive also killed a bear :)
October 16th, 2009 @ 6:04 am

Alby Smith
October 16th, 2009 @ 6:08 am
another cool stuff!
you are the best AK!

Video Copilot for life!
October 16th, 2009 @ 6:09 am
Wow, the Optical Flares plugin looks beautiful - both the resulting flares, and the interface! I think you've just set a new benchmark for plugin interfaces!

Excellent work Andrew & team - look forward to buying & using it!

October 16th, 2009 @ 6:48 am
Awsome video as always. Just one question, will Optical flares work on Macs or on just PCs?
October 16th, 2009 @ 6:53 am
I had a feeling your sarcastic humor would be lost on the world audience...but I get it! That's because we are a bunch of smart arses on this side of the coast (East). lol Coke sponser....Pepsi are too funny! The video blog is going well. That plug-in looks very professional, wow you have been busy!
Keep up the good work and come back and visit us at AENY next spring.
October 16th, 2009 @ 6:54 am
Would be cool if you could make some punch sound FX!

Mby Action Sound FX could make a nice product ;)
October 16th, 2009 @ 7:14 am
I was wondering about the mic and the "pop" filter. So I check on B&H and I found some similar looking hardware. The mic is a Neumann and the "pop" filter is "Blue The pop" filter.

Here the links:

@Andrew, is it right?
October 16th, 2009 @ 7:27 am
That bare bear story had me laughing! And I wasn't sure at the end with the sponsorship until you popped the can, AWESOME!
October 16th, 2009 @ 7:28 am
Hope we see you next time!

Greetings from Germany
October 16th, 2009 @ 7:40 am
Awesome work!!!
Hope the lens effects interface is working on mac too
October 16th, 2009 @ 7:52 am
i have a question...

After watching the video in this post, I noticed that the "pop out" window was a Windows version (since you work primarily in Windows).

I would assume it does, but does the "Options" tab with the interface also work for Macs as well?

October 16th, 2009 @ 7:53 am
Man, that lens flare plugin looks sweet!
October 16th, 2009 @ 8:02 am
Very nice, Andrew.....................................Very nice.

Optical Flares—Kudos! Giving us an interface like this really shows forward thinking and I'm thinking this will set a new standard for creating plug-ins for AE.

Keep it up man!

Keep it up...
October 16th, 2009 @ 8:09 am
Keep it up and you'll end as a president. XD

Great video, great tips, AWESOME plugin (I'd buy it for $300, I swear) and some great jokes. The Pepsi end really got me, hahahaha.

I think that with a so robust interface and detailed editing parameters, we can create all sort of effects, not only attached to lens flare, right? This is really something.

THANKS FROM BRASIL!!! (Come visit for the Olympic Games. :D)
October 16th, 2009 @ 9:23 am
Amazing it just gets better and the introduction is also amazing cant wait for the next tutorial :D
October 16th, 2009 @ 9:51 am
hey men that was just out of this world amazing. believe me this looks way better than Knoll Light Factory. Andrew you are on inspiration to us all.
October 16th, 2009 @ 10:00 am
Very nice your jokes (the last one with coca cola was very funny)

Keep up the good work.....I love your site.
October 16th, 2009 @ 10:22 am
Dude love the new tutorials coming up and loving the new Lens Flare. Can't wait till i get a hold of my own copy of this stuff man.
Jean Haberman
October 16th, 2009 @ 11:15 am
Andrew is the one...

The coke-pepsi thing was fun... Have you thought about stand up comedi?... Would be fun

Come to BRAZIL to the olimpics or the world cup.
October 16th, 2009 @ 11:16 am
you crack me up andrew. you are definitely the man with a plan. thanks for all you do. you inspire me.
October 16th, 2009 @ 11:17 am
Very nice AK. I'm super impressed. I know you hear it all the time but, wow VC rocks and is absolutely the best. Your pricing, all the free tips and of course your great sense of humor. Loving the VCshow. I see where people have said certain things and Wow the ungrateful, complaining, childishness that goes on is inexcusable!...Keep up such terrific work and thanks again.
October 16th, 2009 @ 11:20 am
Men you'r awsome, I didn't was thinking "whoooww, optical flares!" but you people at VC did a very good job!
October 16th, 2009 @ 11:20 am
I was looking on YouTube and then i saw many video promotion from here "VideoCopilot" made by Andrew.I was pissed off because they don't have the right to use that videos a their creations...My question is:
Have you ever think to make a genuine VideoCopilot account on YouTube??
October 16th, 2009 @ 11:24 am
I love Video Copilot!!
October 16th, 2009 @ 11:32 am
:)) worth watching to the end
October 16th, 2009 @ 11:42 am
Nice Episode !

One Question : Will it work in Eyeon Fusion ?
because many third party AE plugins are compatible with fusion.
October 16th, 2009 @ 11:42 am
hey andrew,
maybe its possible to make a short max tut on how you did the ground breaking intro...!?would be nice.or some short tips in the next videocopilot show...

sauerkraut-greetings from germany
October 16th, 2009 @ 12:03 pm
Optical Flares....

It's a most epoch-making plug-in since Trapcode particular!!!!!!!!!

You are genius!!!!!!!!!!!!.
October 16th, 2009 @ 12:52 pm
I love this new format man, nice work.

I gotta say, when you first mentioned flares I was kinda like "what's the deal, I can do those already".. but dude, those things are COOL! A lot of work gone in to those, real good work.

Keep it up!
October 16th, 2009 @ 1:30 pm
Love the new format. The bite size tips are a great idea, and the new plugin looks simply amazing. Also, Coke? Pepsi? Pshh, drink Mountain Dew!
October 16th, 2009 @ 1:33 pm
Hey there,
This is defenetly new...:)In a good way ofcourse;)
anw nc plugs very interesting, like the 3ds max animation at the begining and.... i guess i better start buying more coke:P
Thanks for all your hard and helpfull work;)
Fabiano Peres
October 16th, 2009 @ 1:53 pm
Really nice.

I'd love a tutorial about the 3D explosion at the beginning of the video.
Is it possible?

October 16th, 2009 @ 1:56 pm
this is better than most shows on TV. lol
you should get your own show.....oh you do have it :)
good stuff Andrew.
October 16th, 2009 @ 1:59 pm
mantistic tutorial!! Thank for all the inspiration. This is one of the blogs that I check all the time.
October 16th, 2009 @ 2:03 pm
Optical Flares looks freaking awesome!
October 16th, 2009 @ 2:24 pm
WOW !!!!
Very Nice !!!
Thanks !
October 16th, 2009 @ 2:30 pm
Optical flares looks rad!

$150 seems generous for something that could potentially bring someone much more $$$ in revenue/return.

I could definitely fill the room with some "Wow's" using this.
October 16th, 2009 @ 3:21 pm
AK and Crew,
Although I'm echoing many other comments, your flare plugin is very nice. It's great when a software USER makes tools.
Although I have no immediate need for flares, I will pick up a copy when it's released for my toolbox.
One question, does it support multiple obscure layers or just one?
Jan Post
October 16th, 2009 @ 3:48 pm
After saying the thing with Coca Cola I just KNEW what you are doing then :D
October 16th, 2009 @ 4:05 pm
Keep up the good work!!! I like the video presentation!!!!
October 16th, 2009 @ 4:17 pm
fight club huh xD does edwuard norton in there :P
October 16th, 2009 @ 4:19 pm
now i want a soda
October 16th, 2009 @ 5:56 pm
k dont got money, but i shall, I SHALL BUY THIS SOME HOW :( ONLY 15 with no job no credit card...
October 16th, 2009 @ 6:01 pm
Hi Andrew, I was wondering if you have used this product in some of the examples you've made on the blog (eg the lens flare in the Pan and Scan post with the helicopter).
October 16th, 2009 @ 6:23 pm
OLF is the best lensflare creator in CG history!
October 16th, 2009 @ 6:40 pm
haha i love how u give the shout out to coca-cola and then drink a pepsi
October 16th, 2009 @ 7:29 pm
Can't wait to purchase this plugin! Looks awesome.
October 16th, 2009 @ 7:37 pm
WOW! Love the new Webblog Format! I felt pretty sad when i found out the new Lens Flair Plugin was $140 & knew that i can't afford it. I thought, Oh Well, I'm not that botherd anyway. But Seeing that now "I HAVE TO HAVE IT!" God Its Looks BRILL!!. Also Loved the PEPSI Joke TOO LMAO!! From UK.
October 16th, 2009 @ 8:50 pm
WOW!!! This plugin is soooo much cooler and better than Knoll Lens Flares and way cheaper. Hope it's CS3 compatible. It amazes me how the thought process went into this plugin to create such a beautiful GUI. Should be out in time for christmas i'll leave it on my things to hint for list to my wife and kids. Nya ha ha ;)
October 16th, 2009 @ 10:01 pm
Excellent Plug-In! Looks like it's worth every penny and more. Great work.
October 16th, 2009 @ 10:43 pm
Hey! Didn't read the comments... However, since your vlog is in progressive standard definition, isn't called enhanced definition, ED? Huh? Just wanted to clarify.

No, just kidding... ;D
October 16th, 2009 @ 10:51 pm
In my opinion the separated interface of this plug-in is completely unnecessary,its just for marketability
October 16th, 2009 @ 10:53 pm
This is just grand!
Awesome work.
Hassan Al-Tarooti
October 16th, 2009 @ 11:24 pm

your vrey vrey smart

Do you give me your mind productive two days only hahahahah


Hassan Al-Tarooti
October 16th, 2009 @ 11:46 pm
The Ending. Classic. Very nice. lol
October 16th, 2009 @ 11:59 pm
Come on!... of course it's necessary... just if you are looking for the perfection. Andrew rocks!...
October 17th, 2009 @ 12:52 am
Give me the Plugin after effects Cs4
October 17th, 2009 @ 12:52 am
Support DFusion?
October 17th, 2009 @ 1:23 am
Pepsi :D Love the show and hope see more.
October 17th, 2009 @ 1:24 am
just can't see why one would say the bear joke isn't funny. Probably for the same reason someone else would say the interface is unnecessary.
Anyhow..., I wish I had bear hands.
October 17th, 2009 @ 1:27 am
Hey Andrew!
Can you make also a tutorial in the beginning of the show when there's was the title and the ground breaks up?
October 17th, 2009 @ 2:30 am
Nice dude, love you joke and your episodes, you guys rock with these tutorials. From California of Los angeles, where movies are made here,(which is where i live) is giving you a thumbs up, KEEP IT UP!!!!!
October 17th, 2009 @ 2:58 am
hi andre,im a fun to your tutorials and i must say i love them all.the last time i saw you was great.
pls andre,i have little problem of finding solution to what WIGGLE and it expressions means
i would be much appreciable if my question will meet your kindred heart
October 17th, 2009 @ 3:30 am
Looks great.
What about adding a feature where you can share user "flares" that users can add to your website and can also download.
Cool stuff... will purchase as soon as its ready!
October 17th, 2009 @ 5:09 am
the plugin looks really promising, Andrew ...

you did a great thought, techniques and ideas on it ... can't think of a better way to do lenses than that :D

keep going man, you are just making this industry more enjoyable :)
October 17th, 2009 @ 6:08 am
that was awesome
October 17th, 2009 @ 6:50 am
Most interesting and also most beautiful plugin of the year.

Will users be able to make dynamic flares themselves? (anticipation...)
October 17th, 2009 @ 7:18 am
LMAO @ the ending XD
October 17th, 2009 @ 8:13 am
Have to say i just watched the latest fringe and love seeing all the effects from vc! Face distort and eye replacement this time! Keep it up!
October 17th, 2009 @ 8:37 am
incredible plugin, very professional, better then the most plugins out there for AE. All that for this price is a steal, anybody complaining about price has really no idea about the motion graphic business.
October 17th, 2009 @ 8:58 am
when are you going to do a fracture tutorial? i see it in alot of your videos. especially the fringe title
October 17th, 2009 @ 9:38 am
Hi Andrew!

Nice blog as for always! can you also make a tutorial on the best video encoding for the web, just like the ones here in your site? I keep on creating one but seems to be not as clear and sharp as your videos.

tnx tnx in advance!

October 17th, 2009 @ 9:56 am
Now when can we learn the intro to the video? =( When the stage breaks up.. thats some cool shizznit! Was that made with action essentials 2?
October 17th, 2009 @ 10:04 am
Dude that was the most brilliant ending to a video I've seen in a while. Take that Coke.
Sweet plugin, too. You've put a lot of hard work and it looks like it will pay off!
October 17th, 2009 @ 12:29 pm
Don't stop making video blog/shows like that one, I thought it was the right length and every detail about the show seemed very informative.

It looks like you guys put a HELL of a lot of work into the interface for the Optical flares plug-in. It looks really easy to use and very sexy.

ONE THING THOUGH.... you should even mention the names of the people who help create that stuff too. Give them credit man!( i know you say video-copilot team, but i'm sure they wouldn't mind ) I think they would appreciate it being such a beautiful product.
October 17th, 2009 @ 12:51 pm
haha rotflmao!!!

I'm a simpleton too!

(see all above posts)
October 17th, 2009 @ 12:57 pm
wow...the amount of work you guys put in is amazing
October 17th, 2009 @ 2:12 pm
im a pepsi dude too...
awesome lens studio, you guys have reached new heights
October 17th, 2009 @ 4:41 pm
Great news!!! Are you using rayfire to make the floor shatter? Or there is it another plugin? Could you do a tut? I know those are to many questions, but I would really apreciatte an answer. You Rock!
October 17th, 2009 @ 4:52 pm
awesome show, very interesting stuff.
can't wait until lens flares comes out.

and lol at the coca cola plug, with the pepsi at the end.
Josh Scott
October 17th, 2009 @ 5:28 pm
Greatest show I have watched in a long time. Funny, interesting, and I get to learn some great things.
Thanks again Mr. Kramer
October 17th, 2009 @ 6:26 pm
I bravo'd you guys with clapping hands! Even-though there's nobody around lol. Amazing plug-in, can't wait to get my hands on it.

PS: The coca-cola can at the and was so obvious lol :D

October 17th, 2009 @ 8:33 pm
Love the ending buddy.... was my favorite pepsi
October 18th, 2009 @ 1:31 am
Lol I love the new plug in, it looks totally awesome. And at the end, i was thinking, NOOOO, not coco cola endorses this! And then you popped open the Pepsi can, and I bust out laughing so hard my stomach now hurts. And i just finished off a 2 liter of Pepsi. Thank you for making my night. :)
October 18th, 2009 @ 2:10 am
wow optical flares looks really great!!
especially then trigger flare :O
Though the interface seems very complex but i'm really looking forward to this!

lol @ drinking pepsi cola with coca cola as sponsor? XD
Chris Sadler
October 18th, 2009 @ 3:06 am
Awesome stuff - that was the Real Thing!

For some reason I feel I want to get Twitch, can't...quite...remember...why....
October 18th, 2009 @ 3:13 am
Sweet!!! Can't wait till it's available. Meanwhile great joke at the end. I greatly enjoy your sense of humor! Never boring!
October 18th, 2009 @ 3:29 am
Love the show!
Great to get informed this way.
October 18th, 2009 @ 3:33 am
i want it naaaaaaw
October 18th, 2009 @ 5:33 am
I am in boy scouts
Loay Emad
October 18th, 2009 @ 6:49 am
Very good show
but the question is : What is you REAL sponsor Pepsi or Coca cola :D:D:D.....?
Thanks Mr.Kramer
October 18th, 2009 @ 8:04 am
how do you script all of this
it seems that you are used one
of the aftereffects instructors
October 18th, 2009 @ 9:39 am
I hope to someday have subtitles in Spanish please

October 18th, 2009 @ 10:11 am
wow, you have made lens flares cool again.

For the past few years its been commonly accepted that "lens flares exist to make everything shitty look cool", but thats only because people were drawing things in MS Paint and putting photoshop's movie prime on everything.
October 18th, 2009 @ 10:42 am
Thanks to coke ... then you open a Pepsi, classic, lol.
October 18th, 2009 @ 1:18 pm
hello Andrew. I love your website. Im doing a movie preview for my book report. i used your submerged tut. i thought i was going to run out of ideas. My book is about a kid who finds an underground city.
Eduardo Valadares
October 18th, 2009 @ 1:25 pm
Very Nice! i like your work, thanks so much
Initial Pictures
October 18th, 2009 @ 3:19 pm
i love how you crack open a pepsi at the end, when your sponsor is coke. haha
October 18th, 2009 @ 3:20 pm
this is nice and beautiful!
October 18th, 2009 @ 4:33 pm
ummmmm ... I saw nothing?
October 18th, 2009 @ 7:08 pm
Haha! Loved the ending with the Coca Cola talk and then pulling up a can of Pepsi!

Anywho ..!
This looks fantastic! User friendly and I even went a little "uuuh!" when I saw you pulling the flare out of the frame.
Very excited about seeing more!
October 18th, 2009 @ 11:45 pm
Hey Andrew. I just wanted to let you know that there are people on this site who do understand the amount of time and effort you and the VC team have put into this product as well as every single one of your products. You are an intelligent man who doesn't plan on selling himself short, but at the same time you have no intention of trying to rip any of us off. The pricing for your products have always been and I trust will always be fair and deserving and I will always be happy to pay it in full. Thank you for doing what you do. I'm sure you get this a lot, but it's people like you that have helped me continue pursuing my dream of becoming a film maker. -Kyle
October 19th, 2009 @ 2:05 am
thats very Good Mr andrew...
you know me?!
"not very Good...!"
he he he...
October 19th, 2009 @ 3:14 am
Hi Andrew,

i like this short tips you share with us!
these awesome vids bridge the gap between your fantastic tutorials!

Matt Whittington
October 19th, 2009 @ 3:22 am
Hey Andrew, love your work. Just wondering, kinda off topic, but what do you think of the television show LOST?
October 19th, 2009 @ 4:11 am
that Pepsi Thing was 2 great :-D

great format!
October 19th, 2009 @ 4:39 am
Looks like the creators of this Aussie commercial are Video Copilot fans:
October 19th, 2009 @ 4:46 am
Lens Flares looks amazing

Video really funny - Laughed all the way through......
October 19th, 2009 @ 5:06 am
For people asking if there will be a Mac version of the plug-in, there's no doubt to have IMHO: the SDK is available on both platforms (Windows and Mac OS X), and I think the plug-in compatibility doesn't depend on the OS, but rather on After Effects (which provides the "core" to run the thing).

Thank you Andrew, the plug-in looks awesome and I already plan to purchase it. :)
October 19th, 2009 @ 6:13 am
Very impressed with the sneak preview. That interface looks do effortlessly intuitive and calming...Reminded me of these guys:
October 19th, 2009 @ 6:18 am
wow men ok im waiting for Opticle Flare
October 19th, 2009 @ 8:38 am
hahahaha! nice ending lol!. great work.
October 19th, 2009 @ 8:53 am
Hi Andrew!! Awsome prewiew!! I like how you set up the lights!! cool!! i know you do after effects tutorials, but you should post a lights set up tutorial!! looks amazing!! Thanks you for all tut`s and additional stuff!! your site rocks!!


Diego G.
October 19th, 2009 @ 10:25 am
Will the Lens Flare be compatible with another aspect ratio apart of 16:9 and 4:3? Sorry for english...
Nice ending, Btw...
Secret Admirer
October 19th, 2009 @ 10:53 am
Oh my Andrew!!! you're quite cute!
Justin Fernandez
October 19th, 2009 @ 11:50 am
Wow! You have no idea how helpful that short fight tutorial is going to be. I just finished filming a 12 ep web series with quite a few fight scenes and that is likely going to be used in a few shots so I don't have to reshoot them. THANKS AK! Then I stuck around for the lens flare bit and I was blown away. You're starting to sell me on that product. Might have to get that one as a holiday gift for myself. That plugin looks amazing, lot of work looks like it went into that. Keep it up AK.
October 19th, 2009 @ 4:21 pm
Mr Andrew Kramer you are a fountain of pure awesome! 25% off the super excellent Video Copilot products and what can I do but order up not one, not two but... THREE of your DVDs. When I get my copy of Action Essentials II I know exactly what I'm going to do! I'm going to use the torches and fire up some null objects and track those torches onto my friends bald head in the rock video I'm doing for him. Can't wait! Thanks so much for everything you guys do.
Roger (CD in Hong Kong)
October 19th, 2009 @ 7:12 pm
Awesome! This looks like a fantastic plugin. Working on a TVC this week and this plugin is exactly what I need! I wish it was being released today!!
October 19th, 2009 @ 7:41 pm
haha, nice. I actually watched the Wizard of OZ like 2 weeks ago :D
October 19th, 2009 @ 7:47 pm
Great looking plug-in Andrew, did you make it with your 'bear" hands?
October 19th, 2009 @ 7:57 pm
Nice!, you should get somebody to transcribe to text that video too, so people who can't for a reason or the other watch the video can still read the blog post.

(I'm talking about reading this from my mobile phone hehe)
October 19th, 2009 @ 8:27 pm
haha the pepsi
well played lol
October 19th, 2009 @ 8:52 pm
Move over Knoll... Kramer is the new king of flares.
October 19th, 2009 @ 9:37 pm
Andrew will you have my wife's kid?
October 19th, 2009 @ 9:44 pm
Hey Andrew! I just wanted to ask if you were gonna make a video maybe on some examples of how you can use optical flares. Great product by the way. Never disappoints. Hehe did you just say thanks to Coca Cola and open up a Pepsi can? Genius.
October 19th, 2009 @ 10:10 pm
A-MA-ZING! The saddest thing is that you sell it 140$...You'd deserve at least 400$ for that masterpiece! You are a genius, VideoCopilot is simply awesome, it's leading directly to heaven! Everything I know today in After Effects, I learned it on VideoCopilot, so I'd like to say Thank You a thousand times, you're the greatest man on Earth M.Kramer!
Vicky Shah
October 20th, 2009 @ 12:30 am
Wish you and your family many...HAPPY DIWALI...
Jash Jhaveri
October 20th, 2009 @ 3:10 am
Haha, you had a Pepsi at the end. :P
Great stuff though.
I hope the Coca Cola isn't pissed though.
October 20th, 2009 @ 3:17 am
nice vid love it :)
October 20th, 2009 @ 6:28 am
HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA lens flare seems really great! This quick look inside this plugin was just amazing!
October 20th, 2009 @ 7:00 am
For those of you who love to do some sound editing ...

I just got back from Alaska and got this ... amazing how you can find sounds everywhere ... Hope you will like it ...
October 20th, 2009 @ 7:06 am
Will this product be available only for After Effects, or Photoshop as well?
October 20th, 2009 @ 10:25 am
That plug-in will rock the scene ! More than great job Andrew.
October 20th, 2009 @ 1:40 pm
That must be a new Coca-Cola can :) Can't wait to get the plug-in.
Navarro Parker
October 20th, 2009 @ 3:50 pm
Judging from some of the UI shots, it will be possible to construct my own lens elements? (From shape layers perhaps?)

Check out the unique trapezoidal “flare” array off Bono’s shoulder in this U2/Blackberry ad — :22 seconds into it.
October 20th, 2009 @ 10:26 pm
there are a lot comments
does Andrew read it? :)
thanks for vidio
Russia, Sibiria, Tomsk
October 20th, 2009 @ 10:34 pm
Awesome Bars Tutorial.
The best GRaph Bars ever.
October 21st, 2009 @ 4:25 am
oh god!

thanks to our sponsor coca-cola
and the pepsi in the end^^

I was rolling on the floor xD
October 21st, 2009 @ 8:19 am
Pepsi :D

I will definitly consider buying this plug-in, awsome !!
October 21st, 2009 @ 9:10 am
Hi andrew I have a question about how did you create the 3d reflecting titles like your last blog from save 25% is there a possibilty that you can give me some directions how to recreat that effect like you action essential 2 your titles are awsome but it's done in 3D max am I wright so please help!

Greetz from Belgium
October 21st, 2009 @ 12:32 pm
amazing as always!

October 21st, 2009 @ 1:07 pm
is Optical Flares compatible with CS3?
October 21st, 2009 @ 1:18 pm
Was that a design on your boyscout shirt or did your new born throw up on it. Trust me I have been there. Love the Flares...can't wait.
October 21st, 2009 @ 2:28 pm
hey, cool that you killed that bear with your bare hands lol:P
optical flares look good:D
October 21st, 2009 @ 9:28 pm
Ahahahaha coca-cola.

Anyway, I must say the plugin impressed me. It actually looks like version 5 or 6 and not version 1. Typically programs start off functional, barely. Then the functions grow over the years as things come to the surface and the interface grows more and more prettier.. but you guys are making it look great and very full featured on the first try. Kudos.
October 21st, 2009 @ 9:29 pm
Just purchased Action essentials 2 :-)
I had to, at this price with the 25% off it's a must buy!
Nik Manning
October 22nd, 2009 @ 2:22 am
This interface would also be great for Film Looks! Hint Hint. You should make that next.

We also need a beauty/retouching plugin.
October 22nd, 2009 @ 8:20 am
Grande Andrew sei il nostro idolo!

And now finally we see you!! XD
October 22nd, 2009 @ 11:56 am
hi andrew..
i'm sa'eed from persia.
i 'm leader of one 3d designer team at iran.
i love your works and your idea to learning and servicing.
i want and i love to come in your country .. maybe your city..
please help me to start advance texturing and charachter animation and rigging , because i'm very shaky .

your freind of persia.
October 22nd, 2009 @ 12:30 pm

Just curious if you can provide some details on your setup. IE What mic are you using, lighting setup etc.

Navarro Parker
October 22nd, 2009 @ 2:17 pm
When will you start taking pre-orders?
October 22nd, 2009 @ 7:31 pm
Loved the Video Copilot Blog-Show! You have this knack for this great teaching style with a perfect amount of teaching and humor in your videos, including this one, that really makes this site deserve a top spot in everybody's bookmark bars and products that belong on everybody's christmas lists. Even though I'm in high school, I've still been a long time fan and always will if you keep it up!
October 23rd, 2009 @ 8:27 am
Great stuff. I would also like to know what type of audio mixer/mic you are using..Great Audio!
October 23rd, 2009 @ 8:41 am
Andrew, I love you!! :P
Ayb from the Philippines
October 23rd, 2009 @ 10:30 am
hey Sir Andrew. .

Thank you so much for the preview in the upcoming plug in. .
it's Nothing not very at all (haha). . yeah. .

anyway. . uhm, anybody who can answer this. . please. .
i mean, can the plug in affect the normality?

please answer. . anybody. .

for the sake of others/everyone. .

thank you again. .

god bless VCP!
Ayb from the Philippines
October 23rd, 2009 @ 10:33 am
by the way. .

i also wanted to say thank you to the sponsor of the
videocopilot. . "COCA COLA" hahaha!
October 23rd, 2009 @ 10:52 am

Ohmigawd!!! This looks like such a blast and the effects look really good!
October 23rd, 2009 @ 11:35 am
You sound more funny than you look! Thanks a lot, great work!
Mateus Ferreira
October 23rd, 2009 @ 9:40 pm
This new logo from Pepsi is Pepsi for designers!! hauhauha
October 24th, 2009 @ 12:51 pm
Hey Andrew!

The Interface for Optical Flares looks great and very intuitive and I know how much work that is (not even mentioning the flares);
but how will we be animating the values that define the look of the lens flare?

Okay - you might say "Thats unrealistic!", because Lens Flares normally stay the same in a scene, but I ask you: Who wants to be realistic?

Best Regards,

P.S. Do I get an email notification when you answer? Pleaaaseee...
October 24th, 2009 @ 5:35 pm
Hey Andrew It's amazing your work, I like too much, thanks for the advice about the new plugin.

Congratulations From Venezuela!!!!!!!!!!!
October 25th, 2009 @ 12:22 am
hi thats really very very good
nice tanx a lot.
October 25th, 2009 @ 4:12 am
that,s really good nice
very sweet
October 25th, 2009 @ 4:14 am
mr andrew kramer tanx for that
i very like to see you
October 25th, 2009 @ 4:58 am
great work Andrew

keep it up dude
October 25th, 2009 @ 2:54 pm
That's really great!

New format is much better and I finally see how Andrew Kramer looks like. And shifty eyes is fun.

Thanks, great job you doing.
October 25th, 2009 @ 6:12 pm
You are so funny, just makes want to keep coming back for more.
October 25th, 2009 @ 6:14 pm
Ooops! ment to say makes me want to keep coming back for more,so now here I am again.
October 25th, 2009 @ 6:54 pm
hahahahahahahahaha,,,,,,,your tutorial very nice,,,

spiit for me
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:45 am

the video blogs are great...really enjoying them keep up the fantastic work.

Quick question as always, and i'll explain as i go along. I'm moving to the US this thursday (29th oct 2009)and I want to keep a vidoe blog for friends and family back home in ireland - sooooo what video camera are you using for the blog show. It would be awesome if I could do a video blog for them (and maybe use the same video camera as is used for my blog, to shoot some of the cool stuff i'll be doing while i'm in sierra vista, arizona.)

thanks for your help and the endless knowledge that you share...thoughts on the 7D were great!

God bless
October 26th, 2009 @ 6:34 am
Would love some of that blue hair gel :p
October 26th, 2009 @ 7:10 am
that great! Mr. Andrew

I'm new for your website.

I'm thai people.

I like all about your Tip so much. It makes me to improve my AE skill.

Thank you very much Mr.Andrew. you are My master of AE !!!!!!!!!
October 26th, 2009 @ 5:38 pm
Andrew, could you do a tutorial for the intro that you have for the vlogs?

That would be awesome...
October 27th, 2009 @ 11:21 am
LOL love the subliminal messaging of the twitch product lol
October 30th, 2009 @ 3:21 pm
coca-colaa "sponsoring you" and then drinking a pepsi?
ahhh that made my day :)

gotta love lens flares <3
October 30th, 2009 @ 7:30 pm
like it all, but was wondering in the preset save that we could have a community icon that would connect with others that have the program to share our presets with ...just a thought of a plug-in that gives back...awesome!
October 31st, 2009 @ 10:35 pm
I got my eagle scout last june.

I love your blog updates, even if they are rambling.
November 3rd, 2009 @ 9:03 am
Dude you are soooooooo friggin funny man. Its so effortess haha, what a way to liven up these videos and tutorials man. Excellent. God Bless You man.

November 4th, 2009 @ 12:13 am
I just want to ask. Which is better? Knoll Light Factory Pro or Optical Len Flare?? What are the difference?
November 5th, 2009 @ 7:49 pm
You are my man! =)
November 7th, 2009 @ 5:35 pm
Wow, that is an amazing GUI! It is a rarity these days to see an animated UI, great job!
I was wondering what language you used to make the effects?

Great job on the plugin,
November 10th, 2009 @ 5:08 am
LoL that coke-thing :D :D :D
December 7th, 2009 @ 7:49 pm
Love the video blog and great job on the flares plug...

Who makes the mic that you are using?

Ahmed Rashed
February 1st, 2010 @ 8:55 am
Finaly I see you but nice vid. keep it up Androw
March 5th, 2010 @ 12:57 pm
Oh no! You're not drinking Coca-Cola!

March 5th, 2010 @ 5:33 pm
Hey Andrew,
cant you make a Tutorial how to make this awesome 3d room,where the Dynamic Bar Graphs are ?
I think that looks soooooooooo awesome.. cant realy describe how it looks for me..
I think i would pay you more than 400$~ for that.. the way im sorry about my english.. :/
March 11th, 2010 @ 5:27 pm
Hey Andrew
I was impressed when saw the beginning of this introduction video about Optical Flares.
Can you make a tutorial about how to make the ground blow off like that? That's so cool!
April 16th, 2010 @ 2:02 pm
yé yé yé yé man good work..... that great! Mr. Andrew you are the best and you have a nice smail man hhhhhh
May 4th, 2010 @ 8:43 am
Andrew, I was really hoping that you could make a tutorial on how to make that bg that u used in those dinamic bars... That black stuff is soo awsome... I would be really glad if you could make the tutorial... nice work!
May 22nd, 2010 @ 12:09 pm
hi emm nice tut andrew... 1 question can u make a tut on the breaking of floor ? as shown in the intro and at the end... thanks :D
June 1st, 2010 @ 11:12 pm
thanks.Great post.
August 1st, 2010 @ 7:40 pm
hi sir,
it was great making sir
August 24th, 2010 @ 1:55 pm
LOL you gave Coca Cola a shout out and then at the end you were drinking Pepsi!
September 1st, 2010 @ 4:57 pm
Haha, that was the funniest vidcast I've seen in a while!! Your rambling is by far the most entertaining part of the video!! The bare/bear hands thing had me in tears!! : )
November 11th, 2010 @ 5:20 am
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Thanks in knowledge
December 24th, 2010 @ 6:19 pm
thx to our sponsor coca cola.
*opens a pepsi* :D
February 24th, 2011 @ 1:39 am
well ass for tutorials on using optical flares, they are awsome. just wish i could use the flares i bought for 125. but cant get a download link. emailed them twice since that is the only contact available and still no reply. really sucks that im having to wait so long on something so cool... well hopefully posting here will get some kind of response
February 27th, 2011 @ 3:01 pm
the new cannon 60D does have the flip around screen which does allow me to get thosee low shots and high shots. also green screen awesome best picture ever. to help with shakiness.... is that a word??? .... but any way just hold it with both hands and if you have the 60D then hold it at your waist or use a steady cam. fyi
March 24th, 2011 @ 12:11 am
Why are you so funny T.T
May 8th, 2011 @ 10:15 am
it"s very nice thanks
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