Retro Lens Flares

Showing the true power of our Optical Flares Plug-in, we were able to push it to the limits and recreate AE’s built-in lens flare from scratch! AAA-MMMAZING! Think of the possibilities…

We’re still polishing the plug-in features but expect a big release sometime in November. Aside from working on this plug-in, I’m also planning a Halloween tutorial and blog show that might be frighteningly fun. Stay Tuned! or should I say “stay ghouled!!!”. -No that doesn’t work, scratch that.

Min Kwon
October 25th, 2009 @ 7:50 pm
That is so awesome! I'm planning on buying Optical Flares the day it come out! and I'm excited for that tutorial
October 25th, 2009 @ 7:50 pm
Awesome! I cannot wait to get this!
Sean B
October 25th, 2009 @ 7:52 pm
Can't wait!! Awesome work putting this together!
Clint Rea
October 25th, 2009 @ 7:53 pm
Very nice Andrew, this really does show the possibilities within Optical Flares.

Is this basically completely operated inside of After Effects?
October 25th, 2009 @ 8:01 pm
nice. Can't wait.
October 25th, 2009 @ 8:03 pm
Wow! Can't wait for everything. I love Video Copilot! Its my homepage!!
October 25th, 2009 @ 8:04 pm
Sweet can't wait till it comes out
October 25th, 2009 @ 8:07 pm
I got to say those presets look awesome Andrew. The poster shows a price, is that the real price for the plug in? I don't think its worth that much just for a lens flare with a bunch of pre-sets. Seems to pricey.

Its definitely an awesome plug in, but its not an "essential" plug in for motion graphics or for visual effects. Anyways just my opinion anyways. I love the site very much and wish you made us some shirts already so we can spread the word. =P
October 25th, 2009 @ 8:15 pm
Hey Sir Andrew. .

all of us here in the philippines. .

can't wait to release the New Plug in. .

and got excited about your halloween tutorials. .

thanks to your blogs . .and tutorial. .

videocopilot is to genius. .

owh by the way. .

can somebody answer this?

does the optical lens flare can affect the Normality of the image?

please. .
October 25th, 2009 @ 8:24 pm
andrew you doing such a nice effort for animator's and you give the nice solution of animation.
October 25th, 2009 @ 8:31 pm
i need this plug in
October 25th, 2009 @ 8:42 pm
Not very bad. .
October 25th, 2009 @ 8:42 pm
Nice! I think that this is a new cutting edge design for breath taking lens flares. The effect, and the fine tuned touches really make it stand out! Once again, blew us away. Way to go Andrew!
October 25th, 2009 @ 8:45 pm
A halloween tutorial?! I can't WAIT!
October 25th, 2009 @ 8:56 pm
Looks awesome! can't wait to see what you and the VCP crew will do with this plug in

btw andrew, I remember you saying you wanted to take some time off and make a film, are you still planning on doing that? anything you can share about the film? I'd love to see what you'll come up with if you do decide to make a film
Taylor Patterson
October 25th, 2009 @ 9:02 pm
Why does this plug-in remind me so much of the new Star Trek movie?
Sam Wells
October 25th, 2009 @ 9:05 pm
Yes now I can finally make my own after effects built-in lens flare! The original just doesn't have that spunk.
October 25th, 2009 @ 9:14 pm
I think this plugin is amazine i know im a start seeing more lens flare projects on the net. Love the way the interface looks you guys really stepped up from previous plugins. Now you guys are in the Red Giant level, but they dont make any cool tuts. Oh and you finally got me to laugh at one of you corney the pepsy can in the end....All the best Andrew.
Luke Neumann
October 25th, 2009 @ 9:23 pm
I like the "Cool Flare" a lot. It reminds me of Flares from late 80's/early 90's Cinema. Did you go and do research from older movies? Or just use your own equipment. If you used movies it'd be cool (in a tutorial or something) to know which ones you referenced (Blade Runner? Lethal Weapon 2?)
October 25th, 2009 @ 9:31 pm
it would be great if this plugin will also be compatible with adobe premiere pro. any possibilities?
October 25th, 2009 @ 9:39 pm
Halloween tutorial muhahahaha
October 25th, 2009 @ 9:39 pm
this kicks Knoll Light Factory's ASS!

I expect alot of money to role in for Mr. Kramer. I remember hearing that the Transformers VFX crew used Knoll Light Factory, when they see this, they'll have to switch to Optical Flares FOR SURE!
October 25th, 2009 @ 9:47 pm
nice. Can’t wait.
October 25th, 2009 @ 10:00 pm
Cool men, cool...
Olympia Logger
October 25th, 2009 @ 10:12 pm
Andy, your gear is becoming TRUELY professional...which means, the situation is getting serious!

I need to start collecting as much of VCP's goodies as possible before........the........uh.......end.

When Serious Magic became polished enough to threaten Adoughbe (Adobe) they were bought up with BIG promises that the Serious Magic products would stay intact.

When in FACT what happened is exactly what I use to tell Mark Randall would happen.

Adoughbe has KILLED everything except OnLocation.
You can't get Ultra anymore.

I just worked with a good sized cutter in Ohio a month ago who has 90k into his Avid gear and HE STILL uses the old Ultra for chromakey.

It's STILL a great product and Adoughby killed it for no good reason.

The upshot IS... VideoCoPilot is getting good enough that one morning we'll wake up, come to this site and find that Adoughbe owns it... (not a joke), grab as much VCP stuff as you can while the getting is good people !!!!!
October 25th, 2009 @ 10:27 pm
Awesome Kramer, you are the Best!
October 25th, 2009 @ 11:04 pm
Hey that looks like a stand-alone application...what an interface!!!!
Tell us how its "plugged" into aftreffects,atleast a hint...
Heads up to you and videocopilot,keep it up!!!
October 25th, 2009 @ 11:30 pm
you should re-create all of your products like this.... so i think, i easier to use them, if they have a user interface like thatone ..... very nice work... stay tuned!
shadrach mensah
October 25th, 2009 @ 11:32 pm
i love your passion
shadrach mensah
October 25th, 2009 @ 11:34 pm
A K can you let us know the exact date in November.
Clayton Light
October 26th, 2009 @ 12:00 am
Hey AK,
I've always purchased your products on release day.
I want this one, but forgive me if I must wait a week or two.
I saw riot gear on a national spot today. lol.
Thanks bratha,
October 26th, 2009 @ 12:00 am
Halloween tutorial.. i'm sure it fun..
October 26th, 2009 @ 12:31 am
Cool! Looking forward to the release :D!
October 26th, 2009 @ 12:44 am
I can't wait. Hurry up sir
October 26th, 2009 @ 1:31 am
MAN WHEN ITS COMING! ANY DATE? m still waiting for it :(
October 26th, 2009 @ 1:57 am
Looks so truly AWSIMMMM!!!!
October 26th, 2009 @ 2:01 am
Oh god, a halloween tutorial :D I can't wait!
October 26th, 2009 @ 2:08 am
I'll stay home for halloween this year then, and watch your awesome tutorial!
October 26th, 2009 @ 2:35 am
Looks greatttttttttttttt =)
Can't wait for it woohoo yeah lol :P
October 26th, 2009 @ 2:45 am
i cant wait plz works fast
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:20 am
nice one andrew.. once again you supplied us with a great plug in. I already have a couple ideas for where to use this plug in ;) a really powerful plug in.
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:23 am
This is awsome!!!!! sooooooooooooo awsome man!!!
Andrew u r the r the best ( u r the only one i know actually, hehe) This product man is awsome!!! coool!!!
October 26th, 2009 @ 3:57 am
Not very good. :)
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:01 am
ahh man. wish you put a preorder option for optical flares in your 10day sale!
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:07 am
I'm so need this plug-in right now! :(((
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:15 am i can understand the price
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:21 am
cant wait release it soon............
October 26th, 2009 @ 4:47 am
with only 33 posts by far I hope you will end up reading this one - "you are by far the most funny and taleted artist I have come across. its fun to listen you. keep p the good work... lotza luv [brotherly love :)]"
October 26th, 2009 @ 5:14 am
You know I've never bought anything from this website, not because I don't want too :P. I'm just too cheap, but I think I might get this!
October 26th, 2009 @ 5:21 am
look GR8 CAn't W8
October 26th, 2009 @ 5:52 am
i can't wait for this, i'm gonna buy it as soon as it comes out! I have knoll light factory, but no idea how to use it. This will help alot. Thanks so much Andrew, i'm 100$ serious.
October 26th, 2009 @ 6:21 am
Awesome! this will help us to animation/FX works like in the transformers movies! we'll do something more with this one! okay
October 26th, 2009 @ 6:46 am
Sweet, Halloween tutorial!
October 26th, 2009 @ 7:01 am
If you can see it there's a wad of cash in my hand and I'm waving it around with a hungry look on my face.
October 26th, 2009 @ 7:05 am
"Just when they thought they had killed the stock Adobe lens flare...IT CAME BACK FROM THE DEAD!"

Noooooooo! Kill it before it covers all of my flying logos!!!!!
October 26th, 2009 @ 7:13 am
This plug-in so impressive to me.

But I want to know about Halloween Tutorial ^O^
Dag Norum
October 26th, 2009 @ 7:15 am
I'm curious to see how the VCP lensflare plugin compares to Knoll Light Factory Pro.
Hope it will be a trial available...
October 26th, 2009 @ 7:24 am
Adobe should pay you to just include this lens flare with CS5. They could call it, Kramer-Flare. :D
October 26th, 2009 @ 7:36 am
Now that i think about it, i could make ST like photon/quantum/etc torpedo effects in like 2 sec.
October 26th, 2009 @ 7:45 am
someones been hittin the fermented pumpkin juice a little early me thinks, dig all ur stuff andrew, cant wait mate
October 26th, 2009 @ 8:01 am
I think the Halloween tutorial will be usefull. The lens flares looks nice aswell.
October 26th, 2009 @ 8:17 am
this is Creazy,
Andrew iwant to know your biogeraphy Please,
October 26th, 2009 @ 8:23 am
I'm really excited about this plug-in as well, and can't wait to buy it when it's released! I would love to see some OFX development too though, so we could use this tool in other compositing packages like Nuke! That would be really killer.

Keep up the great work Andrew!
October 26th, 2009 @ 8:33 am
i like your subliminal message... i already by twich
October 26th, 2009 @ 8:48 am
what would the estimated price be?
October 26th, 2009 @ 8:53 am
excelente plug-in, excelente trabajo el que haces maquina saludos desde ARGENTINA, aprendi muchas cosas de tus tutoriales aunque esten en ingles.gracias
October 26th, 2009 @ 8:58 am
You really hit the world....andrew nice job man....
October 26th, 2009 @ 9:03 am
Any chance of a pre-order option during your 25% off sale ;) Can't wait for this new plug-in!
October 26th, 2009 @ 9:25 am
Hey Andrew!
Can I use Brain Storm with your Optical Flares Plug-in???
October 26th, 2009 @ 10:36 am
Please make something with blood and gore and mismembering people for the haloween! I am working on a movie, but I just don't know how to do this FX!
barry barrera
October 26th, 2009 @ 10:51 am
another advanced xmas gift ever in this planet....kudos master andrew!
October 26th, 2009 @ 11:05 am
Thats a have to buy count me in or should i say "count me off". -No that doesn’t work, scratch that.
October 26th, 2009 @ 11:12 am
Excellent! I can't wait to get this bad puppy. I can foresee tons of uses for it in my arsenal.
Steven Noni
October 26th, 2009 @ 11:15 am
October 26th, 2009 @ 11:24 am
Please Andrew, you got to make a tutorial about ground craking or fragmentation, demolition and phyisic! Please!!!
It looks soo coooool. Hope you read this...
You rock man, keep up the good work.
October 26th, 2009 @ 11:27 am
i'm buying this just so i can re-create the default AE flare!
October 26th, 2009 @ 11:31 am
This is much better than knoll's!!!!
October 26th, 2009 @ 11:31 am
Nice! I'm buying it!!!
October 26th, 2009 @ 11:40 am
AK, this product looks absolutely amazing. This plugin is going to be heavily used by us! Can't wait to purchase it!

Any news for when we will see the heavily anticipated trailer? I love to see what you guys think up!
October 26th, 2009 @ 11:44 am
Cool, Andrew! I'm waintin'....

October 26th, 2009 @ 11:49 am
It looks really amazing, can't wait to have it.

Just curious, do they work in 3D?
Justin Fernandez
October 26th, 2009 @ 12:13 pm
Can't wait Ak, you have no idea how excited i am for all that stuff. Keep up the great work!
October 26th, 2009 @ 12:16 pm
Halloween tutorial! Can't wait to see what Andrew does to Sam this time around... at least I hope something will be done with Sam! Nothing better than watching bugs in his skin or a soccer ball disintegrate him ("Is it on fire? I don't know"). hahahaha
October 26th, 2009 @ 12:37 pm
Since Andrew (Video Copilot) has skyrocketed in his researches (yeah, i remember recreating his first tutorial :)
i always wondered myself why Adobe never collaborate with Andrew Kramer, putting some fresh ideas into Ae. At least endorsing him with Adobe Products, together with many big names in the Ae-Tutor world, they're all the main reason people are buying After Effects.

Pretty lame, Adobe, pretty lame.
October 26th, 2009 @ 12:39 pm
October 26th, 2009 @ 1:36 pm
gogo ;)
Love it
October 26th, 2009 @ 1:54 pm
hahahaha. such an advanced lens flare!
Rogier Colijn (RoggelFX)
October 26th, 2009 @ 2:22 pm
Yay, and THAT recreation, what's so stunning about it? The built-in lens flare of AE isn't THAT nice, but everybody gots its taste. Ofcourse it does stand for a LOT of possibilities!

And i can't wait for that tutorial and a new blog show :D
October 26th, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

I hope there's a tutorial on how to use the lens flares in real live footage, and not just in photos, like in the promo. I know I'm not the only one who has never played around with lens flares before ;)
October 26th, 2009 @ 2:28 pm
Awesome!!!! Can't wait for the release!

RE Helge Kallevik

then play around with lens flares now in AE!!!
October 26th, 2009 @ 5:07 pm
Nice plugin for creating lens flares... If you want to do a lot of that.
October 26th, 2009 @ 5:24 pm
*Raises Hand*
Ill beta test!!!! :)
Can't wait, but I guess I will have to.. :)
October 26th, 2009 @ 6:45 pm
still wait for it....
October 27th, 2009 @ 12:45 am
Flares break the 4th wall. They should'nt even be there in the first place, in early films it was considered poor taste and bad craftsmen ship to expose the faults of your equipment (sun flooding the shutter and creating a "flare"). Lens flares are EVIl.
October 27th, 2009 @ 3:42 am
cool, just gotta ask tho, whats the difference with this and knoll light factory?
mitchell werth
October 27th, 2009 @ 10:02 am
wow lloks great i cant wait!
how much will it be??
October 27th, 2009 @ 1:05 pm
hey andrew i must say after my dad ur next! jst did my first project with action essentials for a TV station on One of the sport segment and they are like WOW!!! Thanks andrew..... ur the man for the JOB...ALSO CAN ONE COLLAB WITH U TO DO A JOB probably might be having difficulties...
October 27th, 2009 @ 9:00 pm
knoll light factory is 399 bucks, so i think this plug in is reasonably priced. the app looks slick and reminds me of looks in terms of previewing.

how it stands up against dedicated 3d plugins will be interesting. goodluck with it.
October 28th, 2009 @ 1:08 am
Say Good BYE--------Knoll Light Factory Pro---------
This Plug in is -----AWSOME---------n guess what Sir Andrew
i have put optical flares poster as my desktop wallpaper.............woooooooo----optical flares rock next to action essentials 2 n check out our batman fan film which we did for the first time in india this is the link: n check out the making n trailer also..i have used ae2 in that i think u will be proud of me.......
October 28th, 2009 @ 2:51 am
Another must have product from VideoCopilot - made by artists for artists - what more can we say!

Keep on keeping on AK and team
October 28th, 2009 @ 5:11 am
Don't know if anybody else has noticed this but the awesome new show 'Flash Forward' that has recently started airing features some sweet optical flares in the opening titles.

Anyone know if Mr. Kramer had a hand in this? I know he made the Fringe opening titles, but I just wondered about this one.
October 28th, 2009 @ 5:13 am
Lens Flare look so good!
You are more handsome and younger than I thought. Andrew!
Thanks you!
October 28th, 2009 @ 7:37 am
I will buy Lens Flares the day it is released ... love all of your work Andrew ... keep it up.

Matthew Park
October 28th, 2009 @ 10:17 am
I want it now... Release it... NOW!!! DOO EEETTT!!! I CAN'T WAIITTTT!!!! Whenever a new product is coming out it's like waiting for something exciting? What? I don't know, but something exciting. It's like waiting to open up a Christmas Present... Can't wait for this plug-in Andrew, You did good.
Navarro Parker
October 28th, 2009 @ 4:16 pm
It would be cool if there was an online warehouse (store?) to upload/download user-created presets through the app.
October 29th, 2009 @ 7:14 am
When will the plug-in be released?
Wilmar Luna
October 29th, 2009 @ 8:45 pm
Holy sh** that plug-in looks awesome. Love how Coca-Cola got punked, Pepsi tastes way better anyway.

Thank you for all these excellent products, can't wait to receive the items I ordered, very excited!
October 30th, 2009 @ 7:18 am
that intro splitting of the ground stuff was off the hook, that's a tutorial i would pay for.

by the way $139.99 is worth it!
November 1st, 2009 @ 2:13 pm
I have been waiting for somebody to make this plug in ,I knew it ,the only one in this universe who could make is Andrew Kramer
November 4th, 2009 @ 3:16 am
"...would like to thank our sponsors...Coco Cola..." and then Andy cracks a Pepsi Cola!!!!

Gotta LOVE IT.
November 4th, 2009 @ 7:52 am
Any news when this awesome plug-in will be released,
im waiting for a decade ;))*

Keep up the awesome work Andrew!
November 6th, 2009 @ 8:36 am
Hi, I'm a huge fan of VC and I'm addicted to your blog show, keep them coming!

I saw your Optical Flares project searching for a Lens Flare Plug-in. For two weeks now I've been trying do to a LASER SIGHT lens flare effect with no realistic success.

If you tell me I can do it with your Optical Flare, you got my money!!!!

(Sorry for my english)
Wilmar Luna
November 9th, 2009 @ 2:00 pm
I want to buy this plugin now! :D Can't wait, will be great for my horror movie project!
November 9th, 2009 @ 7:12 pm
Wow too cool Hehe thanks very Niua
November 12th, 2009 @ 2:50 pm
hi there

is very interesting , that you say one of your sponsors is coca cola and drink a pepsi lol
November 16th, 2009 @ 1:37 am
saad ali
November 16th, 2009 @ 1:06 pm
i m crazy about u man.
Peter Somers (TC-Productions)
November 18th, 2009 @ 9:14 am
Got my Mastercard burning hot in my hand here, ready to buy!
Any ETA on the release?

Currently working on a project for a major client (full 3D animated spot) where these flares would add not only the icing but also a very sweet humongeous cherry on top! ;-)
November 18th, 2009 @ 1:01 pm
Andrew please give us a hint when will Optical Flares come out..... Pretty please...
November 28th, 2009 @ 6:15 pm
This is an AMAZING Plug-in.... Pleas let us know when this will come out. Thank you very very much
December 6th, 2009 @ 10:15 am
(^_^) well... i think it will be in 'christmas week' or 'new year 2010' i right andrew? hehe
December 10th, 2009 @ 3:38 am
Optical Flares?
It´s the 10th of december and all of us are waiting!

Better to wait another one or two weeks than buy a buged plugin.

Make it better good than fast! ;-)
December 20th, 2009 @ 12:18 pm
Your sponsor is Coca Cola and you are drinking Pepsi!
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