Sure Target 2 and Optical Flares Update!

In keeping with the habit of providing the most valuable FREE content and tools for After Effects on the net, we are making one of our favorite free presets even better! Sure Target, our fast, easy-to-use Camera animation tool is easier and more powerful with Version 2.

Version 2.0 features easy 1-click rigging and un-rigging, so you don’t have to remember technical details for setting it up in a pinch so you can concentrate on the design of your project. It even makes the layer 3D so you don’t forget! We have also included improved organic movement control as the camera moves through 3D space. Expect the update soon!

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Our upcoming product for creating next-generation 3D lens flares, Optical Flares is nearly completed, however I see an opportunity to make it even better with a little more time.

Optical Flares is capable of building amazing 3D lens flare presets with precise and realistic qualities. Now imagine the power of a free network where customers could upload and share these amazing presets online?

The Video Copilot Preset Network is a perfect solution to continue the spirit of the website of sharing and contributing knowledge and presets, as well as enhancing the value of the product. This will also allow the style of lens flares to evolve beyond the built-in presets as artists develop them.

With this in mind, we have decided to wait about a month to give us time to incorporate this preset network and improve the built-in preset browser to allow multiple collections to be loaded at once. This is an exciting new endeavor and we know customers will benefit even more from this amazing software plug-in.

6 years ago
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5 years ago
hi! Andrew, actually all these tutorials are very helpful to us all.
thanks for everything!
6 years ago
thank you my teacher ^^
6 years ago
Great work! Thanks! Looking forward to using these!AK,you are the one!!
michael f. odsinada
6 years ago
Hi Andrew, you're so good!!! THIS IS GREAT!!!
Kang Harry
6 years ago
Hi Andrew, carry on brainstorming awesome work. waitin for sure target 2
6 years ago
Thanks for all you do andrew
Remington M
6 years ago
Haha, I hope that optical flares doesn't end up like Action Essential 2 where you promised 250 elements, and then gave 500. I don't know how much more dissapointment we can take ;)
6 years ago
When is //Optical Flare's// coming out??? I'm ready for it... It's going to be awesome!!!
NOG Ramzzy
6 years ago
Andrew thanks for these powerful things.
6 years ago
I can't wait, literally… i've been holding out for flares that aren't a million bucks, like from Saffire (which had it's obvious and dirty hands all over Star Trek and Fringe), the past 3 projects have had to go without as Saffire Flares blow budget 3 times over.

… i'm literally Chomping or COMPing at the bit for your awesome product to be unleashed but after todays' Optical Flare delay news, I simply shot a music video into the sun ;))

Big LOL…
6 years ago
I'm so pumped!!! You guy's don't even know how pumped I am. Far to pumped!!! I need this now!!! :@)
supath ray
6 years ago
wow, u r always great with ur wrk.

6 years ago
Hi Andrew Kramer ,recently i saw ( STAR TREK ) Movie 2009.In that movie at the end credit Graphics ,it done with After Effects becouse i think the planet are made with ( ccsphere ),stars are like ( particalWorld )and the moving of the camera are like ( sure target ).Please i want answer.

Thank you Andrew Kramer
6 years ago
Where i Can buy it????

6 years ago
I really think you should break out a whole new website just for this idea. Trapcode did it with Trapcode People, which I thought was a great site, but unfortunately died.

How about :)

Anyway, you're onto something really great. I really like how you come up different solutions and are constantly trying to improve things. This is what makes Video Copilot so unique.

Thanks Andrew!
6 years ago
if only all companys out there were like video copilot. The world would be a better place. I can't even try and think of a bad thing to say about you and your company. Generous, fair pricing, and great quick customer support, never give that up.
6 years ago
hey VC, you shold doa tutorial on how you made the picture for the ST2. it has great lighting and polished effects on the targets. this must be done in a 3d app and i ve been searching for these techniques and havent found what im looking for. could you guys help?

Leeds, UK
6 years ago
wow! that's something nice to hear!
-thanks for the free SureTarget2.0

And for implementing such a cool feature to try out with a plugin like "OC" would be a great reason to be patient for a little longer ;)
6 years ago
Hi Andrew

Can you give some indication on when you will be releasing Optical Flares? As I am working on a project at the moment that would benefit immensely from the plug-in, as I am doing lots of manual flare work. I would pay through the teeth to have it as soon as possible it must be said. I don't suppose you would be releasing a beta version soon, or are you still developing and extending it further?

You mentioned about releasing it sometime in November, is this still true? If so shall I hold off until it is release, or will I be waiting for a long time.

Best Regards

Andrew Kramer
6 years ago
Crazy Tnx All = ))
6 years ago
Hey, I'm inspired in Optical Lens Flares especially, because it's 3D, will you show a tutorial how to use it with boujou ?? ..
6 years ago
Andrew, thanx to you and your team for all the work you've done. I've been following your site for a few months now and me AE skills are already as good as some of the ppl i know who have been working with it for years. Keep up the great work! we all appreciate it.
6 years ago
Great work Andrew.
6 years ago
Wow, great idea with the VCPN. So people will be able to make their own lens flares and upload them, that's so sweet

6 years ago
Awesome stuff! By the way I was watching (or listening rather) the commentary for star trek, really interesting info but at the begining J.J. mentions you and I though "I know about that guy!" good work :)
6 years ago
I also love you andy, I had bought the amazing copy of Action Essentials 2 when I first saw it :0 Thanks for the package, I wanted a signed one :(
6 years ago
The optical lens flare will be very useful in my future projects
6 years ago
You have made me Rich!
James Anderson
6 years ago
Well its taken a while but I am finally writing a comment! Wow dude! I can't wait for this! You literally are the greatest human being alive!! Thanks Andrew
6 years ago
I liked this work,
andrew ur really great

can u teach how to create different materials in this work ...

and cameras ...

i expect soon...



i think u may keep has tutorial

i expected soon...

Thanking u..

6 years ago
thank u teaching us after effects .....
u r tutorials is realy very greatfull to us...& v r learnt lot from u.....sir ..
thank u ..thank u so much......sir.
6 years ago
Thanks in advance for the services and knowledge you provide. As for the Preset Network, you should consider a piece of code that gathers presets that are very similar into groups, determine an average to act as signpost for that group of related presets and then provide +/- ranges on the various parameters. That would streamline the viewing and server end processes, as viewers wouldn't be paging through endless similar looking presets. $0.02

Cheers all!
6 years ago
AWESOME!!! Thanks Andrew! You're an inspiration to us all! Keep up all the great work, Happy Thanksgiving & Merry Christmas to you, your family and everyone at video copilot!
6 years ago
Wow man!.. This is wonderful!!!!
How knows can you teach us how to create a plugin....?
More ideas can "pop up"...heheh
Thanks for everything!!

6 years ago
Will sure target 2 & optical flare will be selling before or on black friday? if so, will the prices go down?
6 years ago
i dont really like suretarget, it messes up on me. usually ill make a rotation using it, but then it rotates the whole thing from begining to the end all the way through, i set keyframes, but it still screws up. optical flares should be nice tho
6 years ago
You don't seize to amaze me. Thanks
6 years ago
I use Sure Target a lot.
Though I have some difficulties by adding a new target in the middle of a camera animation.
anvir tahini
6 years ago
is KRAMER maked Target socks !!!! YOU ROCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!
is maked the Lns Star trek ??? yes ?
6 years ago
Thanx 4 every things Andrew :)
6 years ago
Cant wait Andrew!! looks awesome
6 years ago
sure target for beginning 2010? just like 2009! thx!
Olympia Logger
6 years ago
Bader Ahmed sez:
"One day we will hear that Adobe has aquired VC..."

Don't wish that Bader. That's what happened to the hyper-talented Serious Magic group.

Adoughbe killed everything except OnLocation, and now Mark Randall, Karl Soule and (the very strange) Karl Miller seem to be relegated to making incremental updates to the Adoughby Media Player and the occasional tutorial.

HEAVEN FORBID that the MEGA HYPER Talented VC group should suffer the same fate !!!

Don't even THINK it !!!!!
6 years ago
Just bought a shirt, CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS!!! Andrew Kramer is the reason I have been able to find steady employment! this site has saved my ass at least a hundred times, you rock Andrew!!!
6 years ago
I am so eager to buy this new plug in. I hope this release before Christmas so that I can buy this for myself as my Christmas Gift. hehe
6 years ago
Holy bacon! This is gonna be amazing!
6 years ago
I never knew how to make realistic lens flares,but I guess I'll never have to learn anyway!
6 years ago
Wow just wow... you have found yet another way to amaze me. What a wonderful idea, to have a network where we can share presets! thanks Andrew.
Derick Joe
6 years ago
You're the man, Andrew! Thanks for providing all of the great free tutorials and plugins.
Ben Henry
6 years ago
I was wondering if it would be compatible for 3ds max?
6 years ago
Awesome... Thanks Andrew ;) your the best.
6 years ago
sure target my fav ... thanks a lot !!!!
6 years ago
Thanks andrew u r doing a good job i am raely a tru fan of you you are great....
6 years ago
take whatever time you need...your team is doing a great job and I'm sure the end result will be worth the wait! ...everyone have a great holiday at Video Copilot!!
6 years ago
The sharing community is a sick idea!!
this will sure help the VFX community gets bigger and better!
thanks Andrew
6 years ago
Hey Andrew, I am a BIG fan of everything C.C. / V.C. and I just wanted to thank you for going above and beyond for us. You are a beacon of inspiration - in these times it means everything.
6 years ago
i'm waiting for this stuff....
6 years ago
ohhh can't wait
6 years ago
WAUW! I cant wait to order the lensflare's and use the new sure target preset

Good job! Really good!
6 years ago
AAARRGGGHH - Thats what I am talkin about!!!
6 years ago
When will release completed? =D
6 years ago
Holy Carp ! That's both awesome and sad. Awesome idea, but it's too bad we have to wait a little more. I have a deadline for a project in... one month. It would have been waaaaaay better with some killer flares (it's a "spacey" short film). Guess I'll try to make a few myself for the moment.

... Or maybe, as suggested, release sooner and make an update !
Jimi Simpson
6 years ago
Wow Mr Kramer.. you really are generous to give this stuff for free. what a man! Thank you
Vikcy Shah
6 years ago
I m waiting for this stuff sir... Thank You ....
Bader Ahmed
6 years ago
One day we will hear that Adobe has aquired VC

Sure you guys progrmmers and artists are very creative at VC.

every day there are alot of new ideas, AK please protect yourself from envy by any type of spell magic

Good luck
6 years ago
Thank you for all
6 years ago
Video copilot getting better and better every days, good job guys, you all rock
thank you.
6 years ago
aweh!! <3 the optical lens flares!! might i ask for a release date tho? :D
6 years ago



6 years ago
VC PRESET NETWORK!!! Hell yeah!!! Do it.. Do it.. Do it.. Do it.. Do it..
6 years ago
that preset network sounds really ambitious, I can't wait!! hopefully the holidays will be fortuitous enough to provide seasonal work so I can afford Optical Flares alongside the family Christmas presents
Roger (CD in Hong Kong)
6 years ago
That's awesome! However, I was really looking forward to using the flares plugin in a project in December. Looks like I might have to go Knoll after all :(

But if it means it'll be even better, then that's cool!
6 years ago
Hey while you're at it, a HD version of your Real Clouds compilation would be simply, awsomer! and a guaranteed purchase for me.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

Olympia Logger
6 years ago
An heretofore UNHEARD OF marketing model.

"Make the free junk BETTER that what the competition charges for!"

"Underpromise and overdeliver."
--Tom Peters--
6 years ago
Hey just wondering if ST-2 or Optical Flares will PPC compatible. Thanks.
6 years ago
Awesome! You are truly an amazing help in the world of motion design and visual effects.
6 years ago
Wow. ST2 is really amazing! Great work and thank you.
Emerson J.
6 years ago
I'm waiting for this nice presets! good job! :D
6 years ago
Andrew, when this internet tool was first "invented", this was what the "inventor-dreamers" had in mind! You are made of the right stuff my man!
Wilmar Luna
6 years ago
Sure target UPDATE!? AUTO 3D!? HOLY MOLY FRIJOLES! That is awesome! Looking forward to it!

AND optical flares, definitely want that one too. Action Essentials, Designer SFX, and Pro Scores has been a very great value that I use in all my projects. Really looking forward to this new awesome content!
6 years ago
sharing presets would be amazing !
Dan Rosario
6 years ago

These tools are simply the best products on the market. I knew nothing of AE, despite reading material on the application. I've very left brain and needed hands on and visual lessons Your tutorials, products, free projects, and plugin have been a God send. I'm looking forward to buying Optical Flares and aquiring Sure Target 2.0. Amazing value and quality unmatched. Thanks for helping me learn AE and produce looks I never though I could.

6 years ago
Yes, I too wish VC would go ahead and release the plugin, and then add the network later, but if they want to tweak some more, I can wait another month.
Spencer T
6 years ago
I really suggest releasing the product now, and doing the network as an update. I know that, at least for myself, this would work out a lot better seeing as the sooner I get this plug-in the sooner I make sweet lens flares.

6 years ago
that's amaze me xD you arre the best and stay the best
6 years ago
Where do you get your inspiration from? :)
This is really amazing.
Keep it up man!
6 years ago
That looks interesting, although I have a few projects this month that would benefit greatly from some nice flares...

Also, your poll doesn't work for me in Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Firefox. Looks like a javascript error.
6 years ago
The Preset Network will begin with Optical Flares but we will definitely look into other ways of utilizing it.
6 years ago
Thanks for revolutionizing AE yet again! You've already saved us countless hours of work with your products and now you're kicking up the ante! We couldn't do this stuff without you!
6 years ago
Andrew, the sure traget 2, will be a preset or a plug in?
6 years ago
yeah president for california after schwarznegger maybe or president for america after obama :p haha good thought Mikko
6 years ago
I am proud of you Andrew, another sign you really think about us by implementing a preset sharing network.
6 years ago
I can`t wait...
this is just awesome
6 years ago
Is the preset network only for Optical Flares, or can users upload any preset to it?
Remington M
6 years ago
Oh man, your killing me Kramer. All I want to do right now is give you my money!
But the online network sounds awesome, and I'm sure it'll be worth the wait....
Thanks for the update :)
6 years ago
2 Great pieces of software. At least ones free so I can hopefully afford the other ;)

P.S, I'm expecting a sweet trailer for optical flares that will force me to find money in the vast empty tunnel i call my wallet.
6 years ago
Wow, this new plug-in will be so cool
Brandon Storrs
6 years ago
Love it! Keep up the great work.
Mikko Hassinen
6 years ago
Andrew Kramer for President!
6 years ago
Well Phil "who taked to andrew" i want to hear it from himself ;)
6 years ago
:o Wow, that's awesome Andrew! Always one step ahead! Will the presets network be for only for Optical flares or for everything? :D
Tobias Lind
6 years ago

Great idea about the community aspect of sharing presets for the Optical Flares...

But, I do think that you should release it now (if it's ready) and then do a point release after xmas with the preset network.
Not only because I want to give you money now so I can play with the flares (and not wait until next year) but if you implement the network stuff now you'll be swamped with support issues over the holidays and I suspect that you want to spend your precious time with the family instead!
Navarro Parker
6 years ago
Optical Flares -- the first Social Networking plug-in :)
6 years ago
Marco Wurz, I was just talking to Andrew, he said he was actually making a version for AVID but because you spelled "too" wrong at the end of your post as "to" your diabolical grammar has ruined your dream....

Its a bit harsh but Andrew has standards and you just didnt measure up this time... sorry buddy
6 years ago
Really looking forward to that! Greetz from Germany
6 years ago
love that warehouse render for the optical flares promo..
6 years ago
i dunno how but ive never been able to use suretarget. I end up animating everything on my own.
One more thing, just off the topic, I have never been able to use tracking in AE, I think tracking is possible only with a good HD camera, I have a panasonic SDR-H20. Plz advise. I learnt AE because of Andrew. Everyone is just so impressed with whatever I do on AE. All thanks to Andrew the friendly neighbourhood(a little too far) super hero. Thanks all the other guys who help this site run. All the other tutorial makers on other sites, you don't know how many lives you change everyday. God bless you!!
Tanner .D
6 years ago
That Looks Amazing keep up the good work!
6 years ago
WOW WOW this is amazing.... looking forward to it Andrew, will this work on MAC and Windows?? Or is it only for Windows.

thank you

wish you all the best
6 years ago
I hope i realy realy hope this plugin wont only come out for after effects i hope it will be published for AVID and FCP systems to ;)
Phil D.
6 years ago
Andrew, you had me at "Twitch"...
6 years ago
Wow the Sure Target 2.0 logo looks amazing. Did you use normal mapping on that Mr. Kramer :] Look forward to these coming!
6 years ago
Looks AMAZING! I want to buy it for Christmas. Or when it comes out.
6 years ago
Is there a way to make it so that the lens flare appears whenever a section of the picture turns a certain level of brightness?
6 years ago
Thanks for all you do andrew. god bless u
6 years ago
Awesome, Andrew. I had suggested a preset network a couple of months back when Optical Flares was originally announced. Maybe I inspired it or perhaps you already planned it, but either way, I'm excited!
6 years ago
That sure target text is awesome by the way, :D i can't wait for the awesome plugin optical flares. And i just wondering, are you use these flare technic on Fringe or you just do the title sequence ? (great tv show, especially title sequence :)) sorry for my bad grammar :(
6 years ago
Surely this VCPN won't be limited to Optical Flares presets, right Andrew?

And any idea how costly it might be at this point? I'm just dying to support you guys, and this looks like a damned-good excuse to do so. :)
6 years ago

6 years ago
WOow awsome man
6 years ago
Great! can't wait. hope it comes out before Xmas?
6 years ago
This is, once again ! a nice treat you are giving us Andrew.
will definitely use it a lot!
6 years ago

If your mac is an INTEL MAC, you bet its 64 bit!
6 years ago
Well worth the wait. I'm sure we're going to see all sorts of lens flares popping up in TV Spots all around the world after this preset hits! Thanks AK.
6 years ago
Awesome can't wait for both. The idea of the preset network sounds awesome. Is it possible to make it for presets that aren't for optical flares? say someone has a cool colour correction or something that involves the built-in components of after effects.
6 years ago
I have no problem waiting for the preset network, its a great idea to include!
Victor Hernandez
6 years ago
Awesome, I think it is an exciting tool, by the way, congrats AK, u deserve our credits for making the things we do with your knowledge.

Thanks for it, and God bless you, your beautiful family and your awesome work.

6 years ago
Fantastic! stoked to see v2.0
Mark Lee
6 years ago
that is amazing news!
6 years ago
Thanks Andrew !! You're the BEST !!
6 years ago
dude i so can't wait :D

hey how can i check if my mac is 32bit or 62bit
6 years ago
Great work! Thanks! Looking forward to using these!
6 years ago
Sounds like a great idea Andrew.

Thanks for all of your help, you are the reason I got into After Effects.
6 years ago
Wow Andrew -- I really like the community idea. Hopefully it will be worth the wait!

Have you seen the WW2 in HD series? The title screens for those make me think of the new product....if you haven't seen it you should check it out!
Good work Andrew thanks :=)
6 years ago
Wow! I like the Sure Target 2 logo, it looks amazing! Hope you'll cover that in a tut?

6 years ago
Wow, this is great guys. Thanks for putting in all the long hours for us!
6 years ago
You do not disappoint!
6 years ago
fantastic! Thanks for all you do andrew
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