VC Reflect rev 14

Good news! We updated our VC Reflect plug-in to work with PPC Macs. If you were having trouble loading the plug-in on your MAC with AE7 or a G5 processor, try the latest build 14 and see if that works for ya!

Check out the tutorial and download the project with the plugin.
Click Here

BTW: Optical Flares is making big progress, expect more news next week. Look, Optical Flares is just an awesome, fun plug-in… I’m very excited and can’t wait to show you more!

November 18th, 2009 @ 11:34 am
awesome! Thank you Sir!
November 18th, 2009 @ 11:38 am
Looking WAY forward to OF!
November 18th, 2009 @ 11:40 am
AWESOME!!!! your the best!!! thank you for all the tips you share.
November 18th, 2009 @ 11:40 am
Diego G.
November 18th, 2009 @ 11:41 am
Good update, I've just read that it wasn't compatible with it, and Boom, you put this Update...!
Jon UK
November 18th, 2009 @ 11:47 am
It's fantastic, yet so simple to use - even I can manage it - Many thanks
November 18th, 2009 @ 11:53 am
awesome! i cant wait for optical flares
Matthew Park
November 18th, 2009 @ 11:57 am
Haha, awesome, thanks dude! :D
November 18th, 2009 @ 11:58 am
So when is it coming out? I really, really, really need this for a project that I am working on right now. This project will help me land a full time job.

You, Andrew Kramer, can help me and my family eat and have gifts this Holiday season. I do believe in miracles!
November 18th, 2009 @ 12:03 pm
Cool Dr.Andrew))Tnnx
November 18th, 2009 @ 12:18 pm
Thank u, Andrew! ;)

As I said, u have the Power. :)
November 18th, 2009 @ 12:30 pm
Hy Andrew!!!! thank you for this plugin
November 18th, 2009 @ 12:32 pm
Cool plugin, thank you Andrew
November 18th, 2009 @ 12:51 pm
Cool beans and blue jeans. Thanks.
November 18th, 2009 @ 1:35 pm
Using VC Reflect on a project today for a newscast. Also can't wait for Optical Flares!
November 18th, 2009 @ 1:53 pm
Look... I really am not into kissing ass and sucking up to people. Really, I actually prefer it to be the other way round, but once again Andrew, I am left in awe and have to say you are undoubtably one of the most talented people on this planet. You are severely underappreciated my friend. Thank you for all the hard work you and Sam and the rest of the Hobbos at have done for the likes of myself and other VFX nutcases and filmmakers.

Looking forward to purhcasing the optical flares plugin... Been waiting a while for it.
November 18th, 2009 @ 2:18 pm
YEAH! Thank you very much. Very useful stuff and FREE!!! Are you kidding me?

Im going to try it right now.

November 18th, 2009 @ 2:30 pm
Can't wait until optical flares
November 18th, 2009 @ 2:51 pm
November 18th, 2009 @ 3:11 pm
Very Nonsense and Nice!!!
November 18th, 2009 @ 3:38 pm
Andrew, I like that you and your team care about your followers. Someone yesterday asked you about a bug on a PPC and now you take the time to solve this issue.

Congratulation for being the way you are.
November 18th, 2009 @ 3:47 pm
Dude, what are you doing? See this is why I keep checking your site obsessively. (Shaking my head)
November 18th, 2009 @ 4:49 pm
Ok, so this has nothing to do with the plug-in, even though it is awesome; but did you know JJ Abrams talks about you on the Star Trek DVD commentary?

You're a lucky man.
Handel Eugene
November 18th, 2009 @ 6:11 pm
I just think its so funny how many people follow this sight, its quite encouraging yet scary, I was strolling through some of the comments of the past & it seems like theres people who follow Andrew like its a religion, yeah this is a great sight I'm sure everyone appreciates what he does but try not to make it seem like you want to marry the guy (even if you secretly do), quit getting so happy & fight the urge to want to post "Andrew I love You, Your the Man" everytime a new update on the blog comes up. But thats just how I feel, if you have to say hi to andrew on every bog update to be able to sleep at night then my post isn't going to change much, but for those of use who have self worth, well give thanks where thanks is due & continue working....
November 18th, 2009 @ 6:35 pm
hahaha next year we'll see commercials on every tv-station with a nice 3d-reflection and 3d lens flares...
November 18th, 2009 @ 7:09 pm
I am still getting the
"Exception occured. Gernerated minidump." Error

The effect settings do show up in the Effects window after awhile, but the last field is the Reflection Angle (nothing after that).

Win XP Pro SP2
AMD Athlon 2.7Ghz
512 RAM
ATI Radeon 9250
AE 7 Pro

For your debugging purposes.
November 18th, 2009 @ 7:20 pm
@Andrei, that sound like an unrelated issue but please email the dump report after ZIpping it up first.
Bill Kelly
November 18th, 2009 @ 7:22 pm
This is great news. I watched the tutorial yesterday, downloaded the plugin, then read the comments section and found to my dismay that it didn't work on PPC Macs. Thanks so much Andrew for updating the plugin to work on PPCs.
November 18th, 2009 @ 6:28 pm
Thanks Andrew ;)
Bill Kelly
November 18th, 2009 @ 7:35 pm
Just tried the plugin and it is showing up fine in the Effect Controls window when I apply it. One issue I'm getting though is that my floor plane solid and the picture I'm trying to reflect are both 3D layers, and the reflection is going "below" the surface of the floor. It is not visible unless I raise the picture up on the Y axis so it is above the floor. I tried all the different blend styles but nothing works. Just wanted to bring this to your attention. Thanks!
November 18th, 2009 @ 8:29 pm
Awesome! Cant Wait for Optical Flares, oh and this reflection plugin is a MAJOR time savor!!!
November 18th, 2009 @ 9:03 pm
All these awesome free plug-ins really remove any buyers remorese for the big items. I'm really looking forward to giving you some Flare cash.
Eli Cantu
November 18th, 2009 @ 9:10 pm
I had no were else to say this.. Im watching the Star Trek blu-ray with the commentary were JJ drops your name on the title. F'ing Awsome and congrats Andrew!!!
November 18th, 2009 @ 9:43 pm
Optical Flares will rock! I can not wait for it to come out...I'll trade 3 camels, 1 donkey, and a years worth of wheat and barley for you magic lights....
November 18th, 2009 @ 9:59 pm
perfect plugin and I'm waiting for 2 things ...OPTICAL FLARES.....QUICK-MATTE....those are gonna help me big time!!
November 18th, 2009 @ 10:58 pm
Andrew Sir Nice Plug-in.........The Reflections Are Good.....But One Problem.......When I Add This Plug-in To A Video It Comes Like A Glass Effect And Sometimes Like A Wave Effect!!!!Whats Wrong With It?But If You Add It To A Text Or A Image It Appears As U Show In The Tutorial So Please Help.........
I Have A cs3 Professional After effects.........
November 18th, 2009 @ 10:59 pm
Andrew Sir Cant wait for ur optical flares plug-in.......its awsome..........i have alredy uninstalled knoll light factory pro from my plug-in folder.........that place is for my favorite plug-in optical flares........cant wait to buy it
November 18th, 2009 @ 11:20 pm
so if we aren't running a mac and downloaded it a couple days ago should we update it? did you change anything except the mac compatibility?
November 19th, 2009 @ 12:21 am
Thank you a lot for this free plugin
Loay Emad
November 19th, 2009 @ 2:04 am
Waiting for more
James Reid
November 19th, 2009 @ 2:04 am
Andrew, can i just say thanks for this plugin. it has saved so much time and effort. Thanks again
November 19th, 2009 @ 3:09 am
Excellent scripting, idk why I was asking for the "code"... it was a late night. 5/5*'s on this plugin! I wish i knew more about java. I guess as the ol' saying goes "if you dont know, ask someone" just be sure its a reliable source ;)
November 19th, 2009 @ 3:24 am

1. Free
2. Source Code
3. Derived Works
4. Integrity of The Author's Source Code
5. No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups
6. No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor
7. Distribution of License
8. License Must Not Be Specific to a Product
9. License Must Not Restrict Other Software
10. License Must Be Technology-Neutral
November 19th, 2009 @ 5:34 am
Sorry for my english, Thx for all Andrew, from Spain i´m watching your videos eventually, and i´m working with your teaching videos.
If you coming at Europe anytime to speak about AE, I´ll be there!
Ah, I´m unnemployment jeje if you needs a hand i´m waitting, i can send photographic and video material from Europe for your web, this is the less i can do for your help, good bye.
November 19th, 2009 @ 7:48 am
Thanks for such a quick response on the problem. Man you guys are great! I re-loaded it and it works flawless, loving it!
Peter Somers (TC-Productions)
November 19th, 2009 @ 8:56 am
@Bill Kelly:

To prevent your 3D reflections being hidden by your ground plane, drop an empty Adjustment Layer underneath the layer that contains your REFLECT effect.
This will solve the problem.
November 19th, 2009 @ 12:03 pm
Excelent, thank you for this. it is nice on 3d renders where I just need a quick reflection and don't have the time for raytrace. can use it for shadows too, Thanks
November 19th, 2009 @ 12:08 pm
Hi Andrew, I have a problem that I can not solve. Surprised at this, and write me how to solve please. Much thanks in advance!

November 19th, 2009 @ 1:53 pm
Thanks again guys, sometimes I feel like we don't deserve!...much love and respec...seeen!
November 19th, 2009 @ 3:03 pm
waiting for 3 things : OF , QM and Serious fx 2...i hope all will be up this month
Bill Kelly
November 19th, 2009 @ 5:54 pm
@Peter Somers (TC-Productions)

Ahh yes. That was in the tutorial. [Facepalm]
Thanks for the reminder. I must have had a brain crampl
November 19th, 2009 @ 11:42 pm
thanks Andrew for updating us regarding on Optical Flares
all of us. . (your fans)

can't wait too about that. .

thank you so much for lots of concern to your fans
and visitors of your site. .

i don't know. . but your some kind of a
really great person. . and the rest of VCP cast. .
November 20th, 2009 @ 12:42 am
Amazing like always.

got one question i the only one or is the Poll of the What do you think: AE CS5 as 64-bit only....not working?

i can't vote or check the results
Joost te D’vaart
November 20th, 2009 @ 5:06 am
Hey Andrew,

Indeed amazing as always,

Funny how once you are interrested by AE, you start 2 notice things. For instance, i'm from the Netherlands and like the USA has MTV.. we got TMF also a music station with an Awards-show and all. Well, i was watching it and then i saw "your Angry Monter" tutorial converted into intro's for the nominees.. Kinda cool i thought.. likely i'm not the only one watching and enjoying your shows / tutorials. I hope you'll continou for a long time, since i learned already so much.. and more each tutorial. You're an insperation to all..

Yours truly... haha excuse me for my bad English

Joost T te D
November 20th, 2009 @ 10:19 am
Oh.. YA...

Totally forgot about QUICK MATTE.... that is a must have. Optical Flares and Quick Matte are two tools a VFX artist cannot do without.
November 21st, 2009 @ 2:34 am
November 21st, 2009 @ 8:34 pm
thank u sir..............thank u so much....
November 21st, 2009 @ 8:40 pm
thank u for this plugin, sir u r my master.....
i am interested to learn more from u....
video tutorials clarity ,u r way of teaching AE Makes us to learn easily......
November 22nd, 2009 @ 3:16 am
Thank you!
I will immediately use it.
November 22nd, 2009 @ 7:03 am

Can you explain me (or us) the interest of the precomposition ?

Not for this tutorial, but in general... I'm a newbie in AE and i don't understand very well why, in some cases, we must precomp a layer.

Thanks ! (from France)
Frank Sievert
November 22nd, 2009 @ 11:17 pm
Hi Akeenoya,

look at creative cow and search for the
"Pre-Composing and Nesting" (2parted Tutorial) from Aharon Rabinowitz. That should cover all your questions.

November 23rd, 2009 @ 5:17 am
Thanks dude.......................
November 23rd, 2009 @ 8:05 am
Happy Thanksgiving Mr. Kramer. I hope yours is filled with red cheeks and fat abdomens!
November 26th, 2009 @ 11:15 pm
All I can say is "wow" what a great job on this new product your working on...hope its got a great price for the starving artist!

Thanks again to the Video Copilot Team, keep up the great work.

Ben Baker
Onome Nwa Films
October 11th, 2010 @ 7:26 am
I absolutely love the VC Reflect plug in. Lately, I've been shooting a lot on green screen and it adds so much production value to the work. check out one of my latest video:
3D camera movements, VC Reflect and Action Essentials 2 were used.
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