Optical Flares & Twitch: 64 Bit?

As some of you may know, the new version of After Effects CS5 will be native 64 bit, which offers major speed and memory enhancements (among other things) but 3rd party plug-in developers like Video Copilot, will need to update their code before they will work in 64 bit. But worry not…

When After Effects CS5 ships, (some speculate later this year) Video Copilot is committed to offering free product upgrades to customers on all of our plug-ins. All… TWO of them Twitch & Optical Flares.

I think the move to 64 bit is essential for the future and we want to support it as best we can. Of course we are dedicated to make our products compatible with 32 and 64 bit systems as far back as After Effects 7.

Also, our stock footage and audio products will continue to be compatible with no upgrading required and we will even be updating our free plug-ins like VC Reflect and the new Sure Target 2 when the time comes.

Momcilo Stojkovic
January 15th, 2010 @ 12:56 pm
Nice 64bit, must buy new computer then :D
January 15th, 2010 @ 12:56 pm
thnaks for update,
good news and Great...
January 15th, 2010 @ 1:01 pm
i should buy new macbook...
whats happen for other plugin?
we should update them?
January 15th, 2010 @ 1:01 pm
cool! cant wait man!
January 15th, 2010 @ 1:03 pm
Can't wait for the 64-bit future. Glad I upgraded to a 64-bit machine last year, best decision I've made in a while.
January 15th, 2010 @ 1:03 pm
Can't wait, hopefully they're working on stability with the 64bit platform. Right now I have the most errors and software crashes with the one piece of the CS4 Master collection that is 64 bit, Photoshop Extended.
January 15th, 2010 @ 1:03 pm
Keep up the good work! the 3d flares are looking great andrew!
January 15th, 2010 @ 1:04 pm
me too have to buy a new comp.......
January 15th, 2010 @ 1:04 pm
I so wanna have it when it gets out.
I'll even sacrafice my antique piggy bank for it !
January 15th, 2010 @ 1:05 pm
ill prolly stick with cs4 version, yeah..
January 15th, 2010 @ 1:06 pm
That's cool, the thought of having to upgrade to a 64bit comp isn't. :P
January 15th, 2010 @ 1:13 pm
Videocopilot is allways one step ahead
January 15th, 2010 @ 1:16 pm
Cool! Only 10 more days!
January 15th, 2010 @ 1:19 pm
waw that's cool dude..
i can't wait :thumbup:
January 15th, 2010 @ 1:21 pm
64 bit !!

I did some beta testing with adobe cs5 products !
for mac ppl, this is going to be the way to use our dual octas and 32 gigs of ram on a efficient way ! finally

It is going to be really cool.
January 15th, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
Awesome news, you guys should upgrade flash and nvidia physx while you are on it. I'm sure Sergio needs a little longer for this, like eh about 2 hours. :-)
January 15th, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
DUDE ! :D Why are you so good? THANKS:D
January 15th, 2010 @ 1:33 pm
Simon Bonner
January 15th, 2010 @ 1:34 pm
Great! CS5 would have been useless without Twitch anyway... :)
January 15th, 2010 @ 1:38 pm
And that is why Video Copilot stands out,..takes the cake to all other After Effects websites and online sources
January 15th, 2010 @ 1:41 pm
You Go Andrew!!!
¡¡¡ʍǝɹpuɐ oƃ noʎ
January 15th, 2010 @ 1:51 pm
man im just counting down the days for the plug in lol...i recently learned how to make those missile clouds its pretty good but damn not as good as u lol
January 15th, 2010 @ 2:15 pm
Thanks Andrew....another reason this site, and you, are the best on the net.
January 15th, 2010 @ 2:16 pm
if Adobe does not force Apple to create 64bit quicktime support for AECS5, we will all have huge problem opening ANY quicktime movie!!!

This is very serious, as all 64bit applications require 64bit installation of QT to be able to co-op with it.

I have W7 64bit, have Fusion6 and it just cant "see" any QT files. Same happens with 64bit of 3DSmax.

When i run CS4, everything is supercool, (CS4 is 32bit)

I have to convert most VideoCopilot's footage to AVI or image sequence.
January 15th, 2010 @ 2:17 pm
i love when you post something ...when not i feel like theres something missing in my life :P :D
Sedroc productions
January 15th, 2010 @ 1:42 pm
What about bullet, riot gear and evolution?
January 15th, 2010 @ 2:56 pm
That's exactly this kind of spots wall I want to do ! LOL
Sergio Jr
January 15th, 2010 @ 3:35 pm
I've to buy a new computer... xD
January 15th, 2010 @ 3:54 pm
Yeah I'm waiting this turn for a long time. My wish is almost grant :). Can't wait for it .. Hope for May or June.. we'll see..
Matthew Park
January 15th, 2010 @ 4:15 pm
Awesome, looking forward to this.
January 15th, 2010 @ 4:23 pm
Nice draw! Im really excited about Optical Flares and CS5 of course :D

Are the owners of OF getting a Message when 64Bit is available, or do we have to take a look at the Blog then?
January 15th, 2010 @ 4:24 pm
Awww, yeahhhhhh.
I love my 64 bits of POWER. I look forward to CS5 too because I get a hefty student discount <3
Aegis Kleais
January 15th, 2010 @ 4:25 pm
Glad to see that sweet post-sales support!

Later 2010 eh? I guess then an April release of CS5 either won't come out with the "collection" suites, or you'll get a "placeholder" for After Effects if you buy a "Video Premium" CS5 package.

So many questions. :)
January 15th, 2010 @ 4:33 pm
i will buy a mac so please any one tell me these plugins will work on mac os??? plzzzzz answer andrew :D
and thanks for your awesome products you are amazing man
best wishes from egypt :)
January 15th, 2010 @ 4:52 pm
Just ........ Thanks
nick b
January 15th, 2010 @ 4:54 pm
re cs5

im guessing mac users will will have the same horrible experience again of no plugins working, like when it all went intel on cs3. now pc users will share it too. good for the future but alot of companies will cash in on it. mfs! optical flares looks powerful. good to see a compositor getting exactly what compositors need, fair play andrew. Do people call you andrew or andy? do your mates have a nickname for you? feels so formal calling you andrew.
January 15th, 2010 @ 5:05 pm
Hi Andrew,

Could you please post your thoughts on the whole "QuickTime 64 bit" issue?

January 15th, 2010 @ 5:18 pm
CS5 I will Buy!!!!!!
January 15th, 2010 @ 5:21 pm
64bit nice Work !

i luv you Andrew !!
January 15th, 2010 @ 5:39 pm
I cant wait for the new After Effects..... CS5!!!!!!! i cant wait.....!

Andrew is the best!!.....
January 15th, 2010 @ 6:35 pm
Andrew, you're freaking cool man. I expected no less from Video Copilot. You guys have raised the bar on just about everything in cutting edge motion graphics and VFX.

Keep up the great work. Would love to see what going on in that mind of Andrew Kramer as far as "X Projects". Where to next? :)
January 15th, 2010 @ 6:53 pm
How about a plug-in called Video Copilot Flight Path? Not sure what it does yet, but it sounds cool.

I would love to see you guys develop something that allows tighter integration of 3ds Max with AE. I know there is a plug-in out there but I think it's too expensive and the feature set seems limited.
David in NYC
January 15th, 2010 @ 9:05 pm
Good to hear!

Somehow, when I read the title of the thread and saw the volumetric-ish lighting in the image, I thought that you had figured out some kind of magical mystery trick combining Twitch, Sure Target, and 64-bit color depth to create an ultra-real twitchy-lighting-plus-fairy-dust-and-unicorns effect.

Maybe we can we look for "Twitch Target 64" in a future tutorial....
January 15th, 2010 @ 9:23 pm
How did you do that background?
Patrick P.
January 15th, 2010 @ 9:35 pm
...(blog-text)...that´s because you rock, man!
January 15th, 2010 @ 10:00 pm
Finally! Now I'll be able to utilize all 8 gigs of RAM in my computer not just for After Effects, but also for VIDEO COPILOT! I can't think of anything better. I'm glad I'm a fan of overkill, everyone said I'd never need 8 gigs, well I'll show them!
January 15th, 2010 @ 10:54 pm
great work how much time to do this work
Gabriel Chavez
January 15th, 2010 @ 11:26 pm
Well.... when life gives you lemons you make raspberry juice
switch out a few things here and there on my computer and tada 64-bit. Will optical flares run faster on 64-bit.... is it required to switch to 64-bit..... ahh so many questions
January 16th, 2010 @ 12:12 am
Hi Mr.Kramer! Does after effects work in Windows 7?
January 16th, 2010 @ 12:18 am
i just bought a new computer,
does AE CS3 supports 64bit?
January 16th, 2010 @ 1:35 am
(my english sucks) ... but i think that some many thinks you can make posible with your creativiy, not matter waht software you are uptading or buying... odisea in space dont waited for cs5....
Graveyard Productions
January 16th, 2010 @ 1:49 am
I'd have to say if you have CS3-CS4 and a 64 bit processor, definitely upgrade to CS5. If you have CS3-CS4, or even 7 on a 32 bit then unless you're working for some "major" studio then I don't recommend upgrading.
January 16th, 2010 @ 1:57 am
Nice! need to buy new compute :P
January 16th, 2010 @ 2:17 am
Oh andrew thats good news! :) You should include some templates or tutorials in the Optical Flares (for ex: the shiny picture on this blogpost). That'd be awesome!
January 16th, 2010 @ 3:07 am
Have a question aboutthe Optical flares:

How fast are they now to render? The header there shows like 100, isn't this incredibly slow to render?
January 16th, 2010 @ 3:26 am
What's gonna happen to Trapcode Particular and other 3rd party plug-in?
January 16th, 2010 @ 3:42 am
What will be the price range? Cause I really want this, but I'm not sure if it'll be affordable. I'm still waiting to save up for the 2k action essentials, upgrading from the 720, which the 720 was actually a good deal. :D
Dipo Dipe
January 16th, 2010 @ 3:46 am
Thanks mhen! you the man.
sunil thapa (nepal)
January 16th, 2010 @ 3:46 am
u r too good MR. krammer........ 64 bit of product.......... wow ..... it will rock the whole world........... :)
January 16th, 2010 @ 3:54 am
@ shavkat

I use After Effect cs4 on windows 7 Ultimate, works perfect
Dipo Dipe
January 16th, 2010 @ 4:00 am
...and that is the way we roll outta here.:(
January 16th, 2010 @ 5:29 am
Sounds great Andrew, great to hear that our products will continue to work, as I can't live without my beloved twitch, and I'm sure it'll be the same for optical flares.

Your doing great work, and keep it up!
January 16th, 2010 @ 5:30 am
Thanks DUDE!
January 16th, 2010 @ 6:03 am
Hi. What's the differnce between 64 & 32bit? is it just the speed?

I'm sorry i'm such a noob in this =)

I will probably buy 64bit when CS5 arrives :)
January 16th, 2010 @ 7:29 am
thanks dood. your still the best.

how about trapcode and normality??will they update too??

thanks if you answer me Sifu Andrew. lol
Dory Yasmine
January 16th, 2010 @ 7:34 am
Andrew can u plz make a tutorial on AE Light, i mean the light that comes with after effect. i still find it tricky to use it. thxx a lot Andrew, u rock!
Atif Qureshi
January 16th, 2010 @ 8:16 am
I love this product
January 16th, 2010 @ 7:23 am
This means the $200 4GB ram upgrade will now mean something!
David S
January 16th, 2010 @ 8:47 am
this is very reassuring.
thank you
Brett Perry
January 16th, 2010 @ 9:02 am
Hi Andrew,
It's good to hear that Video Copilot will support the 64 bit version of AE with free upgrades of your plug ins for free and not leave us hanging (or should I say Twitching) in the wilderness. Rock On!
January 16th, 2010 @ 9:55 am
Will we see a tutorial for the image above?
January 16th, 2010 @ 10:35 am
it`s going to be interesting

Thank U Andrew...
January 16th, 2010 @ 10:55 am
EIi andrew do you know at the website:www.ae.tutsplus.com
has been a post with the name``15 Companies That Create After Effect Plugins``and one in that company is and VideoCopilot
You Need To Be Glad With That
January 16th, 2010 @ 11:55 am
thank you man you are awesome!
January 16th, 2010 @ 12:03 pm
I just saw the credits for star trek in the Biggest PX in Europe on blue-ray and with surround sound on a 52 inch screen TV HD ready, and while whereing my video copilot T-shirt......Ya feeling it.

Dude it was soo good Andrew That was soooo wicked ausome.
and I went to see them agian on the internet (the credits) but there not any where.

and $Buy$ the way Thats ausome that ull be provideing free upgrades.

"Thank You for every thing"
January 16th, 2010 @ 1:06 pm
If you switch to a mac dose apple get you a mac version of some of the adobe products you all ready have? because I only want to upgrade AE and photoshop the rest i still want cs4.
January 16th, 2010 @ 3:48 pm
I'm ready for it. I'm already running windows 7 64
January 16th, 2010 @ 5:05 pm
Would it be possible to have a shell plugin that loads 32 bit plugs? Might be helpful as a temporary solve and speed up migration to CS5.
January 16th, 2010 @ 6:22 pm
your a class act mate...keep it up....while I don't use everything I buy from you, things like this and sure target 2 make my support worthwhile
January 17th, 2010 @ 12:03 am
Hi A.K.Andrew

can you give us a hint how was made the lights in the BG of the still photo (top of this page) with the 3D letters :


Btw, a tutorial explaining (in great details ;-) how building lights in AE would be another 2010 great opening idea ;-)

You know that kind of lights you'll find on a stage concert, in a football stadium, ...

I often painfully try to build some…

Well a personal huge request.

Happy ever After ;-)
January 17th, 2010 @ 11:44 am
Will the light wall come as a tutorial? That would be great!!
Bradley Bell
January 17th, 2010 @ 4:11 pm
Howdy, Andrew. Is there any chance you can do a quick video later on when AECS5 is published in comparison of speed with both 32bit AECS4 and 64 bit AECS5. If you want you can contact me on my email in the mail box and speek further.
January 17th, 2010 @ 5:43 pm
aaa...im not so sure...to me upgrading isnt always better..especially when im in a project..and i need to finish things fast...without delay of any trial and errors..

maybe this 64 thingy will be on that "new computer" first.. (that have games inside without real work)...:)
January 17th, 2010 @ 10:26 pm
Glad to hear you guys are on the ball. I can see a lot of plugin developers getting caught out by not paying attention!
January 18th, 2010 @ 4:33 am
Well considering Adobe completely bypassed XP64 support (CS4 refuses to work on it properly), it's about time they pulled their fingers out.

However, I wouldn't jump up and down too much because half your plugins aren't likely to work on it, so for a lot of the time, Ae CS5 is going to be dead in the water.
amine abdallah
January 18th, 2010 @ 2:34 pm
why.....why......I just bought my new computer and it is not 64bit. I am disappointed
January 18th, 2010 @ 4:36 pm
That text on the start is freakin re-donk-u-less.. How do you do it? Please post a tutorial on 3D Text like this, the ones on youtube don't look anything like this... Thanks!!
January 18th, 2010 @ 5:46 pm
Hey Andrew, i had a question, how did u do the VideoCopilot surrounded by Flashlights, in 3dsmax or AfterEffects
January 19th, 2010 @ 3:00 am
Hey Andrew was just going to ask the same question as dane_ME the shot with the flashlight how did u do that one?

Thanks Fredrik
January 26th, 2010 @ 9:54 am
Gotta get a tut for the light wall... That's pretty sweet IF it was all done in After Effects AND it's 3D! ;-)
April 17th, 2010 @ 6:15 am
did adobe cs5 support quick time player ?
May 1st, 2010 @ 4:50 pm
Hey Andrew,

IS there a date we can expect to see the 64 bit plugins? Thanks.
May 2nd, 2010 @ 10:03 am
ive been waiting to purchase twitch until the 64 bit release for it, also maybe optical flares, do you know of a release date for the two yet?
October 23rd, 2010 @ 6:32 pm
Video Copilot!!! you guys are great! keep up your amazing plugins development! I'm loving the products section! This is fun stuff...
December 9th, 2010 @ 3:27 pm
Videovopilot, you posted this in january, and still Optical Flares doesnt work for CS5??
December 15th, 2010 @ 2:55 pm
I made it! I finally made it!
I took the OpticalFlares.aex file and put it here:
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CS5\Support Files\Plug-ins\Optical Flares

As you see I made the folder in the Plug-ins folder,
not here:
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CS5\Support Files\Plug-ins\Effects\Optical Flares
June 19th, 2014 @ 3:16 pm
Only $45 and SO much fun! Thank you!
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