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.

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98 Comments

6 months ago
Only $45 and SO much fun! Thank you!
xDestiny10x
4 years ago
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
xDestiny10x
4 years ago
Videovopilot, you posted this in january, and still Optical Flares doesnt work for CS5??
4 years ago
Video Copilot!!! you guys are great! keep up your amazing plugins development! I'm loving the products section! This is fun stuff...
Tyler
5 years ago
IM SO HAPPY!!
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?
5 years ago
Hey Andrew,

IS there a date we can expect to see the 64 bit plugins? Thanks.
bell
5 years ago
did adobe cs5 support quick time player ?
Brian
5 years ago
Gotta get a tut for the light wall... That's pretty sweet IF it was all done in After Effects AND it's 3D! ;-)
Fredrik
5 years ago
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
dane_ME
5 years ago
Hey Andrew, i had a question, how did u do the VideoCopilot surrounded by Flashlights, in 3dsmax or AfterEffects
Doug
5 years ago
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!!
amine abdallah
5 years ago
why.....why......I just bought my new computer and it is not 64bit. I am disappointed
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
Glad to hear you guys are on the ball. I can see a lot of plugin developers getting caught out by not paying attention!
syaf
5 years ago
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)...:)
Bradley Bell
5 years ago
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.
Daniel
5 years ago
Will the light wall come as a tutorial? That would be great!!
istef
5 years ago
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 :

VIDEO COPILOT OPTICAL FLARE

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 ;-)
paul
5 years ago
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
KMFIX
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
I'm ready for it. I'm already running windows 7 64
Adam
5 years ago
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.
Jason
5 years ago
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"
TmT
5 years ago
thank you man you are awesome!
Lirik
5 years ago
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
Lirik
5 years ago
it`s going to be interesting

Thank U Andrew...
John
5 years ago
Will we see a tutorial for the image above?
Brett Perry
5 years ago
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!
Brett
David S
5 years ago
this is very reassuring.
thank you
5 years ago
This means the $200 4GB ram upgrade will now mean something!
Atif Qureshi
5 years ago
I love this product
Dory Yasmine
5 years ago
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!
renor
5 years ago
thanks dood. your still the best.

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

thanks if you answer me Sifu Andrew. lol
Thomas
5 years ago
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 :)
Shavkat
5 years ago
@Daniel
Thanks DUDE!
5 years ago
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!
Luke
Dipo Dipe
5 years ago
...and that is the way we roll outta here.:(
Daniel
5 years ago
@ shavkat

I use After Effect cs4 on windows 7 Ultimate, works perfect
sunil thapa (nepal)
5 years ago
u r too good MR. krammer........ 64 bit of product.......... wow ..... it will rock the whole world........... :)
Dipo Dipe
5 years ago
Thanks mhen! you the man.
Anthony
5 years ago
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
Daniel
5 years ago
What's gonna happen to Trapcode Particular and other 3rd party plug-in?
Alex22
5 years ago
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?
Kevin
5 years ago
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!
5 years ago
Nice! need to buy new compute :P
Graveyard Productions
5 years ago
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.
Angel
5 years ago
(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....
eran
5 years ago
i just bought a new computer,
does AE CS3 supports 64bit?
TNX!
Shavkat
5 years ago
Hi Mr.Kramer! Does after effects work in Windows 7?
Gabriel Chavez
5 years ago
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
x-men
5 years ago
great work how much time to do this work
5 years ago
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!
Patrick P.
5 years ago
...(blog-text)...that´s because you rock, man!
5 years ago
How did you do that background?
David in NYC
5 years ago
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....
Timinator
5 years ago
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.
Timinator
5 years ago
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? :)
Ruslan
5 years ago
I cant wait for the new After Effects..... CS5!!!!!!! i cant wait.....!

Andrew is the best!!.....
Oki
5 years ago
64bit nice Work !

--
i luv you Andrew !!
Feru
5 years ago
CS5 I will Buy!!!!!!
Justin
5 years ago
Hi Andrew,

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

Cheers.
J
nick b
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
Just ........ Thanks
john
5 years ago
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 :)
Aegis Kleais
5 years ago
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. :)
5 years ago
Awww, yeahhhhhh.
I love my 64 bits of POWER. I look forward to CS5 too because I get a hefty student discount <3
5 years ago
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?
Matthew Park
5 years ago
Awesome, looking forward to this.
5 years ago
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..
Sergio Jr
5 years ago
I've to buy a new computer... xD
larsouille
5 years ago
That's exactly this kind of spots wall I want to do ! LOL
Sedroc productions
5 years ago
What about bullet, riot gear and evolution?
Bahaa
5 years ago
i love when you post something ...when not i feel like theres something missing in my life :P :D
poison
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
Thanks Andrew....another reason this site, and you, are the best on the net.
Armen
5 years ago
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
5 years ago
You Go Andrew!!!
¡¡¡ʍǝɹpuɐ oƃ noʎ
Kyoteart
5 years ago
And that is why Video Copilot stands out,..takes the cake to all other After Effects websites and online sources
Simon Bonner
5 years ago
Great! CS5 would have been useless without Twitch anyway... :)
Rafa
5 years ago
YOUR THE BEST!! THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!!
Martin
5 years ago
DUDE ! :D Why are you so good? THANKS:D
Speedbreaker
5 years ago
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. :-)
5 years ago
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.
.dmg
5 years ago
waw that's cool dude..
i can't wait :thumbup:
5 years ago
Cool! Only 10 more days!
5 years ago
Videocopilot is allways one step ahead
5 years ago
That's cool, the thought of having to upgrade to a 64bit comp isn't. :P
elvijsb
5 years ago
ill prolly stick with cs4 version, yeah..
5 years ago
I so wanna have it when it gets out.
I'll even sacrafice my antique piggy bank for it !
Jan
5 years ago
me too have to buy a new comp.......
5 years ago
Keep up the good work! the 3d flares are looking great andrew!
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
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.
oowonder
5 years ago
cool! cant wait man!
5 years ago
i should buy new macbook...
whats happen for other plugin?
Trapcode?
Zaxwerks?
we should update them?
5 years ago
thnaks for update,
good news and Great...
Momcilo Stojkovic
5 years ago
Nice 64bit, must buy new computer then :D
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