Object Descriptions

Our new plug-in Optical Flares includes 12 powerful Core Objects that are the building blocks for making intricate lens flares with this tool. I’ve put together a basic breakdown of the the 12 objects in a handy PDF.

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You can also watch a video demonstration in the Feature Videos.
Watch Core Object Feature Video

January 27th, 2010 @ 2:17 pm
Really Great, Keep working! You awesome!
January 27th, 2010 @ 2:20 pm
Awesome, thanks! I'm loving OF so far. I'm playing around with ways to add it to live action footage. Trying to get a shaky, flare in the camera look like in Star Trek. Been using After Shake with OF and it's worked pretty well.
Nic Vigil
January 27th, 2010 @ 2:21 pm
woah very nice AK
January 27th, 2010 @ 2:29 pm
I'm wondering if you'll ever release a demo version of this plug-in?
January 27th, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

Having a great experience using the OF plug-in so far. It's really amazing how many different ways you can mix things up and it's really easy to use.

Again.... GREAT JOB!!
January 27th, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
why does everything you publish look so amazing? usually .pdfs are so boring... :P
January 27th, 2010 @ 2:36 pm
Wow! I just wanted to say thank you for such an amazing plug-in. Optical Flares exceeds my expectations. I can't believe this is a version 1.0 plug-in. I am also amazed how easy it is to integrate with Cinema 4D renders. Here is a quick test I just did...loving it!

January 27th, 2010 @ 2:43 pm
Very handy :D
now maybe i can figure out how to make my flares look amazing!
January 27th, 2010 @ 2:43 pm
So pretty! Now where's the missile trail tutorial already?!
January 27th, 2010 @ 2:57 pm
Awesome! thx for all your tutorials and videocopilot stuff!!
January 27th, 2010 @ 2:58 pm
@ Kevin
That looks very cool! Good job! Gold Star... literally! xD
January 27th, 2010 @ 3:17 pm
Man you must have fun doing this stuff. Yes, it's lots of work but you've pinned down the essence of using this tool.

Great work, as usual.
January 27th, 2010 @ 3:35 pm
A.R. Thanks for the complement. It was just a quick test, but I am hoping to create something a little more elaborate real soon. :-)
January 27th, 2010 @ 3:48 pm
Great once again!

But I do have a question/suggestion:

Say, I want to make an anamorphic or realistic lens flare from scratch... And I really want it to be that way. Well, how do I make sure that it is the type of flare I wanted to make?

In other words:

A file containing the specific caracteristics of different types of lens flares, like anamorphic and realistic lens flares could act as a reference for compositing the right elements on eachother to be sure you are doing what you intended to do. So you don't end up with an anamorphic element, that in no way could exist in real life, while you actualy wanted a realistic one..

A little bit 'lensflares for dummies' ^^

(I know I should use it)
January 27th, 2010 @ 4:34 pm
great work Andrew :D can you tell us please when the promo of optical flares will post on the website please ?
January 27th, 2010 @ 4:38 pm
Awesome! I been uploading some presets on the network and I noticed Optical Flares has so many features I think if you would write a manual for all the functions it has, you wouldn't have time to make these great tutorials. Thanks for this!
Sergio Jr
January 27th, 2010 @ 4:45 pm
Congratulations Andrew... xD
I would like to know about the promo to. =D
Matthew Park
January 27th, 2010 @ 5:36 pm
Many thanks, Kramer! Looking forward into buying this brand new awesome product.
January 27th, 2010 @ 6:42 pm
Old Comic Book...

"So pretty! Now where’s the missile trail tutorial already?!"

Relax dude. New plugin , new features and you want all at once ? He did more than great job with Optical flares release .
January 27th, 2010 @ 6:55 pm
Great plugin.
I have so fun with it ! good job to all the VC crew !

I have though a suggestion about prenet :
there is only one still image of the flare and perhaps it would be great to check how it responses (triggering etc...) on a preview window like in the plugin by playing around with the mouse.
I don't know how difficult it would be, in term of programmation, but if by any chance you can put it in there, it would be perfect !

but still, OF and prenet are pure happiness!
thank you again to all of you.
January 27th, 2010 @ 8:44 pm
Best plug-in I've ever owned. I'm so engrossed at the possibilities. Thanks for the reference.
January 27th, 2010 @ 10:18 pm
thanks andrew for this great product.
January 28th, 2010 @ 12:51 am
Thanks Andrew and VP! great plug-in!

here's a little test on the plug-in


I use it with the action essential footage,

I was planning to use the window rain footage as the lens texture, but somehow the color become flat and have some discoloration. so I turn them off and just use add mode instead.
January 28th, 2010 @ 1:28 am
everything you do is art!
videocopilot 4 ever :D
January 28th, 2010 @ 1:34 am
WOW, Takes some expirence there
January 28th, 2010 @ 2:36 am
Nice thanks man...this is handy
January 28th, 2010 @ 3:13 am
it's aewsome...
but i impossible to buy this...
you're great again, AK..
January 28th, 2010 @ 6:17 am
very cool thanks very much
January 28th, 2010 @ 6:51 am
Andrew, would you please say Lens Flares 20 times after another ? This would make my day !
January 28th, 2010 @ 7:33 am

This is going to make my reel sparkle!
January 28th, 2010 @ 9:04 am
thank you mr Andrew Kreamer!
January 28th, 2010 @ 9:10 am
Nice Flares, looks better than the one I use...!
January 28th, 2010 @ 9:19 am
Hey Andrew, thanks for another great feature from VC. I'd like to ask you one thing. I was especially focussed on the layer occlusion. But when I try that, nothing seems to happen. It looks like nothing changes. I tried to make several blending modes, but it makes no sense. Did I missed something here? Again thanks a lot for all the great things you offer.
From the Netherlands
Paul Martinez
January 28th, 2010 @ 9:45 am
Just saw a review saying this plugin is gonna kill off Knoll Light Factory....and I have to agree. You guys kick arse in HD fashion.
January 28th, 2010 @ 10:26 am
Promo. Is. Still. In. Production. D:
January 28th, 2010 @ 12:26 pm
This is really GREAT,
but what about tutorials??
We Want to Learn some more!!
January 28th, 2010 @ 4:06 pm
OUTSTANDING! Innovative beyond comparability... Truly a benchmark in plug-in dev.
January 28th, 2010 @ 5:27 pm
Awesome! I have no more words... Really! :)
January 28th, 2010 @ 6:26 pm
By the way guys here's an optical flares plugin review:

January 28th, 2010 @ 11:10 pm
How do I get on the presets network?
I bought this the other day, am very impressed, but never got a link.
Cheers in advance
January 29th, 2010 @ 12:54 am
I like all your tutorials...
I would like to ask you, do you live Gaza??!!
ken c
January 29th, 2010 @ 6:27 am
best plugin I've ever bought for AE, by far. hey I see a bright future for vcp's plugin business... should be neat to see what comes next, plus new user presets to learn from. thanks very much, you done good andrew.
January 29th, 2010 @ 7:23 am
Hey Andrew its dazzling cant look in to my Composition by empty eyes any more !!!(Wear Sun Glasses?)
January 29th, 2010 @ 8:32 am
honestly.. how can this be under $200????????
im blown away!!

..........ps- still amazed with Action Essentials 2!!!!!
January 29th, 2010 @ 5:33 pm
why this is good, compare that to genarts sapphire lense flare.
semiasty (Chris)
January 29th, 2010 @ 9:20 pm
Hi ther Andrew ;) im learning everything abaut AE from videocopilot.net and i wonder if u will make soon some tuts using those 3D flares plug :>
Yogesh Chaudhary
January 30th, 2010 @ 5:47 am
You are great dear. The plugins are very very very cool.
lage raho
ken c
January 30th, 2010 @ 5:33 pm
Congrats on the OF launch - and hey I just noticed, if you google the term "after effects" you're #1!!! wow. that's a big accomplishment - nice job. be sure to add an email optin box or something to get leads.

VCP Is #1 in Google for k/w phrase "after effects". nice!

Mike Perry
January 30th, 2010 @ 8:15 pm
I purchased your product yesterday, let me tell you something. Great job I have not been able to stop playing with them and making custom presets, I think I have made over 40. Thanks again for your hard work with the tutorials and your products!

VR Mike Perry
Georgia Army National Guard
February 1st, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
I no not dispute that this is worth the $, and much more reasonable then most packages of this magnitude... but I simply cannot afford this.

You deserve every penny you make from this, but...
I wish there was some way you could make money off "FREE"... at the same time i'm glad there are no ads here.
February 3rd, 2010 @ 12:21 am
hi andrew can u tell me when you release film magic pro latest version which is comfortable with adobe after effect cs4?
February 3rd, 2010 @ 12:48 pm
Flares is working out just great for me at home and work, good stuff.

A little tip here for those doing the "Light Wall" tutorial.

Try creating a solid with a grid plugin applied to it when setting up initially...definitely helps get the spacing right and is quick.

Thanks, AK..and team...I love it
February 6th, 2010 @ 5:31 pm
Is there going to be a full promo on the page for optical flares? :)
February 7th, 2010 @ 12:05 pm
February 7th, 2010 @ 9:55 pm
Is the page with the demo videos not compatible with firefox?
February 11th, 2010 @ 2:46 am
hello i this look splendid.
February 11th, 2010 @ 9:42 pm
Does this work with Vegas Pro 9?
February 18th, 2010 @ 8:48 am
HI only wondering that will all video copilot programs work in sony vegas pro 9 ? just find its interface abit easier to work then AE
February 24th, 2010 @ 7:15 pm
there are so many coments, this might have been asked already but... What are the chances of seeing a version of this for applications other than after effects??... Avid products, or final cut for example

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