Optical Flares Now Available!

Our new Plug-in for creating lens flares and lighting effects is now available! As always this product includes 5 advanced video tutorials plus access to the Video Copilot Preset Network for sharing lens flare presets.

Check it out now!

2 Packages Available:

Includes the Optical Flares Plug-in, 60 Presets and 5 Video Tutorials.

OPTICAL FLARES BUNDLE: only $139.95 (save $10)
Includes all the above, plus the Pro Preset Pack with 50 high-end presets with a crazy amount of detail in each flare.

Order Now

Upload and share your Optical Flare presets with our new network. Your access information will be sent with your order confirmation.

Yes Optical Flares has accelerated rendering with supported video cards. Be sure to install the latest driver from your card manufacturer for best performance. Of course, a video card is NOT required at all and Optical Flares renders beautifully in standard mode. In fact, Optical Flares even checks for GPU support and automatically reverts to the best option so you don’t need to do anything.

January 25th, 2010 @ 10:27 am
Yess,Finally :)
Ryan Atimoyoo
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:28 am
This is going to help so much with future projects. Especially with 3-d!
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:28 am
Awesome, i'll get this right away..!
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:28 am
good finally :)
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:28 am
Bought one now! Awesome plugin, been looking forward to this product.
Christian McClanahan
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:28 am
Yes! Finally! Thanks everyone in Videocopilot for all the time and effort put into the making of Optical Flares.
carlos lugo
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:30 am
awesome!!!!!!!!!!! like always, great product, realy good plug in the interface and everythig, good one, i need to save some money
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:30 am
Goran Thoren
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:30 am
Whoa!!! At last!
Christian McClanahan
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:30 am
I wonder how many people are going to buy this in the first 30 minutes. (or the first 60 seconds)
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:31 am
YAY !!!!! Happiness !!

Now lets see what we can do !
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:32 am
Looks great!!

Looking forward to download, installation and a couple hours of tuts. I can see you guys really put a lot of time into this one.
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:32 am
SUPER JACKED and ready to unleash the power of this muther lover
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:32 am
Email confirmations could take a couple of minutes, be sure to check your spam folders. If you don't see it, just send a friendly email to our support team and we'll take care of ya! Best.
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:32 am
I ordered it! Can't wait to test it out!
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:33 am
Omg awesome! its next project that I am saving for :)
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:35 am
I wondered why the site was running slowly for a while! :D
I think I'll be buying this now! :D
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:36 am
I have buy one :)
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:38 am
Hmmmm, ordered product, it's a no show on my download page.
Everything else I've ordered is but Optical flares is MIA..
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:39 am
Yea quess the site is going to be slow for a while :)

Going to be nice to test this product out and create some awesome prodjects
Eclipse Pictures
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:44 am
when is the promo video coming out?
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:46 am
Just ordered! Can't wait to start using them! Thanks AK - you ROCK!
Christian McClanahan
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:46 am
I wish there was some kind of demo for a final decision on whether to buy it or not.
Christian McClanahan
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:49 am
My favorite part of the plugin is the dynamic triggering and the luminance tracking. It's AWESOME!
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:51 am
Sweet! Can't wait for the missile trails tutorial!
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:52 am
I'm crying with excitement
Michael Narlock
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:53 am
When I clicked "order now" it takes me to a page that indicates the product I am buying is Action Essentials 2. Is this a typo?
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:53 am
Andrew, How do I install the plug-in on my MAC ?

I watch the Windows video, nice, but is it the same procedure ? The instructions inside the mac folder are for Windows too. :(
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:57 am
God i want this so bad.... never thought i would get so excited over some lens flares. Awesome work as usual Mr Kramer I wonder what sweet plugin you will think of next?
Mikko Hassinen
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:57 am
I ordered! Woohoo!! Andrew Kramer you ROCK!
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:00 am
Andrew would you (I know I would) put this proudct that you've spent so much time into,equivalent to knoll light factory? Because from looking at these features you have, some that even knoll light factory does not have, which gives this the looks of a very pofessional product.

"And I love Optical flares info page its very easy to undrstand and ausome."
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:01 am
BTW, your download section can take a few minutes to update with your recent purchase. Thanks.

The installation for the MAC is the same and the path is in the instructions PDF.

/Applications/Adobe After Effects CS4/Plug‐ins/
Stefan Vlemmix
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:02 am
How long does it take from ordering to downloading? Because I can't wait much longer!
Stefan Vlemmix
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:03 am
Oh, forgot, how large is the download itself?
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:06 am
Finally! OF, will make a difference in VCP! ;)
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:08 am
yeah, i still haven't received my download link confirmation yet. I ordered it over 40 minutes ago. What is the hold up. Need to get cracking on some project with it!
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:09 am
Download is total of 400 MBs.
Andres Azuero
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:09 am
Let's light motion graphics! Andrew & pro Team, video copilot rocks!
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:10 am
I've buy it on 9:10 an still now downloadlink!
Can you help me? Did i make somthing rong?
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:14 am
i've ordered this bad boy...but my impatient ass has to wait til i get my download link

had a feeling this one would take awhile so im trying not to stress out ha

cant wait :)
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:14 am
Hey Daniel and others, Our download system was getting bogged down so please send an email to support and they can update your account immediately.

Things are a little crazier than we expected :)
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:15 am
Same thing happened with me.
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:16 am
Is there ever going to be a promo for this product?
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:18 am
We're working on the promo, but I spend most of the time developing the feature videos so people could really see how it works. Should have the promo next week :)
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:19 am
Hi AK,
This plugin works like a charm! It's awesome, to say the least. Never knew i needed lensflares this badly....:p
Anyway, i've tried to log into the prenet (like skynet, but more robots) but it keeps telling me i've an incorrect password... weird, because it's the password i got from VC. Well, as you just posted it's probably very hectic over there, so good luck, and i hope i'll be able to share some flares with the community soon!

greets from the netherlands
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:19 am
Bought product. Didnt get download link.
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:22 am
You are insanely sick! How does one person have this much talent! Not fair!!

January 25th, 2010 @ 11:23 am
cool thanks for the info Andrew :)

someones making some cashola today haha
J. Michael Browning
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:24 am
Hey Andrew, when do you think the 'interactive' site will be up and running so we can begin sharing our creations with others?
Alessandro Boncio
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:26 am
Hello everyone!
I just acquired optical flares. I wanted to know if there are tutorials to create this effect I see in the preview: http://yfrog.com/0baskingforj
I hope so I'd be really happy are perfect for my project.
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:31 am
purchased, emailed, and still not received a download link... cmon andrew, you had to know this was gonna be this popular ;)
Billie O.
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:31 am
Hey Andrew, thanks for the great new plug-in. Is this license for one computer or workstation/laptop? Happy to pay for two but want to find out before hand.
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:34 am
The Preset Network will be rolled out more later this week after people have had time to play with the plug-in.
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:38 am
EMAIL SUPPORT: We are standing by to help with any problems, just send an email to support@videocopilot.net and we'll help you out. I'm even answering emails!
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:43 am
I've never seen something like this before. U're the world greatest !!

I liked the spiderman grandpa quote LoL

Is it possible to work in your staff ?? training session ??
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:44 am
i've send you to Mails, but now answer... please check your spam folder
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:47 am
Just ordered the Action Flares bundle, hope I get my download link fast :) I'm impatient and ready to use it!

Thanks Andrew and staff!
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:01 pm
Is it possible to run Optical Flares on more than one machine or do I have to buy it again for another license?

I have a Mac Pro at work and and a Macbook Pro and would like to use it on both.


BTW: fantastic site!
Fan since Tutorial #6
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:05 pm
can i buy this product in iran?
Matt Jenkins
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:07 pm
I've sent a bunch of emails as well. Thanks Everyone who is taking care of this.
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:07 pm
Roughly how long are questions, sent to support@videocopilot.net, taking to be responded to? I sent one an hour ago and haven't received a response. I ordered nearly 2 hours ago and have yet to receive download instructions.

I know you guys are swamped...I'm just impatient!

Thanks in advance.
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:09 pm
same here, 2 hours and 2 support emails in, and ive yet to hear anything about a download link. just email me a zip of the plugin ;)
Twisting Digital
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:09 pm
Hey Andrew

Been waiting patiently :) Ordered an hour and 35 minutes ago. Sent two emails to support but have yet to receive a reply and/or download instructions. Still waiting patiently. It looks like a great product :)
Dan Ashlin
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:12 pm
Do you also get a physical copy with your order? Just wondering, I've had more than one computer commit digital seppuku before so i want to make sure to back it up immediately.
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:14 pm
I just bought it!!!!
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:16 pm
Hey I ordered about two hours ago, sent an email and still no link. I needs this! Finishing up a project that this would be perfect for! How much longer?!
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:19 pm
Things are bit slower responding than expected, we are working through the emails as fast as possible... Thanks for your patience.
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:20 pm
Dan, OF is a download only product currently. Luckily VideoCopilot will remember your purchases and you can burn a cd/dvd backup when you get it. I've had the same problem.
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:21 pm
Wating for the promo!!!!!!!!
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:23 pm
No worries, Andrew. We've waited this long, a few more hours won't hurt. Thanks.
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:29 pm
Lol! I think that Andrew is a little stressed right now... I'm still waiting for my download email, P.S.: I going to use optical flares in a tv ad as soon as I get it.
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
This day should be written in all historybooks :)
Andrew Clunie
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:31 pm
I was really impressed with the demo videos and the interface blew me away, not to mention all of the great features. I look forward to buying it soon. Thanks Andrew (and you have a great name as well!)
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:34 pm
Little stressful :) But only because customer service is so important to me. I don't want anyone to be waiting because I know I wouldn't want to wait! Slow but sure. Thanks again everyone.
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:37 pm
Will this work with CS3?
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:37 pm
If you wouldn't make such awesome plug-ins and products, this wouldn't be a problem.

Don't worry, you won't upset any of the people that truly appreciate your work. The wait for Sure Target 2.0 alone was grueling but well worth it.
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:43 pm
one of your greatest plugins!
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:44 pm
Well, my first comment in this room. And i mean that this product is really Fantastic and Impressive. Congratulations to the team VC.

Greetings from Peru.
Christian McClanahan
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:46 pm
Yeah! Stop making the best After Effects products out there! Everyone's getting mad and impatient! (please, don't really stop! it was an exaggeration, if you couldn't tell... we all like [love] your amazing products)
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:49 pm
Finish my first test with the new plug-in.

Overview of the Product:
1. Preview is very responsive
2. Fast Render
3. So many ways of changing and customizing the flares according to your needs.
4. So far no problems

The extra Pr-Presets are worth the money, they look amazing.

I will post my first test online for comments.
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:51 pm
YESSSSSS!!! sorry about the caps but I am excited! some guys go to Playboy... I go to Video Copilot!!!
*whips out the credit card and gets naked*
January 25th, 2010 @ 12:59 pm
ooh, no, this will be all the money i got. 8^(
January 25th, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
On this day, The Earth really stood still, in awe of the Optical flares that invaded.
January 25th, 2010 @ 1:02 pm
OK we are now in 2010 so i have until 2012 to learn this after that its DOOMs DAY buy it now people!!! don't wait.
January 25th, 2010 @ 1:10 pm
i've already done it, but i'm waiting for 3 hours now... like other freaky guys here! :)
Thats like buying a iphone on the first day!!!

No! It only works with CS6.2.12.5 BETA!!! :):)
Read the FAQ and the Product site....
January 25th, 2010 @ 1:11 pm
aw man...(Daniel Z) why did you have to rub it in ha
January 25th, 2010 @ 1:13 pm
I'm not helping the server load by refreshing my download page every 10-15 seconds. I'm trying to get some work done too, but I'm a little distracted.
Stefan Vlemmix
January 25th, 2010 @ 1:25 pm
Does Optical Flares use the same way of registering as Twitch (with a key file)?
January 25th, 2010 @ 1:29 pm
Sorry bro ! (other Daniel) ... I got a twitter from the web at 11:20 this morning, and I rush to my computer with my credit card in hand. :P

I was waiting since last night (I check at 12 my time and 2 am PST).

We where working on a film here, and last year we rented Anamorphic lenses from Paramount and set up all kind of light artifacts on the shot, just to get the different lens flare look (vertical) for the one scene I am working on.

Now with this, it is going to save so much time and money.

Once I finish I will post the link in my Vimeo site so you can see the real Anamorphic lens flares and the Kramer Version of the same,... maybe I will mix both... we'll see.

Nobody will know the difference.... only me...muhahahahahah
January 25th, 2010 @ 1:42 pm
Yay, it works just as the videos show it working

Fast, infinitely customisable, it really does put the other lens flare packages that cost three times as much to shame.

A very impressive product that will save so much time.
January 25th, 2010 @ 1:48 pm
Still waiting but I have a ? in the meantime. Will it be a link sent to my email or is there a download section in the site somewhere that I can directly access? Thanks again, the wait has made me even more hyped for this, the project im finishing is going to be the shiznit!
January 25th, 2010 @ 1:50 pm
This plug-in looks amazing! I watched all the demo videos and I am just blown away. Thank you for sharing this great tool with us.

(Now, if only I could find a job in VFX so I could actually use this.) :(
January 25th, 2010 @ 1:57 pm
Here we go!
download finished and installation complete! Thanks VC Guys!
January 25th, 2010 @ 1:59 pm
Hoping my download pops up at some point! Still anxiously (and patiently) waiting :)
January 25th, 2010 @ 2:01 pm
Just got my link and installed, damn this looks nice and easy to use! Thanks again AK.
Brian W
January 25th, 2010 @ 2:04 pm
Finally its here!
just finished downloading and installing is complete. Can't wait to put this to work. Thanks VC
January 25th, 2010 @ 2:07 pm
i am working 20years in the industry right now and this is one of the best plugins i ever purchased!
it seems that you guys get even this curious download problems under control! you will learning from this and you will make the launch of you next plugin more smoother without any download problems.
anyway the plugin is great, fast and looks awesome, this will definitly raise the quality standard of lensflares.
keep on the good work!
January 25th, 2010 @ 2:12 pm
I'm still waiting... :( .. hahahah
January 25th, 2010 @ 2:16 pm
Still waiting here too, 4 hours and counting. You guys must really be swamped! Much deserved popularity though.
January 25th, 2010 @ 2:18 pm
Woot Download complete! I too didn't get the link but the response I got was fast and got my link =) thanks!
January 25th, 2010 @ 2:22 pm
Damn still no response nor link... I'll just stay up all night till I see it. VP steals my time :)
January 25th, 2010 @ 2:22 pm
woo hoo...got my download link

thanks so much Andrew and the whole Copilot crew, about to install it now

happy after effecting everyone :)
January 25th, 2010 @ 2:24 pm
I waited a few hours before bugging support, but received a fairly rapid response from Andrew with my download link once I did. Downloaded, installed, activated.... and it looks sick! Can't wait to use these in upcoming projects.
Matthew Park
January 25th, 2010 @ 2:27 pm
January 25th, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
I did not receive download info for my order

I have check all email folders

And I did not receive download info for my older order
January 25th, 2010 @ 2:31 pm
How long was your response time wait? I'm closing in on 3 hours since my initial email. I don't want to send another one to avoid bugging the guys but if you're getting responses a lot faster, I just might. :)
January 25th, 2010 @ 2:44 pm
mine took about 2 hours, but i bugged about 60min in and got a quick response (so ultimately got two responses)
January 25th, 2010 @ 2:48 pm
Got it! Thank you VC!
January 25th, 2010 @ 2:53 pm
Damn Andrew, this stuff looks so Michael Bay. Good job brah.
January 25th, 2010 @ 3:11 pm
No download link for me either...I sent an email to support, but no response yet....awwww, you guys are having too much fun already playing with the new plugin, and I can't play with my new toys yet....I'm jealous....

Like the others, I don't want to bug support, but it's been about 5 hours so far...I'll wait and see if it is in my email when I come in tomorrow...
January 25th, 2010 @ 3:16 pm
We're nearly through all of the support emails so please check your spam folder just in case we sent a reply already. Best! I feel a little more relaxed. A little.
January 25th, 2010 @ 3:17 pm
hmm. 3 times now I've had the password resent to me, but the site is not letting me in at all.
January 25th, 2010 @ 3:18 pm
Got it! Thank you VC!
January 25th, 2010 @ 3:18 pm
Andrew, I know I've been an annoyance on your blog today but thank you for your work, the plug-in, the assistance and giving me something that's going to keep me awake all night.

That goes for everybody on your staff.
January 25th, 2010 @ 3:19 pm
Picked this up as soon as the website updated. Got it instantly. Had a few issues getting into PreNet and whatnot, but your Customer Service was remarkable.

Andrew, your company, your team and your desire to share your expertise with the world is outstanding. Good work.
January 25th, 2010 @ 3:26 pm
Got that worked out. Thanks Andrew.
January 25th, 2010 @ 3:28 pm
I bought the Optical Flares Bundle and have gone through all tutorials and through all presets and pro presets trying to get the total feel of this plugin and I feel fortunate to be one of the first to spread the revolution of flares. I'm excited and inspired!

I would like to make my own textures to use and share on prenet. I just made a preset called "Aliens Took My Poken" and uploaded it for all of you to see and use in whatever you're making. Sharing is good, Andrew taught us that !

Q1: Could you tell us how you went about making these textures?
Q2: Is there going to be a way we can share our own made textures through prenet?

Looks to me they were made on a black background high resolution photography
Brad Gillespie
January 25th, 2010 @ 3:34 pm
i really really want my w2's to get here so i have enough money for this. like the rest of the community, i want it really bad =[
January 25th, 2010 @ 3:38 pm
Thanks again Andrew. You and your team are top rate! I can't wait to haves some time to jump in and experiment with the plug-in.
January 25th, 2010 @ 3:39 pm
When going through Paypal, it says that there is a $7 shipping charge - i thought this was downloadable only?
January 25th, 2010 @ 3:40 pm
Any plans for a Action Flares Bundle with the 1080p stock footage? Not sure if I only want the 720p elements.
January 25th, 2010 @ 3:41 pm
@ Darren, Our store defaults to standard shipping because it doesn't know the product is download-only. But we always check every order and remove any shipping charges before processing.
January 25th, 2010 @ 3:42 pm
Mahalo (Hawaiian for thank you) Andrew,

Purchasing now....
January 25th, 2010 @ 3:44 pm
Sorry Andrew,

Like a dummy, i missed the "select delivery option" on the paypal site where there is a $0 downloadable option...

My bad - I feel stupid
January 25th, 2010 @ 3:47 pm
Looks amazing as always andrew!!

I would buy it but sadly I recently picked up another lens flares package before I heard of optical flares :( oh well, I'll just spend that money on another one of you awesome products!

btw, I was watching a music video and I noticed something that I thought looked familiar, VCP’s own Evolution! haha, just thought you’d like to see how far your work has spread, to the gangsta rap scene!


oh, almost forgot the link lol

January 25th, 2010 @ 3:53 pm
Thanks Matt for sending me my download link.

...and Thanks Andrew for giving all of us something to drool over once again....you and your team are the best!
January 25th, 2010 @ 4:03 pm
@ Darren,
No worries, I wish we could control that part of the system better...
Sean S
January 25th, 2010 @ 4:06 pm
While I'm waiting for my download to finish, I have a quick question...
Will I be able to install this on both my computers I work with (one Mac & one PC), or is it a one machine license kind of deal?
January 25th, 2010 @ 4:10 pm
YEAH!!!! I GOT IT!!!
January 25th, 2010 @ 4:13 pm
Very much appreciated the support Andrew and am very happy with the product. The flares render extremely fast. Faster than I had even hoped. Best to you and your team! And I don't remember his name, but tell the new guy writing code for you guys thanks for all his hard work as well!
Roel Storms
January 25th, 2010 @ 4:14 pm
very cool guys! totally worth the money! Thank you very much!
January 25th, 2010 @ 4:17 pm
Here is the way the licensing works with Video Copilot stuff... When you buy a product you can install it on your main workstation and one other system like a laptop (or home PC). We understand people go back and forth so that is our policy. If you need additional licenses or network licenses, we also have special pricing available.

January 25th, 2010 @ 4:33 pm
Im having trouble getting luminance tracking to work. I even followed the tut and i still get this wierd error. Instead of tracking each particle point it just shows 3 flares, but none of them move. I created the particle system in particular and precomposed it with a solid layer on top of it with optical flares applied to it, switched to luminance and selected the correct source layer, anyone else have this problem?
January 25th, 2010 @ 4:35 pm
Luminance tracking works best with hard particles that do not have a lot of feathering. There are a few settings for threshold as well. If you want to send me an email off the blog, I'll take a look. Best, AK
January 25th, 2010 @ 4:46 pm
"If you need additional licenses or network licenses, we also have special pricing available."

Where can I find it? (Farm-Rendering!)

Thanks in advance VCP-Team!

And ps: Bye, bye Knoll LF!
January 25th, 2010 @ 4:48 pm
Just email support and ask for Mark. He will help.
January 25th, 2010 @ 4:52 pm
I know I'm just one among the crowd, but thanks, Andrew AND the programmers who worked on this. Let us not forget their hard work. You run your company most honorably, and I am happy to support with my purchase.
January 25th, 2010 @ 4:53 pm
(in reference to luminance tracking ?)

should i send my file to support@videocopilot? i cruised the blog but couldnt find a direct link to your email.
January 25th, 2010 @ 5:04 pm
My, aren't we an impatient group?

Like all the rest, I put in my order as soon as I could, and I am super-excited to start using this amazing plug-in, whenever the download link arrives.

This is a major industry roll-out. No doubt the VCP team is slammed today.

Do your best guys, you've got some loyal customers who know how to be patient.
January 25th, 2010 @ 5:08 pm
I'm just as eager to get the plug-in in the hands of everyone so please if you don't receive the download info with 15-20 minutes send us an email. Best.
January 25th, 2010 @ 5:29 pm
Hi folks!
This is the best plugin since Advantedge or Paticular. Buy it, the value is much higher than it's price. And the support is great! I had a little problem caused by Windows 7 ulitimate. And imagine, on the release day I got an answer with a solution for this problem within 5 minutes!!! Thanks to Andrew, Sérgio and all the other members of the Video Copilot team. I will promot this plugin in in Germany as hard as I can. Because it is simple GREAT!!!
January 25th, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
How sick is this? Nice product. Can't wait to see other peeps work on the Network.
January 25th, 2010 @ 4:36 pm
I went to the shopping cart and said a number of 100 packages 2 buy but it won't let me. I need 100 packages len flares for my company. So please help me out andrew
January 25th, 2010 @ 5:48 pm
Don't take this wrong , but wrong but how is this MORE different then Sapphire's lens flare plugin .. I know its a lil bit advanced but what I'm saying its that I can get almost as real flare effect with that plugin too ...
Diego G.
January 25th, 2010 @ 6:11 pm
I don't know Sapphire’s lens flare plugin and I've never used it but I can tell you for sure that Optical Flares is a good product, and it doesn't matter if they're similar or not, you said it by yourself: OF is more advanced, if it's more advanced, it's better, and even a lot better for people who does not have Sapphire’s lens flare plugin...
james reid
January 25th, 2010 @ 6:55 pm
@swp, with the saphire plugins you are only able to do 2d flare (x,y) where as this is a 3d. It also allows you to custom create your own lensflares and share them with the rest of the community. Dont get me wrong i will still probably use saphire's from time to time but this blows it out of the water.

Andrew and co. thank you very much for this and i also like it when you do tutorials on products cause you can go crazy. Keep up the good work.

If you havnt already bought this GET IT NOW!!!
January 25th, 2010 @ 6:59 pm
I just purchased this from Australia. Took about 1 minute to get an email with my download link. Download and install took about 10 mins.

Overall, I am very happy to have purchased this and am extremely excited to get into it.

Just want to say a big well done to Andrew and the VC Team, it looks awesome!
January 25th, 2010 @ 7:03 pm
I've used Sapphire since AVX1 on Avid, I have it on my FCP suite and AE, it sounds like you either don't know sapphire very well or haven't had a close enough look at Krammer's flares....

BTW happy Australia day to all the aussies OS
January 25th, 2010 @ 7:42 pm
I just bought it few hours ago!
can't wait to try it!

hey Andrew can you tell us the number of copy you've sold just for today? so we can celebrate with you! :D
Luke Neumann
January 25th, 2010 @ 7:45 pm
Andrew Kramer lies back in his chair to the distant sound of cash registers opening and closing. Someone made bank today!
January 25th, 2010 @ 7:59 pm
Hi Andrew and everyone at VC...good job, got it today and starting working with it. Think I might have found a bit of a glitch with it regarding luminance tracking but I will work with it some more to confirm what I am seeing as a problem and not just my own workflow issue. It also seems that AE's preview does not necessarily update until pre-rendering with Optical Flares (when pre-comped particles are used as a luminance track). Again, not sure if this is a glitch, my error or just the way things are...

All the best,
January 25th, 2010 @ 8:17 pm
Just downloaded it and played with it for a few minutes. I have to echo all the praise for it; this is VERY powerful and I'm already 100% satisfied with my purchase. Combining this with Action Essentials 2 will definitely yield potent results.

Thanks, Andrew!
January 25th, 2010 @ 8:23 pm
please send me a copy hahahaha!!!!
January 25th, 2010 @ 7:35 pm
how does the licence file work? will we be able to switch machines? how often can we generate a new licence file?

January 25th, 2010 @ 8:37 pm
Swp: "how is this MORE different then Sapphire’s lens flare plugin ..I know its a lil bit advanced but what I’m saying its that I can get almost as real flare effect with that plugin too …"

1.This is SAPPHIRE plug-in: http://www.genarts.com/
2.this is SAPPHIRE plug-in price on your wallet $1699
3.Any questions ?

So if it's the same as sapphire, then OF is the better buy at 140 bucks.

but if you already have Sapphire installed then OF is not for you.
January 25th, 2010 @ 8:38 pm
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, what can I say?
January 25th, 2010 @ 8:56 pm
My Optical Flares locked&loaded finally :D
Great plug-in,great preset network and great customer support(as always).
Thanks again Andrew and VCP Team.
Sean Daigle
January 25th, 2010 @ 8:56 pm
What a beast of a page for Optical Flare too!!! It goes on forever! So much good stuff, Andrew. Can't wait to get the freakin MEGA bundle. =D
January 25th, 2010 @ 8:57 pm
I just purchased this along with the action essentials 2 and it is awesome
Christian McClanahan
January 25th, 2010 @ 8:57 pm
Why do plugins have to be so expensive these days?...

Here comes Andrew to the rescue!
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:11 pm
Thanks for this great plug-in! Its worth the price compared to other plug-ins. Truely amazing! thanks AK & VCP. Greetings from AUS. Best Aus Day gift to myself! :P
January 25th, 2010 @ 10:33 pm
you rock my world andrew kramer!
January 25th, 2010 @ 11:22 pm
He VC Team!
I just get out of my bed and starting to work (not on a AE Project) :( but after a few hours of work, I'm going home and working on my Event-Trailer.
You Guy's have a stressed first Day of OF!
I've wondered, how many orders you got on the first Day!? :)

regards Dani
January 26th, 2010 @ 12:26 am
Yes, could you tell us how many copies sold on day one. So many that the server crashed even when your team has prepared for it to be busy. I figure what 10000 copies. Andrew just became a millionaire with this product nit including all the other products.:) you must love your job
January 26th, 2010 @ 1:43 am
January 26th, 2010 @ 1:46 am
Hello from Italy

Please, send my link..I have to use it
January 26th, 2010 @ 1:49 am
doh..It is night from your server..
Andrew and VC staff so you are human?
do you Need to sleep?
I thought you were Robots! :)

Thank you for your effort
January 26th, 2010 @ 2:15 am
Man, Optical Flares is 100x like Sapphire Lens Flare Generator and Knoll Lens Flare .. Didn't you watch the feature videos ? The interface alone should cost like 200$ ...
January 26th, 2010 @ 4:09 am
I ordered! Can't wait!!!:D
Thanks AK!
sunil thapa (nepal)
January 26th, 2010 @ 4:53 am
thnx andrew cool 3d plugin........ no words for u andrew....... 101/100
January 26th, 2010 @ 6:02 am
Hey, finally I will buy it soon :D but can I ask about something Andrew ... where the promo of the optical flares i see just a photo of a promo in the product page when you'll post the promo can you tell me please ?
Edris Mohammadi
January 26th, 2010 @ 6:16 am
this your product is very good. and i learn every thing of after effect from your products.

Just Anderw !

I am Edris Mohammadi Form Sanandaj/Iran
January 26th, 2010 @ 6:24 am
OMG! great plug-in!! Kudos to the VCP crew. Support is top notch. If you are on the fence about spending the money. don't wait. SPEND THE MONEY!! You'll recoup the purchase price in one project. Also help support VCP. This site is a great - free - resource. Buy the products - support the site.
Thank you Andrew!!

No I'm NOT a paid spokesman but I play one on TV!! - ;-{)
January 26th, 2010 @ 6:25 am
oh dear Andrew, i just found here and you're just lovable...
January 26th, 2010 @ 6:27 am
Purchased the bundle with pro preset, awesome plug-in. Thank you again for all these Tutorials you gave us freely, i just wanted to reward you by supporting VC with buying this plug.


January 26th, 2010 @ 7:29 am
I purchased it and something doesnt work.
I installed everthing like in the demo video and I cant save presets!
Do you know what I did wrong Andrew?
Mark Lee
January 26th, 2010 @ 7:40 am
Hi all

I've been working on a project since before Christmas and when i heard about Video Copilot Optical Flares I held out on finishing it. I bought Optical Flares yesterday.

Basically the project involves a flight around the solar system. I used the Blue Planet in 3d tut to allow me to move around the solar system in a mock 3d space. Obviously, Optical Flares is gonna look awesome on it. Infact it already looks great - i've been playing around with it all morning.

I have run into a problem though. I just can't get the obscuration layer to work with the expression Andrew taught in the tutorial.

To refresh your memories the expression is this:

lookAt(thisComp.activeCamera.position,position)[0] - applied to x rotation properties on the cc sphere rotation.
lookAt(thisComp.activeCamera.position,position)[1] - applied to y rotation properties on the cc sphere rotation.
lookAt(thisComp.activeCamera.position,position)[2] - applied to z rotation properties on the cc sphere rotation.

You then set the comps transform setting to Auto-Orient towards camera.

Has anyone got any ideas for either a work-a-round or (preferably) a nifty expression to make it work again. I have watched the tutorial Obscure the Light that comes with the plugin but that builds the planet in a slightly different way and i'm not sure that works with the 3d camera

please help
January 26th, 2010 @ 8:01 am
Didn't get the link, contacted support a few hours ago. Is it late at night in the US? :)
Mark Lee
January 26th, 2010 @ 8:04 am
@ Art

It's just before 7am....
January 26th, 2010 @ 8:28 am
Guess I'll just have to be for a while patient then :) No prob
January 26th, 2010 @ 8:59 am

Just wanted to say I'm in the UK. Have had a project that I filmed in December, with Optical Flares in mind, on standby, waiting for the release date.

About 10pm UK time last night I purchased the product. Waited a couple of hours for download email but it never came so emailed support and within an hour of that email I was downloading OF.

I installed the windows version on a 64bit machine with no probs.

I spent about 4 hours last night playing around with OF presets etc. Initial thoughts are that this will be very popular.

It's much cheaper than Knoll and Saphire. You can create some great effects with multiple flares/styles and for music videos/advertising etc I'd say expect to see OF all over your TV's for at least the next year or so.

I'll post what I have come up with, probably in a few days, or when the band give the OK but yeah, very cool easy to use product and support was very quick.

Good stuff!
DK - London
Alessandro Boncio
January 26th, 2010 @ 10:22 am
Hi Andrew I still waiting for download link. Can you help me?
January 26th, 2010 @ 10:36 am
OMG! I got to have this for my collection of Andrew Kramer's Product. This is the only one I don't have but I have to wait until my pay day on February 5. :(
January 26th, 2010 @ 11:34 am
Yeah, I gonna wait till next month...kinda broken right now.
January 26th, 2010 @ 11:40 am
Mark Lee,

There are forums on the site I suggest you try there...
January 26th, 2010 @ 11:45 am
Andrew, any chance you are going to post project files for the tutorials like the wall of lights?
January 26th, 2010 @ 12:02 pm
I just ordered it! Got the downlaod link in less than 5 minutes. Video Copilot is so gangstah!
January 26th, 2010 @ 12:04 pm
I'd just like to state for the record that Optical Flares is far and above better than Knoll Light Factory. It's good for consumers to have competition. KLF was getting very outdated. Thanks VC.
January 26th, 2010 @ 12:17 pm
Great stuff, guys. Was looking forward to this and am not disappointed at all. Aready using it on a project at work and look forward to using it on some of my own stuff....with moderation of course..

Keep it up!
January 26th, 2010 @ 2:49 pm
Hey Andrew is there any special offer for people like me that are students . I am 16 years old and i have been seeing youre tutorials and like it much, but i cant buy something at that price :)

Please help me sending me a copy of the plug-in for non-profit use only. :)
January 26th, 2010 @ 4:44 pm
It is amazing.Powerfull plugin and great features.I will buy very soon,but first I
need to buy some beers to celebrate ... :)

very welldone Andrew
January 26th, 2010 @ 8:56 pm
Dude, how come the promo is still in production...
Bill K
January 26th, 2010 @ 9:14 pm
got one, really great plugin!

now build an OFX for our nukes, and a spark for the flame! :D
January 26th, 2010 @ 9:25 pm
Purchased the pro bundle late last night(California time), got the download link email in about one minute - followed the install/license instructions - whole process very smooth. Been playing in OF all day - it's even easier, more intuitive than it looked in the demos. Can't thank you and the VCP team enough for such a superb product, Andrew. Bet it's great to know that all these happy After Effecters across the world are now creating amazing O.F. fx as the result of your hard work.
January 26th, 2010 @ 10:08 pm
Been using Optical Flares all Day. I've been waiting to finish up my latest music video for this release and I'm very glad I did. I was able to hit the ground running and looks amazing.

Highly recommended! Buy it!

Thanks VC Team!!
January 27th, 2010 @ 12:05 am
i think i'll buy it next month :-) .. looks great and some features (like the custom cracked lens textures etc) are way cooler than the Knoll Lightfactory :)
January 27th, 2010 @ 2:09 am
Bought this on the day it came out..great plugin! One side note...would be handy when using the obscuring layers if you could put a layer number..i got like 200+ layer en scrolling through them takes a while ;)..other than that..must have!

gr R.
January 27th, 2010 @ 1:20 am
I love the plugin. Great price, ease of use, intelligent and intuitive. The one problem I saw right from the beggining that KLF has over OF is the install process. I like just clicking a setup.exe file and launching the plugin. Alot easier smoother and user friendly. The way OF is set up isn't bad but I feel like it needs improvement :( sorry to say
January 27th, 2010 @ 2:38 am
Wow... its so amazing, i love it! I want more!
January 27th, 2010 @ 3:30 am
I ordered this plugin and, in fact, it's a great job for a little price. So many thanks...

But the color gradient of the lights is not perfect on my screen (Samsung P2450H / Radeon HD-5850). Color transitions is not smooth.

I think it is After Efect, not the plugin.

Akeenoya (from France)
January 27th, 2010 @ 3:46 am
I'm lovin it!! :)
January 27th, 2010 @ 5:20 am
Ah, payday cannot come soon enough!

What a plug-in this looks to be. Awesomeness. Great price, truly exceptional product. Well done to all involved.

January 27th, 2010 @ 6:51 am
Put in my order, didn't receive the download link. Sent an email to support, and within an hour they'd emailed me the download link. Still waiting for the pre-net link, but watched the tutorials. The plugin runs smooth and quickly, its very easy to use and has great results! Only used a few basic flares but my next project is going to use the concert idea and wall of lights effects to create a showroom of sorts.. I'm eager to get started!

I haven't made any projects for profit yet, so even as a pure hobbyist, it has been well worth the money spent, just to get that extra professionalism in my projects!

Thankyou very much for the hard-work put in, and also the great after-purchase customer support!
ken c
January 27th, 2010 @ 7:11 am
I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with re production example videoclips, the 'net area, new tuts and more this year - looks like it'll be a great tool for everyone... this was well worth waiting for, nice to see Andrew and team took their time to get it right - this is going to be a great year.
January 27th, 2010 @ 8:18 am
Just gave Optical Flares a spin. Performance and the result are very impressive! Great price/quality :)
January 27th, 2010 @ 9:30 am
seriously bro, you gonna make "knoll light factory" guy run for a job now!!! :)

This is, by a mile, THE best app made in grafic industry in, if not more, past 10 years. respect!
January 27th, 2010 @ 9:46 am
Just downloaded everything, and will install it when I get home, this is great.
Thanks Andrew and the grew of VC.
Just wondering, can is still install it on multie computers? because of the serial activation?

Keep up this amazing work.
You are the best
January 27th, 2010 @ 11:53 am
After a night of using your plug-in for a production job, I have to say I'm extremely impressed. I'm sure you're not surprised considering the response you've received but I just had to add my kudos anyway.

I assume there is a place to submit suggestions? After I get done playing with the plug-in more, I might have a few features that would be nice to have. One such suggestion would be an alert warning me that I've used lens flares for too many concurrent projects and I might want to consider another effect for the current project. I seem to be addicted to this plug-in. It's just fun! =)
January 27th, 2010 @ 12:53 pm
This is so awesome! It's the best plug-in I've ever bought. Even Knoll Light Factory can't beat it. The price and what you get for it is unbelievable.
Thanks video copilot!
January 27th, 2010 @ 1:32 pm
My first test with optical flares:

really love the plugin! thanks andrew!
January 27th, 2010 @ 4:31 pm
Holy crap andrew. This plug-in is gonna be known as one of those hard-core must-have plug-ins like Cycore FX and Trapcode and stuff. Just even better! It's totally worth it. BEST FRIGGIN FLARES...EVER!!
January 27th, 2010 @ 10:27 pm
Andrew i have a question.Can i use Optical Flares in Windows 7.I am from Bangladesh.Here internet speed is too slow and sometime loadsheding is creates problem.Suppose i am downloading Optical Flares and then internet connection is failed can i resume this download latter?
January 28th, 2010 @ 9:08 am
I have been using Red Giant Software Knoll Light Factory Pro 2.5, look similar to this one... Good Job!
January 28th, 2010 @ 12:54 pm
The UI looks real thought out. Maybe you should work with Adobe to improve on the AE UI :)
January 28th, 2010 @ 5:07 pm
What can I say?? I absolutely love Optical Flares. I've already used it in a project and not only is it cool and fun to play with; it's extremely useful.

Kudos for the interface and the forward thinking on the mechanics of how it all works. Again... great, great work, Video Copilot!
January 29th, 2010 @ 3:31 am
Ok.............. just came back from the nursery where I left my princess daughter... and my eyes are hurting... because I've spent the entire night playing with my NEW TOY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ANDREW KRAMER !! Like a child, You are my Nintendo NES game I've waited since months !!!... I mean... you know what I mean... I mean not you... the plugs.... nevermind.
January 29th, 2010 @ 5:09 am
Finally the awesome product is here to show the new world of creativity.
The Demos are outstanding & mostly in this lens i like the 3D involvement in after effect.
Thanks Andrew.
January 31st, 2010 @ 8:31 am
Great plug-in AK! Looking forward to this. Buying next week!
January 31st, 2010 @ 1:22 pm
i buy it download it and no key gen no nothing the .pdf not existing
January 31st, 2010 @ 4:21 pm
This is amazing Andrew
January 31st, 2010 @ 4:46 pm
@WorldStudios-Eclipse: You can download the license from the Download area. If you need help please contact support! Thanks.
January 31st, 2010 @ 6:00 pm
I know this will be mixed up in the unlimited thoughts and feelings within your huge fan base,..but this plug-in truly is wonderful and really easy to use!...you are a god send for those at Adobe... and me!
Thanks much Andrew
February 1st, 2010 @ 8:25 am
Hey, Andrew, I think you should make one for Photoshop Users.
What do you think?
February 1st, 2010 @ 3:39 pm
Hey Nick

Funny you should mention that,..I have been playing around with very idea. What’s cool is I work in Photoshop a lot and to get away from the limited photoshop filter flare is great!....What I’ve been doing is rendering out a single frame (psd.) with a single custom flare on a black solid in AE. Then incorporating it into a photoshop file,.. then use the screen mode. Works pretty good..sometimes you have to feather some edges but sure is nice to create whatever you want!......Again,.. thanks Andrew!
February 1st, 2010 @ 4:01 pm
I use real light flares and other effects most of the time and composite them in Photoshop.
But it would be great to have Optical Lens in PS.
February 2nd, 2010 @ 8:29 am
What versions of AE is this compatible with?
February 3rd, 2010 @ 3:34 am
Hi guys, I want buy it but I used to change my PC hardware often,and reinstall Win too, wonder if I will have Licence problem in this way or will be easy for me reinstall it each time.
Thanks in advance :)
February 4th, 2010 @ 10:03 am
Well, I have to confess... when I first heard about this new plugin I thought 'why would I wan't to spend money on optical flares? Surely Andrew and his team could've spent their efforts on something better?'...
Ah how wrong I was. As soon as I actually saw them in action I realised that I 'needed' them!
I have to say that 'Blue Steel' is a truly beautiful flare... Is there any truth to the rumours that you will be introducing 'Ferari', 'LaTigra' and perhaps even... 'Magnum' flares?...
Anyway, great work guys. Keep it up!
February 4th, 2010 @ 11:51 am
Great! Just great!!!!!!!!
Hey where is the promo???
Peter Somers (TC-Productions)
February 4th, 2010 @ 6:34 pm
Just bought the plugin, and I'm totally overwhelmed!
Awesome quality!
It's definitely gonna take some time to get to know this puppy, because there are SO many parameters to take into consideration (especially because I hate using presets, altho I did buy the Pro Presets as well as a starting point).

Congrats on a fantastic product that's sure to make Knoll Lightfactory shake in their little space boots! ;-)
February 6th, 2010 @ 9:29 am
Awesome Just bought it!!! Already using it in a project thanks so much for all the tutorials/presets/plugins you guys create I use this site DAILY..
February 7th, 2010 @ 5:59 am
When a crack or a keygen will be avitable?
February 11th, 2010 @ 5:21 am
Hey look at that Andrew ;D


I think I spotted an optical flares effect at 0:16 ^^ That's a Tv Spot for "Avatar,the last airbender" and it seems like they now what they are doing ^_____^ pretty interesting...you all should be sure to check it out ;D
February 12th, 2010 @ 4:43 am
I bought optical flares last week. I own everything copilot has released. This is my favorite. It's just soooo good and easy to use. I love the user interface that comes with it. This is a must have.
February 12th, 2010 @ 12:50 pm
i think that they used optical flares in the music video "You and I" by Medina ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_AF99dZEow ).
February 14th, 2010 @ 11:25 am
nice work andorw and all you, wish you enter in islam soon as possipal
February 14th, 2010 @ 3:53 pm
my word, what a nicely developed piece of software. I love real life lens flares, now I get to create them inside my graphics. pro presets are amazing also. hats off to you guys!!
February 26th, 2010 @ 1:33 am
I bought VC OF and i Love it, thank you very much Andrew.
March 2nd, 2010 @ 6:07 am
Hi,is this plugin for Mac only or it works with both win and mac,if is any difference between two versions how can i buy win version and do me a favor to write exact path of installation on windows
March 17th, 2010 @ 6:36 pm
Hi, is Optical Flares 32bit/linear comp compatible?
sam rosado
April 9th, 2010 @ 10:20 am
what?????? intel mac only?????? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! DAMM I REALLY WANTED THIS! love your stuff Kramer but this one hurts!
August 31st, 2010 @ 4:02 am
i have the plug in now....how can i do to install this????
September 5th, 2010 @ 4:45 am
I had the same crash as above many other people
it's the evening sun light that causes the crash for me...
when removed OF works fine
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