ANNOUNCEMENT: Optical Flares Page Online!

Video Copilot presents the all new 3D lens flare studio: Optical Flares!

Key Features include:

  • 3D Position & Light Tracking
  • Real Texture Mapping
  • Includes 60 Presets (Pro Preset Pack Available)
  • Realistic On-Lens Simulations
  • Automatic Luminance Tracking
  • Dynamic Triggering (Animation without Keyframes!)
  • Creative Tutorials
  • and much more!

Check out the product right now:
Optical Flares Product Page

Be sure to watch the feature videos for an exciting, in-depth look at using Optical Flares. With such a powerful plug-in, we separated the videos into individual sections so you can check out the features you want to see!

Optical Flares will be available Monday, Jan 25 in our online store.
Optical Flares is available for download only.


Select your package:

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 flare presets.

The Pro Presets are available separately for $25.

January 19th, 2010 @ 11:30 am
yesss thnx andrew :)
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:32 am
This product has the Michael Bay seal of quality!
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:32 am
Amazing! Thanks so much, this is going to be a great plug-in!
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:32 am
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:33 am
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:33 am
I can't WAIT to get my hands on them...gonna add so much value to videos! Thanks AK
Scott McKay
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:36 am
What's the differece between the 60 presets and the 50 high-end presets?
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:37 am
Great news Andrew. I've been looking forward to the release since it was first teased last year. I have several projects that I plan to revisit and update as well as a couple new ones on my schedule that will benefit from OF.

The demo video also is excellent. It helps to give ideas about how to use it in non traditional manners, you know, thinking outside of the optical box.
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:39 am
Woooh !
thankss :D
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:40 am
Andrew You should autograph and number each copy of 3d flares!
to make this great plug in even more meaningful.
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:42 am
Wouahouuu great!
Thank you very much
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:42 am
The Pro Presets utilize more dynamic triggering and offer more variety to the presets that come with the plug-in.
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:42 am
AWESOME!!! Counting down...!!!!! it's gonna be like christmas in january!!! I cleared my schedule for 3 days so i can get some awesome Kramer stuff out of my mac :D!!!...hmm they should make a saying out of that... something like: dude 1:Yo dude check out my new trailer... dude 2: WOW DUDE THAT'S AWESOME...NOT IT'S EVEN BETTER.... IT SOOO KRAMER!!!
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:49 am
This looks so Awesome!
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:49 am
great work! ...really looking forward to picking this up onced released. Looks like the VC team went all out to make this plug-in happen. And the pricing is an excellent value!! ...actually priced as a must have item!! :)

Best luck in 2010!
Wilmar Luna
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:49 am
Fantastic! Once I save up some extra cash I will make sure to immediately make my purchase!
Paul Martinez
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:50 am
Dude, after watching the demo reel your REALLY understating how MASSIVE this plugin is. Not only is this the new standard Im positive the VideoCoPilot plugins will become the complete standard in video editing. Because of you I can't watch tv anymore, I watch for things like tracking points, where particles are used, etc. Thank you guys SO MUCH for granting us the tools and tutorials to make professional looking vids.
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:53 am
Oh, oh, oh, oh, I can't breath, I want the plugin SOOOOOOO badly. Great work Videocopilot! AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:54 am
Too bad it's only a download, I love box art!
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:55 am

You really haven't missed a trick with this one!

I used to work as a lighting designer, so enjoy incorporating light effects in my motion graphics work, and Optical Flares has just given me an exciting new toolbox to achieve that.

The only trouble is, it's going to take an awful lot of restraint not to use Optical Flares on every project now!!!

This really has set a new standard for AE plugins - I hope other developers aspire to create plugins of this quality.

Looking forward to purchasing and using Optical Flares!

January 19th, 2010 @ 11:57 am
This looks amazing Andrew. Congrats on the great and hard work.

January 19th, 2010 @ 11:58 am
:) Actually we have high-resolution box art for download with the product...
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:58 am
Ha, nuts by the title of the post I was suddenly under the impression that you'd somehow created a version of the plugin that works online, through my browser :)

Congrats again though!
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:58 am
you've just taken it to a whole new level. I'm impressed.
Todd VanSlyck
January 19th, 2010 @ 12:01 pm
What an exciting, well thought-out and executed plugin. I'll be purchasing this for sure!
January 19th, 2010 @ 12:02 pm
Hey Comic Book guy... we actually have an online version of it. We are going to launch the preset network soon and it actually allows you to upload the preset files and it generates the image thumbnails on the server automatically.
January 19th, 2010 @ 12:03 pm
Looks great! :) Bustin' out the wallet.
January 19th, 2010 @ 12:06 pm
Very ... Flashy!
Chris Cockrell
January 19th, 2010 @ 12:09 pm
"preset network soon" and "allows you to upload the preset files and it generates the image thumbnails on the server automatically"

This will be so great! Fianlly someone making the sharing of presets a part of their program. GO VC!
January 19th, 2010 @ 12:27 pm
January 19th, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
Promo in Production?
That still looks awesome. :D

Good stuff, Andrew. Can't wait to buy this.
January 19th, 2010 @ 12:31 pm
to take the autographing system even further you can make it show on top of the optical flares interface.this will help you track authentic copies of Optical Flares as well this may discourage the use of pirate copies..

But mostly my idea is to have something to remember in the future. when you became all famous and

Make a scrip so each copy gets an Autograph and a copy number.
Daniel Hale
January 19th, 2010 @ 12:40 pm
Andrew you are the Man!!! Ive been hinting my girlfriend to buy me some of your products for awhile as Valentine days gift. I wish you had a box set so she could buy them all and it would be the best Valentines day ever!!!!!!!!! But Seriously you are the man.... and put out a box set!

January 19th, 2010 @ 12:43 pm
thanx anderew.
January 19th, 2010 @ 12:47 pm
Wow this looks amazing! Great work Andrew and team! I predict a lot of lens flares being used in the near future. Already thinking of excuses to use it.
January 19th, 2010 @ 12:48 pm
The 25th is going to be a sad day for the less-featured $400.00 Knoll Light Factory. You guys have outdone yourselves again; I can't wait to try it.

Now that we have more flexibility, I can definitely see a comeback from the cheesy flares of the past.

Then again, you may have just opened a pandoras box of great glowy goodness.
January 19th, 2010 @ 12:50 pm
Andrew... You God... I am amazed....
January 19th, 2010 @ 12:55 pm
Finally and I can't wait. Glad I never bought the over priced Knoll Light Factory . This one ROCKS!!!
January 19th, 2010 @ 12:58 pm
Andrew, i can do stereoscopic 3D with these lenses.
January 19th, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
This Product looks amazing. Is there a plan to do a dvd as well as download in the future?
January 19th, 2010 @ 1:02 pm
This is probably the most amazing and coolest AE plugin I've ever seen! Great work Andrew and team! Thinking of canceling my snowboardtrip next week..
January 19th, 2010 @ 1:04 pm
I did not see anything about the community website on there. I remember you said you where working on a web page where people can upload and share presets and the likes. I think that is a crucial element. Thats what im stuck on right now. Because i have Light factory already, the one reason why I would switch would be for the greater community support.

I really do hope it gets implemented. :]
January 19th, 2010 @ 1:11 pm
Finally :D :D, 140$ are nothing for those features I've just seen .. Extremly Very Good Job Andrew Kramer ! :P
Andrew Kramer
January 19th, 2010 @ 12:14 pm
@Tony, the preset network will be online when the product launches and customers will be able to join in right away and contribute. Plus take note of my previous comment about the thumbnails...
ken c
January 19th, 2010 @ 1:15 pm
this is so incredibly kick-butt, the 2 new videos show how versatile it is... looking forward to buying this plus pro plugins once it's released... nice job!

-ken c
January 19th, 2010 @ 1:15 pm
by Viking
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:32 am
This product has the Michael Bay seal of quality!

That's not a good thing.....
January 19th, 2010 @ 1:20 pm
Well I hope you're proud of yourself, Mister!



I hope your proud of yourself - you should be. What an incredible accomplishment. I enjoyed watching your videos on the product page. This looks like a fantastic achievement.

Thanks for pricing it affordably. I'll try to reward that by scraping my pennies together to purchase it.
January 19th, 2010 @ 1:21 pm
@Andrew Kramer Since this is download only, whats the download file size going to be? I'm a bit worried about the size because I had to downgrade to DSL.
January 19th, 2010 @ 1:22 pm
wow it looks awesome, i love your new plug-in already now!
January 19th, 2010 @ 1:23 pm

Thanx for the good work!
January 19th, 2010 @ 1:34 pm
great job ... i can see you've put a lot of work in this.
January 19th, 2010 @ 1:38 pm
After going through pt1 of your 2 part video, I am in awe at the features this includes as it greatly exceeds what I had expected. Lens grundge textures, chromatic aberration, lens flare flicker, custom textures, matte box...this product is ridiculously under-priced for the value you deliver. The interface is well thought out; minimizing clicks, cut and paste, live preview box. You have raised the bar for what a plug-in should do for any program.

Please let the community know when J.J. Abrams purchases a network license for Star Trek 2.0 ;)
January 19th, 2010 @ 2:03 pm
Didn't even make it through all the videos, before I had to stop and say "Oh. My. God." This is phenomenal and one of the most well thought-out and executed editing/vfx programs I've ever seen. You guys are rock stars.
January 19th, 2010 @ 1:12 pm
i was happy to use normal flares thinking: ah this is the life!
Then i watched this. I had to go hospital it blew my mind! You sir are a genius...

From australia,
Mark Battistella
January 19th, 2010 @ 2:18 pm
Look great Andrew! I've been toying with the idea of purchasing Knoll light factory or trapcode lux. Would this work as a alternative for both.

Keep up the good work.
January 19th, 2010 @ 2:29 pm
Wow. I know what I'll be playing with all night on Monday. :)
January 19th, 2010 @ 2:34 pm

:) :) can't wait to play with this, monday can't come sooner :)

January 19th, 2010 @ 2:38 pm
Counting the days...
January 19th, 2010 @ 2:38 pm
Andrew & Team, this looks absolutely incredible. I was excited just for a basic but cool lens flare set and this is so beyond that based on the videos. Incredible work guys, keep it up.
January 19th, 2010 @ 2:42 pm
Absolutely beautiful stuff. You guys clearly put in a lot of work and created an amazing product. I know it's premature seeing as how it's not even available for purchase yet, but is there any chance you'd make an ofx version of O.F.? I'd definately pay a lot more than 125 dollars for it.
January 19th, 2010 @ 2:46 pm
Super plug-in. Looks incredible and I can´t wait :)
January 19th, 2010 @ 2:57 pm
really really cant wait for this....your awesome Andrew

keep the tuts coming along with your awesome plug ins
January 19th, 2010 @ 2:57 pm
Wow. Period.

You have the lens flare market cornered!
January 19th, 2010 @ 3:19 pm
man, this is a hell of a plugin !
started watching the tutorials and I'd say it's a must have plugin.
thx a lot to the team for the hard work. waiting january 25th...
January 19th, 2010 @ 3:20 pm
I will soon expect to see this product in every upcoming demo reel known to man. Hopefully people will use it for the right reasons AND NOT just because lens flares are "cool".
January 19th, 2010 @ 3:28 pm
How big is that pack going to be :o? gbs
January 19th, 2010 @ 3:29 pm
Nice but I think you should have added a....oh you did? :)
Man this is just an incredible plug-in. It's amazing how VCP grew from timelapse footage to developing such stunning tools!
January 19th, 2010 @ 3:31 pm
Hi Andrew !

Great plugin !

But why only Nvidia graphic cards are recommanded ? And the GPU's Radeon HD 5800 series ?

Are you sponsored ? ;)
R Duval
January 19th, 2010 @ 3:43 pm
WOW! This is truly amazing!
I suspect a flare pandemic will take over the web in the coming weeks...
January 19th, 2010 @ 4:01 pm
I know how much you and you're team worked on this plug-in and I know that you workt A LOT...and i say A LOT!!!
Imagine how this plugin works with the normal plugin and all the normal stuff!
January 19th, 2010 @ 4:07 pm
The attention to the finest detail is amazing Andrew.
The interface has been made to be fun to play with as well as having full control for high end production.

Looks like I never need to point the camera at the sun again for that dry hot desert shot.

A must have plugin for the tool box.
January 19th, 2010 @ 4:24 pm
This plug ins power level.....ITS OVER 9000!!!!!
Anthony Miller
January 19th, 2010 @ 4:44 pm
Can't wait to get it. Oh, my favorite preset flare name is JayJay. Too funny.
January 19th, 2010 @ 4:59 pm
@ Andrew Kramer

Thats awesome, glad thats still getting made. One more question though. Who design the interface and icons? Its very well made and pretty slick.
January 19th, 2010 @ 5:15 pm
You have truely taken the use of lense flares to a higher level. This product does not only create lense flares but any light simulation one can think of. The preset exchange network is a great initiative because it encourages VC fans like myself to contribute (idea for the concept name: Lens Shares). I also think it'll increase the amount of hoax UFO video's on youtube but that's another story..hehe
To everyone that reads this, let's all buy Lens Flares when it comes out and support our mentor Andrew Kramer as a token of our appreciation for his effort, skills and generousity of sharing.
Thank you Andrew
January 19th, 2010 @ 5:17 pm
Well ...I'm all for optical flare now.. Knoll light I use all the time.But time will tell whether your plugin is easier/intuitive/feature rich.

Great job !

On top of that, the way that you are rolling out this product is top notch !! Over at Red Giant .. there website need some color,and there knoll light 3d product page is way to dull.

It's as if the are releasing knoll light 3d as a response to you (see thee defensiveness in there KL 3D video)

Great job to you and you team of developers, they also need to be mentioned !!!

p.s: I would like to see a video in your video blog discussing with your team, what you where looking for in a flare plugin what kinds of things did you study (real world lighting) etc.... thanks.
Matthew Park
January 19th, 2010 @ 5:59 pm
January 19th, 2010 @ 6:05 pm
Sorry But I had to post again...

"ON LENS SIMULATION ..sweet,sweet,sweet."

This is the kind thinking only a user and hardcore Visual effects artist would come up with.

I was not expecting something like that, it surprised the hell out of me.

I thought to my self "Of course", things don't always have to look so clean, why didn't anyone ever think of that!! Great job again, to you and your team.
January 19th, 2010 @ 6:08 pm
ARGHHHH!!!! My eyes!!! My eyess!!!

j/k... great work!
January 19th, 2010 @ 6:15 pm
Very nice product. And it looks like you've done some pretty innovative things with it...

I'm hoping you'll have an introductory price under $100. Anything more than that and I have to file a ton of paperwork justifying to the suits why I would need it. However, I have a $100 per project discretionary fund where I can get whatever I need (and I've used it in the past to buy others of your products).

I know your price is more than reasonable for such a product, but given the times... You might want to consider that not everyone makes the kind of money you do. :)
January 19th, 2010 @ 6:35 pm
That looks like a brilliant piece of software.

Have you thought about making a version for photoshop?

I have no idea what is involved and I know its not your target audience .. but if its not a massive undertaking then you might be able to sell quite a few .. people might just pick up an AE / PS bundle.
January 19th, 2010 @ 6:47 pm
This remarkably amaze me. I can see the effort the VC crew put this great plugin. This is definitely one of the best product nowadays, as well as AE2 and others VC products.

Congratulations Andrew Kramer ;)
Best from Erick
January 19th, 2010 @ 7:15 pm
PLEASE tell me what the song was you used to open the segments
January 19th, 2010 @ 7:24 pm

Thanks i cant wait for this.... jan 25th........ YEAYEYAYAYA
January 19th, 2010 @ 7:52 pm
I'm pushing back my delivery date for a project I'm working on just to use this amazing plug-in in it. It killed me when the Buy Now button didn't work. It's ok though, I'm back to life now....
January 19th, 2010 @ 7:57 pm
YES! It will be mine! This opens TONS of doors for creativity.
January 19th, 2010 @ 8:10 pm
I watched the first 15 minutes of the part 1 demonstration and was blown away. I thought I had seen it all, but whew! The sheer amount of control from all the little settings and features is incredible. This is something I WILL be purchasing... just need to wait a few months and recover from my camera gear purchase ;)
January 19th, 2010 @ 8:13 pm
Oh man oh man this is impressive, I use 'Sapphire' lens flares usually but this is in a whole new league.....
January 19th, 2010 @ 8:18 pm
It's absolutely brilliant. Stellar even. And you made it affordable.

This is beyond anything i ever expected. Things are going to get so much easier.
January 19th, 2010 @ 8:35 pm
Great plug-in! Great prices! Great job!

Looking forward to buying this plug-in. Thanks Andrew + VC team!
January 19th, 2010 @ 8:52 pm
yay good stuff thanks andrew
Dustin James
January 19th, 2010 @ 9:02 pm
I'm really excited Andrew. I don't know if I'm more excited about the plug-in or finally getting a wall of lights tutorial.. lol.. requested that one a couple years ago.. You always come around.
January 19th, 2010 @ 9:50 pm
how difficult would be to port this plug ins that you have to another composite package such as Nuke which is OFX? is it too much work?
January 19th, 2010 @ 10:04 pm
I'm totally blown away.. I noticed the video card recommendations and I'm still running the 9x series so curious to know if I'll run into render issues? Will there be an approved hardware list by chance?

Either way, I'll be getting it. The features video's just knocked my socks off.
January 19th, 2010 @ 10:05 pm
oh yes ....i will be buying this at launch..for my short save my life andrew everytime
January 19th, 2010 @ 10:08 pm
but what raises my eyebrow is this going to be a dvd only or dvd or digital download...either way im getting this plugin
January 19th, 2010 @ 10:45 pm
Will be buying it for sure....i'm guessing the download won't be too big....thats why it is download only. Funny how there is box are displayed for a downloadable only product....but may I add that the box are makes it look more amazing....
January 19th, 2010 @ 10:53 pm
If i buy in januay 25, how many days will take to the download be avaible?

Ricardo Muro
January 19th, 2010 @ 10:56 pm
men this looks awesome, you realy thought in everything, this definitly worth its weight on gold
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:23 pm
Wow the page was amazing. I was expecting a nice promo video but you brought out a whole tutorial suite just for this plug-in. I am thoroughly impressed in your work.
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:48 pm
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:52 pm
great thanks andrew :) really great one
January 19th, 2010 @ 11:58 pm
Just got in from DMA/LA. Great demo!
Can't wait till the 25th!
January 20th, 2010 @ 12:38 am
Great, great, great… Thank you a lot!
Roger (CD in Hong Kong)
January 20th, 2010 @ 1:06 am
I'm very excited about this plugin. This plugin is exactly what I need! Thanks a lot!
January 20th, 2010 @ 1:25 am
Good job Andrew, you did really put a lot of work in it, fantastic!
January 20th, 2010 @ 1:28 am
I’m very excited about this plugin. This plugin is exactly what I need! Thanks a lot!
from Pakistan.
January 20th, 2010 @ 1:40 am
I am so getting this product!!!!!!!
January 20th, 2010 @ 1:49 am
Wow. Fantatic, I really love this.
January 20th, 2010 @ 2:14 am
Cool PLUGIN now i can learn more about After effect VIDEO COPILOT ROCKS!
January 20th, 2010 @ 2:19 am
such an amazingly awesome product vcp guyz !!!
from such a user friendly interface to insanely detailed lighting stuff...!! ive never seen any other 3rd party tool like this seriously..
and the Lens simulation...exactly what i wanted...
thanx AK..:) and congrats....
January 20th, 2010 @ 2:25 am
First my hart stopped...
Then the doc came in...
Took some medical patches out of the closet...
Got them on to my chest...
Said 'Clear!'...
And SHOCKED me back alive with a kick ass lens flare

(my nipple still hurts ...)

I'm just saying:

What a f*pwfuuuuuuuuuuuuttt* GREAT PLUG-IN!!!!!

Pfjew... You made my day!

PS: Guess who's the doc XD
January 20th, 2010 @ 3:45 am
Btw, I just noticed that Knoll Light Factory is updating now XD

January 20th, 2010 @ 3:57 am
Thanx. U have contributed something magical to After Effects Community.....
We are proud to have you as our guiding line to success.

Thx Andrew
Thank you very much
January 20th, 2010 @ 4:48 am
OMG this is very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very powerful tool thank u very very very very very very very very very much Andrew Kramer for this thank u :D
January 20th, 2010 @ 4:49 am
Great! Can't wait...!
January 20th, 2010 @ 6:00 am
Oh snap! Definitely VCP's best PLUG-IN!
January 20th, 2010 @ 6:45 am
Andrew Kramer (Video Copilot) = Apple

Reinventing the way we should work.. The interface it's an amazing step... it's easy and simple like I ever wanted.

The dynamic stuff... the no need to doing keyframe... awesome.....

Tnx guys... keep doing the good job...
January 20th, 2010 @ 7:28 am
Man, I was all ready to click the BUY button...what a tease...LOL....I can't wait until the 25th gets here...WOO HOO
January 20th, 2010 @ 7:46 am
we would like to see you on the tutorial, like before...
not gonna show up any more?
congratulations for this great product.
show us more cinematic work that you do.
January 20th, 2010 @ 7:56 am
Good job Andrew. :)
Robert Donnelly
January 20th, 2010 @ 8:04 am
Awesome! I think I actually came a little...

One small, tiny question. In the Shimmer Animation feature video, how did you create the 3D text? It looks very different to how your tutorial results in.

But anyway, can wait to get this! It must be the 60s all over again, we have Star Trek and flares!
January 20th, 2010 @ 8:05 am
man! it always blows my mind that you guys release the most badass products at such cheap prices.
marcel v berk
January 20th, 2010 @ 8:16 am
hi Andrew

can't wait till the 25th ;)
January 20th, 2010 @ 8:21 am
if this work in fusion?
January 20th, 2010 @ 8:28 am
Bravo Andrew,

Really went all out on this plugin... I can't imagine that amount of work that went into this. I would love to hear what problems u guys ran into along the way and how u all got around them. I will be ordering on the 25th sir. Thanks so much for you continued commitment.

Wish you and your family the best,
D4 Manager
January 20th, 2010 @ 8:53 am
Unbelievable, I'm totally speechless....

@ Akeenoya: May be because its sponsored by Nvidia ))
January 20th, 2010 @ 9:03 am
January 20th, 2010 @ 9:54 am
And the crowd goes wild.
January 20th, 2010 @ 9:58 am
Wow! AK and VCP team, this is incredible! I was on the fence about it after RG released Knoll3D, but wow... This is a totally different animal. I'm blown away and will be adding this to the arsenal!

Thank you!
Sunil Awadia
January 20th, 2010 @ 10:03 am
Nice product ,,, can't wait to buy it .....
January 20th, 2010 @ 10:16 am
Great! Saw a demo of it last night at DMA LA!!!!
January 20th, 2010 @ 10:20 am
So... uh... Should I be drooling over a demo video?
This looks AMAZING!!!!!!!
Can't wait for Monday! So can't wait for Monday!

Great Job, Andrew and Crew!
January 20th, 2010 @ 10:23 am
Oh yeah, thanks for putting such a reasonable price on your products Andrew. That is the main reason i buy everything from here....great quality, at prices that fit my budget....THANKS!
January 20th, 2010 @ 10:40 am
I'm always bummed at how low you price your stuff. I'd buy that for $800! Now any middle-schooler can save his lunch money for a week and we'll all be drowning in flares! Curse you, Kramer! Curse you!!!!! But all kidding aside, you've set a new standard for AE plug-ins and should charge more.
January 20th, 2010 @ 10:45 am
Hey nice thing again.... but i have Question. will it b work on FCP ?
January 20th, 2010 @ 11:19 am
Can't wait to give it a try, that'll teach Knoll to be 2D only.
January 20th, 2010 @ 11:22 am
As for Final Cut Pro:
At the moment Optical Flares uses many advanced functions only related to After Effects and are not available in other host applications. We are investigating a version for these platforms and we'll let you know!
January 20th, 2010 @ 11:38 am
Optical Flares 2.0:
If every core element property was keyframeable (I know it's not really the point, but could be useful) this plugin would be unstoppable!!

The more I see, the more I see potential! Amazing!
January 20th, 2010 @ 11:48 am
Its gonna Be Out On Monday!!!!!!!!
January 20th, 2010 @ 12:14 pm
Can't wait to see some tutorials on using Optical Flares :)
Ron in Calgary
January 20th, 2010 @ 12:29 pm
As usual Im in !
Great work VCP, I have been holding off on other flaress for this one.

A question : Will it have an automatic "edge flare up" capability, or is that something we would have to keyframe ourselves?
January 20th, 2010 @ 12:39 pm
Simply amazing! I am blown away by the many features, options and the general quality of this plug-in.
I can't wait to purchase and use it!

Hopefully Knoll won't start sending you any threat messages because this will become the number one lens-flare plugin for a very very long time!

Great work!
January 20th, 2010 @ 1:04 pm
Hey Ron, check out this demo video:

We have an entire engine setup to create animation without keyframes. Including edge flare up and many others.
January 20th, 2010 @ 1:19 pm
Hey, Andrew,


You can really tell that you studied lights and lens flares to output Optical Flares.

Me?... Not so studious! One concern I have is creating "stooopid" lens flares because I'm not a student of what they look like in the real world.

In the package do any of the tutorials teach lens flares and how they look, so a dumb ass like me can make them look natural?

OR... would you or anybody else recommend sites that I could go to to get a bit more studious?
January 20th, 2010 @ 1:27 pm
I know nothing about programming, so if this suggestion sounds dumb, ignore me, but if there was a way to port Optical Flares over to Nuke and Fusion, as well as After Effects, I think you could really rule the market for flares in the VFX world, Andrew.
January 20th, 2010 @ 1:46 pm
January 20th, 2010 @ 2:11 pm
You´re the man! You´re a genious! You just have changed the whole indy DP look with your plugin!!! You´ll see!

I wonder... What´s gonna become of poor Michael Bay now that we all can achieve his look and create his explosions (AE2)? Will he have to turn to 3d? Will Andrew give us some 5d plugin then?

Seriously, Andrew. I owe you too much. I proudly included you in my last feature´s credits (special thanks to my "masters") along with Scorsese and Robert Rodriguez. I´ve bought your products before but this is the most exciting of all... THANX (from Seville, Spain)
January 20th, 2010 @ 2:34 pm
Better than what I had imagined
Bboy Mole
January 20th, 2010 @ 2:52 pm
This is Legen.... wait for it Dary!
January 20th, 2010 @ 3:13 pm
Fantastic, beats my expectations!!!
January 20th, 2010 @ 3:46 pm
I liked to have animation control like rotating the stripe itself without rotating the whole lens flare(how I want and not using the triggering function) ..but its not a problem because it won't look realistic. Anyways, the plug-in is the most powerful plug-in I've ever seen.
January 20th, 2010 @ 4:01 pm
you will not be able to safe yourself from job offers.
THIS my friend, will make you immortal. you, at videocopilot, created the best piece of software there is, period.
damn, if i had the money, i would by optical flares, even if i wouldn't use after effects or be involved in video FX.
optical flares is a masterpiece, yet to be challenged.

awesome work.

January 20th, 2010 @ 4:17 pm
And here I thought you were getting so busy with TV and Movies that you had forgotten us, your loyal followers.

Now I see where you have dedicated your time.

(Now it is time to create VCP materializer (particle world replacement)

(Future's so bright I have to wear shades.......due to the flare)

Alby Smith
January 20th, 2010 @ 4:57 pm
I think it will blows my mind! Definitely!

Thanks AK!
Keep doing the magic...!
January 20th, 2010 @ 5:06 pm
Dear Andrew,I´ve just watched all your optical flare videos,and am blown away by the possibilities of optical flares. You saved the world from death by the dreaded photoshopflaremonster. I really think that your plugin is to after effects, what avatar is for cinema. But the greatest thing is to see cool lens flares in star trek thinking: man, i would love to have those flares, and then really and truly getting them!!! If adobe sees that, i bet they will give you gadzillions of dollars, just to have your plugin in their next release. Don´t sell it until you´ve earned alot of money with it. Thank you for this beautiful piece of art plugin.
Robert Peres
January 20th, 2010 @ 7:36 pm
Can't wait on getting my hands on this :)

And I'm getting brain orgasm when thinking about particular alternative created by VCP with UI like this, and friendly price, whereby VCP is famous .... what do you think Andrew? :)

I know that particular is good, but seeing Optical Flares in action, there is no question that alternative from you would be better, and cheaper! (plus maybe some special VCP crossplugin features)

Mr. Kramer, that would be pure awesomeness!
January 20th, 2010 @ 8:09 pm
I agree with Eric. I'd really love to be able to keyframe the individual object settings. Like Random Seed, etc. Similar to what Knoll allows. I'd like to use it to create abstract effects not only realistic flares only. Not to diminish the amount of work and brilliance (literally) that went into this! I'm counting down the days.
January 20th, 2010 @ 8:30 pm
Nice job AK! Man, youve always been a bad mofo' but dude, your becoming a serious player! Keep up the awesome work!
Rohullah Kabir
January 20th, 2010 @ 9:30 pm
Hey Andrew It is Cool Feature Of you....u are always good yah iam exting to get this product.....hey andrew come on dude make DVD's Of This Product And More Tutorials......


Rohullah Kabir
Brian S
January 20th, 2010 @ 9:41 pm
Looked at the videos, calculator watch has been set. Absolutely fantastic work. By the way, all plugin devs should take note, there's a new sheriff in town!
Nemesis TS
January 20th, 2010 @ 10:20 pm
WOW... I didn't expect it to be so intuitive... These lens flares will raise my production value ten fold. This just became a must have.

Great work and can't wait. I'll take two.
Well actually just one will be good enough.
January 20th, 2010 @ 11:02 pm
Optical Flares won Knoll Light Factory
January 21st, 2010 @ 12:14 am
Mmmh... more than a great product this is just pro. Even more than all the actual solutions I known so far.

Congratulation Andrew for all the hard work (I barrely imagine all the hard work that's behind this, especially on coding :D). Really.
Phil Rush
January 21st, 2010 @ 1:28 am
Just saw an advance preview from Harry Frank last night at DMALA. Awesome plug in. You can definitely count on my order Monday. Once again thanks Andrew for filling a need in the market.
January 21st, 2010 @ 3:04 am
I want to know is it work on Mac, CS4 and CS3 also can work?
January 21st, 2010 @ 3:50 am
4 days to go, can't wait to try it!:D
Andrew, you are doing great!
Greetz from Holland
John Doe
January 21st, 2010 @ 3:57 am
Just Flawless! The UI, the workflow, the RESULTS! Even the demo video :D. I hope this will comes out with some sales on the others products so i can buy all of them! ;D
January 21st, 2010 @ 4:05 am
Andrew you are amazing, awesome plug in I love it.
January 21st, 2010 @ 4:41 am
This is what we all where waiting for! :)
January 21st, 2010 @ 6:28 am
Jan 25 is end day for KnollLightFactory
January 21st, 2010 @ 6:31 am
you is amazing, and the best Andrew.
January 21st, 2010 @ 7:22 am
Michael bay? wow, that's a amazing director.
January 21st, 2010 @ 8:12 am
WOW, Andrew! You are the best! ;)
January 21st, 2010 @ 10:12 am
Wow Andrew, This is so groundbreaking, I will be using your flares in a music video first week of Feb! thank you so much for making this all possible!
January 21st, 2010 @ 1:31 pm
Great tool Andrew and team! So full of awesomeness!
January 21st, 2010 @ 5:28 pm
Your best work so far, from the interface to the final flare result. This is the best plugin ever since particular. Wait, were is Sam Loya? he should be in some kind of optical flare tutorial.
January 21st, 2010 @ 5:39 pm
jun 25 is the dead of knoll light factory but without the invention of Thomas Knoll we were´t be here.
January 21st, 2010 @ 7:58 pm
So for the 12 parts that make up a lens flare, is there some dictionary or something were you all found the names of these things, or did you just make up names? (I am referring to the elements like: Glow ball, splints, spike ball, rings, shimmers... etc)
January 21st, 2010 @ 9:34 pm
dang... this and then the Apple Tablet... i'm going to be broke! haha
Fortune Lauture
January 21st, 2010 @ 9:52 pm
hey A.Kramer
That OPTICAL LENS FLARES Bundle will be the solution for pros.
January 21st, 2010 @ 11:26 pm
Just watched the Video Tour in the Product page - hope I can pick my jaw up off the floor in time for the release of Optical Flares.
You have surpassed yourself, Mr. K! Truly amazing.
January 22nd, 2010 @ 12:42 am
DANG. I bought the freaking Knoll factory just a week ago. What the f... I don't know You would be out with Optical flares.Shit man... I hope knoll factory matches optical flare to some extent
January 22nd, 2010 @ 12:58 am
Optical Flares in last Fringe episode?
Looked like it :)
Sean B/ VOH
January 22nd, 2010 @ 3:38 am
Looks great!! Anyways you can a lite/plug-in version of this that can be used in an NLE, like Knoll Light Factory? Using it in AE will be awesome, but sometimes just having it in your fave NLE just saves so much time. Hope to get the pro version once I can find a job (damn this economy!! lol).
January 22nd, 2010 @ 5:41 am
Wow men! Im already supporting it. You put alot of work, style + made it fully flexible. Im hoping to buy it and also sending a big hug! You make us all happy :)
January 22nd, 2010 @ 6:09 am
I wish I could buy it today so I could lock myself up and play with it all weekend long !
January 22nd, 2010 @ 8:54 am
Awesome Kramer,

I've purchased all your products over the years.. great job on the promo and site.. Nobody does it better than you guys.. You're gettin big Man...

Clone #3327
January 22nd, 2010 @ 9:22 am
Does this work with AE 6.5 Professional???
Olympia Logger
January 22nd, 2010 @ 12:23 pm
If I start sending money to an escrow account (Sam can be the third party) to hold, will you put me FIRST in line for your IPO ???
January 22nd, 2010 @ 12:35 pm
Yay, only 3 more days...feels like waiting for Christmas to get here...only better!!!
January 22nd, 2010 @ 12:52 pm
Hey! Waiting for the release of Optical Flares!
Meanwhile here is a link of some real lens flare test
from Claudio Miranda as a design resource
for Optical Flares!
See the Tests section...
sunil thapa (nepal)
January 22nd, 2010 @ 3:15 pm
many many thnx for this product !!! :)
January 22nd, 2010 @ 5:10 pm
Does anyone know how to write a plug-in? Do you use a program to code in C# Visual?
January 22nd, 2010 @ 5:14 pm
Awesome!!! You are the ADOBE AE GOD!!!
January 22nd, 2010 @ 7:08 pm
This is Brutal
Now I want to write plugins too
Andrew and Copilot , you guys are doing great
Keep it up.
January 22nd, 2010 @ 7:10 pm
and Oh
@ Myles

Yes you use c++ and the adobe AE SDK
Believe me, there's not a lot of education on that out there , except you need to register for the adobe blah blah blah developer program.

Good Luck
January 22nd, 2010 @ 8:35 pm
Hey Andrew.
Will you show us how to do the smoke trail shot in the tutorial section ?
January 23rd, 2010 @ 3:45 am
Hey Andrew,
I am interested in your new product and have took a look at the features and demo videos you posted. There is one question that I must ask and I believe it is in the minds of many other AE Users.
"What is the difference between Red Giant's Knoll Light Factory and VC's Optimal Lens Flare? Are there something that one product can do while the other can't?"
D4 Manager
January 23rd, 2010 @ 7:25 am
Why wont you do an online countdown clock on your website, that will make thing more interesting ))
January 23rd, 2010 @ 8:09 am
can i please get a free copy. i will do anything(i am a good and proud user of after effects so i can help with movie and tutorial making;-) )
|it's like will work for food.|
January 23rd, 2010 @ 8:23 am
Great job, Andrew!
Optical Flares is a powerful tool and a fantastic interface, congratulations :)))
January 23rd, 2010 @ 9:17 am
Wow, this Plugin is so awsome..

I dont do a lot of video.
Is it possible to use the Flares also for still photography, and to what degree is the resolution limited? Would be interesting to know..
Edris Mohammadi
January 23rd, 2010 @ 10:28 am
this is Best !
thanks Anderw
I love You !
Just Anderw !

I M Edris Mohammadi Form Sanandaj/Iran.
January 23rd, 2010 @ 11:22 am
is there only one thing you haven't thought about?
be honest!
ken c
January 23rd, 2010 @ 1:20 pm
yeah, like Dsve said, that would be great to get the aep (and/or tut) of the smoke-trail effect like in the promo... hey I'm really looking forward to this.. finally something new for the first time in years, when it comes to lens flares - ready to order here... thanks!

-ken c
January 23rd, 2010 @ 2:05 pm
I have posted other comments about OF in several other sections and I still have to say this is something that is beyond awesome. I watched all the videos on the features and love every bit of it.
I was wondering though, is there any way to place your own "TRIGGER AREA"? after I watched that section I thought it might be nice to put a circle or square in the shape and size you want, for example if there is a crystal ball in your shot that you want the flare to interact with you could place a trigger over the crystal and get a really nice effect but I guess then you would have to figure out a way to motion track the "Trigger area" as your shot moves.
before I get yelled at by the masses, this isn't something I am complaining about. Just a feature I thought of spur of the moment when I watch the videos.
Zvi Twersky
January 23rd, 2010 @ 3:12 pm
Wonder when Optical Particles will come out... Trapcode watch out!
January 23rd, 2010 @ 6:02 pm
Which program do u use for the making of all the 3d text u put on ur product pictures like opticle flares, do u use 3ds max or C4D or maya 3D i just want to know so i can try to replicate it for myself in C4D if its possible
January 23rd, 2010 @ 6:31 pm
ok im taking out my credit card and purchasing right now...and then when it comes out on the 25th 2010..illl have it early....thanks again the kramers..and also sam loyer he's also great in the tutorials
January 23rd, 2010 @ 8:24 pm
wow, i'm impressed by the plugin! it looks really good and easy to use. Got a question though, can you animate some of the parameters in the window? Like perhaps animate the spike ball complexity over time?
January 24th, 2010 @ 3:02 am
IT's great! but to me it is a bit complicate... :)
January 24th, 2010 @ 3:14 am
Andrew, it's just awesome! I really have no words. You and your team are genious! I hope you'll be doing much more outstanding stuff like that.
January 24th, 2010 @ 3:17 am
January 24th, 2010 @ 3:21 am
one day leeeft:D
January 24th, 2010 @ 3:57 am
Buying tomorrow, first thing!
AE should not be After Effects but Andrew Effects!

Thnx & grtz

Twisting Digital
January 24th, 2010 @ 4:21 am
Credit card at the ready Andrew. What time will it be available here in the UK? Awsome plugin by the way. Sweet!!!
January 24th, 2010 @ 4:22 am
Great work, Andy! You're my Guru! =)
January 24th, 2010 @ 8:01 am
this plug-in is awesome, would be putting it mildly. Light Factory is of now officially out of market I guess. Great job, Andrew!! I'll try this one out as soon as I can get my hands on it.
January 24th, 2010 @ 8:47 am
I can't wait to see it tommorow when it comes out :X You're the best Andrew <3
January 24th, 2010 @ 9:20 am
wow, that's awesome, can you please make a tutorial on those meteor strikes..yeah again...because they look amazing...
January 24th, 2010 @ 9:29 am
One More Day yuhuuuuu!!!!

Love it Andrew! keep up the good work, still enjoying my last purchase hehehe
jasper king
January 24th, 2010 @ 9:40 am
hey its already 12am! wer is it? wer is it? ahhh i cant w8 to see it!! andrew your great! your tutorials are great as always! cant w8 to see the new presets/ plug-ins etc! thanks man! AK my idol!!!
ken c
January 24th, 2010 @ 10:40 am
dynamic triggering is a game-changer for flare fx, lots of great work on this... buying tomorrow first thing when it's out
Johnny U
January 24th, 2010 @ 10:59 am
I haven't read all the comments, but does anyone know whether Optical Flares plays well with Particular 2.0?

One would assume so, but you know about assuming....

Terry Loui
January 24th, 2010 @ 12:04 pm

Te escribo desde Colombia, he visto lo que haces y me parece que eres un Genio te felicito tus productos son increibles.

Terry Loui
January 24th, 2010 @ 1:48 pm
@Johnny U

I would guess so. I think it would be cool to make a bunch of flares AS the particles. :)
January 24th, 2010 @ 1:50 pm
As far as Particular integration... OF COURSE! In fact in the demo video, the missiles and the 3 light streaks with flares are both Particular with Optical Flares.
January 24th, 2010 @ 2:46 pm
How much is optical flares going to be? it looks sooo tasty
January 24th, 2010 @ 3:16 pm
@ Jordon .....Andrew wrote it like 200000 times on the website ... Optical Flares with 60 presets costs $124.95 ..
Optical Flares with 60 presets + 50 high-end presets cost $139.95
January 24th, 2010 @ 3:38 pm
I can´t wait till tomorrow!!!!
January 24th, 2010 @ 4:08 pm
At midnight I will be here to get my optical flares... I hope your servers are ready because I don't think I'm coming alone......
January 24th, 2010 @ 4:26 pm
Thanks AK
you are the best
and 1 2 3 viva algeria
January 24th, 2010 @ 5:22 pm
What time will this be released? Like midnight or mid-day California time?
January 24th, 2010 @ 5:23 pm
in Romania is 25 already:))
January 24th, 2010 @ 5:40 pm
Its 25th of January here in PHILIPPINES, I declared holiday!!!!
January 24th, 2010 @ 6:08 pm
In Turkey,25th of January too! :)
January 24th, 2010 @ 6:10 pm
Hey, The plan is to launch around 9:30 am PST on Monday.
January 24th, 2010 @ 6:16 pm
Thanks for the reply Andrew :)
January 24th, 2010 @ 6:51 pm
Cool. Thanks for the update, Andrew.
January 24th, 2010 @ 6:52 pm
9.45 am here in Western Australia - still a few hours to wait - sigh...
January 24th, 2010 @ 7:34 pm
its the 25th over here (uk)

am braced
January 24th, 2010 @ 9:06 pm
I just wating till 25, wooooooooow
January 25th, 2010 @ 3:41 am
i am Thailand 25 now
January 25th, 2010 @ 5:56 am
Great work... you rocks again!
January 25th, 2010 @ 9:05 am
are you ready to be rich? cause you're about to be. thanks!
February 4th, 2010 @ 12:33 pm
The trailer ist amazing !!! great work !!!
April 27th, 2010 @ 12:25 pm
thanks thanks so so so much
August 9th, 2010 @ 11:28 pm
Cool, But I wish I had only the money to buy that cool thing. You are so amazing Kramer. can you please give it to me free an exception only for me, Please. Please KRAMER.
September 19th, 2012 @ 1:25 pm
Hey Andrew I was told about the optical flares free presets.. are they still available for download?
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