Plug-in Updates & Information

All Video Copilot products now support After Effects CS5 and free updates are available for Optical Flares and Twitch.

Important Information About CS5 and 64-bit:

  • Each Plug-in comes in 2 versions: one for After Effects CS5 (64-bit) and one for previous versions of After Effects such as AE 7, CS3 & CS4 (32-bit).
  • Please install the plug-in based on your version After Effects only. The 64-bit version is for After Effects CS5 only and NOT based on your Operating System.
  • So if you have AE CS4 installed on the 64-bit version of Windows 7, you still only need to install the 32-bit version of the plug-in because AE CS4 is still a 32-bit application.
  • Customers can reuse their current licenses with this update. Simply copy your license file from the previous directory into the new installation folder. If you have a new computer or need to request a new license please contact our support team.


Download Optical Flares 1.2.128 Update*
This update is for all customers, not just CS5. It includes several new features.
*We fixed a couple of bugs as well from 2 days ago.

Download Twitch CS5 Update
Order Email Required to download.

May 24th, 2010 @ 7:22 pm
AWESOME!!! OOPS im still in all caps. heh
May 24th, 2010 @ 7:22 pm
By the waay, when will the new tutorial be out???
Jan Post
May 24th, 2010 @ 7:48 pm
wow that was fast
Matthew Park
May 24th, 2010 @ 8:23 pm
Awesome, thanks for the update Mr. Kramer.
May 24th, 2010 @ 8:44 pm
Really cool! I guess You are Planing to make a tutorials for new features of OF=)!!! Thanks
May 24th, 2010 @ 9:36 pm
That was fast! lol, thanks Andrew :)
May 24th, 2010 @ 9:59 pm
Me gustaria tener el CS5 pero no ... :(

Muy bueno igual
Edris Mohammadi
May 24th, 2010 @ 10:51 pm
thanks Anderw

I love You
I am Edris Mohammadi from Iran.
Edris Mohammadi
May 24th, 2010 @ 10:51 pm
thanks Anderw

I love You
I am Edris Mohammadi from Iran.
May 24th, 2010 @ 10:59 pm
Awesome AK, your tha man! :)
May 24th, 2010 @ 11:19 pm
Damet Gooli!== Very thanks
May 24th, 2010 @ 11:31 pm
what about shure target 2
May 25th, 2010 @ 1:13 am
U the man kramer !!!!!!
May 25th, 2010 @ 1:31 am
:( animation controls doesn't work again. Always same problem. When I try to set parameters for animation (speed and amount)my flare is always STILL. nothing change in the composition. And "roll-scroll" of mouse (mac) don't move the panels of parameters. (in cs4 it works). :(
May 25th, 2010 @ 1:53 am
Thank you very much Andrew , your products are awesome!
Bradley Bell
May 25th, 2010 @ 2:02 am
Good work as always. Keep on going Andrew.
May 25th, 2010 @ 2:02 am
Hi there,
big trouble with sure target & optical flares :
The new version of optical flares (32 bits) crashes the "sure target" layer values in CS3 (decimal values are lost : 1.00 become 1000).
Everything is ok if I replace the new plugin by the old one.
Any advice?
    February 13th, 2013 @ 1:32 am
    Yup. having same issue right now. No GPU on or anything. It has worked before tho, but is temperamental. Seems im having issues today (on a deadline ofcourse)
marcel v berk
May 25th, 2010 @ 3:30 am
Great job VCP team,

I even think you guys are one of the 1st that has all their plug-ins in order for CS5.

Rulez !
May 25th, 2010 @ 3:45 am
Downloaded the new OF 1.2.124 and now After Effects won´t render a composition that uses Optical Flares...? I get an error code
"Rendering error while writing to file... An output module failed" Anyone else get this error? I´m on a Mac 64-bit....
May 25th, 2010 @ 4:39 am
Good Work Andrew ,

So when the new tuto is going to be here ...
May 25th, 2010 @ 4:49 am
can you make a kamehameha.... or SAN GUKO (dragon ball z)
marcel v berk
May 25th, 2010 @ 4:50 am
@ thonbo,


Sure Target 2 and Twitch are already made done for 64 bit
May 25th, 2010 @ 5:05 am

He already has a tutorial for the new features. They are just changes to the interface, but great ones at that!
May 25th, 2010 @ 6:36 am
I was using the new optical flares last night, you guys have done an excellent job! I love the new interface, and everything runs so smooth.

Tying flares and particles to the same light is so much fun!
May 25th, 2010 @ 7:14 am
Awesome! When will there be a new tutorial out :D ?
May 25th, 2010 @ 7:17 am
New tutorial, please!
May 25th, 2010 @ 8:40 am
That's great
Thanks Andrew! :]
May 25th, 2010 @ 9:51 am
Thanks Andrew! you are starting a motion graphics revolution, ya know that right? :)
May 25th, 2010 @ 10:03 am
Thank you so much Andrew.. you're the whole team is just awesum...
May 25th, 2010 @ 10:08 am
can't wait for the new tutorial. i always wanted to know something about advanced camera projection and stuff (i hope it will be about it. the last scene of payment plan looks incredible)
May 25th, 2010 @ 12:23 pm
I got a personal question for you...
If the US lose in the World Cup, which team will you support?
Evan Langley
May 25th, 2010 @ 12:41 pm
Awesome! Just tried this out in my brand-new CS5 (my first upgrade in three years and one that's unquestionably worth it) and it works great, not to mention runs a ton faster. I can't believe how much better the entire CS5 production suite is. Everything just seems snappier and more responsive. Thanks Andrew and thanks Adobe!
cyclone muet
May 25th, 2010 @ 1:19 pm
tu es un grand, est ce que tu sais.
May 25th, 2010 @ 6:04 pm
I LOVE this plugin. Below is a link to my first 64bit test.
May 26th, 2010 @ 6:31 am
With everyone charging for updates, the expense can be crazy. Thank you Professor Kramer for your generosity!

With the money we're saving, We should all buy Video CoPilot swag.

I'm off to buy a hat for my extra fat head!

Cheers & Thank You!
May 26th, 2010 @ 6:36 am
what is difference 16bit, 32bit, 64bit i don't complete understand pls help me i wont defines an for bit ret
so give me anybody
Navarro Parker
May 27th, 2010 @ 10:35 am
Other than Optical Flares 1.2, all other plug-ins are just compatibility updates? No new features?
May 27th, 2010 @ 10:55 am
@ Narvarro, that is correct.
May 30th, 2010 @ 1:51 pm
i have a problem i have the plug in and i have install the new one but it saiz that i havenn't got a licence but i have!!!!!

give me 120 $ back!
June 5th, 2010 @ 7:13 am
My License doesn't work ;/
June 5th, 2010 @ 9:30 am
Why my old license doesn't work with x64 update ?
June 6th, 2010 @ 11:29 am
How i install it i dont even know becaus i bought it for cs4 and i dont know how to install on cs5

send me a message to my mail pls
June 10th, 2010 @ 4:37 am
Is it possible to use the plugins i used when i was in CS4 32bit on my current OS which is a 64bit, still CS4. i tried CS5 but i have to buy the 64bit versions of the plugins i want. i still dont have the money. if so, i don't have to downgrade to 32bit and save time. i have a feeling i can't use the plugins but im just making sure. :D tnx
June 20th, 2010 @ 5:08 am

Why my old license doesn't work just like you said ?
June 22nd, 2010 @ 7:39 am
This is pretty awesome, nice work!!! I was waiting for this for a very long, countless hours. Thanks!!
vlad levitskiy
August 23rd, 2010 @ 5:04 pm
hey andrew i love your products. thank you for creating them. how did you get started with after effects? thanks for everything.
September 3rd, 2010 @ 5:20 pm
why license is not working??
September 15th, 2010 @ 9:48 am
Hi i just tried to install the 34 bit version and dosen't work it comes up with an error message. Error:After Effects Error":File"opticalFlare.aex" is not a valid File type for import.

Please help
September 15th, 2010 @ 9:49 am
Hi i just tried to install the 34 bit version and dosen’t work it comes up with an error message. Error:After Effects Error”:File”opticalFlare.aex” is not a valid File type for import.

Please help

My email is
November 23rd, 2010 @ 12:40 pm
Hi, i have the same problem. tried it in 34 bit, cs3 and rendering just fails. it doesnt show any message, it just renders 3 frames and finishes. but if i turn off the layer with optical flare, it renders well. I'm trying to render the wall of lights thing btw, is it a memory or graphics card issue? i hope to hear from you soon. thanks!
August 9th, 2011 @ 8:13 pm
optical flares crashes at interface stage on mac osx both for cs4 and cs5...tried even the update but every time the interface loads,my AE crashes...rilly frustrating...anyone pliz help!!!!!
June 8th, 2012 @ 8:50 pm
i like this optical flares very wory in my cs 5.5 lion OS. tq to videocopilot andrew
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