Motion Blur & Lens Flares NOW AVAILABLE!

We recently added a new feature to Optical Flares to generate native Motion Blur. This makes a lot of sense because when your light source is moving rapidly it becomes blurred and naturally the flare elements should follow. Sorry for the back-to-back plug-in updates but this one is actually fun!

The feature is simple to use, just turn on motion blur for the layer and comp switch, then adjust the samples in the plug-in Motion Blur roll-out.

The light streaks in the sample video are made with Particular and the light is moving with a wiggle expression.

Remember, too many motion blur samples can be slower so adjust the value as needed for your project.

Download Update Now

If you are interested in learning more about Optical Flares with tutorials and examples, click here.

See Sample Video

August 4th, 2010 @ 12:21 pm
Nice Andrew, I still don't own optical Flares yet, But I plan on getting it soon!
Taylor R
August 4th, 2010 @ 12:24 pm
Great addition to Optical Flares. Keep it up Andrew!
Sebastian Husak
August 4th, 2010 @ 12:25 pm
Coll new Feature!
Hopefully very usefull!
Frank B.
August 4th, 2010 @ 12:25 pm
A great Plugin... now even better

I love Optical Flares

Hi from Bavaria
August 4th, 2010 @ 12:25 pm
Cool ! thanks for the free update.
August 4th, 2010 @ 12:27 pm

Thats in my plan too :)
August 4th, 2010 @ 12:34 pm
Looks awesome!Nice demonstration!
Matthew Park
August 4th, 2010 @ 12:52 pm
Wow thanks for the update.
August 4th, 2010 @ 12:52 pm
Awesome! Thank you!
August 4th, 2010 @ 12:59 pm
The upgrade is not working, I replace the 64bit file I downloaded ( I am working on a Mac with CS5). I try to contact customer support but nothing. Any Ideas anyone ?
mb editor
August 4th, 2010 @ 1:02 pm
very good ! Thank you!
August 4th, 2010 @ 1:03 pm
@Daniel, ya standby, we are reuploading the 64-bit version here shortly. The previous version is still available on the update page in the support section but it should be online soon.
Tyler McCue
August 4th, 2010 @ 1:04 pm
Sweet this makes optical flares all the better.
thanks Andrew.
August 4th, 2010 @ 1:18 pm
Now you're just showing off! :D
August 4th, 2010 @ 1:25 pm
He Andrew can i ask how did you make the lightstroke in the sample movie?
August 4th, 2010 @ 1:36 pm
Looks awesome Andrew! What were the settings for the particles?
August 4th, 2010 @ 1:50 pm
Hmmm, I never noticed that lens blurs flared. For whatever reason, it seems like they wouldn't.
August 4th, 2010 @ 2:17 pm
I dunno if it's just me, but lately whenever trying to watch the sampel videos on the blog, Internet Explorer just crashes :/

any ideas?
August 4th, 2010 @ 2:19 pm
Thank god. I've been having to make do with CC Force Motion Blur, and I still think that plugin kinda sucks. This is a lot better. :)
August 4th, 2010 @ 2:20 pm
@Jeremiahjw, actually lens flares are refractions and reflections of a bright light source so if the source becomes blurred, the flare objects will too.
August 4th, 2010 @ 2:22 pm
Hey Andrew, spectacular as always. Any plans on doing a short tutorial on how you did the sample video? It looked amazing
Brian Z.
August 4th, 2010 @ 2:49 pm
@David W. I think he just used about the same settings from the light streak tut, then replaced the main light with an OF ... think that's it.
@Andrew Kramer - awesome job! Maybe I'll try it sometime in a real life project :D
August 4th, 2010 @ 3:17 pm
that's really awesome andrew..keep goin :)
Justin J. Wood
August 4th, 2010 @ 3:18 pm
Andrew, if you don't do a short tutorial on how you did that awesome camera move and light streaks and tell us specifics on how the text changes colour based on the light colour i'll be very upset. So, please, uphold your awesomeness and do a friend a favour. Or you could do it and email it to me personally! hehehehe

Thanks mate!
Justin from Australia
Alex Wedlake
August 4th, 2010 @ 3:19 pm
This has gotten me wondering. I take it at some point in the future that there will be an "Optical Flares 2" but what could you possibly add which would make it a new version. What you have done already is brilliant and much better than Knoll Light Factory... That's right people... I said it... It's BETTER! When I get some money together I will get Optical Flares.
August 4th, 2010 @ 3:35 pm
Is anyone else having issues with a 404 when you try to download?
August 4th, 2010 @ 3:36 pm
@Andrew Kramer i would like that you make a tutorial or upload it in the projects menu please!!!!!!
August 4th, 2010 @ 3:38 pm
I wonder if one day have enough money to buy any product from them.
Alldin Dauti
August 4th, 2010 @ 3:57 pm
amaaaaaaazing :D:D
August 4th, 2010 @ 4:06 pm
Love it! Andrew and his team moved again the edge of CG perfectionisim forward.
August 4th, 2010 @ 4:12 pm
Nice addition, by the way, how did you achieve the streaking effect that follows your flares? i've been doing a project and haven't been able t get results as good as yours.

August 4th, 2010 @ 4:17 pm
Ohhh Nice Effect Thnx Andrew
August 4th, 2010 @ 5:24 pm
WooW..... Very cool...
August 4th, 2010 @ 5:44 pm
Maybe i can use this with my flux compasitor :P (BLAH!)
August 4th, 2010 @ 8:20 pm
August 4th, 2010 @ 8:35 pm

btw I got my cap and I'm very happy
videocopilot is my fev website ever

regards from Dubai
August 4th, 2010 @ 8:59 pm
Is the update up in the download section. If so do I have to download the whole 300 Mb file. Seems a bit excessive for an update
August 4th, 2010 @ 9:55 pm
what is the font use???? really cool! like gotham! and the effects too.
August 4th, 2010 @ 9:56 pm
I like optical Flares very very much~~
August 4th, 2010 @ 10:14 pm
That inspired me greatly, ty. Incendiary like +cruz or w+k tokyo lab
August 4th, 2010 @ 10:24 pm
Nike ABUKU by w+k tokyo lab
August 4th, 2010 @ 11:06 pm
Nice little title seq.. After I played it at speed I panned threw the entire clip with my arrow keys and found that each frame could be a great title image. Each frame has a great look to it. Especially the frames where the light source is right over the "I" in Optical.
Really nice, even just as a demo.
August 4th, 2010 @ 11:09 pm
hmmm... I really would like to own one of those cool plugins ....all I can do is watch...:(

Anyway I just hope one day I'll get one of these...
August 4th, 2010 @ 11:10 pm
Thanks a lot.
I like Optical Flares very very much,
and I Use Optical Flares in Every Works.

I Love You Andrew Kramer
I am Edris Mohammadi from Iran.
Eli Wanket
August 4th, 2010 @ 11:49 pm
After Effects crashes when I try to use the motion blur. But Its still cool!
August 5th, 2010 @ 1:31 am
Cool update Awesome I got some cool effect please Andrew check it out.

The Matrix Recall
August 5th, 2010 @ 1:40 am
superb.. thanks team
August 5th, 2010 @ 2:12 am
wow...this is nice^^
Amit Mridha
August 5th, 2010 @ 3:34 am
i am very fond of your tut. and had watch each an every tutorial on 1st date of it published. one question regarding AFX. Wat will anyone do if he want get ride of effect from layer beneath the adjustment layer (effect generate from the adjustment layer)and the problem is i hav to keep layer beneath the adjustment.
Amit Mridha
August 5th, 2010 @ 4:05 am
Hey man,

Thanks for the update, it looks great. I just have to resist the temptation to whack a few optical Flares on every bloody project now! Loving OF though, these updates are fantastic. Its absolutely incredible value for money. Got it myslef at home and managed to convince work we needed it too, makes my life a lot easier!

Cheers dude
August 5th, 2010 @ 4:14 am
Great update, Andrew and all VC-team.
A BIG THANKS for this incredible product :-)
August 5th, 2010 @ 5:04 am
it's funny Iranian artiest(singers) are overusing optical lens flares in their latest video-clips :P some of them use Andrew's tutorials latterly :S i feel so sorry for them but at the same time I'm very proud of VIDEOCOPILOT :) well done with your latest plugin guys (Y)
August 5th, 2010 @ 5:06 am
that was wonderful plug in....
August 5th, 2010 @ 7:11 am
The one think I can think of with this is tracer bullets. This will make awesome tracer bullets
August 5th, 2010 @ 9:00 am
@Olivier-Mauritius where r u from and how old r u??
Peter Kreitner
August 5th, 2010 @ 9:19 am
Thank you! IT's great!
But, are you sure that lens flares are actually making blur? :)
August 5th, 2010 @ 9:25 am
Thank you for the update. I love Optical Flares.I use it frequently, either way out there or subliminal
August 5th, 2010 @ 9:45 am
Will it work if I just add a force motion blur on the actual solid that OF is applied?
August 5th, 2010 @ 10:15 am
@Peter Kreitner ...
Lens flare is caused by non-image-producing light, which does not pass (refract) directly along its intended path, but instead reflects internally on lens elements any number of times ... back and forth ... before eventually reaching the film or, in most cases today, the digital sensor.
Because this non-image-producing light travels unintended, and unpredictable, paths movement of the camera, and the corresponding movement of the reflective lens elements, certainly may create artifacts that include blur.
I prefer having the blur, as the sensation of movement is further enhanced.
Thanks Andrew for contributing this fine tool to our community, and at such a bargain price!
Anthony Bellissimo
August 5th, 2010 @ 10:28 am
Dear Andrew Kramer,

I tried to add you as a foe in your forum, but it wouldn't allow me because it says something to the affect of the fact that I am just a peasant and you are some kind of King Golfer.. I really hope that someday I can add you to my foe list, because you are definitely a worthy one. I think that respecting your enemies is key in the game of life, and I have a lot of respect for your talents, though they might be for evil. Soon, I will be sending you a well thought out and planned video explaining who I am. Until then, Mr. Kramer..
August 5th, 2010 @ 9:36 am
Nice adjustment Andrew, works great!
August 5th, 2010 @ 10:41 am
In his new tutorial video on youtube, Freddie W, said that he used the techniques from your earth zoom tutorial for his new video AimBot. Just found it cool that we see a example of how one of your tutorials can be used for different effects.
August 5th, 2010 @ 11:20 am
Force Motion blur will only work if applied to a pre-comp of Optical Flares or on a adjustment layer over everything in your comp. It was a shakey work-around and also only worked in 8-bit. This blur should work up to 32bpc.
August 5th, 2010 @ 11:26 am
hi evry one - pleaze andrew ken you do a short tutorial to thes flar with blur
August 5th, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
and thank you =)
August 5th, 2010 @ 12:14 pm
i want to know what are Andrews favorite fonts? i like the simplicity of the fonts he uses.
August 5th, 2010 @ 12:16 pm
August 5th, 2010 @ 12:26 pm
one question i update the plugins by replacing it in the plugin folder for cs5 ,i opend optical flares with a new solid turn on the motion blure for the both i dont see any thing i dont see a blur where did i go wrong?
August 5th, 2010 @ 2:34 pm
im getting an error when i render.

Optical Flares has encountered an unrecoverable error.
Please contact support.

Minidump has been generated:
August 5th, 2010 @ 4:10 pm
awesome new feature. how is the rendering time effected? is it the same as adding the motion blur to a layer?
August 5th, 2010 @ 10:34 pm
Looks like the Previs Society used some of your Pro Scores in their documentary Episode I.

Appears on about 0.22 sec...

Cool stuff, Sir Andrew Kramer !!
August 6th, 2010 @ 2:24 am
Remi I love 3D filme
August 6th, 2010 @ 3:06 am
Nice! Can you make a tut for that vid? :)
Dory Yasmine
August 6th, 2010 @ 4:55 am
he Andrew, what is the font you used in the sample video?
Carlos Quintero
August 6th, 2010 @ 9:30 am
Excellent contribution, and furthermore free, is brilliant like all products, greetings from Venezuela
August 6th, 2010 @ 10:34 am
Any word if this version is compatible with Mac OSX 10.5.8. Only the original version has been working for me, and support told me the updates haven't been made compatible with earlier versions of OS X yet.
August 6th, 2010 @ 11:51 am
Hey Andrew check this out! Am I crazy or J.J. Abrams are using Optical Flares in his new movie promo:
August 6th, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
Thanks for the update!

And nice work on the Super 8 trailer titles. (at least it looked like your style)
August 6th, 2010 @ 2:31 pm
THANK YOU SO MUCH! It's so awesome that you make all these amazing plugins! After Effects wouldn't be the same without your plugins! THANKS!
Andy Pirog
August 6th, 2010 @ 2:56 pm
JEez !!

this is so fast and superb looooking

ur the MAN
August 6th, 2010 @ 5:07 pm
Hi Andrew, thanks for all the great tutorials. Could you please work on a tutorial with some walking/moving a light speed across a room, from on position to another. Like The Mask did in that Jim Carey movie "The Mask" when he was in the bank steeling money and fooling around, zooming from one point to another.

August 6th, 2010 @ 7:38 pm
Hey Andrew , I am From Algeria ^^ Thanks for all Your Work ^^ ... great Job for Motion Blur I Tested Update ; Ver Awesome ^^

August 6th, 2010 @ 8:53 pm
Could you please make a tutorial about Stereoscopic 3D in AE, in other words, how to shoot, what cameras, software and setup in AE.

August 6th, 2010 @ 11:13 pm
Salam , How are you, my friends, I Ayobboy , short, is the first work for After effetces Clic Here!/ayobboy
August 7th, 2010 @ 2:24 am
I don't really get why you won't get an answer from the customer support or any other contact mail in generel. Ever since in know vc (for a very long time now:)) it has been very personal and fans-oriented. I mean, for example, AK is here with us on the comment side, posting a lot of behind the scenes stuff and so on. Hopefully this brings an effect along. Anyway of cooourse great company, it has always been. Greets from Germany
August 7th, 2010 @ 5:06 am
Love the test vid. I am also curious as to how you made the light streaks!
August 7th, 2010 @ 5:37 am
Thanks Andrew thanks alot men.i was looking for this .wow my dream came true! thank you so much <3
August 7th, 2010 @ 11:47 am
I just downloaded the new version of optical flares, however, it will not allow me to save any custom made flares?!

August 7th, 2010 @ 3:49 pm
@Melle, when did you send an email? Our support staff is very quick and yes I even answer many support emails. The only reason you would not get a reply is if the message is being blocked or put into a spam folder. You can also try posting in the forum if it is an email issue.
Thanks. AK
August 7th, 2010 @ 11:42 pm
I got the 64 bit version of optical flares, but it doesn't show any of the lens flare presets or custom objects I have.
August 8th, 2010 @ 12:50 am
Hi andrew kramer your work is exellent and the new Optical flare effect is ausom plz watch my work on youtube search type
mirza owais baig

August 8th, 2010 @ 4:20 pm
In the Sample video, where those particles set to follow the flare?
Saudi Araba
August 8th, 2010 @ 9:18 pm
Hi andrew pleaz how to render on after effects cs4 or cs3 settings mov quicktime ..
Navarro Parker
August 9th, 2010 @ 2:34 pm
Updates are always welcome.

Would like to see larger previews in the element layer stack. They are so tiny now. If I have one tiny glint or reflection, it's almost impossible to see it.

If not a size slider, then at least Photoshop palette-like small, medium, large, and jumbo sized layer previews.
August 10th, 2010 @ 7:14 am
Every single frame in the sample movie is worth to be a still design promoting optical flares!

Very nice work. Highly considering to buy this product sooner or later when I need it.
Fernando Vargas
August 10th, 2010 @ 8:33 am
Andrew cada as novidades??? Estamos aguardando... :)
August 10th, 2010 @ 11:02 am
I have been loving this plug-in. A genius master piece. Keep it up and make more plug-ins. Thanks for the update, this is very usable product!
August 10th, 2010 @ 7:56 pm
Awesome! I have not purchased the plug in yet but have been having to manually ad blurs to Knoll Light Factory Pro. Once i can afford the overhead will def snag Optical Flares!
August 10th, 2010 @ 9:15 pm
I love how when VC makes a new plug-in you see it EVERYWHERE on TV.
August 10th, 2010 @ 11:04 pm
Hey Andrew Thank you so much to releasing this nice products....
August 11th, 2010 @ 2:12 am
Wonderful, motion blur was the one thing that was missing. Thank you I'm now a happy man.
August 11th, 2010 @ 4:37 am
ANDREW please the presets are not working
tell me what to do
August 11th, 2010 @ 6:18 am
Here's Wots next Andrew we need some car , plane , different motor bike sound that u would use CG in place of real one so u need the different sounds for the most CG elements u might use, knock on the door, building fallin down u know stuff like that so u can use CG IN place of real ones
August 11th, 2010 @ 7:41 am
Nuke CameraTracker tuts... STAT!
August 11th, 2010 @ 10:01 am
Lots of flares in the new Eminem video, could this be done with Optical Flares?
August 11th, 2010 @ 10:15 am
Man, Optical Flares, as well as everything else on your site, is so freakin' awesome! once I get some money saved up, I'm planning to buy everything on the site! Keep up the awesomeness, Andrew! :D
August 11th, 2010 @ 11:26 am
August 11th, 2010 @ 2:14 pm
wow very good pLugin. thnx
August 11th, 2010 @ 8:37 pm
Thank you.....................
Keep more plugings

you a AE Genious...... like me.......... lol...

August 12th, 2010 @ 3:14 am
Andrew, I am pretty sure they use your Optical Flares plug-in in the movie trailer for Skyline. Check it out if you have not already!
August 12th, 2010 @ 10:40 pm
Andrew, check out The Foundry's Cameratracker plugin for After Effects. It's pretty much 3D Tracker.
August 13th, 2010 @ 4:37 am
Andrew u Heard about the new plugins the foundry release for after effects???the possibilities r wicked man fill me in on ur insight plzzz
August 13th, 2010 @ 2:25 pm
Real Clouds Higher Resolution Andrew wot u think about that??
August 13th, 2010 @ 11:14 pm
That's it. I'm in.

Funny, I just spent the evening watching all the features videos, trying to see if I could justify it for possible music video use. I don't know what I'm going to do, but it's going to have rockets. Rockets out of my mouth, rockets out of my eyes. Rock rockets agogo.

And now with Motion Blur? Well who knows if that helps me, I want it!

I wish I had time to be an after effects pro, but I'm a musician. Your products help me look that little bit better, thanks!
August 14th, 2010 @ 7:02 am

Sombody has definitly bought Optical Flares off your shelf Andrew, and also trown in some Action Essentials 2 in there. It's just getting better and better..

Keep up!! the good work Andrew and crew.. of course
August 14th, 2010 @ 8:44 am
That's Very Well - it is Very ............
I am Waiting for new Tutorial about Optical Flare(Motion Blur), and I am waiting for new Blogshow about your work station and your family.
I live in Iran, and Edris Mohammadi is My Friend.
August 14th, 2010 @ 6:55 pm
I haven't been on the site for a while but i really miss it. It really changed my life. Thank you Andrew Kramer, you are amazing. This video made me think of VC. A true VC fan will know why...,32068,541363358001_2010246,00.html?iid=redirect-carp
August 15th, 2010 @ 1:53 pm
Good 1 Paul. That vid was gr8! I wish finding clients was that easy! :)
August 15th, 2010 @ 6:36 pm
hey andrew can you make tutorial about cinema color effect plzz
August 15th, 2010 @ 7:44 pm
Alright Andrew Kramer, I have a tutorial that even you might have a little trouble making. I want you to help us make an after effects plug-in. Not something difficult like Twitch or Optical Flares, but something simpler like VCReflect or maybe even Sure Target. I want to make a light controlling plug-in, and I am having such big trouble. I'm pretty sure that a lot of people who watch you have some amazing ideas.
August 15th, 2010 @ 9:11 pm
Wow, 11 days with no new blog post? The only time this happens is when you're preparing something awesome!

What are you up to?
August 16th, 2010 @ 4:24 am
Hey AK...

Would you be so kind as to upload that project file for the motion blur effect you got here?

I was playing around with the new build and it looks nothing like your sweet demo.

Thanks man!

August 16th, 2010 @ 7:58 am
what about underwater explosion?
August 16th, 2010 @ 9:08 am
hello! it`s amazing plu-in! realy cool stuff!! :)
but one question.
is it possible to make stereoscopic lens flare to use this plugin? could I set up every flare's element at it's own z-position to achieve more depth in stereo?
Andrew, maybe you can give some advice or tips&tricks how to build stereoscopic lens flare? or maybe new great tutorial about it ;)
thank you!

sorry for my english
August 16th, 2010 @ 9:16 am
Pro Scores used in previsualization documentary.
August 16th, 2010 @ 10:24 am
Ba omule mai fa sa tu seva. Nici un tutorial da nu stiu cand.
Ba omule toata familia ma ii saparata.

Hey make a something again, I'm too enceuas>
Rick Joaquim
August 16th, 2010 @ 11:38 am
VC has been really quiet of late...Hope they working on something to knock our socks off...

That would make a cool tutorial...CG Socks :P

Thanks for everything VC :)
August 16th, 2010 @ 2:15 pm
Ok Thank you krimer
August 17th, 2010 @ 1:38 am
Was optical flares made because of the work that u did on startrek
August 17th, 2010 @ 4:12 am
Andrew can u make a tutorial on usin the new feature motion blur on optical flares just as if u were 2 buy the package with those rest of tutorials just need the tutorial for reference sake just in u 4got motion blur is their and how to use it plzz thank you
Fernando Vargas
August 17th, 2010 @ 9:41 am
Where are the news??
It's been awhile that has nothing new! :)
August 19th, 2010 @ 10:15 am
speaking of optical flares, look what I found
August 19th, 2010 @ 12:01 pm
Hi Andrew,
Love the plugin! Excited about motion blur as well. I have a slight problem though, when you enable motion blur for the layer and comp and start to scrub through AE will crash reporting OpenGL problems. If I turn the preview setting to Adaptive Resolution only it has no problems but obviously is no longer GPU accelerated. As long as I leave motion blur off the GPU acceleration works wonderfully. I am running a Mac Pro 8 core with CS5 and a ATI 4870. Any help or a fix would be awesome. Thanks.

August 19th, 2010 @ 12:14 pm
Hey Viper, thanks for the note, our tech is going to contact you and try to sort it out.
August 19th, 2010 @ 12:36 pm
Sounds great! Thanks.
August 23rd, 2010 @ 12:56 pm
Oddest thing when I try to pick whip position XY to the position of my point ( the one I use to animate the particle effect) like how you have it above so the flare is hooked to the first point of the particle stream, the XY of the Optical Flares is just slightly offset from the end of my particles. Am I hooking the wrong things together? Thanks.

This might be a good simple tutorial for optical flares? I like your particle streams. How they flare out in multiple pieces.
August 30th, 2010 @ 5:32 am
Thank you guys! With motion blur it looks much better ;)
September 1st, 2010 @ 4:52 am
hello sir , am vj the video editor used many softwares bt didnt find insting can u help me out num -9490365475
September 3rd, 2010 @ 2:51 am
Hi Andrew , I just Downloaded the update on my laptop ,the New Features are Great!(I noticed the scroll bug got fixed)
By the way , I like the way you designed the Particles in the sample. Just a Little Question -

How did you make that organic Look as the Light Streak Particles die / fade out?

I was able to recreate everything but that. Thank you again for the update!
September 7th, 2010 @ 2:20 pm
hi there...i've downloaded the updated plugin but it still not cs4 ae still crash when i click options!!
how is possible?
Michelangelo Neri
September 13th, 2010 @ 2:33 am
I'm a digital compositor and I'm working in the cinema industry since 2003.
Your lens flare plug in is simply great, a powerful tool, and I'm writing my own version (inspired from yours) for Nuke.

Just a little detail. In real world a lens flare cannot have motion blur.
A lens flare is just a reflection on the lens, basically is not a moving object with his own motion and blur. Try simply to take a camera, point at the sun and moving the camera very quickly. When you check your video despite the motion blur of the scene, the various flares will be quite sharp.

Anyway, is cool to have a motion blur option for creative use and motion graphic. :)


Michelangelo Neri
October 6th, 2010 @ 2:12 pm
GAH! I need to get this!
January 5th, 2011 @ 6:19 am
Is just me or now seems like I can see Optical Flares in every trailer? Check this out: Dark of the Moon Trailer!
March 10th, 2012 @ 11:20 pm
create rapid movement effect for your film in adobe after effect or is thee any plugins to create that
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