Digital Domain uses Optical Flares!

Just saw this cool article on CGSociety about the work by Digital Domain on Transformers 3 and was amazed to see our plug-in Optical Flares mentioned!

From the Article:
“Michael Bay is big on lens aberration, lens flares. “He’s always, ‘Ping my lens man, don’t be afraid to ‘ping my lens'”. Adobe After Effects has a great plugin called Optical Flares from Video Co-Pilot which is phenomenal for generating lens flares. We’d save it out, bring it into Nuke and worked a treat, he loved it.”

Besides that fun bit, the article has some great production insights and a fun point about Hyper-Reality vs actual reality. Check it out at the end.

Of course the other interesting news, is that our plug-in Optical Flares is being ported to work natively inside of Nuke and we are entering the final stages of testing. We have added some innovated solutions for working with objects and lights within the Nuke 3D space that should be a nice time-saver. If anyone at Digital Domain wants to help beta test, just send us an email!

August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:01 pm
That's prove that you have great products man! Congrats!
    August 3rd, 2011 @ 3:52 am
    Congratulations andrew, i wish you to step up even further but keep your cool and descent down to earth character. I got my own saying which is
    "It is not the car but the driver, it is not the ship but the captain, but in VFX world it is not the plug-in, its Andrew Kramer ;)
    To Videocopilot
    August 3rd, 2011 @ 6:07 am
    HEY MAN Congrats!!!
    and its all thx to your work
    imagine other products you can make!!
    and the movies that its going to be from the future!! and all thx to you
August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:01 pm
An inexpensive pluin in huge blockbuster movies. Nice
    December 1st, 2011 @ 9:05 pm
    Oh... i really didn't expect the movie to use the Plugin from the Video Copilot[Andrw]. actually i have also watched the movie but i could scarcely realize the fact that the moive, transformer used such an low plug i
August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:02 pm
I knew I saw some of those Optical Flares in the movie.
This confirms it.
August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:03 pm
Sweet. I also presume it showed up in Super 8? Both films had great lens flare work.
    Scott Attula
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 2:59 pm
    Andrew said he was working on Super 8, so there's a good chance we was using his own plugin
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 4:15 pm
    Actually the lens flares in the film Super 8 are REAL. They were shot in camera using anamorphic lenses. Our plug-in Optical Flares is designed to recreate those type of flares.
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 4:43 pm
    That was a great movie...
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 5:04 pm
    I don't believe it, real lens flares?? Come on Andrew nobody uses those anymore... ;)
    Johhny Five
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 5:39 pm
    That's so funny! I was sure the Super 8 flares were Optical Flares - I even pointed them all out to my wife while watching the movie:) Fool me once - shame on you, fool me twice and.... how does that go again?
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 7:23 pm
    Shame on me.
    August 3rd, 2011 @ 3:03 am
    What? real lens Flares used in super 8? I can't believe it,though it really looks like they've used Optical Flares somehow
    August 3rd, 2011 @ 6:16 am
    Hah, what's this world coming to when something real looks like a plug-in :P
    August 3rd, 2011 @ 6:40 am
    I too would have sworn that those were Optical Flares used in that film. I even sat and waited to see Andrews name in the credits and snapped a pic ;-)
    August 3rd, 2011 @ 8:54 am
    @Basuru - i remember, that in 2 dvd disc of Star Trek, there were clips, where J.J. and the crew talk about filming, and how they used for example flashlights and mirrors to achieved some cool effects.
    Andrew, your plugin is great, and im happy to hear, that its growing up
    August 4th, 2011 @ 2:41 am
    The flare that was on the train as soon as it passes the station before it hits the truck is definitely optical flares...
    August 4th, 2011 @ 4:24 am
    The lens flares in Star Trek were Optical Flares, right?
    Greg Bores
    August 4th, 2011 @ 7:10 am
    Hollywood has learned to recreate the look of your plug-in right in the camera?
    August 6th, 2011 @ 7:43 pm
    I believe the lens flares were real in the shots
    But what I DON'T BELIEVE is that the lens flares in the teaser titles were real...
    Carter M
    September 14th, 2011 @ 9:21 am
    The Star Trek ones are real too, they had people actually pointing flashlights into the lens in shots. Theres a video on youtube on that.
August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:03 pm
thats awesome
even Hollywood needs your products hahahah
can't wait to test the new plugin
August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:03 pm
Nice! I can't find one reason to use anything other than Optical Flares when I need to make my lighting pop.
August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:04 pm
It just shows how powerfull Optical Flares is. Not just for me as a student but also for the big guys, awesome!
August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:06 pm
so nice andrew..I love video copilot and after effects...thanks...
August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:06 pm
When your plugin is in a Transformers movie you know you done well. It doesnt get any bigger then that when it comes to fx.
August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:06 pm
Coooooool ....amazing ...^_^
August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:07 pm
awesome as always. optical flares is just real!
August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:08 pm
I must say, it is the best plugin EVER. I've tried Knoll Light factory and that's nowhere near as good. I think about it every time I see a Lens Flare in a film. I'd also love to create something useful like that. Every time it gets used you'll be the guy behind the entire lens flare...

That was worded waaaay better in my head. Hope you can work out what I mean haha!
August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:09 pm
Congrats! :) Btw: I want OF in Nuke! Can't wait!
August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:11 pm
Wow! nice, Andrew plz u take too mush time to make a tutorials for us, so plz do more, try to see film like Matrix, transformers, x MEN? CAUSE we love Sci Fiction action tutorials, so plz answer me, cause i think Haiti need u cause im Haitien, plz say : Sak pase Nap boule, in a tutorials while u talking thats mean : Whats up? i'm fire
August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:12 pm
you are rich and famous, beautiful family, great future ahead... would you buy me a steadicam clipper please???

August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:13 pm
yayayayayay im firsttt btw awesome!!!!!
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 2:13 pm
    dammmmmmmm i w8ted too long to comment!!!
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 3:12 pm
    Dude, I can imagine being first matters with your girlfriend, but what the hell is so important about being first in a comment thread?! I'll never get this... especially just shouting "first!!!!!!1111oneeleven"...
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 5:30 pm
    Waaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy too long :-)
August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:13 pm
Pretty kool 'Drew ;)
    August 8th, 2011 @ 6:49 pm
    One from denmark here too
Josh Hacko
August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:17 pm
I can always pick out the movies that use OF! It is so distinctive ( in an amazing way ), and nowadays even low-medium budget films use Optical Flares to Boost their movie value. Keep up the amazing work!
August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:20 pm
Greate, cool plugin in cool movie.
P.S. Andrew, please make the Google+ button (like it etc) for articles
August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:22 pm
Andrew! very important that, i see a behing the scene that make Hulk animating by a poeple, its like CGI computer genereate imge, the poeple had a black t-chirt withe track point, avatar too, plz tell me bout that
Leon Sanginiti
August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:25 pm
Congrats Andrew and Video Co-Pilot!! I figured companies like DD and ILM, and others were using your products. I am assuming that Optical Flares was also used on "Cowboys and Aliens"...there were a LOT of alien flare blasts...even Freddy Wong mentioned using it on his Youtube video that Universal and Jon Favreu commissioned to tie in with the movie. Freddy mentions Optical Flares, assumed they used it on the actual movie...and let me tell you, the work he did with "OF" looks IDENTICAL to those in the I'm betting on the software was used! Good for you guys!!!
August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:27 pm
I'm really happy for all that video copilot does and has achieved, but I gotta admit I'm not a fan of this whole lens flare movement in film. I find it kinda annoying and distracting. I like to feel like I'm THERE, not looking through a lens. Anyone else with me here?
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 3:38 pm
    Mmmmm... no.
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 4:06 pm
    Hey Sam I understand where you're coming, I think it's a very easily overdone effect and requires restraint. But pay attention the next time you look at a light source yourself, you'll find that even your own eyes produce flares of all types.
    Andrew DeLong
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 8:28 pm
    Well, I'm with you and I'm not. I like the effect flares can give sometimes. They can really make a scene "POP," so to speak. But at the same time, you're right, to many in a single scene or movie even, can get very distracting.

    Adam there is right too, even the human eye can produce it's own light distortions ans flares. Just try squinting through your eyelashes at any (non retina damaging) light source, or pay attention to how things look when you're waking up in the morning and you have that groggy, hazy view of things. In those instances they eye produces it's own flares when a strong enough light source is present. Granted, it's not like the stuff you see here at VC, but still.....

    On that note, to any developer at VC, here's an idea: produce a haze-flare effect to mimic the first person view of what I like to call "groggy vision" and sell it to us for a few bucks. I'd gladly buy something like that, as I have no clue how to make that effect myself. Lol! (totally serious though).
August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:30 pm
Wow, you can always trust Video Copilot to produce awesome plug-ins and tutorials
August 2nd, 2011 @ 1:36 pm
great.congrats man..................
August 2nd, 2011 @ 2:06 pm
well, duh, why wouldn't they? it's awesome :P
August 2nd, 2011 @ 2:11 pm
wise choice Digital Domain... wise choice
Austin Acacio
August 2nd, 2011 @ 2:17 pm
Did Super 8 use Optical Flares??
August 2nd, 2011 @ 2:30 pm
That's awesome!
August 2nd, 2011 @ 2:35 pm
I've just watched It at the cinema this weekend and I was literally thinking "this looks like optical flares" :D
August 2nd, 2011 @ 3:03 pm
Who do we need to contact, I am going to talk to one of my supervisors here at the Florida Digital Domain studio about this in the morning.
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 4:16 pm
    Send to info and we will relay it! Click Contact.
August 2nd, 2011 @ 3:04 pm
'phenomenal' That's no exaggeration Andrew. Congrats to you and your team for getting the recognition within the industry you deserve. I see OF everywhere now, and it's a tool I use almost daily in my own work.

Just a superb tool and it really makes it easy to add that extra bit of awesome and more.

August 2nd, 2011 @ 3:07 pm
Hello Mr.Kramer
iwant U to make a tutorial that in it You teach patronus spell in harry potter and make another tutorial and teach how to make avada kdavra vs Expaliarmus duel please I really love all of your tutorial and i love your site please make this tutorial I said
Ilove to know how they make it please teach us thi tutorial please please please !!
Please teach them
Have good days bye (sorry for my bad english if it is)
August 2nd, 2011 @ 3:32 pm
I can't believe no-one else has mentioned the delicious irony that a plug-in, which intentionally has a Michael Bay style preset, ends up being used in an actual Michael Bay movie!

Congrats Andrew!
    August 3rd, 2011 @ 6:39 am
    that isn't irony!!
    August 3rd, 2011 @ 6:47 am
    Well, you know what I mean! lol
    August 3rd, 2011 @ 6:50 am
    and it was late and I had a few beers! :)
    August 3rd, 2011 @ 11:14 am
    i'll drink to that!
    August 4th, 2011 @ 6:50 am
    That's irony. And it's delicious.
August 2nd, 2011 @ 3:53 pm
congratulation man :)
you are in hollywood !!!
August 2nd, 2011 @ 4:02 pm
So they are saving out optical flares from AE to Nuke?
I would like to know how they do that or Andrew can release Optical Flares plugin for Nuke. Will it be available soon?
August 2nd, 2011 @ 4:20 pm
Quick question how can I get into the beta for Nuke? here at my work we use Nuke and when you mention that you were gonna ported to Nuke I .... well I dont wanna say but nonetheless I can't wait for it ...
August 2nd, 2011 @ 4:27 pm
No wonder, that's the best lense flare producer. with optical flare i don't know why i should trouble myself to shoot on camera. congrats man ...
August 2nd, 2011 @ 5:06 pm
While watching Transformers 3 I often thought "nice lens-flares, looks a little bit like Optical Flares"...well here is the solution: It was Optical Flares! :D

That's great. It proves again the perfection your products!
Liam Vickers
August 2nd, 2011 @ 5:33 pm
Speaking of your stuff being used everywhere, I definitely just saw an archer episode with action essentials 2. The explosion was unmistakable! . . . man, I like that show.
August 2nd, 2011 @ 5:38 pm
I thought the Super 8 flares were optical flares because I had read you were helping with it on the blog. So how do you get those again? Maybe you can post the presets? haha
August 2nd, 2011 @ 5:43 pm
I love optical flares but i prefer the chroma hoops in knoll. see impractical web demo 4 more
August 2nd, 2011 @ 5:49 pm
Not surprised at all to see your work/products in MAJOR theatrical releases. Way to go AK and Team! And thanks for posting this...
August 2nd, 2011 @ 5:57 pm
This is what video Copilot is about : '' Make good things to others, Good things will happen to you ''

My best wishes for all you Video Copilot Crew to have an Illuminate Future just like O.F

Greetings from Algeria.
August 2nd, 2011 @ 6:07 pm
We are so proud to read this!!! Video Copilot is the best. Sorry Michael.
August 2nd, 2011 @ 6:15 pm
He should use it! There's even a flare that may or may not be named after him ;) Congrats Andrew!!
August 2nd, 2011 @ 6:19 pm
Going to see Transformers 3!! I will pay attention to them!haha
August 2nd, 2011 @ 6:21 pm
Congrats again to the crew from VideoCopilot.
Meat Puppet
August 2nd, 2011 @ 7:03 pm
Well Duh, You'd have to be an idiot not to use it! Optical flares is a great plugin.
August 2nd, 2011 @ 8:02 pm
Nice Man....

Well done...
August 2nd, 2011 @ 8:13 pm
It reminded me the optical flares at once when i saw this scene .hah:)
August 2nd, 2011 @ 8:17 pm
Just saw the article and am really happy to see that your efforts are being recognized! Congrats to you all.
August 2nd, 2011 @ 9:12 pm
Just a ordinary blogger becomes extraordinary superstar. That's how hard work and optimism pay off. Good job Andrew
Dwaine Vassell
August 2nd, 2011 @ 9:28 pm
I was actually reading the article first saw that they mentioned Optical Flares and thought I should send you guys an email, Lol!

So I plugged in your website and low and behold I am too late, Lol!

But they are right!

Optical Flares is a great product, although he gave Nuke more thumbs up than After Effects {:^(
August 2nd, 2011 @ 9:29 pm
That's awesome! I'm sure Michael Bay loved them! I wonder if DD has used OF on other projects.
Love VC
August 2nd, 2011 @ 9:31 pm
hi master Andrew :)
all VC products is cool :)
August 2nd, 2011 @ 9:53 pm
both are simply awesome... the plugin and the movie... Congratulations VCP TEAM!!! Great achievement.
August 2nd, 2011 @ 9:55 pm
Kranthi Kiran.S
August 2nd, 2011 @ 9:58 pm
Wheheeeeew Awesome andrew.

I felt thrilled to know that. When i saw those on screen and thought they used "VCP's Optical Flares" quality and style for Flares now.

But they actually are those. Very Cool.
August 2nd, 2011 @ 10:35 pm
Do not tell the secret to what other projects have been using your product?)
August 2nd, 2011 @ 10:39 pm
Great works AK, did you participle making Transformers 3?
August 2nd, 2011 @ 11:01 pm
Congrats Andrew! This is a reward for your hard and fine work!! I wish this is only the begining!
August 2nd, 2011 @ 11:18 pm
Wow.. rather impressive.
August 2nd, 2011 @ 11:21 pm
Congratulations dude
August 2nd, 2011 @ 11:28 pm
August 2nd, 2011 @ 11:41 pm
You are the one!! Thanks Kramer!!!
August 3rd, 2011 @ 12:27 am
Haha your like a little kid in a candy shop(so excited)when it comes to stuff like this, hahah I love it! Congrats!! After I saw what this plugin was capable of I thought right off it would be in Hollywood films such as transformers and super 8 ;) jk!!
I actually I did see a forum saying and demonstrating how optical flares was sposted to be in super 8 lol ,Fool them once – shame on them, fool them twice and…. how does that go again?
August 3rd, 2011 @ 1:10 am
Lol, I've pretty much assumed OF was used in every recent film with such flares... great products guys!
August 3rd, 2011 @ 2:29 am
was optical flares olso used in cowboy Vs aliens?? looks like that
Gustavo Degrossi
August 3rd, 2011 @ 2:45 am
Andrew I´m from Argentina. I use Videocopilot for all my project, i´m an addict. Perhaps I´m wrong but in Star Trek, Optical Flares are everywhere. Keep the great work and DISCOVER THE SECRET... PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
August 3rd, 2011 @ 2:53 am
Reality is unrealistic in movies... that's why looks so real!
August 3rd, 2011 @ 3:10 am
This is great!
August 3rd, 2011 @ 3:40 am
congratulations from Spain, andrew! you're definitely the one, hehehehe
August 3rd, 2011 @ 4:27 am
Wow Andrew! Did you ever think you would see this? Once Knoll was the standard and now it's your product. Kudos!
August 3rd, 2011 @ 4:50 am
You can't go wrong with giant transforming trucks. Optical Flares, ACTIVATE! Good job, Mr. Kramer!

-Simon Box
August 3rd, 2011 @ 4:50 am
congratz on having your product in a Bay movie! :D
August 3rd, 2011 @ 5:07 am
That's awesome!!! You see, that's what the major film makers need, someone who's as independent and good at this as andrew. And they've searched everywhere, andrew can do in a week what an entire floor of graphics designers can do in six months!! Great job andrew!!
August 3rd, 2011 @ 5:12 am
Never underestimate the power of your motivation!! Congrats Andrew!
Dan Disuye
August 3rd, 2011 @ 5:29 am
I have Nuke and am dying for Optical Flares to get ported over. I don't run After Effects here and have been slightly envious for a while. Great news!

Hopefully us indie Nuke users don't get stung with the 'industry' premium price tag for plug-ins (Red Giant ... I'm looking at you ... double the price fr Particular, seriously WTF).

Was also about to e-mail you guys about Elements being ported over as well? Any chance? Nuke just introduced a particle system in 6.3 - which is very useful – but I'd love to support more of your plug-ins.

Keep up the awesome work.
August 3rd, 2011 @ 5:34 am
Actuall tht was agreat achievement sir

and we are really happy about it

go andrew go.. we are with you
August 3rd, 2011 @ 5:38 am
Congratz! Digital Domain is a 'World Leading' post-facillity. So is VCP!!
August 3rd, 2011 @ 5:39 am
Hey andrew Kramer, if he bought that plugin that means a lot of more people will buy it and you can make it cost more and make more money huh?
August 3rd, 2011 @ 6:01 am
I use optical flares two!
What a coincidence!
August 3rd, 2011 @ 8:32 am
That is awesome! Isn't there a Bay preset? :)
August 3rd, 2011 @ 8:37 am
hmmm :D wo lens flare use in transformer 3 good sound ur great
August 3rd, 2011 @ 8:45 am
I remember you were comparing some of the Optical Flares to real world examples and one of them was from Transformers - the circle is complete. Bet they used "Bay" loads :D
August 3rd, 2011 @ 9:00 am
It's AWESOME news and i know you'll come up with some this kinda plugins in futures. Congratz
August 3rd, 2011 @ 9:34 am
I knew it...I knew they'd use Optical Flares!!! All the versions of Transformers are filled with lens flares.....By the way did they also use Optical Flares in the previous Transformers movie???
    David Whitworth
    August 5th, 2011 @ 5:45 am
    That's kinda unlikely, really. They would've mentioned it before, if they had been using any of Andrew's great products. Also Optical Flares wasn't even released when they were working on the first two Transformers movies.
    Of course that doesn't mean Michael Bay won't be using it in future projects ;)
August 3rd, 2011 @ 9:45 am
This is great !
It's very good
I would like to see the tutorial
August 3rd, 2011 @ 10:09 am
If VC should need some more actors, let me know, I'm not a good actor but just want meet Sam Loya.
Shawn Anthony
August 3rd, 2011 @ 11:33 am
Congratulations Andrew and Video Co Pilot. Great products you have.
August 3rd, 2011 @ 1:05 pm
Can't see why they wouldn't use it. It's a world class plugin. I spotted it all through the movie. Plus I'm sure it was in Super 8 too. Dude, you must be saving the productions THOUSANDS in FX costs.
    August 3rd, 2011 @ 4:03 pm
    How many times does this need to be said: Even though Andrew worked on certain shots for Super 8, all of the lens flares are real, none are provided by OF. Even Andrew has said this himself, time and time again.
Johnny Nukem
August 3rd, 2011 @ 3:32 pm
Congrats andrew, its good to see you progress. Hard work pays off.
August 3rd, 2011 @ 8:50 pm
Very good article about the T3 mentioning Andy's and his team plug-in. Such a shame the movie is so weak...story-wise
August 3rd, 2011 @ 9:02 pm
tbh, I'm not surprised Andrew, it a product of a great quality!
and soon enough VC will rule the plugins field when Element 3D kicks in.
August 3rd, 2011 @ 10:26 pm
Andrew lets make more Pro preset of OP
Kranthi Kiran.S
August 3rd, 2011 @ 10:45 pm
Hi Andrew, Just Watched "The Darkest Hour" Trailer. The Trailer looks Awesome And I See a lot of VIDEO COPILOT in there. Energy things,(Optical) Flares,Even Aliens Got Energy Ball(from Tutorial 68,93) Look. I think u are a invisible revolution in Hollywood VFX.
And u inspire us a lot waiting for your Discover The Secret.
Kranthi Kiran.S
August 3rd, 2011 @ 10:53 pm
Energy wipes like Tutorials 77 and 78
Gustavo Degrossi
August 3rd, 2011 @ 10:57 pm
Hi Andrew I´m from Argentina and I use Videocopilot in all my proyects. Optical flares are my most powerfull tool in videos and I´m looking for Discover the Secret. Keep up the good work guys!!!!
August 4th, 2011 @ 12:38 am
Now thats big...Your the best Andrew..keep up the industry trend setting work
paul holt
August 4th, 2011 @ 12:52 am
Also the newly announced version 6 of 'Sapphire' by Genarts, purports to have a GUI in the flare section, this suspiciously looks like a bare bones version of optical flares
August 4th, 2011 @ 4:15 am
any new tutorials? :) i been waiting for months... we want 3d max tutorials about CAT
August 4th, 2011 @ 4:51 am
we want your movie ;-)
August 4th, 2011 @ 4:58 am
Not surprised at all. saved them $$$,for fantastic ,fast results.
August 4th, 2011 @ 7:16 am
I can tell that SKYLINE and Transformer 3 used Optical Flare by just watching the trailer...
August 4th, 2011 @ 8:07 am
Hi Andrew,
Just a short note to tell you that Super 8 was released yesterday in France. I've seen your work (oh, the Optical Flares!) And I saw your name in the end credits...
Bravo for your work.

August 4th, 2011 @ 8:57 am
Hi Andrew,

I dont think you guyz have any plans to port Op_Flares to Photoshop. Dat will be really cool, shouldn't be dat hard for you guyz
August 4th, 2011 @ 9:27 am
Looking forward to OF in Nuke!!! ....when when when??
Cyan 3D, Bangladesh
August 4th, 2011 @ 10:27 am
I am Out of USA (bangladesh), so how can I buy those great products? :(
August 4th, 2011 @ 10:33 am
Why not use?
Optical Flares is one of the most powerful plug-in in the world!
Thanks Andrew!
Sorry for my bad English!
August 4th, 2011 @ 10:52 am
I didn't see Andrew's Name in super 8 movie...!!!!!!!
    August 4th, 2011 @ 12:50 pm
    Just after the Bad Robot team it seems to me...
August 4th, 2011 @ 11:33 am
So, when is your plugin going to be released? Anticipating this :)
August 4th, 2011 @ 12:12 pm
hey Andrew this is great about integrating it in nuke but wat about fusion coz some of us prefer fusion thanks
August 4th, 2011 @ 1:32 pm
Gongrats Andrew!....I was thinking.maybe the second image could be an advanced shockwave tutorial.Not like planet earth's second groundbreaking tutorial.Im just saying : )
August 4th, 2011 @ 3:31 pm
Congratulations Andrew!!! I saw from the very first moment the big potenial of Optical Flares. And I am just happy to see that your product gots the honur that it deserves. Please keep on your way. You and VideoCopilot are one of the biggest enhancement for the VFX-industry. Thank you for this!!!
August 4th, 2011 @ 5:57 pm
August 4th, 2011 @ 7:05 pm
Yeah, I saw this movie two nights ago and, aside from the tech, the only good things about it were seeing Wash in action again and the lens flares - i thought, "are these Kramer's?!"
    August 5th, 2011 @ 12:48 pm
    That's amazing to hear! can't wait to go buy the DVD to Transformers 3 so I can take a closer look at the effects. Great job on everything, Mr. Kramer!!!
August 4th, 2011 @ 9:41 pm
wow man congrats. Transformers is great movie and Your website and product are too much great. I think now you have to create some tutorials as a related with transformers. It's would be better than ever.
August 5th, 2011 @ 1:06 am
Congratulation !!! Great products :)
August 5th, 2011 @ 2:22 am
I'm sure I saw loads of your optical flares in the movie TRON Legacy... I could be wrong ...
David Whitworth
August 5th, 2011 @ 4:38 am
I can't stop laughing right now. When I watched the movie with my girlfriend, I kept grinning at those lens flares, because you always called them "Michael Bay lens flares", when you were advertising Optical Flares and I kept thinking "They REALLY look like the preset in Optical Flares. So this kind of effect actually IS typical for Michael Bay".

Congratulations on that!

I'm a really big fan of your work and if it weren't for you I wouldn't be doing anything with After Effects at all.
I didn't actually come here looking for guidance with After Effects, because I wanted to use it but I started using After Effects, because you showed me how powerful it is.

Greetings from Germany
David W.
August 5th, 2011 @ 5:21 am
cool, it could come in handy.

.. and does that mean we'll see some Nuke related tutorials in the future?
Richard (Singapore)
August 5th, 2011 @ 7:16 am
Its phenomenal, you've saved many geeks wanting to use anamorphic lenses when they can't afford to get their hands on one! I hope theres even more advance tutorials to show how they were composited in the movies!
David Payr
August 5th, 2011 @ 7:37 am
digital domain always used optical flares!
August 5th, 2011 @ 8:04 am
This is great, Optical flares are really the best, but i must say that people use optical flares a little too much, especially in music videos! I like it more like an slight effect. Just turn MTV Dance or any regular music chanel and you will see what I mean.
August 5th, 2011 @ 8:25 am
Hey Andrew that FRUIT for your hardwork.
    August 5th, 2011 @ 9:28 am
    If you don't mind i have been inspired a lot from you and am trying something only by making a page and spreading the interest for Animation and visual-fx
August 5th, 2011 @ 9:08 am
Andrew, you should make an advanced masking plug-in.
August 5th, 2011 @ 10:50 am
Could you make an auto-rotoscoping plugin? Just kidding. Great work on all you do!
August 5th, 2011 @ 11:09 am
Hey :D You must now that your plug-in Action Essentials was used in Assassins Creed Revelations !! Congratulations !
Here's evidence :P
    August 5th, 2011 @ 12:26 pm
    Thats Cool!!! :)
    August 6th, 2011 @ 3:31 pm
    I though i recognized that
August 5th, 2011 @ 11:27 am
Optical flares is really a cool plugin... :)
August 5th, 2011 @ 3:02 pm
just been back from seeing Super 8, one of if not the best movie i've seen all year.

Andrew I was wondering if you could tell us which effects you worked on, they were all really nice. Just curious as i'm sure a lot of people are.
August 5th, 2011 @ 5:41 pm
i dont see why so many companies are switching to nuke nowadays! after effects is the way to go if you ask me
the real smithy
August 5th, 2011 @ 6:54 pm
actually mr kramer, you'd be amased on how much of your products i have spotted on australian tv commercials.
August 5th, 2011 @ 9:35 pm
Congradz man!! by the way do you know any website that i can get a Nuke training?
August 5th, 2011 @ 10:51 pm
By the way, your blood sprays from the collection of Action Essentials real or the result of the plugin RealFlow?
    August 7th, 2011 @ 4:02 am
    He uses magic, I'm telling you man... MAGIC!
    August 7th, 2011 @ 10:10 pm
    I agree with you:)
Jason La Brie
August 6th, 2011 @ 4:27 am
The promo video for the new Lamborghini Aventador uses the VC Procedural Crumble tutorial near the end, and I also saw a UFC commercial a while back that used the text shatter tutorial at the end. Video Copilot is everywhere!

August 6th, 2011 @ 4:48 am
man!!! ilove your lens
August 6th, 2011 @ 6:44 am
I know JJ Abrams likes to use those anamorphic lenses to get the nice flares - still it was great reading your name in the Super 8 credits! And by the way a big THANKX for sharing your knowledge with everyone!
August 6th, 2011 @ 8:36 am
i found andrew's name in super 8 as main title designer
and victor james movie as composer
August 6th, 2011 @ 9:21 am
Thanks Copilot To this Product
CLB (cheekylilbasterd)
August 6th, 2011 @ 5:54 pm
So ummm!, any update on our new plugin friend (The Element). Andrew ? :)
August 6th, 2011 @ 6:22 pm
Lens flares are orange/blue's best friends.
barry barrera
August 6th, 2011 @ 8:35 pm
congratulations andrew. we are so proud of you here in the philippines. keep it up
August 6th, 2011 @ 9:19 pm
from philippines here 2 nice man continue to make history
August 6th, 2011 @ 11:09 pm
Just Post Your Movie!
August 6th, 2011 @ 11:55 pm
Great guys!!!!!!!! Keep it up!!!!!
August 7th, 2011 @ 2:56 am
Mate, the fact that CGSociety - Transformers 3 article has a related link to this site is AWESOME in itself! I told people back in 2009 that I thought you were going to be a BIG player in this game. Thanks for proving me right. Feel free to keep on amazing us... You do it so well.
August 7th, 2011 @ 1:12 pm
we waaaaaaaaant a newwwwwwwwwww tutoriaaaaaaal brooooooo :D

can´t waitttttttt xD
August 7th, 2011 @ 1:26 pm
Nice. A lot of great movies such as Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Harry Potter 7 part 2, etc. used Optical Flares to the epic lens flares performance.

Optical flares is the most used and the best lens flares plugins in the market.

Thank you Andrew Kramer for always giving us the best plugins.
August 7th, 2011 @ 2:28 pm
Instances of Action Essentials II in the second episode of NBC series, The Event.
August 7th, 2011 @ 4:54 pm
That's a great work mr andrew kramer, i know ur optical flares is really another masterpiece in AE plugins.
Rommel Ryan
August 8th, 2011 @ 4:13 am
That is cool! I am using also your plug-in (Optical Flares) and I saw "Transformer 3" and I saw Optical Flares that "Transformer 3" was also using Andrew Kramer's cool Plug-in called Optical Flares.

Congrats Andrew!

I say, Artists always rock! because of Andrew Kramer's cool plug-ins.
Andres Ayala
August 8th, 2011 @ 5:00 am
Hello Andrew, what's happening with the updates on your blog and tutorials?... Have you forgotten about us? It's been a lot of days and your homepage looks like a screenshot. We all workship you and your work, keep it up!
August 8th, 2011 @ 5:51 am
I'm suprised you were like surprised. Transformers 3 isn't the first movie to use it... Since it have been released, i've seen some huge movies using it (like star trek).
August 8th, 2011 @ 6:16 am
Though seeing Optical Flares used by Digital Domain in a blockbuster like the Transformers series has to be the most rewarding thing for the Video Copilot team, I'm starting to notice them everywhere.

My daughter was watching a Britney Spears video this morning ("Til the World Ends") that appeared to be laced with them throughout (if they weren't from Opt Flares & Pro Presets, they were definitely inspired by them). Probably old news to most people (the video has supposedly been around for months), but I don't pay too much attention Britney.

Anyhow, it definitely looks like the use VCP Opt Flares has become a trend that will continue for a while. I'm happy to see that for Andrew and VCP, but I just hope the use of them doesn't get abused like every other good effect or tool.
August 8th, 2011 @ 10:47 pm
hi andrew,does AE have Constrain function,sth like using position of nullObjects to control the direction of the partical's emitting?
August 9th, 2011 @ 12:32 am
Congrats andrew
darlington Ospina
August 9th, 2011 @ 3:55 am
Excelent andrew, you are the best all.
August 9th, 2011 @ 11:45 am
Your AWESOME works is not for less than that! Optical Flares is the BEST! WºººººººW!
August 10th, 2011 @ 9:14 pm
Someone did a plug for the Disney Channel Japan and it was nothing but 15 seconds of Optical Flares for AE. It was bizarre watching it, because, like, they didn't even try to do anything else but the OF. If I can lay my hands on a copy of it, I'll post it. If it's in the States too, someone let me know, cause all I could help thinking was, geez, someone sure is lazy (and it still looked great!)
August 13th, 2011 @ 5:13 pm
cheap price, fantastic results! because of video copilot, we could make hollywood looking videos at home. ^_^ Thanks guys.
August 15th, 2011 @ 7:18 am
Yeah it's true. it looks like recent sci-fi films have been using optical flares, i'm pretty sure that they used it in cowboys and aliens as well.
August 24th, 2011 @ 10:28 pm
Dear Andrew - your Flares use totally all motion designer in russia and post soviet union country :) Your name is Icon in our motion graphic community.
Congrats, respect and long live forever!!! :))
August 29th, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

Congtrats Andrew and VCP!Hmmm I am into planning stage now for my next Mindanao Film Fest entry. I just bought your plug ins here in the Philippines. I will a post a link here as soon as we finish the film...
Thanks andrew for the inspiration
August 29th, 2011 @ 10:52 pm
Hello Andrew,

Your optical flares actually very helpful in our advertising video in Davao City philippines in showcasing our high end and low end houses.

We have been using your pro scores also in the fx but we love your FLARES very much. It adds to the beauty of each housing projects in davao city's beauty.
September 12th, 2011 @ 2:21 pm
A lot of compositors wish to have this in Fusion.
    November 8th, 2011 @ 1:50 pm
    Fusion? That thing is almost dead for professional feature film comp work.
October 11th, 2011 @ 2:51 am
Congratulations.You are the one,I believe.I like the Optical Flares also.
shreekanth kannath
October 26th, 2011 @ 10:17 pm
congratulations Andrew !
November 18th, 2011 @ 8:05 am
Andrew, you have the greatest plug ins of all time!!!
I can't believe digital domain used the same plug in that i use at home to create an awesome movie like that!!
You're the BEST, Andrew. :)
February 1st, 2012 @ 8:04 pm
yo where are the Nuke Plug ins. I don't want to have to come find you Andrew. Im pretty sure I know at least where I can find you.
    February 17th, 2012 @ 4:32 am
February 24th, 2012 @ 4:00 am
I'll join the choir of people begging for Optical Flares in Nuke. How's development going? I can't wait to use Optical Flares in Nuke. It's such an amazing compositing software but it truly lacks a great lens flare feature like OF!

When can we expect this to be released?
March 31st, 2012 @ 11:05 pm have come so far Andrew..This is an amazing project.
Why don't you invest and make films solely by VC?

You are in the House yo!
May 10th, 2012 @ 11:39 am
Hi, any update on the status of the Nuke plugin? We're ready to buy one for each of our Nuke licenses when it becomes available...
June 19th, 2012 @ 9:54 am
I have a huge project coming up that will require lots of strong lens flares in the CG shots to match existing flares in the live action shots. I would LOVE to use this system within Nuke's 3D environment to flow along with my existing camera moves.

This plugin shows to serve VERY handy in AE, but I think it's time to bring it out of beta and open the market to us Nuke boys and girls...even if that requires charging us more for it. We have been waiting for about a year now. Help us speed up the workflow so we no longer have to travel into AE to finish a shot. Thank you!
July 11th, 2012 @ 4:00 pm
It's almost been a year since this post. =) now that you have released yet ANOTHER amazing product (Element 3D), can we expect to see the nuke release for Optical Flares anytime soon?
Benjamin K.
September 29th, 2012 @ 9:16 am
want to ask when the great plugin optical flares will be realeased for nuke or was it just a joke? I'm very interested in buying it
October 1st, 2012 @ 6:28 pm
building custom flares in Nuke is great, but having a library of more accurate flares would be amazing. I truly hope you haven't given up on this project, because it might upset a lot of people with high hopes and dreams ;).

to quote the article..."and we are entering the final stages of testing," was written over year ago. keep us posted dude.
November 16th, 2012 @ 10:13 am
It's really been to long without any information regarding Optical Flares for Nuke.
Could you please give us an update on what's happening?
February 8th, 2013 @ 4:51 pm
Yes, another bump, any news on the Nuke version?
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