Video Copilot Optical Flares Plug-in for After Effects & Pro Presets I Bundle v1.2

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Optical Flares is a plug-in for designing & animating realistic lens flares in After Effects. Pro Flares Bundle includes Optical Flares, Pro Presets 1 pack.



  • 3D Lens Flares with AE Lights
  • Intuitive Design Interface
  • Live Visual Preset Library
  • Real Texture Support
  • Dynamic Triggering Animations
  • Chromatic Aberration
  • Up to 32 bpc color support

Interface Features

  • 12 unique Lens Objects
  • 50 custom Lens Objects
  • Large Pop-Out Preview window
  • Rename, & Rearrange Objects
  • Show BG in Preview Window
  • Integrated Copy & Paste
  • Duplicate Objects & Undo/Redo

Preset Browser

  • 60 Built-in Presets (included)
  • Real Lens Inspired Presets
  • Share & Swap Presets
  • Save All Settings in One Place
  • Save & Reuse Individual Objects
  • Expand and Build New Presets
  • On-Lens Simulations Simulate dust & scratches on your lens that becomes visible by the light source. Includes 12 HD lens textures or use your own.
  • 3D Occlusion Obscure layers by alpha or luminance to simulate the light source going behind objects in the foreground. Works with 2D & 3D layers!
  • Luminance Tracking Generate a lens flare from bright spots in your video such as a particle system or matte layer. Control resolution and threshold.
  • Mask Positioning Animate lens flares along the contour of complex shapes with ease. Great for detailed shapes that would require extra key framing.
  • Auto-Shimmering Add smooth flowing shimmer to elements with self-propelling animation. Simply set the amount and speed of the animation. -No Keyframes!
  • Chromatic Aberration Simulate realistic color bleeding around the outside of the lens. This effect also helps make the lens flares look more organic & natural.
  • Light Flickering Make lights appear more energetic with random light flickering featuring a unique seed for each light source. Choose from smooth or Twitchy.
  • 32 Bit & GPU Ready Optical Flares renders up to 32 bpc offering high color fidelity as well as enhanced speed with Graphics card acceleration.
  • Flexible Core Objects Build stunning lens flares with the use of 12 powerful core objects. These elements offer unmatched flexibility with detailed control settings.
  • Precise Translating Control the position of each object with distance, offset and custom translation. These features are essentials to building anamorphic elements.

Great For:

  • 3D Animation
  • Motion Graphics
  • Commercials
  • Music Videos
  • Graphic Transitions
  • Compositing
  • Special Effects
  • Combine with Particle Effects

Optical Flares Uses:

  • Add final touches to Motion Graphics
  • Simulate Concert or Stadium Lighting
  • Fake Volumetric Lighting
  • Help Blend 3D Animations
  • Build a virtual Light Array for Music Videos
  • Add Realism to your Virtual Sets
  • Add Flares to Live Action Footage
  • Simulate Visible Atmosphere with Lighting
  • Simulate Bright Lights in your scene
  • Draw focus to a product or graphic
  • Accentuate Highlights or contours

ADVANCED TUTORIALS Learn Optical Flare with fun projects

Light up the Night!

  • Optical Flares includes over 90 minutes of After Effects training by Andrew Kramer.
  • Learn to use Optical Flares with several real world examples and in-depth information on building complex lens flare presets from scratch.
  • The tutorial include building a wall of lights, constructing a bright concert scene and tutorials that teach you how to combine Optical Flares with live action footage.
  • Tutorials include footage and images required to complete the lessons with After Effects.

Bundle Includes Optical Flares Pro Preset Pack I 

Video Copilot Pro Presets for Optical Flares is a collection of 50 detailed high-end flares set up with shimmer animation, edge flare-ups and more.


  • Mac* (Intel only) & PC Compatible
  • After Effects CS3, CS4, CS5.x, CS6, CC, CC 2014, CC 2015

*Mac OSX 10.6+ required for OF Version 1.3.3 minimum of CS3

 Video Card GPU Support (optional): Optical Flares does not require a special graphics card to render but you can increase render performance with recommended cards.

New in Version 1.2

The Optical Flares 1.2 update is now available and includes several new features for all Optical Flares customers:

  • Added 64-bit support for AE CS5
  • New “Unified Interface” with automatic scaling
  • Rearrange window panels
  • Full-Screen Mode
  • 16:9 Guides now visible
  • Show BG warning
  • No more slide-out panel

Recommended Cards (optional):

  • Nvidia GeForce 7000 Series (Except 7300 on MAC)
  • Nvidia GeForce 8000 Series
  • Nvidia GeForce 9000 Series
  • Nvidia GeForce 200 Series
  • Nvidia Quadro FX Series
  • ATI X1300 and above on Windows
  • ATI HD Series on Mac

NOTE: Other graphics cards may be supported but speed improvements may not be as great. GPU Compatibility may vary on Mac converted Nvidia Cards, since updated drivers are not available from Nvidia.

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Customer Reviews

Dynamic and easy to use.

Really, this plugin is fantastic, and I use it all the time, even if only to add a bit of dynamic looking fog around lights. Used subtly, and it can really enhance a piece.... The plugin itself works really well, and is easy to get up and running. You can either select presets, or create your own from scratch. Most of the time I take a preset and modify it heavily to achieve the look I want. Keep in mind you can use many instances with bits and pieces to get just the right flare look you want. It also includes automatic light tracking based on custom input (i.e. only track lights that begin the the letter "C" or whatever). It works really well with the 3D lights, and the custom textures is fantastic for getting individualized looks of your flares and making it seem much more realistic.

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Aaron Stewart
Date: April 09, 2012

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