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Frischluft Lenscare AE


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Frischluft Lenscare AE, OFX, Photoshop

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Give your footage breathtakingly realistic depth of field and focus effects

Frischluft Lenscare AE provides an extensive range of high-quality camera blurs that can be used to transform your 3D footage with the ease of 2D post-processing.

Lenscare AE physically-based algorithms blur pixels based on their depth value, so you can add high-quality camera blurs to your 3D footage in 2D post-processing without the extensive render times you’d experience in your 3D app. If you need to add some spectacular lens work to your post-production workflow, Lenscare’s results are unequaled.

Enjoy the convenience and precision of 2D editing while still achieving realistic depth-of-field effects!

Frischluft Lenscare AE Highlights

Depth of Field

Frischluft Lenscare AE Depth of field

Depth of field effects (dof) happen in all real optical devices to a certain extent. It is heavily used in photography and film as a style element. In computer graphics, dof is usually generated using ray tracing techniques which increase rendering times considerably. With the Lenscare plugin, depth of field effects can be generated fast as a post-process. It uses a depth buffer for its calculations.

Out of Focus

Frischluft Lenscare AE

‘Out of Focus’ is a fast Version that creates a blur with a constant radius over the complete image. It is a good complement to ‘Depth of Field’ and offers some extra functionality. It is possible to use a custom-drawn lens in addition to the generateable ones. ‘Out of Focus’ also offers background distortion for semi-transparent areas.


Frischluft Lenscare AE

A camera’s blur looks substantially different from what common blur filters look like. Lenscare offers some features to help to add realism:

Lens Aperture

A camera’s lens aperture greatly defines the look of its blur. Therefore they offer the possibility to alter the lens aperture form to simulate several kinds of real cameras. This is important if you want to comp CG elements into real footage or just want your CG shot to fit in with the rest. A wide range of apertures can be simulated. The Out of Focus plugin provides the possibility to completely replace the aperture with a custom image. The aperture’s form is most apparent in a picture’s highlights.

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In reality, very bright image parts are predominant when being out of focus. Unfortunately, common graphic formats cut off bright parts. Therefore Lenscare plugins offer the possibility to select parts that are supposed to be brighter and give those parts a brightness boost.

Background distortion

Only available in ‘Out of Focus’. When looking through a blurred object the background is distorted due to the blurred object in the foreground. Most of the time this effect is not very apparent. But slight distortions help to add to the believability of your comp. To experience this effect try holding your finger in front of your eye so that it is out of focus. Now, look through the blurred region of whatever is behind. Move your finger around slightly to see the effect better.

Advantages over other solutions

Apart from its speed and quality, an important advantage of a depth-of-field post filter is that you are able to test various focus settings easily without re-rendering the whole scene. That way you can quickly get an impression of what settings work out best for your shots.


‘Out of Focus’ effects is a speedy 2d blur and can compete with any existing solution. ‘Depth of Field’ is very fast for what it does. In a lot of situations, you can save hours of render time for just a couple of seconds per frame in post-processing. This is a big advantage, especially with high-quality global illuminated renders. Imagine what you can save on animations.


There are common unavoidable problems that all post-processing depth of field solutions have. It’s not possible to blur reflections or objects behind transparent objects. This is obvious when you see that the depth buffer can only hold one value per pixel. But the biggest problem is without a doubt the missing information. Depth of Field tries to compensate for missing information but of course, there are situations when this is not enough. An example to illustrate the problem is a fence in front of the camera that is so much out of focus that it’s hardly noticeable in the resulting image. Now our plugin would have to make up what’s behind that fence completely. Obviously, this is not possible. In such situations, we advise rendering in layers and applying several blurs.


Plenty of depth of field and out-of-focus solutions are available. Unfortunately for us, most don’t simulate camera effects properly. Most depths of field solutions don’t do their names justice because their algorithms are not physically based. They are just methods that look nice in some situations but fail in others. A common mistake for ‘depth of field’ filters is to ‘blur’ all the surrounding pixels without regard to their depth values. Usually, this results in ugly glow effects in regions with great differences in depth.

Stochastic or super sampled ray traced blurs suffer from artifacts if not enough samples are used. Frischluft filters don’t have these problems and do not produce any such artifacts. Both filters support 16-bit image format.

After Effects, Premiere, Nuke, Fusion Studio, other untested OFX

CC 2015-2023 64Bit support for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro

Now supports MFR (multi-frame rendering) and Apple Silicon.

Mac, Windows

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Lenscare AE v1.5:

June 2023

Out Of Focus:

  • Added option to expand image
  • Fixed incorrect iris smooth radius which unfortunately results in slightly different blurs to the old version when using high smooth values
  • Fixed some incorrect border behavior on the left side
  • Fix – refraction used to be wrong on the borders when the bg layer was different size
  • Sped-up background distortion
  • Background distortion now kicks in only with a slightly larger radius to avoid artifacts on radius = 0

Depth of Field:

  • Fixed bug: “take depth from” luminance used to be just the red channel
  • Fixed bug when using custom iris. The radius was influenced by the aspect parameter when it should not have been.
  • Fixed custom iris aspect ratio bug
  • Fixed crash when using custom iris


  • Moved to a new code base


January 2023

Now supports MFR (multi-frame rendering) and Apple Silicon.


Released Lenscare V1.49 maintenance update. Fixing a crash in the depth of field AE plugin and a problem with CS5.5 and older.

What in the heck is bokeh?

In Depth: What in the Heck is Bokeh?

Bokeh is a type of defocus or lens blur where the blur takes on the shape of the lens diaphram. We explain how to pronounce the word, how it is created, and show lots of cool examples. Also, a few plug-ins to create a bokeh in post-production.


Depth Passes Made Easy + Frischluft Lenscare and Camera Lens Blur

Let Joren from The Pixel Lab show you how to properly set up your depth passes so that you can do your DOF in Adobe After Effects!


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