Red Giant Knoll Light Factory v3.0


Red Giant Knoll Light Factory


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Beautiful lens flares, from motion pictures to motions graphics

Knoll Light Factory has long been Hollywood’s favorite way to add color, depth and excitement to a scene. Now ILM Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll has created an all-new light effects tool by adding his lens flare technology from recent feature films. With Knoll Light Factory 3, you get new features like realistic flare elements, time-saving animation behaviors, a redesigned interface, and over 100 beautifully designed presets. John Knoll’s new technology delivers the sexiness of lens flares while creating believable, accurate results. The Photoshop version is included.


Made with Knoll Light Factory 3.

What's New in KLF 3:

  • Easy visual interface. Designing flares is a breeze with newly organized controls, and a Lens Designer preview that’s redesigned for a productive, creative experience.
  • New shapes to build your flare. Create beautiful, believable flares with 28 Elements and 56 Sprites, building blocks that let you quickly build a light design.
  • New automated lights. Instantly add unique animation with Behaviors that mimic real world light effects like Strobe, Pulse, Flicker and Blink.
  • More realistic scenes. Use the new Edge Reaction to flare or fade light at the edge of a comp.
  • Now in 3D. Full integration with After Effects 3D camera and lights lets you move the Knoll flares in 3D space and sync them with animated lights.
  • New pricing! Knoll Light Factory 3 is now only $199. That’s a 50% price reduction from Knoll 2.7.
  • $99 update! Any owner of any version of Knoll Light Factory for Video is eligible for the $99 upgrade to Knoll 3.

Reasons To Buy

  • Bring John to your team. Co-developed with Academy Award winner John Knoll, whose credits include VFX Supervisor at ILM, Photoshop co-creator, and Star Wars effects guru.
  • The REAL real deal. Use light to tell a story with Hollywood-tested technology that creates the same photorealistic lens flares used in feature films.
  • Beautiful, accurate presets. Get presets that emulate real world lenses and lights, plus presets created for sci-fi and motion graphics, including new presets by John Knoll.
  • Professional support. The industry-standard editing apps are supported, so you can work seamlessly between After Effects, Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro/Motion.
  • Color and excitement. Flares can add sparkle to logos, dynamic relighting to a scene, glints to product shots, or propulsion to a spaceship.
  • Our Red Pledge: We know you will love Knoll Light Factory 3. But if it's not exactly what you are looking for, don't worry. We believe in no hassles, just happiness. Learn more

Brought to you by motion pictures

Custom Lens Editor

Knoll Light Factory 3 is brought to you by the genius of VFX Supervisor John Knoll. This new release was inspired by John's work on feature films at Industrial Light & Magic, and his desire to bring that power to your desktop. New flare elements like Lens Texture, Barrel and Rectangular Spread were created to give you more accurate light effects. Now you can create that next blockbuster in all your favorite host apps.


Lens Designer makes the sexy look real

70 presets Flares look sexy. Knoll Light Factory 3 makes sure the sexy is also realistic. Its Lens Designer window lets you build a gorgeous flare using Elements and Sprites, 56 light shapes that replicate reflections from the real world. The Lens Designer interface has been fully redeveloped with a clean workflow, and a new real-time preview for layering and building your flare. We ship over 100 lens flare presets, all designed to create the most believable, scientifically accurate flares on the market.


New features for beautiful, accurate flares

Behavior Knoll Light Factory 3 is packed with new features to create any flare imaginable. It does the flashy things you don't have time for, offering pre-built Behaviors for animations like Strobe and Blink, with no scripting required. It adds realism by flaring or fading the light with Edge Reaction as it passes through a scene, and hiding the light behind objects with Obscuration. Light Factory even works in 3D space, with full integration with After Effects 3D lights so you can move and sync the flares. Your lights just got new depth.

NEW! Simple, fun interface is a breeze
We completely redesigned the workflow of Knoll Light Factory, while keeping all the features and functions that you love. All of the Knoll 2.7 plug-ins are now combined into one simplified interface, and the new Lens Designer window is powerful and easy to use. 

NEW! Elements & Sprites for building flares
Get more light elements to build your lens flare. There are now 28 Elements, like Star Filter and Lens Texture, which replicate light reflections from the real world. We’ve also crafted 56 Sprites, which are static shapes like Prism Streak and Star, and 51 Element Presets so you can further customize the flare.

NEW! Automatic blink & bling with Behaviors
Say goodbye to hand-animating your lights. The new Behavior group lets you automatically create popular light animations like Blink, Flicker, Pulse and Strobe. You can easily change those light behaviors with options like Brightness, Fade and Duration.

Support for your favorite apps
Just like Knoll 2.7, your favorite industry-standard apps are supported in Knoll 3. Get a consistent look and performance between After Effects CS6, Premiere Pro CS6 and Final Cut Pro 7, and full continuity between your old and new projects.

NEW! Image Sprites add custom images
Need that special flare to tell your story? Now you can import your own bitmap image with the Image Sprite feature, adding in endless customization. With controls like Scale X/Y, Position and Offset, you can make cool effects like turning a logo into light particles.

NEW! 3D integration with AE lights
Light sources are 3D and your design workflow is often 3D. So we figured your light flares should be 3D too. Knoll lights now talk to After Effects’ built-in lights, letting them share values like Color and Intensity, so you can sync a flare with animated lights in 3D space.

NEW! 104 presets for realistic scenes
Lens Flare Presets make your composites look real. There are flare presets that emulate real-life lenses and lights, and presets created for sci-fi and motion graphics. Get a fast, creative starting point with presets by John Knoll as part of your effects library.

Your favorite old presets — reborn!
Your preset favorites from Knoll 2.7, like Desert Sun and Maple Tree, have been rebuilt with Knoll 3’s new built-in elements so they look more beautiful than ever. Now you can render at 2K or 4K or even higher resolution with no aliasing and perfect results.

NEW! Luminance light looks real
Create realistic lights with luminance. The new Edge Reaction flares or fades light at the comp edge so the sun appears to pass through a scene. Obscuration now recognizes 3D space in After Effects, convincingly hiding your flare behind that looming spaceship.

NEW! 32-bit color eliminates banding
No more banding! New 32-bit color depth increases Knoll’s performance by giving you a higher color range for your flare effect. This eliminates the unwanted gradients and banding found in 8-bit and 16-bit, so your light rays look smooth and believable.

Our tests have shown that the our products perform best when used with the system configurations listed below. Although many of our products will run on older or less-powerful systems, those listed below are the minimum system requirements which we support.

Apple Macintosh

  • Mac OS X 10.8
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)
  • Mac OS X 10.10
  • Mac OS X 10.11
  • Mac OS X 10.12
  • Mac Intel
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 30 MB of Hard Drive space

PC / Windows

  • Windows 7 64-bit
  • Windows 8 64-bit
  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or faster (or AMD equivalent)
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 30 MB of Hard Drive space

Host Applications

Knoll Light Factory runs in a variety of host applications. Each purchase and serial number allows the owner to use the product on more than one host application, but only on a single computer at any one time. Except where noted, the features are the same in all systems and host applications.

  • Adobe After Effects CC 2018, CC (2017), CC(2015.3), CC (2015), CC (2014), CC, CS6
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018, CC (2017), CC(2015.3), CC (2015), CC (2014), CC, CS6

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Red Giant Knoll Light Factory 3 (aka KLF). It’s the most recently updated of the plug-ins I’m covering in this series and also has been around the longest. It was developed by John Knoll, visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). The first article featured a couple of interviews from John Knoll, which will give you, dear readers, a bit of insight behind the man who created visual effects for some of the most famous Hollywood blockbusters.