v1.5 Red Giant VFX Optical Glow


Red Giant VFX Optical Glow


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Red Giant VFX Optical Glow

A blazing fast, drop-dead gorgeous, photo-realistic glow effect

Optical Glow is a blazing fast, drop-dead gorgeous, photo-realistic glow effect for use in professional visual effects and motion graphics. It’s easily the most beautiful, highest-quality glow you’ve ever had on your timeline. There’s actually a lot of science behind why it looks so much better than the glows you’ve been using for years, but the bottom line is it’s just super awesome.

Absolutely Beautiful

Optical Glow is the most beautiful, highest-quality glow ever made for Adobe After Effects or Premiere Pro. And while we could explain to you that Optical Glow uses an optically-correct inverse-square falloff, rather than the gaussian approximation used by other glow effects, the bottom line is that it’s easy to use and just looks awesome.

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Visual Effects

Optical Glow is perfect for professional visual effects work. With built-in gamma management, your glow always looks realistic, whether your footage is video, log, or even linear. Optical Glow offers tons of control, so whether you’re glowing a lightsaber, starship engine, police lights, or the neon signs in a futuristic dystopia, you’ll get the beautiful result you’re aiming for.

Motion Graphics

Everybody needs a good glow for their mograph, right? With control for vibrance, color, falloff and much more, Optical Glow will become a major tool in your motion graphics arsenal. But most importantly… Ooh! Shiny!

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VFX Optical Glow has been designed to include lots of features that make it, hands down, the best glow you’ve ever used.

Total control

Optical Glow is easy to use and offers a lot of control. Direct the look and feel of your glow by adjusting color, vibrance, size, dimensions, and the handling of the alpha channel.

Professional results

Optical glow has gamma management built-in, so your glow always looks realistic, whether your footage is video, log, or even linear.

Colorize and Tint

A Vibrance control helps keep your glow colorful and punchy. There’s an overall Colorize control, as well as organic Inner and Outer Tint controls.

Highlights Only

Sometimes you want to glow everything in your image, but usually just the bright spots. The Highlight Only control lets you choose the brightness threshold for what gets used by Optical Glow.

Highlight Rolloff

Sometimes the core of your glow can get blown out. Optical Glow’s built in Highlight Rolloff control make it easy to tame the bright center of your glow.

Alpha Channel Options

Multiple alpha channel options give you control over how your glow is composited with other layers, or just let Optical Glow handle that for the most natural results.

Radiate (NEW)

Add light rays to your glow using the new Radiate feature. You can also control the size and center point of the rays.

Per-Channel Size (NEW)

Separately scale the RGB channels of the glow creating a more organic effect.

Size XY (NEW)

Optical Glow 1.5 introduces the option to separately control the scale of the glow effect on both the X- and Y-axis


We made this to support high end workflows. Optical Glow works in 32-bit float, and respects and creates HDR highlights.

GPU Accelerated

Optical Glow is fully GPU accelerated, and blazing fast at any of its four quality settings.

Host Applications

  • Adobe After Effects CC 2018-2020
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018-2020

Operating Systems

Apple Macintosh

  • Mac OS X 10.13-10.15
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 800 MB of Hard Drive space


  • Windows 10 and later
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 800 MB of Hard Drive space

Additional Requirements

  • The minimum GPU required is an Intel HD 5000 integrated graphics chip. Of course, newer and faster discrete GPU components from AMD and Nvidia will yield faster performance.
    • For Nvidia, we recommend 9xx series graphics cards or newer; mobile GPUs; or the professional series Quadro cards.
    • For AMD, we recommend 200 series graphics cards or newer; mobile GPUs; or the professional series FireGL cards.
  • VRAM size requirements: For HD resolution output, we recommend that your GPU have at least 2 GB of memory. If you are planning on doing a high-resolution project in 4K or more, we recommend a GPU with at least 4 GB of memory.
  • Any CPU from Intel or AMD is supported.


Updated to support the latest shared resources.


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