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v1.3 Video Copilot Pro Flares Bundle (Optical Flares & Pro Presets I & II)

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Video Copilot Pro Flares Bundle (Optical Flares & Pro Presets I & II)
Video Copilot Pro Flares Bundle (Optical Flares & Pro Presets I & II)

Creative Lens Flare Studio

Design creatively stunning lens flares with Video Copilot Pro Flares Bundle. It includes Optical Flares plus Pro Presets 1 & 2.

Video Copilot Optical Flares is the perfect way to add cinematic flair and realism to your footage! Enjoy creating intricate lens flares in After Effects with an elegant, user-friendly interface. Plus, Open GL acceleration makes it super simple and fast. So, you can make stunning visuals without taking up too much of your precious time. Bring some extra sparkle into life with Video Copilot Optical Flares!

Optical Flares Pro Preset Packs I and II

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.

Video Copilot Pro Presets II for Optical Flares is a new collection of 50 lens flare presets that have been inspired by many sources and designed with careful attention to detail. These flares are made up of countless lens objects and allow you to build creative hybrid combinations with flares from your own collection.

This collection offers greater versatility to the 60 built-in presets as well as providing creative ideas and usage of elements

Also, each object can be saved and combined with your other lens flare presets.

Optical Flares Features

  • 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 videos 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 keyframing.
  • Auto-Shimmering. Add smooth-flowing shimmer to elements with self-propelling animation. Simply set the amount and speed of the animation. No keyframes are needed!
  • 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 essential to building anamorphic elements.



  • 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

Video Copilot Pro Flares Bundle is 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
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Advanced Tutorials

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 includes 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.
  • Mac (Intel only*) & PC Compatible
  • After Effects CS5-2023 (including MFR support)

*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.

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.

The Render version of the plugin requires the same license process as the plugin itself but they can use the attached key file if they do not have access to the GUI (typical of AE Render or true nodes with no monitors).

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Customer Reviews

This plugin is awesome!

Since we start to use Optical flare, Other flare plugin ware not use many time. And we always purchase with Presets bundle. Presets are helpful for first user of this plugin.

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Masaru Suzuki
Date: April 21, 2012

Optical Flares are not Optional...Get This One

Extremely easy to use and even easier to customize. Andrew Cramer and friends continue to to output affordable, effective professional products. If I read his blog correctly, Optical Flares was used in major motion picture productions. Toolfarm is the most convenient spot to find these things.

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Mike Cash
Date: April 11, 2012

A Must Buy for everyone.

Optical flare 3 words. Realistic Easy Fun

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Sam Verma
Date: April 09, 2012

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