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Optical Flares v1.3

Our PN: VCON0280010
Manufacturer: Video Copilot
Platform(s): Mac & Win

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Quick Overview

Optical Flares is a plug-in for designing and animating realistic lens flares in After Effects.



Manufacturer Part Number: VCOPFL


  • 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, and Rearrange Objects
  • Show BG in Preview Window
  • Integrated Copy and Paste
  • Duplicate Objects and Undo/Redo

Preset Browser

  • 60 Built-in Presets (included)
  • Real Lens Inspired Presets
  • Share and Swap Presets
  • Save All Settings in One Place
  • Save and Reuse Individual Objects
  • Expand and Build New Presets

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


Optical Flares will automatically calculate size and intensity based on your 3D Lights.

  • Generate lens flares from AE 3D lights
  • Works with lights exported from your 3D applications
  • Create multiple flares with 1 instance of Optical Flares
  • Choose to render Flares for specific lights only

Add realism with lens artifacts from actual photographic elements to create the most genuine lens flares ever seen!

  • Over 25 built-in textures to choose from
  • Use custom layers from your project in a flare
  • Auto-rotate textures towards light for realistic movement
  • Custom layers can be still or animated

Static lens objects come to life with dynamic triggering to create natural animations without keyframes!

  • Recreate organic animation with several trigger types
  • Create a flash of light as your flare exits the frame
  • Iris elements change size as they drift away
  • Trigger area can be previewed for precise animations
KEY FEATURES3D Lens Flare Creation StudioOn-Lens SimulationsSimulate dust and scratches on your lens that becomes visible by the light source. Includes 12 HD lens textures or use your own.3D OcclusionObscure layers by alpha or luminance to simulate the light source going behind objects in the foreground. Works with 2D and 3D layers!Luminance TrackingGenerate a lens flare from bright spots in your video such as a particle system or matte layer. Control resolution and threshold.Mask PositioningAnimate lens flares along the contour of complex shapes with ease. Great for detailed shapes that would require extra key framing.Auto-ShimmeringAdd smooth flowing shimmer to elements with self-propelling animation. Simply set the amount and speed of the animation. -No Keyframes!Chromatic AberrationSimulate realistic color bleeding around the outside of the lens. This effect also helps make the lens flares look more organic and natural.Light FlickeringMake lights appear more energetic with random light flickering featuring a unique seed for each light source. Choose from smooth or Twitchy.32 Bit and GPU ReadyOptical Flares renders up to 32 bpc offering high color fidelity as well as enhanced speed with Graphics card acceleration.Flexible Core ObjectsBuild stunning lens flares with the use of 12 powerful core objects. These elements offer unmatched flexibility with detailed control settings.Precise TranslatingControl the position of each object with distance, offset and custom translation. These features are essentials to building anamorphic elements.


  • Compatibility
    • Mac* (Intel only) and PC Compatible
    • After Effects 7, CS3, CS4, CS5, CS5.5 and CS6

*Mac OSX 10.6+ required for Optical Flares version 1.3.3

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.


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