Yesterday marked the release date for Video Copilot’s Optical Flares plug-in. Set at a fairly low price point of $125, Optical Flares are soon to become a must-have tool in the arsenal of any After Effects user.

Optical flares is a very robust package, unmistakeably designed by someone who actually creates motion graphics for living. The settings are plenty and presentation and performance is unmatched by anything currently on the market. Here are some of the product’s features:

  • 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

In addition to all that, Video Copilot launched Prenet – an Optical Flares preset swapping and sharing site available to anyone who purchased the plug-in.

So with a surprisingly light heart I can finally say good-bye to Red Giant’s Knoll Light Factory ($400) – a flare generator that served me well in the past years, but as the time passed by, started showing its age with a Windows 3.11 style interface and weird quirks during previews and renders.

While Optical Flares is a new kid on the block, I have no doubts that it will soon become one of the indispensable tools like Trapcode Particular and without it After Effects just won’t feel complete.

Video Copilot: Optical Flares page: