Video Copilot, the After Effects kings of tutorials and some dashing effects to boot, have announced the imminent release of their much anticipated lens flare plugin for Nuke called Optical Flares.
The plugin which does a very good job at making very realistic lens flares has been the main plugin of choice in the After Effects world since its release a few years ago. I’ve been hoping for a port to Nuke since then, and about a year ago I heard through the grapevine they were indeed working on a port.
Indeed it’s been ported, beta tested, and is supported in Windows, OSX, and even Linux. The release is planned for some time next month and is priced at $199.95 a license.
Here are a few good things to know:
- The plugin is exactly like the After Effects plugin, as in, it opens another mini-software where you actually do the work.
- All your presets from After Effects will be able to open in Nuke.
- Optical Flares will work with Nuke’s 3D system to translate points in space to 2D location for flares.
You can see Optical Flares capabilities here:
You can read what Andrew Kramer has to say about this here.
I love the Flare node that comes with Nuke. I think it’s great. It’s amazingly versatile and by using several of them in a row it is pretty easy to build something that’s very much in the Optical Flares style. I used it many times including here. The only trouble with it is that it’s a little slow. Hopefully The Foundry will find this important enough to take care of and will move this node to the GPU with their Blink technology. Once they do, it’s only a matter of Presets to get everyone using the built in stuff. Up till then, I’m very excited to get my hands on some snappy Optical Flares.
If you’re not sure what Optical Flares does, I suggest you watch any J. J. Abrams film. This can be a good start:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=htLJKZFit28 w=500&h=281]