Just wanted to let you know that I'm having the same problem.
I think it may be an Nvidia issue. Optical Flares was working fine in CS5.5 and CS6 for me with my GT120 but crashes on the options menu with my new GTX570. I read in the Video Copilot forums that the same thing happened to someone switching from an ATI card.
Not sure what to do either.
I just can't seem to get the ingredients right in my tech stew!!
Hope a fix is coming.
Just wanted to let you know that Video Copilot has acknowledged the problem and is working on a fix for Optical Flares and Twitch.
Thank you for contacting our support! Unfortunately there are a few issues with Optical flares and CS6 at the moment. We are working to get an update out soon to resolve these issues. We thank you for your patience for the time being. If you contact our support at firstname.lastname@example.org, there are a few temporary fixes that we may be able to provide you with. They may not resolve the issue completely, but they could help until we get an update out. We apologize for this, and again we thank you for your patience.
Thanks for the update! I'll go do a few of their tutorials to pass the time til they're released!
Found a work around:
Close After Effects.
1.) Remove Presets / Textures from the Optical Flares folder.
2.) Launch After Effects then Optical Flares > Options > File > Preferences > Disable GPU
3.) Close After Effects.
3.) Place the Presets / Textures back in the normal folder.
4.) Now it will open the options menu without crashing.
Just gotta wait for that GPU support now.
Ya, it works as long as the GUP is off...
Shoot, I didn't realize you already wrote that in the original post. Doh.
Video Copilot support just sent me this updated version of Optical Flares that includes the GPU option in the Effect Controls so that it's possible to enable it once you're out of the Options Menu.
All the best,
You are very awesome. Thank you so much!