3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 26, 2010 4:03 AM by raghupilot

    Lens Flare on 3D Lights?


      After Effects lights can be moved around in 3D  space but a lens flare effect can only move in 2D space on the X and Y axis. So how can you add a 2d lens flare to a 3D moving light?

        • 1. Re: Lens Flare on 3D Lights?
          Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          This is where Google is your friend. The technique is to use "layer space transformations. Check out this article by Dan the man.

          • 2. Re: Lens Flare on 3D Lights?
            Szalam Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            Rick is right.


            If you want lens flares that work even better in 3d, there are two different 3rd-party plugins that are amazing. AE's built-in lens flare is not really that good. You don't get a lot of options and it's been so overused for the past 10 years that it's pretty useless. Here's where our two heroes enter the scene:

            Knoll Light Factory Pro

            Knoll Light Factory has been on the scene for years and has been the go-to tool for motion graphic designers the world over. Very customizable and comes preloaded with TONS of useful and interesting presets. Recently Red Giant added a free script that turns Light Factory 3d. It tracks AE's lights! Size, brightness, color, position, etc. are all accounted for. Heck, it even does edge flare up. (When a light source nears the edge of the frame and goes off in real life, the lens flare brightens up. This now emulates that.) It is a wonderful, wonderful plugin.


            Optical Flares

            The new kid on the block is Optical Flares. Born in the fires of Mount Awesome (AKA VideoCopilot.net), this is the new hotness. It is a much newer plugin and has most of the features of Knoll Light Factory Pro. It tracks AE's lights and works beautifully in 3d. Added bonus? Why yes; there is one. DIRT! You can have dirt show up on the "lens". It adds yet another level of realism.

            • 3. Re: Lens Flare on 3D Lights?



              Here below are the links to those videos in which optical flares are attached to static images using 3D light as the emting source.


              1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWIxnyiBHdA

              2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7c6vM-Ys8Mw { PROCEDURE EXPLAINED }


              Here below is a sample video to demonstrate the topic.