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?
              raghupilot Level 1



              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.