I would probably say Optical Flares. It's more interactive, supports HDR color, has more settings to tweak and integrated well into 3D projects. On the downside, a little goes a long way. Almost all the presets are insanely over-the-top obnoxious. But then again, I guess that's the whole point.
Almost all the presets are insanely over-the-top obnoxious. But then again, I guess that's the whole point.
Yes, they are meant to illustrate some of the features more than anything else, but not all of them. I hope I have contributed some good ones based on real examples from movies and photographs. Also sometimes they may look over the top, but reality sometimes proves that under specific conditions things do go wild, so you can't blame everything on crazy artists...
Before I spend my money, I'd like to know which one has better lens flares, which is better etc. etc.
That's really not a smart question, if I may say so. Both feature an editor that allows you to construct pretty much any flare you like. You really should download the demo of Knoll and try for yourself and then compare that to OF by looking. The rest of the process is more you needing to understand how flares work and how to make them look good. That is exactly Navarro's point - you could have thousands of presets but none of them might be usable in a given situation because they are all to flamboyant and more fiction than reality. in such a situation, the tool creating them doesn't really matter much...
My $.02 Optical flares definitely offers more options within the plugin to achieve a photo-real look. Knoll Light factory offers many modules and settings, but I find it requires rendering multiple flare passes on seperate layers and adding additional effects (usually blurs) to some of them to achieve a realistic look.
That said, Optical flares is often unstable, and seems to crash especially often in projects larger than 2k. (CS5) Knoll Light factory is definitely the faster and more stable of the two.
Optical Flares does seem to have a few more options, but the free script Knoll Light Factory released a while ago adds 3d functionality to Knoll with obscuration and edge flare so that brought its feature set much closer to Optical Flares. I've never had Knoll crash on me either.
Cool Szalam, I had not heard about that script.
But, with flares, I say, shoot some. Set up a point souce light, like a slide projector (anyone still have a slide projector?) in a dark room and shoot a selection of lens flares as video or still images, zooming, moving the camera (smoothly) or moving the projector. Use different f-stops and different zoom settings, different lenses if you can.
I was forced to perform this exercise back in film school (1970s) so I would know when lens flares occurred, why they look like they do, what to do about the, and how to use them creatively.
I'm not offended, I just wanted to know which has better options at creating lens flares, more realistic options etc...
I bought Optical flares, I tried trial of Knoll and I tested OF at my friend's computer, he has them for some time. Ty all