Create and animate realistic lens flares in Nuke with amazing speed and simplicity. It requires at least 1 full license of Optical Flares for Nuke. Video Copilot Optical Flares for Nuke does not have Flare Editor.
When I started using Nuke, I was perplexed about how to make nice lens flares. I was confused, since every other compositing program I had ever used before had a built in 'Lens Flare' node that would 'just make it'.
The market is filled with numerous tools to create and add lens flares in post production. Some products simulate the lens flares and others utilize stock footage of flares that were created with cameras and real lenses.
For editors familiar with the Boris Continuum family of plugins, there is Boris Continuum Lights which is compatible with Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion. It offers the user lens flares, glares, and volumetric lighting. Continuum Lights is helpful in creating transitions.
One of the most intensive and complete plugin suites available is Genarts Sapphire. It has versions that run on almost all professional platforms on the market today. Genarts Sapphire is complete with numerous effects including ones for lens flares and volumetric lighting. Combining these effects with others in the suite allow the editor to create complex looks, all within a single interface.
Used on the exceptionally well-crafted film Anomaly (check it out in full here) directed by Salomon Ligthelm and Dan DiFelice, the collection of 53 anamorphic lens flares were captured on a Red Epic in 4K resolution. You can see them in action in the VFX reel above.
The only other real source of quality free lens flares that I could find was from a sub section of this collection of free HD resources from Projector Films. Each one is delivered as a 1080p Pro Res mov or H.264 mp4.
Epic effects supplier Rampant Design has a huge selection of products to choose from on their website. Their Studio Flares pack features a whopping 531 individual organic flares filmed on a Red Epic, which are featured in the promo video above.
You can choose to download the flares in a variety of resolutions, each with an corresponding price increase. But at just $99 for 531 2K flares, the Studio Flares from Rampant Design is definitely the most cost effective of the paid for packs in this list.
Rampant Design also has a second set of flares that could come in handy. The Natural Flares pack is a much more streamlined set of 85 organic flares that have a much more natural look to them, rather than the anamorphic sci-fi feel of the Studio Flares pack.
New for IBC is the Unicam UHD 4K-native 3-CMOS 2/3-inch camera, designed for easy integration into 4K studio and 4K field/OB truck systems. Uncompressed RGB 4:4:4 baseband is delivered from the camera head to the control unit. A 2/3-inch B4-mount allows direct docking with conventional lenses plus a focus-assist function. Ikegami BS-98/CCU-980 hybrid 2K/4K rack-mountable optical-fibre transmission links are also making their IBC debut. When used in combination with current Ikegami Unicam HD cameras, the BS-98/CCU-980 can deliver HD and 4K processed UHD signals simultaneously.
The 35 to 70 mm Cinemascope zoom lens has an 1.5 anamorphic squeeze. The lens is adapted to the widely used 16:9 sensor ratio and offers anamorphic qualities, such as barrel distortion, nicely formed flares and shallow depth of field, according to P+S Technik.
The UA80x9BESM uses optical simulation to offer an 80x zoom with advanced optical performance, such as high image resolution, contrast and colour reproduction. Covering the focal length from 9mm in wide angle to 720mm in telephoto, it uses a new optical stabilisation mechanism to reduce image shake caused by vibrations and wind. 2b1af7f3a8