After Effects Plug-ins

Customize S_LensFlare with Sapphire, Free Demo

Lens flares are one of the most popular visual effects for motion graphic artists. Discover how to create varying types of flares with the Lens Flare plug-in. This tutorial teaches you how to quickly choose the right flare and customize several different types of lens flares by adjusting rays, light, colors, and more.

Note: This post has been updated with new links for Sapphire.

Sapphire tools were also top winners in the 2017 Toolfarm Top 10 Awards!

Here’s an older tutorial from August 2016 that you may enjoy.

Sapphire is the essential visual effects suite for broadcast, advertising, and film.

Sapphire saves you valuable time and money. Discover the superior image quality, control, render speed, and impact on viewer engagement compared to other plug-ins. Glow EdgeRays, LensFlare, Lightning, FilmEffect, Warps, and Textures are just a few examples that enable you to create sophisticated and stunning, yet completely organic looks, unmatched in the industry.

And there are options!

Get Sapphire Perpetual License – Available hosts include: Adobe and OFX; Avid; Autodesk (Flame, Inferno, Smoke, Smoke for Mac, Flint, Flare, and Burn); a license for All Hosts: Adobe, OFX, Avid, and Autodesk; and a Floating License Add-On.

Buy Sapphire – Annual Subscriptions – Host support: Multi-Host: Adobe and OFX; Multi-Host: Adobe, OFX, Avid, and Autodesk; Avid; Autodesk

Or Sapphire Unit: Lighting – Featuring Integrated Mocha Tracking and Masking

Flawlessly simulate natural and synthetic lights with the legendary Sapphire Lighting Unit.

Sapphire Units are only available as a perpetual license.

Sapphire Units are multi-host. One license gives users access to all supported hosts on the same machine.

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More about Lens Flares

I did a 5-part series on Lens Flares a while back focusing on the general and expanding to specifics with several plug-ins. You can read the articles here:


Tutorial: Low-Poly After Effects 3D Landscape with Superluminal Stardust

In this tutorial, Roland Hartmann explains how he created this low-poly 3D landscape in After Effects with the Stardust plug-in. This tutorial was originally posted at CG Terminal.

In the video, Roland covers:

  • How to add 3D Models to your Composition
  • Using the Model Deform Node
  • Creating cast shadows

This is what the final result looks like:

Stardust Low-Poly 3D Landscape Tutorial

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Modular Particle System

Stardust is a modular 3D particle system for After Effects. It has an easy to use node-based user interface and ships with a ton of presets to create stunning effects quickly and easily.

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More Stardust Tutorials

After Effects: Stardust Overview & Tutorial by Mikey Borup

Mikey Borup walks you through Superluminal Stardust, the modular 3D particle system for After Effects. It is very powerful and works completely differently from other particle systems. Superluminal Stardust …

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Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro 12.1.2 Update – Improved Performance

Turn raw footage into flawless productions with Premiere Pro CC, the industry-leading video editing software. Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned pro, you can edit, adjust color, refine audio, and more — all in one seamless, integrated workflow.

What’s new in Premiere Pro v12.1.2?

This is a maintenance update for Premiere Pro that improves performance for video editing and is recommended for all users.

Premiere Pro CC (release version 12.1.2) offers improved performance with new hardware-accelerated encoding and decoding, expanded and improved format support, and bug fixes.

You can install the update through the Creative Cloud desktop application, or you can check for new updates from within any Creative Cloud application by choosing Help > Updates.

This update is recommended for all users. We strongly advise backing up projects before updating.

Performance improvements

  • Hardware-accelerated H.264 and HEVC decoding on MacBook Pro and iMac Pro machines with Mac OS 10.13.
  • Hardware-accelerated HEVC encoding on Windows 10 with seventh generation (or later) Intel® Core™ processors and Intel Graphics enabled.
  • Performance improvements for decoding RED camera formats.
  • Performance improvements for decoding Sony RAW/X-OCN camera formats.

Format support

  • Added support for exporting 8K H.264 format.
  • Added support for exporting XAVC QFHD Long GOP 4:2:2 formats.
  • Added support for Panasonic camera metadata.
  • Added support for HTC Vive Pro.

Lots of Bug Fixes

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After Effects Tutorial

Introducing KingLuma CamCutter for Adobe After Effects

Kingluma CamCutter for Adobe After Effects

Kingluma CamCutter offers a simple, direct, and flexible way to cut between 3D cameras in your 3D After Effects composition.

KingLuma’s new CamCutter is much more efficient and flexible to work with than splitting (duplicating) and trimming multiple After Effects camera layers in order to edit between 3D perspectives. It can be used in any situation where After Effects 3D cameras are used; this includes other 3rd party 3D products for After Effects, like Video Copilot Element 3D, Trapcode Particular, and Trapcode Form.

Get it now for only $49.95 at Toolfarm!

CamCutter Tutorial