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erik1185Why no Lens Flair effect in Red?
by on Aug 1, 2007 at 1:54:52 am

Any chance of the Lense Flair effect ever being included in Red?





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Peter McAuleyRe: Why no Lens Flair effect in Red?
by on Aug 1, 2007 at 1:29:15 pm

While we did not include any of the OpenGL based effects with the current version of RED (and the Lens Flare is one of these effects) we might be able to include them in a future version of the RED product.

The reason that these filters were not included in RED is due mostly to an OpenGL conflict when using the filter within RED in particular host environments. You can probably use the Lens Flare effect from BCC in RED but this will only work when using the RED product in standalone mode. If we can resolve the host conflicts that prevented the filters from operating as expected in all hosts then we can offer the OpenGL filters in RED. Meanwhile, the BCC Lens Flare can be used as a native filter in most any host.

I hope this helps explain the situation.

Cheers,

Peter.



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Scott P2Re: Why no Lens Flair effect in Red?
by on Aug 24, 2007 at 12:56:42 pm

I use the Red 4.1 standalone often, but I am unfamiliar in the methods of accessing filters that are not available in the menu. Can you point me in the right direction for instruction?



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Peter McAuleyRe: Why no Lens Flair effect in Red?
by on Aug 24, 2007 at 3:26:40 pm

Hi Scott,

While RED accepts 3rd party After Effects plug-ins there are a couple of caveats.

There are two install options with RED 4 - Universal Binary for MacIntel or Non Universal Binary for PowerPC. These options relate to the processor in the machine that you are using. Older Macs are equipped with the PowerPC chip, while newer Macs have the MacIntel chip.

If you use the MacIntel version of RED then only MacIntel (Universal Binary) compatible 3rd party After Effects plug-ins will show up and operate within that version of RED. This version of RED can be used within either MacIntel or PowerPC hosts.

If you use the PowerPC version of RED then any 3rd party After Effects plug-in should show up and operate as expected. This version of RED can be used only within PowerPC hosts.

If you are on Windows then this is a non issue.

Another issue is with OpenGL. Because of an OpenGL compatibility issue between RED and some host applications, we do not ship OGL effects with RED 4. You can however download and install BCC 5 into RED 4. BCC 5 includes 10 OpenGL based hardware-assisted filters (including the Lens Flare), which will operate in the RED standalone version but may have compatibility issues when used within a host environment.

If you can't find a 3rd party filter that you have installed into RED, then try opening the Filter Palette in RED and type the name of the effect. If it compatible with the version of RED that you are using then it will be displayed in this palette and can be applied from the palette to a comp or layer.

I hope this helps.

Peter.



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Tech DiverRe: Why no Lens Flair effect in Red?
by on Aug 24, 2007 at 3:53:37 pm

Hi peter,

You mentioned that we can download and install BCC 5 into Red 4 to get some of the "missing" filters. Is this something that we have to pay extra for, or is it free because we already purchased and registered Red 4?

Thanks,
Peter H.


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Peter McAuleyRe: Why no Lens Flair effect in Red?
by on Aug 24, 2007 at 4:11:55 pm

Hi Peter,

The BCC product is a purchase for the RED host just as it is for any other host into which it can be used. You can download the trial version and use it for two weeks free of charge while you evaluate whether or not it works on your system. After the two week period, the software will render with a watermark.

Cheers.

Peter.



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Tech DiverRe: Why no Lens Flair effect in Red?
by on Aug 24, 2007 at 8:15:39 pm

Hi Peter,

Thanks for the clarification.

Peter


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