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Shawn MarshallCS6 Camera Lens Blur vs. CS5 Lens Blur
by on Jan 13, 2013 at 12:51:48 am

The Camera Lens Blur effect that came with AE CS 5.5 and CS 6 doesn't look nearly as good as the old Lens Blur effect that came with CS 5; it's pretty much unusable for my purposes. Foreground elements that should be sharp render sharp, but with a blurry halo around them. The old Camera Lens blur does not exhibit this behavior, nor the Frischluft Depth of Field plugin.

Here's an image showing the depth map and how the three plugins render it:

http://www.marshall-arts.net/Lensblur/CameraLensBlur.png

The images are composited from 16-bit PNGs rendered out of Cinema 4D. There's a nasty halo visible around the foreground particle in the upper left in the CS6 Camera Lens Blur version. I saved the old Lens Blur effect as a preset out of a CS5 project and am, fortunately, still able to use that approach in CS6 since the "improved" version of the plugin looks pretty crummy (I skipped AE CS5.5). As a test I installed the demo of Frishluft's Lenscare plugins, and after inverting the depth buffer in the plugin I got a good result.

The "new" Camera Lens Blur is acting like the Compound Blur effect. Foreground elements appear sharp but with a blurry halo since the entire "background" is being blurred, creating a blurred ghost of the foreground element. The old Lens Blur effect was very slow, but it did work.

Anyone know what's going on?

Thank you.

Shawn Marshall
Marshall Arts Motion Graphics


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Shawn MarshallRe: CS6 Camera Lens Blur vs. CS5 Lens Blur
by on Jan 13, 2013 at 7:38:04 pm

If anyone would care to test this out on their end, a 2.7MB zipped CS6 project file with the image and depth map can be found here:

http://www.marshall-arts.net/Lensblur/CameraBlurs%20folder.zip

Thanks.

Shawn


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Max HolzerRe: CS6 Camera Lens Blur vs. CS5 Lens Blur
by on Feb 23, 2013 at 7:48:10 am

I have exactly the same problems with the new camera lens blur! Maybe reporting this to adobe as a bug, might help for the next version or an update.


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Eric SayRe: CS6 Camera Lens Blur vs. CS5 Lens Blur
by on Feb 28, 2013 at 4:42:43 am

I am experiencing this exact problem as well. Extremely frustrating that they broke such an essential ability.

Hopefully they fix it.... or at least make the old Lens Blur available.


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Max HolzerRe: CS6 Camera Lens Blur vs. CS5 Lens Blur
by on Feb 28, 2013 at 7:09:58 am

I was trying to import a scene that was created in cs4 and includes the old lens blur effect.

In cs5.5 you still can use the lens blur effect by importing that old project and copy & paste the lens blur effect to your new comps.

But i am not 100% sure if it still delivered the old results!?


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Chris HanRe: CS6 Camera Lens Blur vs. CS5 Lens Blur
by on Apr 29, 2013 at 3:26:04 am

did a test on this so call new lens blur,really dont like it at all, too bad we wil hav to wait til the next version for it to be fixed

this is done in CS6 the new lens blur
[IMG]http://i41.tinypic.com/2hdxxle.jpg[/IMG]
this is the old lens blur
[IMG]http://i43.tinypic.com/b4sw01.jpg[/IMG]


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