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James Miller
AE lens flare: size and motion = how?
on Jul 11, 2010 at 10:17:36 pm

Hi there,

I'm battling away with AE's lens flare and short of buying one, can anyone offer some insight - if its not possible it would be good to know.

Ok so in short I have a title, want to put a lens flare behind and move the center point as the camera pans. This I can do no problem BUT when I drop the flare on either and adjustment layer or a solid, it fills the whole space and there is no scale/ size option.

This is a problem because;
the flare is too big using the comp size
on an adjustment layer you can see the edges when you move the camera away - also too big
creating a smaller solid means you can see the edges

I thought of trying to build something in a precomp but I come across the same two problems every way I try. I can see the edges and it makes keyframing harder then it should be.

What I want to do isn't that difficult, but without a scale or size option on the flare I can't see a way to make it work!

Any suggestion, even to say you can't do it, would help at this point.

Cheers!

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Steve Roberts
Re: AE lens flare: size and motion = how?
on Jul 11, 2010 at 11:01:15 pm

Lens flare is designed to operate on the whole frame in a 2D layer.

- to change size, try adjusting the intensity of the flare
- if you see edges, try applying the grow bounds effect before (above) the flare in the effects stack



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Billy Soar
Re: AE lens flare: size and motion = how?
on Jan 21, 2011 at 11:05:02 am

I know this is an old thread but im facing the same problems. I didnt have a problem with lens flares before. When i place the lens flare it fills the comp to the edges. When i turn the blen mode to add you can still see the edges. I cant use grow bounds filter because you can only increase the flare and not decrease the size.

Someone please help lol its really annoying and ive been looking everywhere.


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James Miller
Re: AE lens flare: size and motion = how?
on Jan 21, 2011 at 11:56:47 am

Hi there. The short answer is you can't do it. There is a layer built into the flare that tints the whole comp - this is why you can see the edges no matter what you try other then feather. I ended up taking the plunge and purchasing Optical Flares - haven't looked back since. Hopefully they will get around to fixing it at some point.

Like the post above says, you can have limited joy with a balance of feather, boundarys and intensity - but it's frustrating. Video Copilot's optical flares is the best product I found


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Billy Soar
Re: AE lens flare: size and motion = how?
on Jan 21, 2011 at 3:12:19 pm

thanks dude. I was hoping that you would of figured it out. I knew somthing wasnt right. I tried reducing the brightness and blending it. It just didnt look right. Cheers mate.


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