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Description

Knoll Light Factory 3 FX plugin creates high-fidelity simulations of light effects called flares, which simulate reflections from a very bright light source as seen through a camera's lens.

Created by John Knoll, Photoshop co-creator and Star Wars effects guru, Knoll Light Factory is one of the industry's most popular motion graphics tools.

 


Knoll Light Factory 3 New Features

Hollywood’s favorite light effects tool just got more color, depth and excitement with new lens flare technology. ILM VFX Supervisor John Knoll brings you new features like realistic flare elements, time-saving animated behaviors, a redesigned interface, and over 100 beautifully designed presets. Get the sexiness of lens flares while creating believable, accurate results.

  • Easy visual interface. Designing flares is a breeze with newly organized controls, and a Lens Designer preview that’s been redesigned for a productive, creative experience.
  • New shapes to build your flare. Create beautiful, believable flares with 28 Elements and 26 Sprites, building blocks that let you quickly build a light design.
  • New automated lights. Instantly add unique animation with Behaviors that mimic real world light effects like Strobe, Pulse, Flicker and Blink.
  • More realistic scenes. Use the new Edge Reaction to flare or fade light at the edge of a comp.
  • Now in 3D. Full integration with After Effects 3D camera and lights lets you move the Knoll flares in 3D space and sync them with animated lights.

 Knoll Light Factory Features

Custom Lens Editor
Build your own flares or edit a preset with the custom lens editor. Choose from elements such as StarFilter, Ellipse, or PhotonSpikeBall, and control each element's position, color, scale, thickness, angle, and width. You also get pinpoint control over brightness, scale and color of the lens as a whole.

70 powerful presets
Use the same presets that the pros turn to every day for sports events and major motion pictures. Presets include Desert Sun, Arc Welder, Generic Panavision, Spikey Glow, Pv1 (for exploding stars), RedLaser, RockConcert, Omnimax (a flare seen on IMAX projection), or Distant Quantum (the original photon torpedo).

Auto-obscuration tools
Flares can be obscured by objects (cars, enemy spacecraft) that come between them and the viewer. The auto-track feature tracks specific points in an existing alpha channel, making flare location a snap. The integrated Knoll Unmult tool generates alphas, making it easier to include lights and flares in complex composites.
 
Customizable Presets
Choose from 70 presets or customize them to suit your needs.

Lens Editor
Use the custom lens editor to create and save your own unique effects for future use.

Custom Light Effects
19 lens elements in the main plug-in create custom light effects. Each element is also included as a separate plug-in for creating complex motion graphics.

Automatic Tracking
The auto track feature tracks multiple points and adds multiple identical lighting points to a scene.

GPU Support
Offers up to 10x render speed improvements, compared to a single CPU

Auto Obscuration
Automatically hides or reveals a light effect as the light source moves behind another object, automatically adjusting the light's brightness as it is obscured.

Light Factory EZ Plug-in
Included with the package, Light Factory EZ gives you access to all 70 flares with a single click.

Alpha Generation
Generate integrated alpha channels automatically with Knoll Unmult.

 


Rendering

Red Giant Software's render-only policy lets you use five (5) render-only nodes for each single (1) user license that you purchase.

With the purchase of each single-user license, you may install the software on five (5) render-only machines at no additional charge. You are required to buy more licenses to accommodate the total number of render-only machines that you use on your render farm.

The following examples illustrate the number of render-only licenses supported per user license.

  • Buy 1 license 1 workstation, 5 render-only machines (or nodes)
  • Buy 2 licenses Up to 2 workstations, up to 10 render-only machines (or nodes)
  • Buy 10 licenses Up to 10 workstations, up to 50 render-only machines (or nodes)

NOTE: If you have more than 5 render-only machines per workstation (i.e. 5 workstations and 50 render-only machines (or nodes), you are required to purchase additional full licenses to accommodate you render farm.

Render-only machines are those machines that are never used by users in a facility for creation or editing of work with our products. The render-only machines sit in or on a dedicated rack or do not have a monitor attached and are used for rendering exclusively during facility operational hours. We appreciate you respecting our licensing polices.

 


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Specifications & Licensing

System  Requirements

PC / Windows

Windows XP SP1 or later
Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit
Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or faster (or AMD equivalent)
1 GB of RAM
30 MB of Hard Drive space

Apple Macintosh

Mac OSX 10.4.11 and later
Power Mac G5, Mac Intel
1 GB of RAM
30 MB of Hard Drive space

Host Applications

Adobe After Effects CS4, CS3, 7, 6.5
Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, CS3, 2.0
Apple Final Cut Pro 7, 6, 5.1.4
Apple Motion 3.02, 4
Avid Xpress Pro/Media Composer 5.6+,2.6+

Adobe Photoshop - See bottom

Adobe After Effects Compatibility

Host OS After Effects 6.5 After Effects 7 After Effects CS3 After Effects CS4 After Effects CS5
Mac 10.6 (Snow Leopard)       *  
Mac Intel     * *  
Mac PowerPC   * *    
Windows 7 32-bit     * *  
Windows 7 64-bit     * *  
Windows Vista 32-bit     * *  
Windows Vista 64-bit     * *  
Windows XP * * * *  


* - Compatible with All Host Application Versions
  - Not compatible with the Host Application


Adobe Premiere Pro Compatibility

Host OS Premiere Pro CS3 Premiere Pro CS4 Premiere Pro CS5
Mac 10.6 (Snow Leopard)      
Mac Intel      
Mac PowerPC      
Windows 7 32-bit      
Windows 7 64-bit      
Windows Vista 32-bit * *  
Windows Vista 64-bit * *  
Windows XP * *  


* - Compatible with All Host Application Versions
  - Not compatible with the Host Application

Apple Final Cut Compatibility

Host OS Final Cut Express 4.0 Final Cut Pro 5.1.4 Final Cut Pro 6 Final Cut Pro 7
Mac 10.6 (Snow Leopard) *   * *
Mac Intel * * * *
Mac PowerPC * * *  
Windows 7 32-bit        
Windows 7 64-bit        
Windows Vista 32-bit        
Windows Vista 64-bit        
Windows XP        


* - Compatible with All Host Application Versions
  - Not compatible with the Host Application

Apple Motion Compatibility

Host OS Motion 3.0.2 Motion 4
Mac 10.6 (Snow Leopard) * *
Mac Intel * *
Mac PowerPC *  
Windows 7 32-bit    
Windows 7 64-bit    
Windows Vista 32-bit    
Windows Vista 64-bit    
Windows XP    


* - Compatible with All Host Application Versions
 - Not compatible with the Host Application

Avid Systems Compatibility

Host OS Avid Media Composer 2.6 Avid Media Composer 2.7 Avid Media Composer 3.0 Avid Xpress Pro 5.6 Avid Xpress Pro 5.7
Mac 10.6 (Snow Leopard)          
Mac Intel      

 


 

Licensing

Upon Purchase software and licenses will be delivered electronically

Licenses are Node-locked only.

Volume License Program

For facilities with (20) or more licneses, the Volume License Program offers the following benefits.

Program Benefits
Single Serial Number For Each Product

  • No need to organize 100s of serial numbers any longer.
  • With VLP you will receive 1 Volume Serial Number for each product.

Additional Info

Upgrades / Support

Upgrades

  • Knoll Light Factory Photoshop 1.0-2.0 Upgrade to 3.1
  • Knoll Light Factory 2.5/2.6 (For After Effects or Final Cut Pro) Upgrade 3.1
  • Knoll Light Factory 2.5 and 2.6 customers are eligible for a free upgrade.
  • Upgrade from Knoll Light Factory 1.0-2.x to Knoll Light Factory 2.7
  • Upgrade from Knoll Light Factory Editors 2.5 to Knoll Light Factory 2.7

Knoll Light Factory v2.5 Upgrade adds 25 new preset effects, including Flash Bulb and Digital Camera Sun. New GPU support enables blistering speeds of up to 10x. Now runs inside more host editing applications, including Final Cut Pro, Motion, Avid AVX, After Effects, and Premiere Pro.
NOW ADOBE CS5/64 BIT COMPATIBLE.

Support

RFX is available for all your support needs

Red Giant Software offers the following support options

  • Free online documentation, guides, tutorials and support
  • Free Phone support

Phone Support Policy

RedGiant is available to answer questions via phone for pre-sales and post-sales technical support. They do They're best to answer every call, however during peak times of the day or when they release a new product all representatives may be assisting other customers, they will return all messages within 24 hours.