But the fact is that more often than not, you do need to spice up an otherwise boring shot. A properly used digital lens flare is invisible and enhances the image rather than making it look "J.J. style" . So if you need to do this anyway, why not use a tool that is both powerful and fun to use?
The new version was designed to let you to do all of this much better and much quicker than ever.
Need to adjust the flare's colors to match your clip's mood? Just set the primary color in the Color Palette, play with the secondary/tertiary handles and BAM! Done in 10 seconds.
Want to add a slightly wider glow to the flare that's already present in your footage but the camera is a bit too shaky? Use the build-in Mocha tracker and BAM! Done in 30 seconds and sticks to your clip as if it was there from the beginning
Want to add a bit of organic behavior to your flare but hate Final Cut's linear keyframes and don't want to go into Motion? Enable the new Flicker, Dynamic Animation and/or Track Brightness options and BAM! It animates on its own after a couple of clicks.
No external interfaces, hardware-accelerated rendering, negligible loading times, reliable and accurate tracking, super-fast workflow... Yeah, but enough bragging
Give the demo a go, you'll be surprised how easy it is to make an organic flare (and how hard it is to mess it up )
Hi Karsten and thanks, we're really happy with how it turned out
Another quick tip for those playing with mF2 - once your flare is set, increase the global Aberration effect a bit (Inspector -> Post Effects -> Aberration). It will render a tad slower but it's definitely worth it, especially if you've got a lot of flare stuff moving around ->