updated 09:35 am EDT, Tue August 1, 2006
Knoll Light Factory 2.5
Red Giant Software has released Knoll Light Factory 2.5, an update to its After Effects plug-in. Created by Photoshop co-creator and Star Wars effects guru John Knoll, Knoll Light Factory can digitally simulate light effects called flares. Flares simulate reflections from a very bright light source as seen in a camera's lens. Version 2.5 brings 25 new presets, including Flash Bulb, digital camera sun, and more as well adds a GPU engine for up to realtime rendering. It also adds controls for Light Factory Spectacular, including brightness and scale, and offers host support for After Effects, Motion, Final Cut Pro, Avid, and Premiere Pro. Knoll Light Factory 2.5 is available in two versions: Editors ($200) and Pro ($400). Knoll Light Factory Editors is targeted for users working primarily in one environment such as Avid Xpress Pro, Final Cut Pro, Motion, or Premiere Pro. Knoll Light Factory Pro is designed for professionals working with multiple editing and compositing applications in SD, HD, or film. Upgrades start at $100.