How to Use FL Out of Focus Plugin for After Effects
FL Out of Focus is a plugin for Adobe After Effects that allows you to create realistic and customizable blur effects for your footage. It simulates the look of a camera lens with different aperture shapes and sizes, and it can also distort the background behind semi-transparent objects. In this article, we will show you how to use FL Out of Focus plugin for After Effects and where to download it.
What Is FL Out of Focus Plugin?
FL Out of Focus is a plugin developed by frischluft.com, a company that specializes in creating high-quality filters for post-production. FL Out of Focus is part of their Lenscare package, which also includes FL Depth of Field, a plugin that generates depth of field effects based on a depth buffer. FL Out of Focus works without depth information and can create a blur with constant radius over the entire image. It is a fast and flexible alternative to the built-in Camera Lens Blur effect in After Effects[^1^].
Why Use FL Out of Focus Plugin?
FL Out of Focus plugin offers some advantages over the native Camera Lens Blur effect in After Effects. Some of them are:
It can produce more realistic and natural-looking bokeh effects, with different shapes and sizes of lens apertures. You can even use a custom image as the aperture shape.
It can boost the brightness of very bright image parts, which are more predominant when being out of focus. This can help create more contrast and depth in your footage.
It can distort the background behind semi-transparent objects, such as glass or water. This can add more realism and believability to your composite.
It has more options to adjust the blur amount, quality, threshold, noise, and color correction.
How to Use FL Out of Focus Plugin?
To use FL Out of Focus plugin for After Effects, you need to follow these steps:
Download and install FL Out of Focus plugin from frischluft.com. You can purchase the Lenscare package for $199 or download a free trial version from their website[^1^].
Import your footage into After Effects and create a new composition.
Apply FL Out of Focus effect to your footage layer. You can find it under Effect > frischluft.com > FL Out of Focus.
Adjust the parameters of the effect according to your preference. You can change the blur radius, aperture shape, highlight boost, background distortion, and other settings.
Preview and render your composition.
FL Out of Focus is a powerful and versatile plugin for After Effects that can help you create stunning blur effects for your footage. It can simulate different types of camera lenses and add more realism and depth to your composite. You can download it from frischluft.com and try it out for yourself.
How to Download FL Out of Focus Plugin?
To download FL Out of Focus plugin for After Effects, you need to visit the official website of frischluft.com and go to the Lenscare page. There you can find the download links for Windows and Mac versions of the plugin. You can also download a free trial version that works for 30 days and has no limitations except a watermark. To purchase the full version, you need to pay $199 via PayPal or credit card. You will receive a license key that you can enter in the plugin settings to activate it[^1^].
How to Troubleshoot FL Out of Focus Plugin?
If you encounter any problems or errors while using FL Out of Focus plugin for After Effects, you can try some of these solutions:
Make sure you have installed the latest version of the plugin and After Effects.
Make sure your footage has enough contrast and detail for the plugin to work properly.
Make sure your footage is not pre-composed or nested in another composition.
Make sure your footage has no alpha channel or transparency. If it does, use a solid layer as a background or pre-compose it with a solid layer.
Make sure your footage is not too much out of focus that the plugin cannot recover any information. An example to illustrate the problem is a fence in front of the camera that is so much out of focus that it's hardly noticeable in the resulting image. Now the plugin would have to make up what's behind that fence completely. Obviously this is not possible[^1^].
If none of these solutions work, you can contact the support team of frischluft.com via email or their online forum[^2^].
Examples of FL Out of Focus Plugin
To see some examples of how FL Out of Focus plugin can enhance your footage, you can check out some of these videos:
Dronez: A short film that uses FL Depth of Field and FL Out of Focus to create realistic and cinematic depth of field effects.
Imposter: A feature film that uses FL Out of Focus on live and CG footage to create seamless composites.
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