AutoFlare v2.2

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Contributor: Vincent Wauters
Automatic Lens Flare filter based on image content.
6.0, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 7.0 or later
Linux, Mac, Windows
29 Nov 2012

This is an automatic lens flare filter based on image content and values.

Here is a full description and examples :

It is using simple expressions and convolution filters to create lens flares. Since it is based on image content, there is no position parameters, and therefore no need to track the hotspots in the image.
To install, place the "BOKEH" folder in your ~/.nuke folder (the ".nuke" folder in you home directory, which is usually /home/user/.nuke/ on linux, /Users/username/.nuke/ on mac.)
Put the gizmo somewhere in your NUKEPATH.
Then add something like this to your :

myMenu = menubar.addMenu("&Autoflare2.2")
myMenu.addCommand("AutoFlare 2.2", "nuke.createNode('AutoFlare2')")


2.2 Update :
I just added Nuke presets (from the little wrench icon on the propertie bar...)
Also, I will ultimately remove the "Presets" Tab to be replaced with the Nuke presets tool.
To install the presets, just copy (or merge) the to your .nuke folder.
I also included a jpg of what the presets look like, but again, you can find that on my website.

If any of you guys are making flares you like, just make a preset of it and send it to me, I'll include it in the next release.


I hope you'll enjoy!
Any comments or questions are welcome!


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+2 # Iosif Kefalas 2012-10-25 16:02
Excellent! Just what Nuke needed..
0 # Amid Rajabi 2012-10-26 00:26
0 # satheesh R 2012-10-26 09:23
Good job Vincent..... This is the thing missing in nuke !!!??
0 # Philippe HUBERDEAU 2012-11-01 13:27
It's been months that i put a gizmo like that in my todolist, but so many things never had time to even begin it. Now i've got one task less ! Thanks very much Vincent, i haven't tested yet but you seem to have handled it quite smartly !
A must have !
0 # Vincent Wauters 2012-11-05 17:36
Thanks for your nice comments!
I am trying to take the time to remove the "Presets" tab and provide a bunch of nuke presets for this instead, which makes more sense, also, everybody will be able to share it this one, makes the whole thing much more easier.
I'll try to do that very soon.
0 # Mads Hagbarth Damsbo 2012-11-08 09:13
Funny, i began work on a procedural flare system for nuke aswell just a few months back.
I personally wanted to keep mine as a toolset as Gizmo's always cause problems when using it acros systems and compers.
I have not tested yours but from the screenshots i think the user interface is very intuitive.

What i came across was using glint for anamorphic streaks and a combo of lens distortion, defocus and dilate to create optical artifacts.
Also using 2 flares, 1 big and one small and only show the intersecting part to create a realistic eclipse like effect.

Great work
0 # Thomas Nissen 2013-02-19 04:38
Great! Only, I don't know how to add to the you post a screenshot or something with what it should look like?

Thomas N.
0 # Anthony Thomas 2013-04-25 20:34
Could you please do a step by step on how exactly to install this plugin please? Or possibly make this a simpler install, by simply allowing us to dropping everything we need into our .nuke directory, and just restarting Nuke, having an icon ready made for use, that way we don't have to type anything? I'm not very experienced with installing plugins. Pretty please? :-)
0 # Thomas Nissen 2013-04-27 08:04
I was long looking for the answer on how to use gizmos. I finally figured one way out. They should be placed in a user folder under plugins within the Nuke installation. A will make them appear within Nuke as a User menu along with File, Edit, Layout etc.
For those interested I can send a screen dump of the file placement and content of the file.

0 # Mila M 2013-05-04 15:27
Thomas Nissen, would you be able to send me a screen dump of the file placement and content of the especially. I'm not sure how to add ontop of what I already have from previous plugins the exact syntax.
0 # Thomas Nissen 2013-05-10 04:45
Guest: I will need your email address, it seems like I can't attach files here ...

0 # Thomas Nissen 2013-05-10 04:48
Guest: here it is:
0 # shakil shaikh 2014-08-02 13:52
hi vincent .big problem how to install it?
0 # slaven istuk 2015-04-16 19:40
thank you man... great tool...:)
0 # Eduardo Velasquez 2015-05-03 07:39
sorry im having trouble installing it, i put it on the .nuke but im not sure what he means in the, sorry im just now learning how to install gizmos
0 # the womb 2015-11-29 01:22
Vincent! love the plugin, fills a nuke void for sure, having some issues with it though, when I keyframe any value the gizmo does not respond to the keys. odd behavior. NukeX 9.06 Mac
0 # Evgeny Shpilivoi 2016-07-21 20:02
not working on Nuke 10v1 :( loads fine but screen black..
0 # olien olien 2017-01-10 13:37
the same..
not working on Nuke 10v4
loads fine but screen black..
0 # Jeff Lim 2017-05-04 06:05
Works great on Nuke 10v5, but using the new presets from the wrench throws up some errors related to the local directory:
I tried correcting it, but aside from it loading very slow, it also does not seem to work. The old preset tab stills works though :)
0 # Bruce Forel 2018-01-28 16:10
A clever filter. Very usefull for subtile finishes
0 # Arun Lukose 2019-03-26 09:54
Couldn't find working in Nuke11 , is there any to fix ?
0 # Arun Lukose 2019-03-26 09:54
Couldn't find working in Nuke11 , is there any to fix ?
0 # Sam Pearson 2020-05-15 13:02
I'm struggling to get this to work in newer Nuke versions are well (on 12). I put the BOKEHS folder in .nuke as instructed, as well as user_presets. The rest of the files went into Nuke's plugins folder with the rest of the gizmos, yet Nuke doesn't detect it at all.

I've had to copy the gizmo's text directly into Nuke to get it to work, and even then, now that I've closed Nuke and re-opened it again, the gizmo is completely broken and doesn't work any more.
+1 # Martin Gritschke 2023-03-27 10:13
Oh, what a Beauty! Works perfectly, saved me lots of time! Thank you! :-)

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