I did receive a free copy of the plugins pack to test them out, but if you were to purchase the pack, it would cost you $499 USD. While that isn't necessarily 'cheap', it contains a lot of effects that are similar to some standalone plugins that might set you back a couple of hundred dollars each. So is it worth it? In this post I will take you through what is included in the HitFilm 2 plugins pack so you can decide for yourself!
Once you've installed the HitFilm 2 plugins pack, you will see a large number of plugins appear in your video editing or visual effects compositing software. Here is a screenshot from the Effects & Presets panel in Adobe After Effects!
One of the effects I was very excited to find in the HitFilm 2 plugins pack is the 'Anomorphic Lens Flare' effect. You can find the plugin under the 'Lights & Flares' tab.
Just like any other effect, the plugins from the HitFilm 2 pack come with their own set of effect controls that you can tweak to your liking. The anomorphic lens flare effect has controls for the intensity levels, colour and the number of streaks generated.
Tweaking the settings a little bit, we can customise the look and feel of the lens flares to create some interesting looking effects.
If anomorphic lens flares aren't your thing, the HitFilm 2 plugins pack also contains a plugin to generate standard lens flares. You can find the 'Light Flares' effect in the 'Lights & Flares' tab of the plugins.
The Light Flares effect will generate a standard lens flare on top of the layer. You can reposition the lens flare anywhere in your scene simply by dragging its centre location around.
I did like the 'Anomorphic Halo' preset. Once you've selected a preset you can change the parameters to control the intensity, scale and hotspot position of the lens flare effect.
Here is the customised Anomorphic Halo lens flare effect applied to the Zombie Hunter clip.
Let's move on to generating some cool procedural fire!