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HD Flares

This page will collect together in one place my HD lens flares and other effects  for you to download and use. You can see my 4K leaks in other pages. Or just browse at the top of the page.

What are these?
These are short high definition clips for use by editors and compositors. They work with any editing package - however I am delivering them as Quicktimes. By layering them over your images, using a compositing style such as 'screen' you add colour and interest - reminiscent of old style film effects.

How do I get them?
For each collection I've put up a sample via youtube. There is then a file to download.
  • 1080p HD
  • ProRes format (Movs) if I can, or mp4 if otherwise the file is too big
  • Zipped together in batches of 6 or 7 OR as a single video file with a few clips back to back

How did you do them?
I took the lens off of my camera and added various glass objects to the front instead - then combined that with lamps and light sources.

Are they free?
Creative Commons License
Light Leaks by Tim Clague is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported LicenseBased on a work at

So, in short, yes, free to use and download etc for your personal projects. They are released under creative commons - so free to use for your own projects. But not for commercial projects. Pick one of the three routes below.

If you make money with them on small commercial projects then donate.

If you are wanting to use them in a broadcast / commercials setting then email me. I have a very simple licensing structure that would cover you for a TV series, film or commercial campaign, worldwide, one fee for ALL leaks, in perpetuity.

For non-commercial or personal only use - free, but please do me a favour. Cheers. A few suggestions.

If you are super kind and get something out of using these then please donate a small amount -
Lastly, you can play about with these leaks in an iOS app called Videohance

One: Light facets

These bursts of light pan across the screen, spankling as they go. Created by effectively using a glass crystal as a lens directly on the camera, they offer blinding light, mixed with refracting spectrums. There are 8 versions in this one clip. One even 'maxes out' to white making it ideal to use as a transition or dissolve. To keep under a 200MB limit I had to compress this as the highest possible quality H264.
Download here (157MB):

Two: Multi-faceted flares

This multi-element flare was made for when you need colour, detail, range and an organic / analogue feel to a lens flare. Great for compositing over shots and transitions you can speed it up for another great look. I've used the slowest original speed here so you can ramp up the speeds and do what you like. Another tip is to recolour them, to blue for example. There are 3 in this set. They were filmed with a plastic lens, hence the very grungy feel to them. To keep un der a 200MB limit I had to compress this as the highest possible quality H264.
Download here (98MB):

Three: classic lens flare sweep

This is a classic lens flare sweep, using a standard glass lens. As with a lot of my light leaks, they work better when sped up, but I present them at the original slow speed to give you the most options. The clip ends with a nice rainbow pattern that I captured as a bit of a bonus.
Download here, ProRes 1080p (151MB):

Four: pulsing lens flare

This is a twitching lens flare, a compliment to clip 14. Sometimes, for example, compositing over titles, you don't want a moving flare. You want a static one. A totally static image can be got via a freeze-frame - but that's the same. A little movement is good.
Download here, ProRes 1080p (151MB):

Five: fast lens flare sweep

These fast sweeps are a variation on a previous clip. The faster speed is useful to act as a wipe.
Download here, ProRes 1080p (133MB):

Six: Arctic Glass light leak (1)

This is a crazy kind of light leak. The spiral shapes look amazing sped up and this can be used as a transition too. This is one of three in this style, all shot near the Arctic Circle for the best kind of light
Download here, HD 1080p (148MB):

Seven: Arctic Glass light leak (2)

More transition-friendly spiral leaks.
Download here, HD 1080p (148MB):

Eight: Arctic Glass backdrop

A tripping, curving, light leak - ideal as a background / backdrop / composite over titles or footage OR speed up for a crazy wipe! This is one of three in this style, all shot near the Arctic Circle for the best kind of light.
Download here, HD 1080p (148MB):

Nine: Real lens flare wipe

A real light edge wipe, made by passing light through inch-thick glass.
Download here, HD 1080p (170MB):


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