Boris FX Sapphire 2020

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Sapphire is the most in demand, unequaled, work-horse plug-in suite for visual effects.

Sapphire plug-ins let you create stunning organic looks unmatched by any host native effect tools. Key features include over 270 effects and 3000+ presets, a powerful Effect and Transition Builder, and integrated tracking and masking with the Academy Award-winning Mocha. Sapphire’s superior image quality, control, and render speed offers massive time-savings — allowing creatives to focus on what matters most, delivering an impact that keeps audiences coming back.


New in Sapphire 2020.5

New! Improved LensFlare Designer

New! 12 professionally-designed flares and improved Sapphire Lens Flares

New! Transitions add S_HyperPull and S_HyperPush

New! Added support for Blackmagic Fusion Studio 16 and the integrated Fusion inside of Blackmagic Davinci Resolve 16

New! More OFX hosts now support Sapphire Builder

New! Improved Mocha tracking

New! Faster render times for many effects


Meet S_FreeLens. Inspired by the popular photography technique known as free lensing or lens whacking, FreeLens mimics shooting with a lens detached from the camera body. The end result? A dreamy, romantic element featuring a combination of light leaks, lens distortion, tilt shift, and a moving focal point linked together under one easy-to-use master lens manipulation parameter. Perfect for dream sequences, travelogue videos, flashbacks, unsteady POVs, slow-motion footage, motion graphics title treatments or abstract CG renders. S_FreeLens is included in the Blur & Sharpen effects category.



Sapphire 2020 features new and improved Mocha tracking. You can now link Mocha tracking to Sapphire positional parameters all within a single effect. This new feature opens up tons of creative possibilities. Easily track S_LensFlare to a headlight, track S_Zap lighting bolts to the tips of your fingers or track a spotlight over a highlighted subject. Mocha parameter tracking is available in ten Sapphire 2020 effects: LensFlare, EdgeRays, Rays, Luna, Grunge, Spotlight, Aurora, Zap, MuzzleFlash, and FreeLens.


The brand new Mocha Area Brush tool is also included. If you don’t like working with splines, this is for you! The Area Brush lets you paint over track search areas for quick mask creation. Paint strokes are automatically converted into splines for an easy new workflow. Includes full support for Wacom tablets.



Sapphire 2020 adds support for OpenColorIO (OCIO), the open-source color management solution designed at Sony Picture Imageworks. Sapphire 2020 can apply and read a color profile to provide consistent colors across any of its internal applications such as the Preset Browser, Flare Designer, and Effect & Transition Builder. These applications now feature an OCIO panel with a default library of the most common color profiles. Facilities looking to load a custom OpenColorIO library can do so via an environment variable or by editing the S_Config file to point to a custom location.


Sapphire 2020 also features a new effect in the Adjust category called S_OCIOTransform. The effect allows Sapphire to bring OpenColorIO color management to any of its supported hosts — even if that host hasn’t adopted the OCIO standard yet!



Sapphire 2020 adds 16 brand new professionally-designed Lens Flares — bringing the grand total to over 200 flares!



The Sapphire 2020 Preset Browser adds a built-in Compare Mode feature that allows users to preview the original unfiltered source with the filtered output using either side-by-side or wipe bar options. This new feature is especially useful on color correction or grading where you might want to preview adjacent clips in the timeline while working on the filtered source.



The 2020 release delivers the fastest speed results yet thanks to optimized GPU (NVIDIA only) and CPU performance. Users will experience up to a three times increase in render times on many Sapphire effects including S_EdgeRays and S_BlurMotion. Please note: speed increases may vary based upon individual effect, host application, and choice of CPU or GPU rendering. Click the link below for more detailed information.



Sapphire lets you create stunning organic looks unmatched by any host native effect tools. Its superior image quality, control, and render speed paired with over 270 visual effects and 3000+ presets offers massive time-savings — allowing you to focus on what matters most, delivering the creative impact that keeps audiences coming back.



The Sapphire Light Unit has been a favorite among professional visual effects and motion graphics artists for decades. The popular versatile effects always live up to the hype. Add subtle lighting with Glow or dramatically change the mood with LensFlare. Highlighted effects include Glint, Glare, Glow, ZGlow, Spotlight, Streaks, EdgeRays, Flashbulbs, BokehLights, LensFlare, and more.



Looking to add that extra something to music videos or show opens? The Sapphire Stylize Unit has got you covered. Add color grades, create psychedelic looks or add glitchy video damage effects. Highlight effects include FilmEffect, PixelSort, DigitalDamage, FilmDamage, ScanLines, Cartoon, Kaleidoscope, EdgeDetect, Vignette, FlysEyesHex, and more.



The Sapphire Distort Unit lets you warp your footage in every which way. Create photorealistic lens distortion effects, in-camera shake effects or chromatic aberrations. Highlighted effects include ParallaxStrips, Distort, DistortBlur, Shake, WarpChroma, WarpFishEye, WarpDrops, ZBlur, Infinite Zoom, and more.



The Sapphire Blur Unit features the industry’s fastest photorealistic in-camera blurring tools. Use RackDefocus to create in-camera defocuses. Import a z-depth matte into Z_Blur and blur with depth. Conquer out of focus images or nasty compression artifacts with high-grade sharpen and debanding tools. Retouch skin and apply beauty work. Highlighted effects include Blur, ZBlur, RackDefocus, Sharpen, Deband, Convolve, BlurMotion, Beauty, and more.



The Sapphire Render Unit helps you create imagery from scratch. Add lightning with Zap, liven up a sky with Clouds and NightSky or create procedurally generated animated backgrounds with texture generators. Highlighted effects include Aurora, Zap, CloudsPerspective, MuzzleFlash, Grunge, NightSky, Luna, Grid, and many more.



Never white-flash again! The Sapphire Transitions Unit gives you access to over 50 of the industry’s best transitions. Simply drag and drop one of the countless presets onto your cut just like a dissolve. Highlighted transitions include ParallaxStrips, DissolvePixelSort, DissolveDigitalDamage, SwishPan, Whiplash, GlowDissolve, LensFlareDissolve, and WarpWipe.



The Sapphire Time Unit lets you bend time with just a few clicks. Slow down or speed up footage with the Sapphire Optical Flow retimer or choose from Retime, FlickerRemove, Flicker, Feedback, TimeSlice, RandomEdits, RepairFrames, and more.



Sapphire’s Effect and Transition Builder gives users the ability to browse and try out Sapphire effects with ease, enabling artists and editors to create their own custom effects and transitions. Start using Builder right out of the box with over 150 presets for creative and correctional purposes.





Sapphire proudly features integrated Mocha planar tracking and masking tools. The Academy Award-winning technology makes effects isolation to full-blown rotoscoping easy. Quickly launch Mocha to create and track a mask directly from within your favorite Sapphire effects.


Gorgeous Presets

There’s nothing harder than starting from a blank slate which is why Sapphire features over 3000 presets crafted by top-notch artists and editors. Every release includes brand new presets so there’s always something fresh to play with.


 Flexible Pricing and Licensing Options

Sapphire offers a wide variety of convenient licensing options to fit any budget. Choose from the full suite, individually-priced Sapphire Units, annual subscriptions or RLM server-based floating licenses.



Payment – Yearly payments must be paid in full upon the start of the contract. Customer will receive permanent licenses upon full payment.


Get Current Fee – Existing Sapphire customers on version 8 or lower must pay an additional fee to catch up to the latest version of Sapphire.


Reactivation Fee – There is no penalty for canceling Upgrade and Support, however, failing to renew your yearly contract will result in a prorated fee that would be applied upon rejoining.


Automatic Renewal – Upgrade and Support contracts are set to automatically renew each year. You can opt out by contacting the Toolfarm sales team.


Terms and Conditions – Upgrade and Support Terms and Conditions can be found here (pops)


Rental Licenses – Rental Licenses do not auto-renew.




A favorite of the Hollywood crowd for decades, Sapphire Glow is one of the all-time legendary and most versatile effects. Whether you are looking to slightly alter the mood of a shot or dramatically change the lighting, the silky smooth subtleness of Sapphire Glow will always live up to the hype.


Film Effect

Sapphire film effect began as a way to accurately emulate 35mm film for video, but fast-forward to the post production world of today and it’s now used as a multi-faceted color grading tool and plug-in. Packed with tons of amazing presets, editors and artists can quickly achieve dozens of different popular color treatments with Sapphire Film Effect.



Shake holds it’s place amongst the most popular Sapphire effects because it’s versatility and ease of use. Whether used to emulate a documentary style hand-held camera shake or the magnitude of an earthquake-like effect, Shake’s deep parameter set allows it to adapt to any situation.


Lens Flare

Sapphire LensFlare gives you the ability to add photorealistic lens flares from a huge amount of presets or create them from scratch with the Sapphire Flare Designer, our own application for building feature film quality lens flares. Never adjust your F-stops or shine a light into your camera again!



Vignette is a great example of a classic Sapphire effect. It helps you take a repetitive multi-click task and turn it into one step with increased flexibility and new functionality.




Sapphire 2020



macOS:10.10 or higher


Windows: Windows 7 or higher on x64


Linux:Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, CentOS 6




Recommended Hardware:


Processor: 64-bit Intel or AMD CPU with four or more cores


Memory: 8 GB or more


Disk: High-speed disk array or SSD storage


Graphics Card: High-end NVIDIA Quadro, TITAN or GeForcePascal, e.g. Quadro P5000 or GeForce GTX 1080 Ti


Monitor: 19201080 or higher, including high dpi 4k monitors


GPU Acceleration: NVIDIA cards only. The latest NVIDIA CUDAcard and driver is recommended.


Licensing options:


Nodelocked, Subscription or floating license.


For floating and render license options, contact us.


Supported Hosts:


Adobe After Effects & Premiere Pro


Avid Media Composer


Autodesk Flame




Blackmagic Resolve and Fusion


SGO Mistika


Grassvalley Edius and Rio


ToonBoom Harmony




HitFilm Pro

Sapphire Works With:
  • Adobe After Effects (Builder compatible)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro (Builder compatible)
  • Avid Media Composer (Builder compatible)
  • Autodesk Flame Family
  • Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve (Builder compatible, Mocha tracking available on Resolve Studio only)
  • Blackmagic Fusion
  • The Foundry NUKE
  • Vegas Pro Studio
  • Sony Catalyst
  • Grass Valley Edius
  • Silhouette
  • Baselight
  • Toon Boom Harmony
  • Other OFX-compatible hosts

For compatibility with specific versions and operating systems, please see the Sapphire Compatibility Matrix.

Tech Specifications

  • Resolution independent - HD, 2K, Ultra HD, 4K, 8K, etc.
  • Floating point processing - All effects use full floating point processing for improved image quality and full 32-bit HDR support
  • 64-bit enabled - expanded memory capabilities
  • Multiprocessor support
  • GPU acceleration available for NVIDIA cards only. The latest NVIDIA CUDA card and driver is recommended.
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