SAPPHIRE 2020.5 IS HERE!
NEW FREELENS EFFECT, MORE FLARES, FASTER RENDERS, AND BETTER TRACKING
WHY USE SAPPHIRE PLUGINS?
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! 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
YOUR NEW FAVORITE SAPPHIRE EFFECT — FREELENS
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.
COLOR MANAGEMENT WITH OCIO SUPPORT
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!
TRACK EVERYTHING WITH THE NEW & IMPROVED MOCHA
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.
NEW LENS FLARES FOR SAPPHIRE 2020
Sapphire 2020 adds 16 brand new professionally-designed Lens Flares — bringing the grand total to over 200 flares!
NEW COMPARE MODE IN PRESET BROWSER
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.
FASTER RENDERS WITH SAPPHIRE 2020
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.
WHY USE SAPPHIRE PLUG-INS?
THE BEST EFFECTS. PERIOD.
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.
LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES WITH BUILDER
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.
INTEGRATED MOCHA TRACKING AND MASKING
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.
80+ NEW FILTERS, 3D PARTICLES, AND MORE!
Meeting tight turnarounds just got easier. The post-production industry’s most complete plugin collection delivers nearly 350 creative effects in 20 categories, 4000+ presets, built-in Academy Award-winning Mocha planar tracking and masking, a Beat Reactor that drives VFX to music, and the FX Browser. Busy editors and artists rely on Continuum to get the job done.
Continuum 2021 is the biggest release in its storied history with 80+ new effects, 1000+ new professionally-designed presets, 3 new Unit categories, major additions to Particle Illusion, a new keying effect, improvements to Mocha’s planar tracking, and more.
New! The Cinematographer’s Toolkit features 80+ HDR compliant effects including film stocks, look development, optical filter simulations, and lighting.
New! Particle Illusion’s lightning-fast particles can now be emitted in 3D! Plus, a new turbulence feature for more natural moving particles, a line renderer to quickly join particles together, and a bunch of exciting new presets.
New! Even easier green screen cleanup. Edge Cleaner recovers fine details while smoothing the edges of keyed compressed footage.
New! 1000+ drag and drop presets designed by the pros.
Improved Effects: Improvements to Title Studio, Mocha planar tracking, and more!
THE CINEMATOGRAPHER’S TOOLKIT
Analog filmmaking meets digital video
The Cinematographer’s Toolkit gives artists access to 80 new effects, 3 new Continuum Units, and 1000+ new presets that pay homage to the bygone era of shooting on film. The built-in FX Editor makes it simple to browse the presets and create your own custom presets directly inside the interface. Recreate classic Hollywood looks in just one click.
Each new effect is GPU-accelerated, HDR compliant, and includes OCIO color management support.
Quickly transform digital video into beloved analog looks.
BCC+FilmStocks features nearly 300 customizable presets organized by color, black & white, photographic films, and motion picture film stocks including Kodachrome, Ektachrome, Fuji, Agfa, and Polaroid. Easily adjust a film’s most important elements: black & white, film response, color correct, color filters, sharpen, diffusion, vignette, and grain.
Easily establish a signature look for your film or episodic.
BCC+Grade includes 85+ color grading presets from Academy Award-nominated films including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Apocalypse Now, Blade Runner, Back to the Future, Frankenstein, Gone with the Wind, and Titanic.
Create your own custom look using a visual Color Wheels interface or manipulate hue, saturation, brightness, contrast, gamma, cyan/magenta, RGB values, mid-tones, highlights, and shadows. Included in the Continuum Color & Tone Unit.
BCC+Looks lets you create virtually any look with 65+ stylized color and black & white looks or tweak color correct, diffusion, color gradient, gels, lab, and grain modules.
Optical Filter Simulations
Get the look of glass camera filters without the hassle.
Dial in the exact look your cinematographer wants with digital optical filter simulations that you can change at any time. Darken a sky with a polarizing filter, reduce wrinkles with diffusion filters, add stars to specular highlights with multi-star filters, saturate colors with enhancing filters, and add a pop of color with color-graduated filters.
BCC+Optical Diffusion filters include Double Fog, Fog, Frost, Halo, Mist, Net, Rack Focus, and Silk.
No more waiting for light setups! Add natural and realistic effects fast.
Create a stylized atmosphere with gobos, enhance a scene with realistic lens flares that can be customized with the new Flare Editor, add drama with volumetric light rays and glows, or choose a gel from the Kodak® Wratten set.
BCC+Light includes BCC+Glow, BCC+Glow Darks, BCC+Glow Edges, BCC+Photographic, BCC+Color Gradient, BCC+Radial Tint, BCC+Sunset, and many more.
The production team forgot to add a gobo to the lights during the shoot. Now what? Apply gobo effects in post complete with realistic shadowing!
Browse the factory installed digital gobo library featuring 750+ gobo options sorted into seven distinct categories: Abstract, Doors, Elements, Foliage, Snowflakes, Textures, and Windows.
You can also import your own gobo images into the BCC+Lights FX Editor and create your own custom gogo library for use in any project.
Add subtle realism to a shot or go for a certain director’s signature lens flare style.
Choose from 300+ factory installed presets, all of which are completely editable, or create your own unique custom lens flare from scratch using the new Flare Editor directly from within the BCC+Lens Flare FX Editor. With the FX Editor, you can save customized presets into the Custom preset category and use the favorites starring feature to instantly retrieve your favorite looks.
Lens flares are broken into Anamorphic, Circular, Polygons, Star, Starburst, and Stylized categories.
Light Rays & Glows
Create a sense of drama or dreamy atmosphere.
The lighting effect filters in this update are all hardware accelerated, easy to use and come with dozens of preset looks. Whether your shot calls for a subtle glow or some in your face volumetric rays, this new set of filters generates sublime results.
Featuring 6 new realistic glow effects and stunning volumetric lighting effects. Each effect is fully customizable.
Set the mood with color. Choose from 200+ lighting gels and 95 photographic filters to colorize footage using the same names known to cinematographers.
Warm up a shot with a 22 Deep Orange or 23A Light red glass filter emulator and use the integrated graduated filter to isolate the effect to the foreground or background. Or select the L725 Old Steel Blue gel to cool the image and use the integrated ND filter to control light exposure in the filtered shot.
The BCC+Photographic filter is the digital equivalent of the Kodak® Wratten set licensed under Tiffen.
PARTICLE ILLUSION 2021
3D particles with just one click
Particle Illusion’s popular real-time motion graphics generator can now emit particles in 3D! The 2021 release also adds a new built-in 3D camera, geometric beauty with lines, enhanced realism with turbulence controls, new deflection options, and tons of presets! The new features are also included in the free Particle Illusion standalone application, which remains totally free.
3D Cameras and Views
Particle Illusion now includes a built-in 3D camera with easy to use controls that enable you to navigate through generated particle fields.
The built-in camera offers target, position, pan, and orbit modes and new 3D orthographic views and an off axis isometric world view with a visible grid floor to make animating the camera position quick and easy.
Adobe users can also use the integrated After Effects host camera which enables users to add 3D particles to their 3D scenes.
Connect particles with lines! Create fresh mograph looks and instantly add new life to hundreds of existing presets.
Lines can be used to connect particles to emitters
Add complex organic motion to particles for greater realism and new possibilities.
Deflector collisions are even more realistic with added randomness and the ability to break particles on impact.
New Emitter Presets
As always, each release includes a collection of emitters that showcase the new features. Ready to use and inspire!
PRIMATTE STUDIO 2021
Continuum’s powerful chroma keying tools featuring Academy Award-nominated Primatte technology just got better.
The new Edge Cleaner effect gives users spatial and temporal control over keyed edges. Easily tackle compressed green screen footage that displays jittering edges around areas with fine detail such as hair. Edge Cleaner is available as an individual effect within the Continuum Key & Blend Unit and is also built-into Primatte Studio.
TITLE STUDIO 2021
Maxon C4D 3D model integration with Title Studio continues it's road of improvement and now includes more shaders and materials than ever before. The C4D 3D model support and rendering in Title Studio has been independently reviewed as having the best and most accurate render results of any 3D model plug-in for NLE and compositing systems.
New Texture Composite and Procedural Noise Shaders
With the new Texture Composite shader, you can texturize 3D objects with procedural generators, gradients, images or even video clips from the filtered host timeline.
Use the new Procedural Noise shader, which includes over a dozen texture types, to generate custom materials, which can be applied to any 3D element in Title Studio. These custom textures can be saved as new material assets in your title studio custom library for easy and quick retrieval in any Title Studio project.
New C4D 3D Models
We've added 15 brand new professionally generated 3D models that were created using Cinema 4D and developed specifically for this version update of Title Studio. Included in this new batch are spherical elements and a series of backdrops, some with curved arc surfaces, some with a lo-poly terrain surface distortions.
Stunning Results in Seconds
Continuum 2021 includes 1000+ new presets. Simply drag-and-drop onto footage or customize as you see fit. Save yourself tons of time with Continuum’s nearly 4000 available presets.
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