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Boris FX merges with GenArts

Boris FX, maker of Boris Continuum Complete, has inked a deal to acquire visual effects plug-in developer GenArts, whose high-end plug-in line includes Sapphire. Sapphire has been used in at least one of each year’s VFX Oscar-nominated films since 1996. This acquisition follows the 2015 addition of Imagineer Systems, developer of Academy Award-winning planar tracking tool Mocha. Sapphire will continue to be developed and sold in its current form alongside Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) and Mocha Pro.

“We are excited to announce this strategic merger and welcome the Sapphire team to the Boris FX/Imagineer group,” says owner Boris Yamnitsky. “This acquisition makes Boris FX uniquely positioned to serve editors and effects artists with the industry’s leading tools for motion graphics, broadcast design, visual effects, image restoration, motion tracking and finishing — all under one roof. Sapphire’s suite of creative plug-ins has been used to design many of the last decades’ most memorable film images. Sapphire perfectly complements BCC and mocha as essential tools for professional VFX and we look forward to serving Sapphire’s extremely accomplished users.”

“Equally impressive is the team behind the technology,” continues Yamnitsky. “Key GenArts staff from engineering, sales, marketing and support will join our Boston office to ensure the smoothest transition for customers. Our shared goal is to serve our combined customer base with useful new tools and the highest quality training and technical support.”

 

 

Boris Continuum Complete 10 for Avid now available

Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) 10 for Avid is now available from Boris FX. This release, which we reported on back at IBC, brings new tools for advanced visual effects, title design, digital beauty work and image restoration to the Avid timeline. BCC 10 for Avid also includes new filters, new transitions and a new subscription/rental option.

Among the most anticipated features are integrated Mocha technology for planar motion-tracking and masking; BCC Beauty Studio, a skin smoothing and retouching plug-in; and BCC Title Studio, Boris FX’s 3D titling and motion graphics tool.

More details:
– Integrated Mocha mask tracking in PixelChooser; Imagineer’s Academy Award-winning Mocha planar tracking and masking engine is integrated inside the BCC PixelChooser, allowing editors to do more advanced finishing work without leaving the editing timeline.
– BCC Beauty Studio is a new skin retouching tool that gives editors the ability to smooth skin and reduce blemishes to make their talent look better. A keying algorithm quickly isolates skin tones while retaining natural sharpness and contrast.
– BCC Title Studio is a 2D/3D titling and motion-graphics tool for designing and animating title opens, lower thirds and credit sequences at any resolution. OpenGL-accelerated features include extrusions, materials, cameras, lights and deformers for advanced title creation. The tool includes support for Maxon Cinema 4D models and Adobe Illustrator and features a custom user interface for simple to complex title creation.
– New tools for image restoration: BCC Remover fills in missing pixels and removes objects with clone and auto-fill options. BCC Dropout Fixer restores tape-based damaged footage with field dropouts. BCC Reframe is designed to reformat and stylize “vertical cell phone” video footage into a standard 16×9 aspect for broadcast.
– New effects/filters: BCC Light Leaks adds organic and naturalistic “in-camera” light and exposure effects to stylize and enhance footage. BCC Video Glitch recreates the distressed look of compression artifacts, signal loss and corrupt digital video.
– New transitions: Four new realtime transitions have been added with many prebuilt presets. BCC Cross Glitch mimics abrupt digital signal transitions. BCC Cross Melt conveys a new organic look and feel. BCC Light Leaks Dissolve creates a light exposure-based transition. BCC Cross Zoom combines zoom, glow and dissolve into one simple transition.

The Boris Continuum Complete 10 release offers new purchasing options for users.
BCC 10 for Avid has a new, lower price: a full license for $1,695 or an upgrade for $595. BCC 10 for Avid is compatible with Avid Media Composer, Symphony and NewsCutter.
BCC 10 Multi-Host licensing is one license activation for multiple host applications — Avid, Adobe and OFX — available as a full license ($1,995), upgrade ($695) or annual subscription ($595). The BCC 10 Multi-Host option will be compatible with Avid Media Composer, Symphony, NewsCutter, Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CC, and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve (OFX).

BCC 10 for Adobe, Apple and OFX will be released later this year.

Mocha now plug-in for NLEs, BCC 10 integrates Mocha 5

The big news from Boris FX/Imagineer at IBC this year was that the soon-to-be-released Mocha Pro planar tracking and roto masking technology will be available as a plug-in for Avid, Adobe and OFX. This brings all of the tools from Mocha Pro to these NLEs — no more workarounds needed. This Mocha Pro 5 plug-in, which will be available in a month, incorporates a new effects panel for integrated keying, grain, sharpening and skin smoothing as well as new Python scripting support and more.

“Avid editors have always asked us for the Mocha planar tracking tools on their timeline. Now with the Imagineer/Boris FX collaboration, we are bringing the full Mocha Pro to Avid,” explains Ross Shain, CMO at BorisFX/Imagineer. “Media Composer and Symphony users will be able to handle more complex effects and finishing tasks, without importing/exporting footage. Just drop the Mocha Pro plug-in on your clip and you immediately have access to the same powerful tracking, stabilization and object removal tools used in high-end feature film visual effects.”

The availability of this plugin coincides with the Mocha Pro 5 release.

In other company news, Boris FX’s upcoming Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) 10 will have Mocha planar tracking and masking embedded. This is inside every BCC 10 plug-in and can be used for isolating areas of the effect with Mocha masks. The first version to ship will be BCC 10 for Avid in a few weeks.

Besides integrating Mocha Pro 5, BCC 10 will also offer a new Beauty Studio skin-retouching filter, new 3D titling and animation tools, import of Maxon Cinema 4D models, new image restoration filters, new transitions and more host support.