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Boris FX beefs up film VFX arsenal, buys SilhouetteFX, Digital Film Tools

Boris FX, a provider of integrated VFX and workflow solutions for video and film, has bought SilhouetteFX (SFX) and Digital Film Tools (DFT). The two companies have a long history of developing tools used on Hollywood blockbusters and experience collaborating with top VFX studios, including Weta Digital, Framestore, Technicolor and Deluxe.

This is the third acquisition by Boris FX in recent years — Imagineer Systems (2014) and GenArts (2016) — and builds upon the company’s editing, visual effects, and motion graphics solutions used by post pros working in film and television. Silhouette and Digital Film Tools join Boris FX’s tools Sapphire, Continuum and Mocha Pro.

Silhouette’s groundbreaking non-destructive paint and advanced rotoscoping technology was recognized earlier this year by the Academy of Motion Pictures (Technical Achievement Award). It first gained prominence after Weta Digital used the rotoscoping tools on King Kong (2005). Now the full-fledged GPU-accelerated node-based compositing app features over 100 VFX nodes and integrated Boris FX Mocha planar tracking. Over the last 15 years, feature film artists have used Silhouette on films including Avatar (2009), The Hobbit (2012), Wonder Woman (2017), Avengers: End Game (2019) and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019).

Avengers: End Game courtesy of Marvel

Digital Film Tools (DFT) emerged as an off-shoot of a LA-based motion picture visual effects facility whose work included hundreds of feature films, commercials and television shows.

The Digital Film Tools portfolio includes standalone applications as well as professional plug-in collections for filmmakers, editors, colorists and photographers. The products offer hundreds of realistic filters for optical camera simulation, specialized lenses, film stocks and grain, lens flares, optical lab processes, color correction, keying and compositing, as well as natural light and photographic effects. DFT plug-ins support Adobe’s Photoshop, Lightroom, After Effects and Premiere Pro; Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and Motion; Avid’s Media Composer; and OFX hosts, including Foundry Nuke and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve.

“This acquisition is a natural next step to our continued growth strategy and singular focus on delivering the most powerful VFX tools and plug-ins to the content creation market,”
“Silhouette fits perfectly into our product line with superior paint and advanced roto tools that highly complement Mocha’s core strength in planar tracking and object removal,” says Boris Yamnitsky, CEO/founder of Boris FX. “Rotoscoping, paint, digital makeup and stereo conversion are some of the most time-consuming, labor-intensive aspects of feature film post. Sharing technology and tools across all our products will make Silhouette even stronger as the leader in these tasks. Furthermore, we are very excited to be working with such an accomplished team [at DFT] and look forward to collaborating on new product offerings for photography, film and video.”

Silhouette founders, Marco Paolini, Paul Miller and Peter Moyer, will continue in their current leadership roles and partner with the Mocha product development team to collaborate on delivering next-generation tools. “By joining forces with Boris FX, we are not only dramatically expanding our team’s capabilities, but we are also joining a group of like-minded film industry pros to provide the best solutions and support to our customers,” says Marco Paolini, Product Designer. “The Mocha planar tracking option we currently license is extremely popular with Silhouette paint and roto artists, and more recently through OFX, we’ve added support for Sapphire plug-ins. Working together under the Boris FX umbrella is our next logical step and we are excited to add new features and continue advancing Silhouette for our user base.”

Both Silhouette and Digital Film Tool plug-ins will continue to be developed and sold under the Boris FX brand. Silhouette will adopt the Boris FX commitment to agile development with annual releases, annual support and subscription options.

Main Image: Silhouette

Digital Film Tools: Composite Suite Pro

By Brady Betzel

Editing reality television often forces an editor to wear multiple hats. Most importantly they edit, but increasingly they are being asked to provide basic as well as advanced effects, too. Sometimes they will create effects within their NLE, or sometimes they will be asked to work in After Effects, Motion, etc.

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Digital Film Tools Composite Suite Pro 1.5 now GPU-accelerated

LOS ANGELES ‑ Visual effects software company Digital Film Tools has made its Composite Suite Pro plug-ins GPU-accelerated, significantly increasing the speed of the tools.

Composite Suite Pro allows users to combine multiple images by using compositing tricks and techniques, color correction, blur, grain, matte manipulation, lens distortion, lighting effects and edge blending.

“With Composite Suite Pro’s GPU-accelerated plug-ins, editors and artists can quickly eradicate the most common effects problems or employ specialized compositing plug-ins for combining imagery such as fire, smoke and explosions,” comments Marco Paolini, founder/president, Digital Film Tools (http://www.digitalfilmtools.com/cs). “Easily cut out or isolate objects using our proprietary matte generator or pick from a variety of color correctors and natural lighting effects to spice up your images.”

Composite Suite Pro feature highlights:
• Compositing tricks and techniques
• Effectively composite fire, explosions and smoke
• Sophisticated color correction tools such as Color Correct, F-Stop, Printer
•Points, Telecine and Temperature
•Edge tools to correct color or blur the composite’s edge
• Natural lighting effects and glows
• Proprietary matte generation
• Matte manipulation using shrink, grow, blur and wrap functions
• DVE to transform your images
• Film and HDTV Mask Overlays
• 32-bit processing
• GPU-acceleration
Composite Suite Pro is available now for $395. If installed on the same machine, one license will run in the following applications: Adobe After Effects CS5 and up, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and up, Apple