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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

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.

Imagineer targets freelancers with Mocha Plus 4

Imagineer Systems, makers of the Mocha Planar Tracking tool, has made available its Mocha Plus 4, which adds new VFX capabilities and expanded support to include Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud 2014. Chief marketing officer Ross Shain calls it “a new product category for Imagineer.”

Shain reports that Adobe Creative Cloud customers now have a clear distinction between Mocha AE CC, which is bundled free with After Effects, and Imagineer’s upgraded version which adds advanced features and support for Premiere Pro. “Mocha Plus addresses the growing needs of freelance artists and editors, hitting the sweet spot between needing advanced capabilities like planar tracking and roto tools and budgeting constraints.”

After Effects users will also gain significant features by upgrading the Adobe bundled Mocha AE CC to Mocha Plus, with what they call a “special” upgrade price of $195. New users can buy Mocha Plus on the Imagineer Systems website for $245.

Replacing Imagineer System’s Mocha AE product, mocha Plus adds pro VFX modules, including a 3D camera solver, lens correction tools for After Effects and support for copying and pasting Mocha roto masks directly to the Premiere Pro timeline. Mocha Plus also supports a multitude of compositing and NLE applications, including recent versions of Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro CC 2014, Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion, HitFilm, and Boris FX plug-ins.

New to Mocha Plus
• Support for Premiere Pro CC 2014 – Copy and Paste Mocha Masks: Premiere Pro editors can now use Mocha masks to isolate color correction, blurs and more. Mocha’s advanced tracking and roto tools create accurate masks with minimal keyframing. Export multi-layered masks to AE, Premiere and FCP without rendering.

• The customizable keyboard shortcut interface enables Mocha Plus 4 users to edit and save customizable keyboard layouts or select industry standard keyboard layouts such as Adobe After Effects.

• 3D Camera Solver: 3D match moving made easy. Unlike feature based tracking, mocha solves the 3D camera based on user-selected planes. This fast and easy-to-use solution is ideal for set extensions, 3D text and particle tracking.

• Lens Correction Tools for After Effects: This simple and easy-to-use interface allows users to calibrate the distortion introduced by camera lenses. Unwanted lens distortion can be removed or matched for realistic compositing. Export to the free Mocha Lens plug-in for After Effects to undistort footage or distort your final composite.

TrackX powered by Mocha offers pro motion tracking tools for FCP X

Guildford, UK — Imagineer Systems, based here, and the creators of the Mocha Planar Tracking technology, along with Australia-based CoreMelt, a provider of advanced video plug-in effects, have released TrackX powered by Mocha. This is the latest Apple Final Cut Pro X (FCP X) plug-in to come out of the strategic partnership between Imagineer and CoreMelt.

TrackX powered by Mocha (http://www.imagineersystems.com/products/SliceX_TrackX, http://www.coremelt.com) uses the planar tracking technology (which won an Academy Award, BTW) to precisely track camera motion, objects and people for seamless visual effects and screen composites.

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“TrackX powered by mocha is a tremendous leap ahead in plug-in innovation for Final Cut Pro X,” comments Ross Shain, chief marketing officer, Imagineer Systems. “CoreMelt has taken Imagineer’s innovative Planar Tracking engine and added a simple-to-use plug-in interface, giving Final Cut Pro X editors a powerful, yet easy-to-use, set of tools to manage complex tracking projects with exacting precision. No need to leave the timeline or learn a complicated VFX program. The Final Cut user community will love the ability to create these advanced visual effects directly inside their favorite editor.”

Suited for creating realistic screen inserts, set extensions and sky replacements, TrackX powered by mocha lets FCP X editors easily track and replace objects within a video, such as an image on a cell phone, TV screen or sign, as well as add graphics and text, including lower-thirds, to follow objects in motion.

TrackX’s customizable parameters provide FCP X editors with controls to fine-tune translation, scale, rotation and perspective motion of text and video, eliminating the need to do manual keyframing. Mocha technology stays locked on through shaky, grainy and motion-blurred video.

“We’re excited to be able to take Imagineer’s leading mocha technology and make it available in such an affordable and easy-to-use package,” says Roger Bolton, CoreMelt founder and director. “CoreMelt is all about finding ways to bring high-end, complex tools to as many people as possible. With TrackX powered by Mocha, editors can now directly accomplish many tracking tasks that would have otherwise involved jumping into complex compositing software.”

TrackX powered by Mocha features three plug-ins:
• Simple Tracker: Instant tracking perfect for quick floating lower thirds or graphics following a person or object
• Track Layer: Advanced tracking with perspective shifts, surface mapping and masking capabilities
• Track Text: Includes a text generator that can track text with perspective and masking capabilities

TrackX powered by mocha is available now for $99. Users who have purchased SliceX powered by Mocha can purchase TrackX for a special upgrade price, $49. Purchase the SliceX / TrackX powered by mocha bundle for $149.