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News: Emmy Award-winning Boris FX Sapphire Releases 2020 Version
News: Emmy Award-winning Boris FX Sapphire Releases 2020 Version

The high-end visual effects plugin suite adds industry-standard OpenColorIO support, trendy Instagram-worthy effect, new Mocha parameter tracking and improved masking tools, and faster renders

Last Updated: November 11, 2019 1:11 am GMT

(Boston, MA--November 21, 2019) Boris FX Sapphire, winner of a 2019 Engineering Emmy Award, unveils its 2020 release. The release offers visual effect artists, editors, and motion designers powerful new workflows and creative options when working on high-end theatrical, streaming, and broadcast programming. Sapphire 2020 is now available as a plug-in for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, and OFX hosts including Autodesk Flame, Foundry Nuke, Blackmagic Resolve, and VEGAS Pro.

Emmy Award-winning Boris FX Sapphire Releases 2020 Version

“As film and television production value soars higher and higher, artists need top tools to keep up,” says Boris Yamnitsky, President & Founder, Boris FX. “Sapphire 2020 is answering the call by introducing long-requested OpenColorIO (OCIO) support. The addition of OCIO support allows artists to work in the proper color pipeline, guaranteeing the Sapphire effect he/she is working with looks as intended and the same as how audiences will see it.”

Yamnitsky continues, “Fans of the popular photography technique known as freelensing or lens whacking will love the new S_FreeLens effect. S_FreeLens delivers a dreamy romantic element to footage, titles, and motion graphics with light leaks, lens distortion, and more — and you’ll never need to worry about potentially damaging a camera in the process. Simply drop the effect onto footage and tweak. The S_FreeLens effect also takes advantage of a new integrated Mocha workflow. Sapphire users can now apply Mocha’s Academy Award-winning planar tracking to drive parameter-based effects and a new Area Brush tool lets users easily paint over large tracking search areas in lieu of working with splines.”

“Color Management is a crucial component of every piece of content we produce at Industrial Light & Magic,” states Jeroen (J.) Schulte, Global Imaging Supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic. “Traditionally, plugin-based creative workflows could often be a stumbling block in a feature film VFX pipeline, so we are excited that Boris FX has decided to add OpenColorIO (OCIO) support to Sapphire 2020.”

Sapphire 2020 Highlights:

Pricing & Availability
Sapphire 2020 is available as a plug-in for Adobe, Avid, and OFX hosts including Autodesk Flame 2020, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, Foundry Nuke, VEGAS Pro, and more.

As of the Sapphire 2020 release, Sapphire will no longer support Autodesk Sparks. Sapphire 2020 and future releases will only be available for Autodesk Flame as an OFX plugin. Customers who have previously purchased Sapphire 2019/2019.5 for Autodesk Sparks are eligible for a free upgrade to Sapphire 2020 OFX. In lieu of a Sparks upgrade, eligible customers will be issued a complimentary license for Sapphire 2020 OFX. Please contact Boris FX sales for further information.

Multi-Host Option #1 (includes all supported host plug-ins: Adobe, Avid, OFX)

Multi-Host Option #2 (includes host plug-ins: Adobe, OFX)


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About Boris FX
Founded in 1995, Boris FX is a leading developer of VFX, compositing, titling, video editing, and workflow tools for broadcast, post-production, and film professionals. Boris FX products have grown to serve over a million artists worldwide. The company’s success lies in its ability to tightly integrate and leverage technologies through strong partnerships with Adobe, Apple, Avid, Blackmagic Design, Autodesk, Foundry, VEGAS Pro, and other leading developers of video editing software. In 2014, Boris FX acquired Imagineer Systems, the Academy Award-winning developer of Mocha planar tracking software. In 2016, Boris FX acquired GenArts, the developer of Sapphire, the gold standard plug-in package for high-end visual effects and the 2019 Engineering Emmy Award winner. In 2019, Boris FX acquired Academy Award-winning SilhouetteFX and Digital Film Tools for advanced feature film rotoscoping, painting, and effects.


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