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v2021 Boris Continuum Beauty Studio

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Boris Continuum Beauty Studio

Digital Makeup Tools with Skin Smoothing, Blemish Removal and Skin Tone Color Grading

Nowadays, cameras come equipped with ultra-sharp lenses and highly sensitive light sensors. We’re seeing more detail than ever before in images on the screen. Akin to digital make-up, the Boris FX designed Beauty Studio to automate the process of eliminating wrinkles, pores, and other undesirable blemishes from the skin in a close-up shot of a person’s face.

The Beauty Studio filter is included in Continuum, the Image Restoration Unit, or can be purchased here individually.

Caution: If you already own Boris Continuum, purchasing and installing a new unit or filter will overwrite the whole product and you will only be able to use the filter or unit you purchased.

 

Boris Continuum Beauty Studio Features

  • Quickly and easily isolate skin-tones in a source shot with the built-in two-stage keyer
  • Multi-stage image smoothing
  • Includes mocha masking and tracking feature
  • Integrated color correction tools including “use mask” option
  • Integrated sharpening tools including “use mask” option
  • Finally, integrated glow feature including “use mask” option
  • In addition, Beauty Studio includes Compare Mode to easily see the source and result while fine-tuning the filter parameters

The Continuum Beauty Studio filter offers multi-host support with a single license.

Boris Continuum Beauty Studio Highlights

boris continuum beauty studio pixelchooserPixelChooser with Academy Award-Winning Mocha Planar Tracking and Masking

Use the integrated two-stage matte keyer to help isolate skin tones from the surrounding areas of the shot, which makes it possible for the filter to easily smooth out unwanted blemishes, freckles, wrinkles, visible pores, etc. without affecting other parts of the image. This means that we can retain image sharpness where it matters, in hair, eyes, lips, and other non-skin regions which makes for a natural-looking finished result. Also included in the PixelChooser system is the Mocha masking and planar tracking system. Use the toolset used by the highest level of VFX compositors in the industry right to help isolate skin tones from the rest of the shot.

 

boris continuum beauty studio mochaMocha Masking and Tracking

Continuum includes the Academy Award-winning Mocha application, which is a part of the PixelChooser matte and masking system. The power of having these tools built right into the filter cannot be overstated – an unlimited number of easy to use B spline shapes can be generated to isolate the filter to operate only on specific parts of the image. And all of the shapes that are created in Mocha can be linked and tracked using the built-in Mocha planar tracking system making the Continuum Beauty Studio filter the best solution for skin smoothing in any supported host or platform.

boris continuum beauty studio compareIntegrated Compare Mode

The inclusion of the Continuum Compare Mode means that we can work on smoothing the image while viewing the original source shot. In side by side mode, the Compare Mode displays the original source on the left side of the frame with the filtered result on the right side. In split mode, set a vertical bar using the on-screen overlays. You see a split of a single image. To put it simply, the left side showing the original shot and the right side showing the filtered image.

boris continuum beauty studio image smoothingUnique Multi-pass Image Smoothing

Beauty Studio is that it is based on a multi-pass image smoothing algorithm. Users have direct control over the level of smoothing applied to the image, based on the size of the blemish. If you simply apply a standard blur to a shot, all areas are blurred uniformly. This yields a blurred result. But, with the Beauty Studio multi-pass approach, the results look totally natural.

boris continuum beauty studio image sharpening

Image Sharpening

To ensure that the image maintains a natural look, we added a sharpen option to the filter. Bring back some of the detail removed during the smoothing pass. In fact, no one will know that the image was smoothed or retouched!

boris continuum beauty studio color correction

Color Correction

Beauty Studio includes a suite of color correction tools. Use the same matte and masking set up for the smoothing and sharpening passes to contain the color correction pass to just the skin tone. Fine-tune the hue, saturation, and luminance of the skin tone to the perfect levels. Get clean and blemish-free results, with perfect color balance.

boris continuum beauty studio film glow

Film Glow

Where would a beauty shot be without a nice soft glow? Professional photographers, videographers, and filmmakers typically use a soft lightbox to add some glow to the shot. This gives skin tones that illustrious glow. The integrated glow option enables this to happen as a post-process. Control the amount of glow, as well as the glow tint, to generate that perfect radiant skin tone.

boris continuum beauty studio blending option

Blending Option

Once the beauty treatment is complete, there are times when you might want to back off some of the total correction to the skin. To aid in this regard, Beauty Studio can blend the beauty treatment back with the original source shot. In the end, this generates a perfect and totally believable result.

boris continuum beauty studio hud

On-screen Controls (HUD)

Keep your eyes focused on the image just as you would if applying real-world make-up to the skin of a real person. Beauty Studio includes on-screen controls, or a handy HUD (Heads-Up Display) button, in the effects control panel. You can remain focused on the results while adjusting the smoothing.

Host & OS Support

For compatibility with specific versions and operating systems, please see our Continuum Compatibility Matrix and/or the Host Compatibility page.

Adobe Compatible

Continuum 2021 for Adobe supports the following Adobe host applications:

macOSX 10.12, 10.13, 10.14, 10.15 (as appropriate for the host version in use):

  • Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CC 2017, CC 2018, CC 2019 and CC 2020

Windows 7 x64, Windows 8 x64, Windows 10 x64 [recommended] (as appropriate for the host version in use):

  • Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CC 2017, CC 2018, CC 2019 and CC 2020

Apple Compatible

Continuum 2020.5 for Apple FxPlug officially supports the following host applications:

macOS 10.12, 10.13, 10.14, and 10.15 (as appropriate for the host version in use):

  • Final Cut Pro X 10.2, 10.3, and 10.4 Motion 5.2, 5.3, and 5.4

Note: Particle Illusion is not supported in Apple hosts.

Avid compatible

Continuum 2021 for Avid AVX supports the following host applications:

Macintosh:

  • Avid Media Composer 6.5, 7, 8.x, 2018.x, 2019.x (up to avid versions released at the time of Continuum release) and running macOS 10.12, 10.13, 10.14 (as appropriate for the host version in use):
  • Avid Symphony 6.5, 7, and 8.x running macOS 10.12, 10.13, 10.14 (as appropriate for the host version in use).

Windows:

  • Avid Media Composer Media Composer 6.5, 7, 8.x, 2018.x, 2019.x (up to avid versions released at the time of Continuum release) and running Windows 7 Professional (64-bit), Windows 8 Professional or Enterprise (64-bit), and Windows 10 (as appropriate for the host version in use).
  • Avid Symphony 6.5, 7, and 8.x running Windows 7 Professional (64-bit), Windows 8 Professional or Enterprise (64-bit), and Windows 10 (as appropriate for the host version in use).
  • Avid NewsCutter running Windows 7 Professional (64-bit), Windows 8 Professional or Enterprise (64-bit), and Windows 10 (as appropriate for the host version in use).

OFX Compatible

Continuum 2021 for OFX (OpenFX) officially supports the following host applications:

Note that Continuum OFX may work to varying degrees in other OFX hosts, but at this time it is only officially supported in Resolve and Vegas. Note that official Resolve support does not yet include the embedded Fusion page within Resolve.

macOS 10.12, 10.13, 10.14, and 10.15 (as appropriate for the host version in use):

  • DaVinci Resolve Studio and DaVinci Resolve 11, 12, 12.5, 14.x, 15.x, 16.x (If using Resolve 14 then 14.1 or higher is strongly recommended.)

Windows 7 x64, Windows 8 x64, Windows 10 x64 (as appropriate for the host version in use):

  • DaVinci Resolve Studio and DaVinci Resolve 11, 12, 12.5, 14.x, 15.x (If using Resolve 14 then 14.1 or higher is strongly recommended.)
  • Vegas 13 (Sony)
  • Vegas 14, 15, 16, 17 (Magix)

Additional OFX Host Version Requirements:

Note that due to variation from one OFX host to another, some features or effects may not be available in all OFX hosts. Furthermore, some Continuum features have additional host version requirements:

  • In order to access dynamic host frames in previews inside custom UI panes such as Mocha, Particle Illusion, Title Studio, and the FX Browser in Resolve you must use the paid Studio version of Resolve and you must use Resolve Studio 12.5 or higher. Similarly, BCC Optical Stabilizer requires the paid Studio version of Resolve.

Graphics Cards:
We recommend that you run the latest graphics card driver version supported by your host application. A graphics card with a minimum of 1GB of RAM is required; 2GB of RAM is recommended.


Graphics Cards: Guidelines for Graphics Card Support

  • We recommend that you run the latest graphics card driver version supported by your host application.
  • Graphics Cards must support OpenGL 2.1 or higher.
  • Editing in HD? A graphics card with a minimum of 1GB of RAM is recommended for best performance.
  • Editing in 2K or Higher? A graphics card with a minimum of 2GB of RAM is recommended for the best performance.

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