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Boris Continuum Complete AVX for Avid Media Composer, NewsCutter, and Symphony v10.0.5

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The World’s Most Complete Plug-in for Avid Editors

Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) gives Avid editors 240+ filters and 2500+ presets to boost creativity and increase efficiency without ever leaving your timeline! Make it in post.


Highlights

 

BCC 10 is the largest update in the product release history and brings major new tools for advanced visual effects, title design, digital beauty work and image restoration. BCC 10 also builds on Boris FX’s history to deliver incredibly fast, GPU accelerated new plug-ins, adding more creative looks, transitions, filters and presets to the expanding toolkit. Available first is the Avid version.

BCC is the only plug-in that allows Academy Award-winning mocha and its tracking data to be imported directly into its filters, streamlining your workflow even further.

Available as a Complete Collection or as individual BCC UNITS.

3D Titling & Particle Effects • Image Restoration • FX Browser™ • Keying, Masking & Tracking • Blurs & Glows • 3D Lens Flares & Lights  • Transitions • Film Styles

New Effects in BCC 10:

New Image Restoration Tools

The BCC Image Restoration Unit is a set of highly useful tools designed to fix, repair and restore footage. The Restoration Unit sets BCC apart from other plug-in packages that only contain looks and stylize filters.

These 3 new filters add useful features:

  • BCC Remover:  BCC Remover is designed to fill in missing pixels and remove objects with clone and auto-fill options. Drive manually with integrated point tracking or mocha planar tracking.
  • BCC Dropout Fixer:  BCC Dropout Fixer is designed to easily restore tape based damaged footage with field or frame dropouts.
  • BCC Reframe:  Fix vertical cell phone footage. BCC Reframe is designedto reformat vertical cell phone video footage into a standard 16x9 aspect for broadcast. Options to stylize the foreground and background with blur, stretch, mirror allow the user to stylize the reformat look in one simple effect.

New Stylize & Lights Filters

New filters add creative options for treating footage and creating popular stylized looks for music videos, reality shows and broadcast promos.

BCC Light Leaks

BCC Light Leaks allows users to create organic and naturalistic “in-camera” light and exposure effects to stylize and enhance footage.

BCC Video Glitch

BCC Video Glitch makes footage look bad in the best way. Create the distressed look of compression artifacts, signal loss and corrupt digital video. Embedded Beat
Reactor can sync glitch effects to audio.

New transitions in BCC 10:

BCC 10 adds new transitions for more editing options. Each new transition comes with many pre-built presets to choose from or edit and share your own.

  • Cross Glitch for abrupt, digital signal transition.
  • Cross Melt for a new organic look and feel.
  • Light Leaks Dissolve is a light exposure based transition.
  • Cross Zoom combines Scale, Glow & Dissolve into one simple transition effect.

Other Major Improvements

Boris FX continues to develop and optimize the existing tools to be faster, more dynamic and more robust. Here are a few examples.

Pixel Chooser renovation

Beyond adding mocha’s powerful tracked masks, the BCC 10 Pixel Chooser has been improved with streamlined controls, improved keying and more.

Advanced Optical Flow option

Optical Flow is the engine behind some of BCC’s more powerful filters such as Optical Stabilizer, Motion Blur, and Motion Key. Optical Flow has been improved for quality.

OpenCL Acceleration

Open CL is the new cross-platform standard for GPU acceleration of visual effects. It works equally well on NVidia and AMD hardware and Mac or Windows OS.

BCC 10 includes OpenCL acceleration for the following key filters in the package:

  • Beauty Studio
  • Fast Lens Blur
  • Fast Film Glow
  • Fast Film Process
  • Magic Sharp
  • many others
     

 


BCC 8.1

What's new in BCC 10:

  • Integrated mocha mask tracking in Pixel Chooser
  • BCC Beauty Studio
  • BCC Title Studio
  • New Effects & Transitions
  • New Pricing & Licensing: Cross-Host License option & lower price Avid option
  • New Subscription Plan Option

BCC 10 is the largest update in the product release history and brings major new tools for advanced visual effects, title design, digital beauty work and image restoration. BCC 10 also builds on Boris FX’s history to deliver incredibly fast, GPU accelerated new plug-ins, adding more creative looks, transitions, filters and presets to the expanding toolkit. 

Major New Features:

mocha in bcc avxmocha / Pixel Chooser - mocha’s Academy-award winning planar tracking and masking tools are now integrated inside BCC plug-ins.

 

BCC Beauty Studio - New skin retouching plug-in that gives editors the ability to smooth skin, reduce blemishes and apply professional “digital makeup” looks without losing important details.

 

BCC Title Studio - Next generation 2D/3D broadcast titling and motion graphics tool for fast and creative title animations.

 
  • FX Browser™ is integrated into every BCC filter/ transition to instantly view effects. Work more easily.
  • 30 Filters & Transitions. Work more creatively.
  • Open CL and CUDA acceleration for supported graphics cards. Work even faster.

Product Comparison

Added in v9 - FX Browser™

 

The FX Browser™ can be accessed both in each individual filter and as a standalone to browse the entire BCC effects library. The built-in browsing history lets you keep track of your most recent searches. All effects play back over moving video in your timeline, not just a poster frame.

The Transition Group

 

BCC 9 delivers 23 new transitions to editors. You now have 30+ dissolves and wipes. (3x the amount of BCC 8!) Add Flutter Cuts, Blur and Glow dissolves, a retro Damaged TV dissolve, and much more to your arsenal. Animating your transitions just got better! Thanks to unique overlay curves showing you exactly where a wipe or dissolve starts and where the effect takes place in the transition. No keyframing needed!

The Film Group

 

BCC Vignette. Apply a soft camera lens or screen projection over your footage with added luminosity and defocus controls. BCC 2-Strip Color. Mimic the over-saturated Technicolor look of classic Hollywood Films.

The Image Restoration Group

BCC Magic Sharp.Be a hero by rescuing blurry footage. BCC Lens Correction.Get rid of the fish-eye warp produced by a wide angle camera lens - especially handy for all you GoPro camera users.

The Stylize Group

BCC Grunge and BCC Edge Grunge. Add grit, grim, and atmosphere to titles and clips within seconds.

The Keying and Composite Group

 

BCC Chromakey Studio.Your one stop shop. Junk mattes, green screen smoothing, final matte cleanups, pulling a perfect chroma key, light wraps, and color correcting - all in one powerful filter! No more layering filters upon filters!

The Lights Group

BCC Laser Beam. Engrave titles or trace-on effects onto your footage complete with fog and glows.

The Perspective Group

BCC Pan & Zoom. The ever-popular go-to for Avid users now rotates images in 3D! Plus, more cropping and adjustment options.

Performance speed-up

Open CL and CUDA Acceleration is now available for supported graphics cards. Popular filters such as Lens Blur, Film Glow or Film Process render 2X faster than before.

BCC AVX

 

Over 1,000 professionally-designed presets are included free with every installation of BCC. Customers can save and freely share their own presets and build customized preset collections tuned to the specific needs of a project – without the need for a costly subscription service. Presets can be shared with matching BCC installations on any host application in which BCC is installed. In addition, via the Boris Transfer workflow utilities, BCC is the only plug-in set that allows easy VFX migration between Avid, Adobe, and Apple editing software – with parameters and keyframed information intact. Boris Transfer AE transfers Avid or Final Cut Pro sequences to After Effects while Boris Transfer FCP transfers sequences between Avid and Final Cut Pro.

Support for 64-bit Avid Editing Systems

Re-engineered for 64-bit Windows and Macintosh operating systems, Boris Continuum Complete 8 AVX fully supports Avid Media Composer 6, Avid Symphony 6, and Avid NewsCutter 10.

Videoscope

A convenient utility for checking color levels at any stage of your project. Simply insert the filter in the desired location and view overlaid scopes in the project window. Ensure broadcast-legal colors of your final output or any individual element of your project. Quickly find out which effect or filter is overstepping the limits!

 

Film Glow

Create the soft feel of exposed film with this powerful yet very easy-to-use effect. Make your highlights bloom and shadows spread out as you experiment with your own unique looks. Or try one of the professionally-designed presets included with the filter. Use BCC Film Glow to marry two clips shot on different cameras or set the mood for the entire project. It works great on text and logos, too!

 

Flicker Fixer

Save your flickering shot with this powerful, sophisticated image restoration tool. Based on state-of-the-art research, the underlying engine offers a choice of intra-frame analysis or temporal flicker smoothing. Repair video affected by a flickering light source or uneven shutter exposure. One day this filter will save your life!

 

Beat Reactor

Built into many Boris Continuum Complete filters, Beat Reactor makes it easy to generate audio-driven effects such as a pulsing light, a glow, or even an image wipe that follows along with the beat of an audio track.

 

Stage Light

Add striking realism to your 3D composite with this powerful volumetric lighting tool. Simulate production lights, projectors, or stage lighting where your viewer can see light beams emanating from powerful light sources. Instantly recreate an atmosphere of a stage performance, a night scene, or a rock bar. Or simply add light beams to the headlights of a car. Try a built-in smoke texture for even more drama!

 

Lens Flare 3D

Powered by GPU acceleration, this next-generation, blazingly-fast 3D Lens Flare tool can be used to create cinematic looks, stylish broadcast design elements, and beautiful transitions.

Organic Strands

Enhance your broadcast graphics with organic design elements such as flowing strands of matter, glowing plasma, or hundreds of other creative options.

 


What's New in BCC 9.0.5

This update includes a new option in the BCC Chroma Key Studio which offers control over the color processing for the matte edge. Additionally, the BCC Chroma Key Studio benefits from some under the hood streamlining, which results in improved performance. Click here to read the release notes.

  • Chroma Key Studio enhancements
    • Performance improvements
    • New “Color from Cleaned Alpha” option enables an alternate color processing approach for edge regions.  This can reduce harsh colors that sometimes appear when Matte Cleanup or Matte Choker tools are used to expand the matte.
  • Drop Shadow parameters have extended ranges to allow more flexibility in results.

What's New in BCC 9.0.2

BCC 9.0.2 – Highlighted Improvements

  • 4k support for 3D Objects effects
  • BCC Chromakey Studio workflow enhancements, including being able to quickly view the current matte with any combination of matte processing passes applied
  • BCC Pan & Zoom Action/Title safe guide improvements, including separate controls for independently enabling action and title safe guides and option for 4:3 guides in 16:9 projects
  • Improved motion tracker data import (including Mocha data)
  • BCC Beat Reactor integrated with Stage Light and Laser Beam
  • 100+ new presets!

We’ve also changed the default settings on BCC Film Glow per our users suggestions. In the video below, Senior Product Manager, Peter McAuley, explains the new default settings and shows quick examples of how the retooled settings make your job instantly easier, while also being a better jump off point for custom tailoring.

What's new in BCC 9.0.1

  • New support for Avid Media Composer v8

Feature Enhancements in BCC AVX 9.0.1:

  • More than 100 new transition presets.
  • Built-in Vignette added to Pan and Zoom.
  • Motion Blur now supported for 3D Mode in Pan and Zoom.
  • Improved GPU support on ATI systems
  • Help Docs refinements.
  • Colored Background option added to Swish Pan.

Bug Fixes In BCC AVX 9.0.1:

  • Warp - Antialiasing not working.
  • Vector Blur Dissolve - Ignore Edge Pixels not working as expected.
  • Edge Grunge - Layer Border options not working as expected.
  • Revise parameter defaults for several transitions.
  • Sporadic instability when loading animated presets in the FX Browser.
  • Extruded Text - Refresh issue when launching the text window with fragments of the window bar being drawn in the wrong place and then not refreshing.
  • Cuda driver errors are displayed on some ATI systems which had previously installed NVIDIA cards.
  • FX Browser - Saving Workspace does not allow overwriting of an existing one.
  • FX Browser - Workspaces save number does not automatically advance beyond 2 on windows.
  • FX Browser - Open folders are not always saved and restored.
  • 3D Objects filters will incorrectly cache the first layer assigned as texture/bump map, even if that layer has been deleted and another assigned.
  • Sporadic instability with 3D Objects filters on Windows.
  • Damaged TV - Triangle and Saw edge shapes don’t animate.
  • Grunge - With 'use texture' turned off, displacement map uses source layer as map even when map is set to texture.
  • Grunge - Opacity parameter incorrectly adjusting scratches.
  • Vignette - When dropping resolution to quarter, the blur shifts unexpectedly.
  • Damaged TV Dissolve - Interference shows random gaps in interference on side edge of screen.
  • Preset library - Remove outdated presets in some filters which distract from browsing the more important entries.
  • Several Jitter presets contain incorrect default Y offsets.
  • Sphere Transition - Uses wrong folder for default preset location.
  • Damaged TV - Does not support 16bit rendering and always renders as 8bit instead.
  • Several effects failed to load presets correctly in Avid hosts including Artists Poster, Brightness Contrast, Correct Selected Color, 3D Extruded Image Shatter, Spray Paint Noise, and Particle System.
  • Scanlines - Crop parameters turn image entirely black with any value greater than 0 in Avid hosts.
  • In Laser Beam, Motion Blur parameter does not work correctly in Avid hosts.
  • When Grunge is applied to Title Matte, Post-Apply geometrics affect the background layer.
  • Help Docs not loading when the Help button was clicked for several filters in Avid hosts.

What's New in BCC AVX 9 (Summary of major changes since BCC8):

  • FX Browser™ - our best-in-class new graphical preset browser. Preview your preset library over moving host video, not just static frames, with two different workflows. The Integrated FX Browser™ is available inside every effect and allows intuitive preview of all presets for that effect. The Standalone FX Browser™ is applied as a separate standalone effect and allows browsing presets from EVERY effect in the full BCC library.
  • 10 new effects and 25 new transitions for a total of 35 new filters:

     Effects:
          -Chroma Key Studio
          -Edge Grunge
          -Fast Film Glow
          -Fast Film Process
          -Grunge
          -Lens Correction
          -Laser Beam
          -Magic Sharp
          -Two Strip Color
          -Vignette
     Transitions:
          -Blobs Wipe
          -Blur Dissolve
          -Checker Wipe
          -Composite Dissolve
          -Damaged TV Dissolve
          -Fast Film Glow Dissolve
          -Film Glow Dissolve
          -Flutter Cut
          -Grid Wipe
          -Lens Distortion Wipe
          -Lens Flare Dissolve
          -Lens Flare Round
          -Lens Flare Spiked
          -Lens Flash
          -Light Wipe
          -Rays Dissolve
          -Ribbon Wipe
          -Rings Wipe
          -Ripple Dissolve
          -Tile Wipe
          -Tritone Dissolve
          -Twister
          -Vector Blur Dissolve
          -Vignette Wipe
          -Water Waves Dissolve

  • Support for 3D moves, built-in vignettes, and cropping in Pan and Zoom
  • Animation Tuning heads up display overlays in all transitions for intuitive tweaking of transition timing directly in your Composition/Preview pane.
  • New HTML-based help system offering richer and more dynamic learning guides.
  • GPU acceleration of important filters such as Film Glow and Film Process.
  • Major performance improvements in some OpenGL filters such as Damanged TV, Scanlines, and Glint.
  • New Gradient feature in many BCC Wipe transitions.
  • Film Damage Flicker Bias allows controlling the direction of the brightness flickering - always brighter, always darker, or centered.
  • Swish Pan Colored Background control allows compositing over a solid colored background when using the Separation controls.
  • Numerous bug fixes.

What's new in BCC 8.1 AVX

  • BCC 8.1 AVX contains many important updates and enhancements, including Depth of Field support for BCC Particle Emitter 3D, BCC Organic Strands, BCC Wild Cards, BCC Particle Array 3D, and BCC Pin Art 3D as well as significant performance improvements.

New in 8.2 AVX

  • Many, many more "green dot" effects (Play through sequences unrendered!)
  • Up to 100% improvement in render times (All OpenGL-accelerated BCC filters including, the ever-popular BCC Lens Flare 3D and BCC Stage Light filters, optimized for dramatically faster rendering)
  • Enhanced BCC particle effects (Faster rendering and greater depth-of-field control)

BCC AVX 10 supports the following Avid host applications:

  • MAC OS 10.8 - 10.10
    • Avid Media Composer 6.5, 7, 8.x
    • Avid Symphony 6.5, 7, 8.x
  • Windows 7 - 8
    • Avid Media Composer Media Composer 6.5, 7, 8.x
    • Avid Symphony 6.5, 7, 8.x
    • Avid NewsCutter 9, 10

Platform Compatibility

The following memory requirements are recommended for Windows and Macintosh users: Minimum 1.5GB (assigned to host application) Recommended 2GB for HD and high-stream count SD projects

Graphics Cards:

We recommend that you run the latest graphics card driver version supported by your host application. Editing in HD? A graphics card with a minimum of 1GB of RAM is recommended for best performance.

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