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v2020.5 Boris Continuum Magic Sharp

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Boris Continuum Magic Sharp

Unrivaled Detail Without the Artifacts

The Continuum Magic Sharp filter is a state-of-the-art image enhancement tool. Magic Sharp goes above and beyond any other image sharpening filter available today.


Highlights

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Unsharp masking is the traditional method of enhancing image detail in a source clip. It is an age old photographic technique, which uses blurred masks and compositing tricks to bring out detail contrast in the image source. Unsharp masking works at a basic level. When you use Magic Sharp, you will increase sharpness and enhance detail contrast in your image without introducing unwanted artifacts (say goodbye the contour haloing!). All this in a hardware accelerated filter that will run on any video card across all supported platforms and hosts.

Magic Sharp generates razor sharp results without generating any unwanted image contouring.

Features:

  • One license, all hosts.
  • Multi-stage image sharpening
  • Enhance detail contrast in the source without introducing haloing
  • Control over sharpening in individual channels, including luma, chroma and rgb
  • Control over sharpening in the highlight, mid-tone and shadow regions
  • Includes Mocha masking and tracking feature
  • Hardware accelerated on both Nvidia and AMD video cards

INTEGRATED COMPARE MODE

boris magic sharp compare

This handy feature enables you to view the filtered result beside the unfiltered source shot without having to toggle the filter on and off and is a very convenient way to fine tune the filter.

NOISE SUPPRESSION OPTION

boris magic sharp noise suppression

For those times when you are passed a shot that requires detail contrast enhancement but suffers from heavy compression or has a lot of noise, the noise suppression control enables you to hold back the filter from increasing the noise or grain in the source clip while sharpening the image details.

DETAIL TUNING GROUP

boris magic sharp detail tuning

Because Magic Sharp offers control over the level of sharpness that is being applied through 4 different sized aperture settings, you are able to increase sharpness in very fine details, such as hair or the pores of human skin, which reducing the level sharpness that is being allied to larger areas, such as flat surfaces.

CHANNEL TUNING GROUP

boris magic sharp channel tuning

Sometimes it is better to enhance detail in the luma channel, but not the chroma channel. Or sometimes you may want to increase sharpness in the red and green channels but not in the blue channel. Magic Sharp facilitates this by offering the ability to control the amount of sharpness in any individual channel: luma, chroma, red, green, blue.

RANGE TUNING GROUP

boris magic sharp range tuning

If you find that you’re working with a shot that has a lot of low light noise, you may want to use the controls in the range tuning group to suppress the filter from sharpening the shadow regions in the image while increasing the level of sharpening in the highlights or mid-tones. Highlight, mid-tone and shadow regions can be defined and controlled individually to customize the filter processing based on the filtered source.

REDUCE GRIT OPTION

boris magic sharp reduce grit

This handy feature enables you to back off the image sharpening from highlight regions where the software has a difficult time discriminating between highlight details and noise, resulting in noise inadvertently being enhanced instead of suppressed or ignored.

INTEGRATED PIXELCHOOSER WITH MOCHA

boris magic sharp mocha pixelchooser

Like most filters in the Continuum product, the Magic Sharp filter includes the PixelChooser matte and masking system with integrated mocha planar tracking and masking making it possible to further isolate image sharpening to specific regions of the image. For instance, you might want to use mocha masking and tracking to generate isolation masks to apply the Magic Sharp filter to a subjects eyes, while protecting the skin.

Continuum Premium Filters for Adobe Premiere: Magic Sharp

Watch this quick video for an introduction to Magic Sharp for Adobe Premiere Pro. The Magic Sharp filter is part of Continuum from Boris FX. This video covers:

  • Sharpness controls
  • Channel and luma range selection
  • Applying noise and grit reduction

While this video is about using the Magic Sharp filter in Adobe Premiere Pro, Continuum and the Magic Sharp filter are available for Adobe AE, Avid Media Composer, Resolve, and many other host applications.

 

Continuum Premium Filters for Avid Media Composer: Magic Sharp

Magic Sharp is a state-of-the-art sharpening tool for post production editing. This video is an introduction to the Magic Sharp filter, and covers:

  • Sharpness controls
  • Channel and luma range selection
  • Applying noise and grit reduction

While this video is about using the Magic Sharp filter in Avid Media Composer, Continuum and the Magic Sharp filter are available for Adobe AE, Adobe Premiere Pro, Resolve, and many other host applications.

 

Continuum Premium Filters for Adobe After Effects: Magic Sharp

Learn about the Continuum Magic Sharp filter, the best sharpening tool plugin available for Adobe AE. Join Ben Brownlee of Curious Turtle to find out how this sharpening tool is like magic in the way it sharpens images without adding in halos like you might see with other sharpening filters. This video covers:

  • Starting with a preset
  • Reducing noise and grain sharpening
  • Isolating the correction with Mocha
  • A different workflow for using Magic Sharp

Continuum Premium Filters for Blackmagic Davinci Resolve: Magic Sharp

Learn about Magic Sharp, a sharpening filter available for Blackmagic Davinci Resolve. Join Ben Brownlee of Curious Turtle to find out how the Magic Sharp filter sharpens images without adding in halos like you might see with other sharpening filters. This video covers:

  • Starting with a preset
  • Reducing noise and grain sharpening
  • Isolating the correction with Mocha
  • A different workflow for using Magic Sharp

 

BCC Magic Sharp in Resolve 11

Bring out minute details in shots with BCC Magic Sharp. Learn how to manipulate the different parameters, including channel sharpening, detail tuning, and channel tuning, to make your footage pop.

Featured Filter: Magic Sharp

Featured Unit: Image Restoration

 

Up Rez in FCP X & Motion 5

John Rofrano shows FCP X and Motion 5 users how to UpRez SD footage to HD using BCC UpRez from Image Restoration. Plus add BCC Magic Sharp to further increase detail. Two hosts, two different workflows.

Filters Used Include: UpRez, Magic Sharp

Featured Unit: Image Restoration

Host & OS Support

For compatibility with specific versions and operating systems, please see our Continuum Compatibility Matrix.

Adobe Compatible

Continuum 2020 v13.0.0 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, and CC 2019

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, and CC 2019

Apple Compatible

Continuum 2020 v13.0.0 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

Avid compatible

Continuum 2020 v13.0.0 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 2020 v13.0.0 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.

Note: Magic Sharp can be purchased individually, or as a part of Continuum or the Image Restoration Unit.

BCC Magic Sharp in Resolve 11

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