Meeting tight turnarounds just got easier. The post-production industry’s most complete plugin collection delivers nearly 350 creative effects in 20 categories, 4000+ presets, built-in Academy Award-winning Mocha planar tracking, and masking, a Beat Reactor that drives VFX to music, and the FX Browser. Busy editors and artists rely on Continuum to get the job done.
Continuum 2021.5 Highlights
New! Particle Illusion features
Node View: Select any particle node in the tree and corresponding parameters instantly display in the control panel
3D Emitter Shapes, Forces, Deflectors, and Emission: From flat 2D to true 3D
Deep Integration with After Effects: Emitters can trace AE native live text and mask layers and emitters can attach to host native lights and 3D layers
Emitter Presets: Stunning drag and drop presets added to the included Emitter Library
New! 9 GPU-accelerated, HDR-compliant cinematic effects (Watch overview video): BCC+Multi-Star, BCC+Vignette, BCC+FilmGrunge, BCC+TwoStrip, BCC+Flashing, BCC+Composite, BCC+F-Stop, BCC+Fluorescent, and BCC+Haze; includes over 200 drag and drop presets
New! Avid infrastructure controls added to all BCC+ filters: Apply to Title Matte Option, Safe Levels Option, and True Bypass Switch
What’s New in Boris Continuum 2021
Continuum 2021 is the biggest release in its storied history with 80+ new effects, 1000+ new professionally-designed presets, 3 new Unit categories, major additions to Particle Illusion, a new keying effect, improvements to Mocha’s planar tracking, and more.
New! The Cinematographer’s Toolkit features 80+ HDR compliant effects including film stocks, look development, optical filter simulations, and lighting.
New! Particle Illusion’s lightning-fast particles can now be emitted in 3D! Plus, a new turbulence feature for more natural moving particles, a line renderer to quickly join particles together, and a bunch of exciting new presets.
New! Even easier green screen cleanup. Edge Cleaner recovers fine details while smoothing the edges of keyed compressed footage.
New! 1000+ drag and drop presets designed by the pros.
Improved Effects: Improvements to Title Studio, Mocha planar tracking, and more!
The Cinematographer’s Toolkit
Analog filmmaking meets digital video
The Cinematographer’s Toolkit gives artists access to 80 new effects, 3 new Continuum Units, and 1000+ new presets that pay homage to the bygone era of shooting on film. The built-in FX Editor makes it simple to browse the presets and create your own custom presets directly inside the interface. Recreate classic Hollywood looks in just one click.
Each new effect is GPU-accelerated, HDR compliant, and includes OCIO color management support.
Quickly transform digital video into beloved analog looks.
BCC+FilmStocks features nearly 300 customizable presets organized by color, black & white, photographic films, and motion picture film stocks including Kodachrome, Ektachrome, Fuji, Agfa, and Polaroid. Easily adjust a film’s most important elements: black & white, film response, color correct, color filters, sharpen, diffusion, vignette, and grain. See Full Effects list.
Easily establish a signature look for your film or episodic.
BCC+Grade includes 85+ color grading presets from Academy Award-nominated films including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Apocalypse Now, Blade Runner, Back to the Future, Frankenstein, Gone with the Wind, and Titanic.
Create your own custom look using a visual Color Wheels interface or manipulate hue, saturation, brightness, contrast, gamma, cyan/magenta, RGB values, mid-tones, highlights, and shadows. Included in the Continuum Color & Tone Unit.
BCC+Looks lets you create virtually any look with 65+ stylized color and black & white looks or tweak color correct, diffusion, color gradient, gels, lab, and grain modules. See Full Effects list.
Optical Filter Simulations
Get the look of glass camera filters without the hassle.
Dial in the exact look your cinematographer wants with digital optical filter simulations that you can change at any time. Darken a sky with a polarizing filter, reduce wrinkles with diffusion filters, add stars to specular highlights with multi-star filters, saturate colors with enhancing filters, and add a pop of color with color-graduated filters.
BCC+Optical Diffusion filters include Double Fog, Fog, Frost, Halo, Mist, Net, Rack Focus, and Silk. See Full Effects list.
No more waiting for light setups! Add natural and realistic effects fast.
Create a stylized atmosphere with gobos, enhance a scene with realistic lens flares that can be customized with the new Flare Editor, add drama with volumetric light rays and glows, or choose a gel from the Kodak® Wratten set.
BCC+Light includes BCC+Glow, BCC+Glow Darks, BCC+Glow Edges, BCC+Photographic, BCC+Color Gradient, BCC+Radial Tint, BCC+Sunset, and many more. See Full Effects list.
The production team forgot to add a gobo to the lights during the shoot. Now what? Apply gobo effects in post complete with realistic shadowing!
Browse the factory-installed digital gobo library featuring 750+ gobo options sorted into seven distinct categories: Abstract, Doors, Elements, Foliage, Snowflakes, Textures, and Windows.
You can also import your own gobo images into the BCC+Lights FX Editor and create your own custom gogo library for use in any project. See Full Effects list.
Add subtle realism to a shot or go for a certain director’s signature lens flare style.
Choose from 300+ factory-installed presets, all of which are completely editable, or create your own unique custom lens flare from scratch using the new Flare Editor directly from within the BCC+Lens Flare FX Editor. With the FX Editor, you can save customized presets into the Custom preset category and use the favorites starring feature to instantly retrieve your favorite looks.
The lighting effect filters in this update are all hardware accelerated, easy to use, and come with dozens of preset looks. Whether your shot calls for a subtle glow or some in your face volumetric rays, this new set of filters generates sublime results.
Featuring 6 new realistic glow effects and stunning volumetric lighting effects. Each effect is fully customizable. See the Full Effects list.
Set the mood with color. Choose from 200+ lighting gels and 95 photographic filters to colorize footage using the same names known to cinematographers.
Warm-up a shot with a 22 Deep Orange or 23A Light red glass filter emulator and use the integrated graduated filter to isolate the effect to the foreground or background. Or select the L725 Old Steel Blue gel to cool the image and use the integrated ND filter to control light exposure in the filtered shot.
Particle Illusion’s popular real-time motion graphics generator can now emit particles in 3D! The 2021 release also adds a new built-in 3D camera, geometric beauty with lines, enhanced realism with turbulence controls, new deflection options, and tons of presets! The new features are also included in the free Particle Illusion standalone application, which remains totally free.
3D Cameras and Views
Particle Illusion now includes a built-in 3D camera with easy to use controls that enable you to navigate through generated particle fields.
The built-in camera offers target, position, pan, and orbit modes and new 3D orthographic views, and an off-axis isometric world view with a visible grid floor to make animating the camera position quick and easy.
Adobe users can also use the integrated After Effects host camera which enables users to add 3D particles to their 3D scenes.
Connect particles with lines! Create fresh mograph looks and instantly add new life to hundreds of existing presets.
Lines can be used to connect particles to emitters.
Add complex organic motion to particles for greater realism and new possibilities.
Deflector collisions are even more realistic with added randomness and the ability to break particles on impact.
New Emitter Presets
As always, each release includes a collection of emitters that showcase the new features. Ready to use and inspire!
Primatte Studio 2021
Continuum’s powerful chroma keying tools featuring Academy Award-nominated Primatte technology just got better.
The new Edge Cleaner effect gives users spatial and temporal control over keyed edges. Easily tackle compressed green screen footage that displays jittering edges around areas with fine detail such as hair. Edge Cleaner is available as an individual effect within the Continuum Key & Blend Unit and is also built-into Primatte Studio.
Title Studio 2021
Maxon C4D 3D model integration with Title Studio continues its road of improvement and now includes more shaders and materials than ever before. The C4D 3D model support and rendering in Title Studio has been independently reviewed as having the best and most accurate render results of any 3D model plug-in for NLE and compositing systems.
New Texture Composite and Procedural Noise Shaders
With the new Texture Composite shader, you can texturize 3D objects with procedural generators, gradients, images or even video clips from the filtered host timeline.
Use the new Procedural Noise shader, which includes over a dozen texture types, to generate custom materials, which can be applied to any 3D element in Title Studio. These custom textures can be saved as new material assets in your title studio custom library for easy and quick retrieval in any Title Studio project.
New C4D 3D Models
We’ve added 15 brand new professionally generated 3D models that were created using Cinema 4D and developed specifically for this version update of Title Studio. Included in this new batch are spherical elements and a series of backdrops, some with curved arc surfaces, some with a lo-poly terrain surface distortions.
Professionally Designed Presets
Stunning Results in Seconds
Continuum 2021 includes 1000+ new presets. Simply drag-and-drop onto footage or customize as you see fit. Save yourself tons of time with Continuum’s nearly 4000 available presets.
Continuum 2020.5 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
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.
Continuum 2020.5 for Avid AVX supports the following host applications:
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).
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).
Continuum 2020.5 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.
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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Review: Boris FX Continuum 2020.5 and Sapphire 2020.
BorisFX has created THE toolbox for editors. From fixing lighting shifts using Continuum Flicker Fixer, Continuum Gaussian Blur with Mocha Tracking, to even Sapphire's S_Glow - Continuum 2020.5 and Sapphire 2020 are must have plugins for Avid Media Composer, Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere and After Effects, and many more apps.
New! Transitions: Add 6 more slick auto-animating transitions with on-screen controls to your toolkit New in Continuum 2020: Curl Dissolve, Colorize Glow Dissolve, RGB Displacement Dissolve, RGB Blur Dissolve, Kaleidoscope Dissolve, and Prism Dissolve.
New! Mocha Area Brush: Track and mask faster using paint-like gestural strokes
New! Particle Illusion: updates include a new professionally-designed emitter, improved search, and tons of new time-saving functionality
New! Title Studio: updates include new professionally-designed preset templates, new materials & shaders, and overall interface improvements to work faster
Continuum 2020 is the latest major release of the post-production industry’s most comprehensive plugin collection. Key new features include 4 effects, 6 transitions, and nearly 100 professionally-designed presets. You’ll work even more efficiently with Particle Illusion and Title Studio’s new functionality and updated interfaces. And tracking and masking takes seconds with the addition of an Area Brush tool to integrated Mocha.
This 8 part tutorial series from Boris FX walks you through the process of creating professionally-designed and animated 3D sports interstitial graphic from scratch using Title Studio together with an Adobe Creative Cloud workflow.
This series of tutorials shows you how to use the Continuum Premium Filter Motion Blur to simulate realistic motion blur or interesting stylized effects, in After Effects, Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, and DaVinci Resolve.
In this webinar replay, learn about all the new features inside Sapphire, Continuum and Mocha Pro 2019.5, from Ben Brownlee, the new Director of Learning and Content at Boris FX. You may remember him from Curious Turtle training videos.
Boris FX has just made Particle Illusion a standalone Premium Filter. If you're new to Particle Illusion you'll want to check out this 4 part training series from Ben Brownlee, VFX artist and Curious Turtle trainer, that will get you up and running in After Effects with this powerful particle generator in no time.
Here's a fun tutorial for all you Game of Throne fans. Learn how to create a GOT-inspired flaming sword effect using Particle Illusion in Vegas Pro 16, with this tutorial by Boris FX Product Speicalist Vin Morreale.
Learn all about the Time Displacement filter, which creates an effect known as slit scan, a trippy looking time manipulation that can be used to represent a time travel, a warp in the space time continuum, a drug trip and much more.
Continuum expert, Vin Morreale shows you how to use the Stage Light filter to augment the built in lights in Adobe After Effects. It can also function as a self-contained 3D lighting system when used in Vegas, Resolve, and other Continuum-supported host applications.
Learn how to remove a person from a scene using the Mocha Pro Remove Module. Plus this tutorial also shows you how to create a disintegrate/transporter beam effect à la Star Trek using VFX in Sapphire and Continuum. It even comes with the project file and footage.
Boris Continuum BCC Reframer makes a vertical video look great quickly and easily, with loads of customization options. It’s is included with Boris Continuum 11 and the Continuum Restoration Unit. This is a quick walkthrough on how it works.
In this tutorial, UK-based colorist and trainer Dan Harvey explains the ins-and-outs of the BCC Beauty Studio skin smoothing and retouching filter. with Beauty Studio, quickly reduce blemishes, wrinkles, and imperfections to make your talent look better.
We get asked all the time if we think that VR and 360° immersive video is something that is just a novelty or if it is an important technology. Plus, I’ll go over some of the 360° VR tools available for your favorite NLEs, 3D programs, and more to help you get started in VR.
Dan Harvey, UK-based artist and trainer, explains how to use Continuum Title Studio to design lower thirds, customize and save presets, and shows the animation workflows. This tutorial shows Continuum 10 in DaVinci Resolve but the same techniques will work in any Continuum 10 host: Adobe, Apple, Avid, etc.
Boris Continuum BCC Beauty Studio is here. With HD and so much high res video, every pore on your actor now shows. Beauty Studio all-in-one digital makeup filter for giving your actors a bit of touching up during post-production.
Here’s a 5 minute tutorial on the Remove Objects plug-in in Mocha Pro. Remove objects doesn’t use a manual clone or paint. Mocha Product Specialist, Mary Poplin, explains how to use Remove Module inside Adobe After Effects, the same basic technique used in the mocha Pro 5 standalone or plug-in on other supported hosts.
Are you an Avid Media Composer user? Dan Harvey shows you how easy it is to motion track footage in Avid, with three different approaches: BCC’s native motion tracking, the integrated mocha/PixelChooser, and the new mocha Pro plug-in.
In this webinar replay, VASST trainer John Rofrano teaches you how to create a Marvel-like 3D logo with BCC Extruded EPS in Sony Vegas Pro. Plus, use BCC Particle Array 3D to transition your logo onto the screen as a tornado of particles. Finally, discover how to create and save custom transitions.
In this one hour tutorial, Toolfarm’s Pluginologist Michele Terpstra guides Adobe Premiere Pro users through building a reality show style opening title sequence using the new Boris Continuum Complete 10.Topics covered: 3D titling, light leaks, glitch, color grading & transitions.
"In the first of a series of Quick Tips, Senior Product Manager Dirk de Jong dives into BCC Particle Emitter 3D. Learn how to easy it is to use randomization and post processing to produce a more varied and organic look even when you’re using a single repeated particle image." - Jessie Electa Petrov
Not the long-running CBS soap opera, but the Guiding Light in this tutorial refers to the use of BCC Rays Puffy to your create realistic light rays in a scene. Paul Ezzy shows you how in this Boris TV tutorial.
Learn how to recreate the look of a silent film using BCC Film Styles using BCC for OFX in DaVinci Resolve. Trainer Andrew Devis shows also explains when to apply a filter to a clip versus your timeline.
In this simple After Effects tutorial, Imagineer System’s Mary Poplin shows you how to add realistic rain to a shot with plug-ins from Boris FX and mocha AE.Mary uses the bundled mocha AE CC for planar tracking and masking and Boris Continuum Complete BCC Rain.
John Rofrano shows you how to save otherwise-unusable shots using two image restoration tools from Boris Continuum Complete: BCC Smooth Tone and BCC Noise Reduction. BCC Smooth Tone smooths or softens an image while preserving the important detail contrast areas while BCC Noise Reduction eliminates unwanted video noise from image clips.
Want to get rid of that fish-eye from your GoPro footage directly in DaVinci Resolve? BCC Lens Correction will allow you to fix the problem by changing the distortion amount, the vertical perspective, adjust pan and lens center, and scale your footage.
Spill is the colored light reflected from your background and onto your actor. Spill can show up on light colored clothing or hair, on shiny or reflective elements, around the edge of footage, and it can be a big problem! It can be very easy to fix, or difficult on finely detailed, extremely reflective or semi-transparent areas. Here are some methods of fixing spill.
Welcome to the final installment of this series on skin retouching. I’ve already covered loads of plug-ins available for After Effects and a few NLEs, linked to lots of tutorials and given you several tips on how to touch up skin, keeping your actor as natural looking as possible. This article includes even more plug-ins and some recent tutorials for all sorts of compositors and editing tools.
Take a bland, colorless sky and make it into a vault of heaven! Create an alluring azure sky with fluffy clouds, a sublime sunset or an moody moonlight scene. I’ll give several options, utilizing plug-ins from CoreMelt, Video Copilot, Boris FX, Red Giant, SUGARfx and Imagineer.
Class up your holiday graphics with a gorgeous 3D Spinning snowflake with glints of light reflecting off of it. Here’s a fairly popular tutorial from about 5 years ago that is just as relevant today. Although all the software used has been updated, the formula is the same.
Paul Ezzy with Boris TV, created this tutorial of the new BCC 9 transition Flutter Cut in Adobe Premiere Pro. Learn how to control the start and end frames, incoming and outgoing frames, add a color, have your footage flutter with another video layer, and add an effect type like invert or monochrome.
It’s Tutorial Tuesday! In this BorisFX Webinar, MediaMotion Ball and International Media Users Group (IMUG) founder, Carey Dissmore gives you an inside look at how he created this year’s animated logo.
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s John Rofranom, a VASST trainer, explaining how to make a comic book 3D logo straight out of Marvel, with Boris Continuum Complete Extruded EPS in Sony Vegas Pro. He uses BCC Particle Array 3D to blow the logo onto the screen like a tornado of particles, then shows how to create and save custom transitions.
Creative Cow leader Kevin P. McAuliffe returns with a second Halloween-themed episode filled with quick tips and shortcuts for both MAC and PC users with BCC 8 AE and Adobe After Effects CS 6 or higher.Learn how to create a quick show animation from a still image -- add flickering lights to a jack o'lantern and generate atmospheric lighting. Filters used: BCC Film Glow, BCC Linear Luma Key, BCC Rays Puffy, and BCC Stagelight.Free Project file available.
Steve Holyhead’s engaging presentation shed light on three everyday VFX problems, Pan & Zoom, Beauty Pass, and Transitions, which he solves using an array of filters from the BCC 8 AVX package.Highlights included: a Ken Burns style pan & zoom with no key framing needed (!); a 1-2-3 step approach (BCC Smooth Tone, BCC Film Glow & BCC Film Grain) to giving your talent that Hollywood glow; and the power of BCC transitions - quick, easy, and versatile.Plus, get a sneak peak of the soon-to-be released BCC v8.2 AVX with up to 100% improvement in render time, the additions of lots more “green dot” effects, and enhanced real-time performance.
Michele Yamazaki of Toolfarm takes you through a unique use of the Boris Continuum Complete BCC SmoothTone filter for Adobe After Effects, which is made for smoothing skin. She walks you step-by-step through how to make a wrinkled shirt appear smoother, while retaining the sharpness in other details. The tutorial explains PixelChooser.
Sometimes using a tripod is not an option and you’re forced to shoot hand-held. Maybe you’re shooting in an amusement park, botanical gardens, or a concert and tripods are not allowed in. Unless you have the ability to stand perfectly still, you will likely need to stabilize the footage in postproduction. Motion stabilization is used to smooth footage and remove camera shake.
Here’s the rundown of noise and grain reduction plug-ins on the market for After Effects and other NLE’s, rated on speed, accuracy and quality, as well as return on investment. This article will focus mostly on grain and noise reduction but also touch upon matching and adding grain and noise.
Using Boris Continuum Complete’s powerful Lens Flare 3D filter, Kevin P. McAuliffe shows you how to set up lighting effects in your favorite Avid video editing system. First, Kevin demonstrates how to create multiple lights that blink automatically. Then, he combines BCC Extruded Text with BCC Lens Flare 3D to create a starting title sequence.
Kevin P. McAuliffe harnesses the power of Boris Continuum Complete v8 AVX's Particle Emitter 3D filter to create engaging particle effects directly from within Media Composer, giving his Avid titles a "particle overhaul".
On Wednesday, June 27, 2012, Michele Yamazaki tapped Boris Continuum Complete v8 AE’s state-of-the-art particle system effects to develop and enhance broadcast graphics in Adobe After Effects CS6. Using BCC Particle Emitter 3D and other Boris Continuum Complete VFX filters in conjunction with After Effects’ native 3D camera and lighting systems, Michele made ordinary graphics and titles pop off the screen in 3D particle bursts.
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