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v2020.5 Boris Continuum Unit: Art Looks

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Boris Continuum Unit: Art Looks
  

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Unlock the Artist in Yourself and Unleash Your Creative Freedom

Instantly recreate classic art styles. Transform your footage into slick graphic novel or comic looks. Includes 12 filters & 200+ presets. Cross-host license.


Highlights

Highlights include:

  • Integrated Academy Award-winning Mocha masking and planar tracking system
  • Unique Artist’s Poster effect
  • 3D Bump Map generator
  • Cool halftone newsprint generator
  • Convert footage into roman tile mosaics
  • Auto-roto style effects Pencil Sketch and Water Color

The Continuum Art Looks Unit offers multi-host support with a single license.

Features

  • On-screen control widgets
  • Professionally designed factory installed presets
  • Integrated FX Browser
  • Integrated PixelChooser matte and masking system
  • Support for Adobe host native mask shapes
  • Integrated Mocha masking and planar tracking system
  • Integrated Beat Reactor for audio generated VFX
  • Hardware acceleration (OpenGL/OpenCL)
  • Multi-processor (SMP) and multi-core (CMP) support

Effects

Artist’s Poster

The BCC Artist’s Poster filter creates a posterized effect by reducing the image to eight “pure” colors (Red, Green, Blue, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, and White) and processing each color separately. At its default settings the filter outputs the NTSC-safe color that is closest to each of these eight colors.

The built in PixelChooser, with integrated mocha planar tracking allows for greater control over which areas of the image the filter should affect.

 

Bump Map

The BCC Bump Map filter is used to create three dimensional detail on an image based on the luminance information in the image. The luminance value of each pixel of the image creates height, with brighter pixels creating more height.

The built in PixelChooser, with integrated mocha planar tracking allows for greater control over which areas of the image the filter should affect.

 

Cartoon Look

The BCC Cartoon Look filter is designed to emulate the look of rotoscoped animation, popularized by the film remake of “A Scanner Darkly” and also seen in broadcast TV advertisements for the Charles Schwab company.

The built in PixelChooser, with integrated mocha planar tracking allows for greater control over which areas of the image the filter should affect.

 

Cartooner

The BCC Cartooner filter allows you to draw an outline around the edges in one of an image’s color or alpha channels. You can also use the Cartooner filter to turn a video source into an outline animation.

The built in PixelChooser, with integrated mocha planar tracking allows for greater control over which areas of the image the filter should affect.

 

Charcoal Sketch

The BCC Charcoal Sketch filter takes input from an image clip and converts this into a charcoal sketch style animation.

In addition to advanced controls to fine tune the result of contouring and line generation, the filter allows for detailed control over:

  • Line Softness to smooth the image before the lines are drawn
  • Line Style to adjust the width of the sketched lines
  • Line Threshold to adjust the base threshold value for generated lines.

The built in PixelChooser, with integrated mocha planar tracking allows for greater control over which areas of the image the filter should affect.

 

Pencil Sketch

The BCC Pencil Sketch filter takes input from an image clip and converts this into a hand-drawn pencil sketch style animation.

In addition to advanced controls to fine tune the result of contouring and line generation, the filter allows for detailed control over:

  • Line Softness to smooth the image before the lines are drawn
  • Line Style to adjust the width of the sketched lines
  • Line Threshold to adjust the base threshold value for generated lines.

The built in PixelChooser, with integrated mocha planar tracking allows for greater control over which areas of the image the filter should affect.

 

Spray Paint Noise

The BCC Spray Paint Noise filter generates a flat spray paint color on the image.

The built in PixelChooser, with integrated mocha planar tracking allows for greater control over which areas of the image the filter should affect.

 

Tile Mosaic

The BCC Tile Mosaic filter is designed to emulate the look of an image that has been formed of cut ceramic or glass tiles. This filter is based on hardware assisted rendering technology and will deliver a high level of performance when paired with a supported graphics card.

The tile patterns that this filter is capable of generating can be arranged in either a symmetric grid pattern, as one might find in a modern home, or they can be cut into random ragged shapes, with the amount of jaggedness controlled by the algorithm at the heart of this filter.

The built in PixelChooser, with integrated mocha planar tracking allows for greater control over which areas of the image the filter should affect.

 

Water Color

The BCC Water Color filter takes input from an image clip and converts this into a water-color stylized animation

In addition to advanced controls to fine tune the result of contouring and line generation, the filter allows for detailed control over:

  • Line Softness to smooth the image before the lines are drawn
  • Line Style to adjust the width of the sketched lines
  • Line Threshold to adjust the base threshold value for generated lines.

The built in PixelChooser, with integrated mocha planar tracking allows for greater control over which areas of the image the filter should affect.

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.

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