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v2021 Boris Continuum Unit: Color and Tone

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Professional Color Grade and Toning Filters ... and Scopes to Stay Safe!

Set the mood with professional color grading tools. Adjust brightness and contrast. Play with hue saturation with Continuum Unit: Color and Tone. Includes 15 filters & 150+ presets. Cross-host license.

Highlights include:

  • New! 11 new color grade filters including Develop, Enhancing, Grade
  • New! All new filters are HDR compliant
  • New! Integrated OCIO color management tools included with the new filters
  • New! FX Editor – add Hollywood style looks and grades with the touch of a button

The Continuum Color & Tone Unit offers multi-host support with a single license.

Features

  • 11 brand new filters : Black and White, Defog, Develop, Enhancing, Grade, High Contrast, Kelvin, Low Contrast, Polarizer, Selective Saturation, Shadows/Highlights
  • All new filters are HDR compliant
  • Integrated OCIO color management
  • FX Editor with hundreds of professionally designed presets
  • On-screen control widgets
  • 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

3 Way Color Grade

The BCC 3 Way Color Grade filter enables you to color correct an input image using industry standard Lift-Gamma-Gain controls with an intuitive color sphere and slider interface. The filter includes a built-in keying option for isolating secondary colors from the primaries and power window style masking (with 2 point motion tracking), which allow you to isolate or selectively apply the color correction to specific region of the image. Independent color correction adjustments can be applied to points inside and outside of the key- mask selection within a single instance of the filter.

Compare controls, located at the top of the filter, let you compare the input and processed image, or two independent color correction settings applied to the image. All internal processing in this filter is done in 32 bit floating point for maximum precision, thereby eliminating any round-off errors. This allows you to combine extreme settings of the different controls without introducing banding on the image output.

 

Black and White

NEW TO CONTINUUM 2021, the BCC Black and White filter converts color images to black and white simulating the look of Black and White photographic filters.

 

Brightness and Contrast

The BCC Brightness-Contrast filter adjusts the brightness and contrast in your image. The built in PixelChooser, with integrated mocha planar tracking allows for greater control over which areas of the image the filter should affect.

 

Color Balance

The BCC Color Balance filter performs a true photographic RGB color correction, allowing you to make independent adjustments to the red, green, and blue channels of the image.

 

Color Correction

The BCC Color Correction filter improves the color of images or creates dramatic color effects.

In addition to the ability to adjust lumanince levels and saturation, the filter allows users to fine tune:

  • Brightness adjusts the brightness of the image. Increasing Brightness pushes colors toward white, and decreasing the setting pushes colors toward black.
  • Contrast adjusts the contrast of the image. Increasing Contrast pushes colors toward pure colors, and decreasing the setting pushes colors toward 50% gray.
  • Hue cycles the colors in the image around the color wheel in HSL color space. Most color corrections require very small changes; adjustments of 10° or less usually suffice. Adjustments larger than 10° usually produce very dramatic color changes

 

Color Match

The BCC Color Match filter simplifies the process of matching the color or luma values of two clips in the timeline. For instance, if two clips with different lighting conditions are spliced together, the color and luma values will differ between the clips. Match Color automates the process of removing or balancing the difference between the two clips by setting color or luma values for the quarter, mid and three-quarter areas of the image.

Ideally, you want to view both the Source and Target clips so that you can sample colors.

 

Color Pallete

The BCC Color Palette filter provides a number of ways to select colors from the host user interface for your project. You can also use the Color Palette filter to set colors which can be used any number of times within the current project.

 

Colorize

The BCC Colorize filter uses a gradient of up to six colors to tone the image. All of the parameters in this filter can be animated and linked to other parameters.

 

Correct Selected Color

The BCC Correct Selected Color filter allows you to adjust a specified range of colors in the source image, leaving colors outside the range unaffected. To correct two or more separate colors within an image, apply the Correct Selected filter as many times as needed.

 

Defog

NEW IN CONTINUUM 2021, the BCC DeFog filter restores clear day contrasts and colors of a scene taken in bad weather such as fog and mist.

 

Develop

NEW IN CONTINUUM 2021, the BCC Develop filter provides useful developing controls for globally adjusting the color and tonal scale of your images.

 

Enhance

NEW IN CONTINUUM 2021, the BCC Enhancing filter allows the user to selectively enhance any color to make it pop with little to no effect on other colors.

 

Grade

NEW IN CONTINUUM 2021, the BCC Grade filter allows for independent fine tuning of color, saturation and the look of a clipʻs shadows, midtones and highlights.

 

High Contrast

NEW IN CONTINUUM 2021, the BCC High Contrast filter allows you to create an extreme high contrast image.

 

Hue-Sat-Lightness

The BCC Hue-Saturation-Lightness filter converts the image to the Hue/Saturation/Lightness color space, makes corrections to the image, and converts it back to RGB.

 

Invert Solarize

The BCC Invert Solarize filter inverts one or more channels in the source image.

With the Channels menu, users may specify which channels to invert. You can choose from a number of available options, such as:

  • RGB
  • RGBA (RGB and Alpha)
  • Alpha
  • Any combination of Red, Green, and Blue
  • Luminance
  • Hue
  • Saturation
  • Lightness.

 

Kelvin

NEW IN CONTINUUM 2021, the BCC Kelvin filter allows for the adjustment of standardized color temperature.

 

Levels Gamma

The BCC Levels Gamma filter provides options for adjusting contrast and eliminating noise in your image.

Video shot at night or in poorly lit settings often contains noise in the dark areas. Increasing Input Black removes this noise by treating all areas darker than the Input Black setting as black. Washed out or overexposed images do not contain the full range of levels. Increasing Input Black and/or decreasing Input White can boost the contrast of the image.

 

Low Contrast

NEW IN CONTINUUM 2021, the BCC Low Contrast filter spreads highlights into darker areas, lowers contrast and keeps bright areas bright.

 

MultiTone Mix

The BCC MultiTone Mix filter uses the source image’s color, luma, or alpha information to create a toned image that uses up to five independent colors.

MultiTone Mix works by creating a color map based on a specific channel in the source image, then replacing each color range in the map with a new color.

 

Polarizer

NEW IN CONTINUUM 2021, the BCC Polarizer filter simulates the effect of polarizer filters on footage.

 

Safe Colors

The BCC Safe Colors filter prevents clips from having saturation values that exceed the legal limits of broadcast standards. Use this filter to limit the values that are present in the image.

In addition to being able to adjust the saturation limits, the filter allows users fine tune the pixels in the image that are affected.

  • Final Output displays the final rendered effect.
  • Zebra Pattern displays the image with a cross-hatch zebra pattern overlay where pixel values are outside of the legal broadcast limits (as determined by the filter parameters.) Note that the zebra pattern animates only when playing the timeline.
  • Clipped Pixels displays the image with red values superimposed over areas that are not within the legal broadcast limit (as determined by the filter parameters.) The blue/green pixels are unaffected by the filter. If you view only the red channel, the affected pixels display as a mask.

 

Selective Saturation

NEW IN CONTINUUM 2021, the BCC Selective Saturation filter allows the user to independently adjust the saturation of the shadows, midtones and highlights.

 

Videoscope

The BCC Videoscope filter was designed to provide users with a helpful way to measure the chroma and luma values in a clip. Because it is applied as a filter, it can be moved or positioned anywhere in the filter effects stack in the effects controls window and thereby display important information how a filter is affecting the chroma and luma value ranges in a given input clip.

The input image can be displayed as a full frame background with the monitors positioned on top of the image, or it can be displayed as a floating image alongside the monitors. The floating image display can also be scaled to any size and positioned anywhere in the frame.

 

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 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.

What’s new in v2021?

11 New Effects: Black and White, DeFog, Develop, Enhancing, Grade, High
Contrast, Kelvin, Low Contrast, Polarizer, Selective Saturation, Shadows/Highlights

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