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v2021 Boris Continuum Unit: Key and Blend

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Compositing and clean-up made easy.

Compositing and clean-up made easy. Chromakey Studio – your one-stop shop. Quick clean-up, light wraps, and mattes with Continuum Unit: Key and Blend. Includes 20 filters & 200+ presets. Cross-host license.

 

Highlights include:

  • New! Edge Cleaner added to Primatte Studio as an integrated module
  • New! Edge Cleaner filter: provides spatial and temporal smoothing over keyed edges
  • Spill Remover: Instantly get rid of pesky light spill on green screen
  • Light Wrap Spill: Wrap a background image onto the spill region
  • Primatte Studio: Academy Award nominated chroma key tech
  • Integrated Academy Award-winning Mocha masking and planar tracking system
  • Chroma Key Studio all-in-one blue/green screen keying solution
  • Composite filter with 26 apply modes and alpha control
  • Linear Color, Luma and Make Alpha key generators
  • Light Wrap foreground/background edge blending tool
  • Matte Cleanup for quick easy matte repair

The Continuum Key & Blend Unit offers multi-host support with a single license.

Features

  • New! Spill Remover: Instantly get rid of pesky light spill on green screen
  • New! Light Wrap Spill: Wrap a background image onto the spill region
  • Primatte Studio: Academy Award-nominated chroma key tech
  • 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

Primatte Studio

Easily chroma key and composite using the same Academy Award-nominated compositing tech (Phototron’s Primatte) as major blockbusters like the Lord of the Rings series, Harry Potter films, and Spider-Man. The new Primatte Studio is the ultimate blue/green screen toolset. Exclusive features include:

  • Automatic green/blue screen analysis
  • Manual transparency tuning
  • Adjust lighting to correct unevenly lit screens
  • Foreground object detection to deliver a perfect key with a single color sample
  • Integrated Academy Award-winning Mocha masking and planar tracking system

Alpha Process

The BCC Alpha Process filter blurs the alpha channel of an image, performs levels and gamma correction on the output of the blur, and composites the output alpha with the initial alpha using the chosen apply mode. The filter also allows you to soften the matte by blurring the alpha channel after it is processed.

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

 

Boost Blend

The BCC Boost Blend filter is a compositing filter that blends two independent layers in a composition and adjusts contrast in the blended pixels.

Unlike most transfer modes, Boost Blend adjusts the mix only where the source and blend layers are different. Boost Blend is especially useful when you composite an image over itself and do not want the transfer mode to affect areas where the blended pixels are identical to the source pixels.

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

Chroma Key

The BCC Chroma Key filter is used for compositing camera footage shot using a blue, green, or red screen as a backdrop over a new background video or a still image from a separate file.

 

Chroma Key Studio

The BCC Chroma Key Studio filter is an all-in-one keying suite. It combines screen enhancement, auto-garbage matte and masking. Additionally, users are able to take advantage of advanced features in one filter:

  • chroma key
  • matte cleanup
  • matte choker
  • foreground color correction
  • light wrap

 

Composite

The BCC Composite filter offers a wide variety of options for compositing one layer over another.

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

 

Composite Choker

The BCC Composite Choker filter allows the user to contract or expand the edges of a matte to bring them closer to or farther from the foreground. Two Choke controls allow you to smoothly adjust the matte, while Region Parameter controls allow you  to define a specific reagin of interest with which to apply the filter.

 

Color Paste

NEW IN CONTINUUM 2021, the BCC Color Paste filter takes the luminance values of the foreground image and pastes it as a color over the background.

 

BCC Edge Composite

NEW IN CONTINUUM 2021, the BCC Edge Composite filter automatically generates an edge matte from an existing Alpha channel and allows you to color correct or blur only the edge of the foreground.

 

Glow Matte

The BCC Glow Matte filter is similar to the BCC Colorize Glow filter, except that it outputs an alpha channel instead of colors. This filter is useful for making semi-abstract mattes based on a glow of any channel in the original image.

The Filter allows users to select the channel in the source image from which the glow is derived. Pixels with higher values in the selected channel are considered to have higher intensities.

  • Luma, Red, Green, and **Blue **use the corresponding color channel and multiply it by the source alpha channel.
  • Luma Inverse uses the inverted luma channel.
  • Unmultiplied Luma and **Alpha **use the unmodified corresponding source channels.
  • Luma Cartoon Edges and Alpha Cartoon Edges find edges in the corresponding source channel, apply outlines to the edges, and use the resulting image. When Luma Cartoon Edges or AlphaCartoon Edges is selected, all the Source Edges parameters apply.
  • Luma Edges and _Al_pha Edges find edges in the corresponding source channel and use the resulting image. When Luma Edges or Alpha Edges is selected, all the Source Edges parameters apply.

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

 

Holdout Composit

NEW IN CONTINUUM 2021, the BCC Holdout Composite Filter is a two-layer/track effect that effectively composites images such as fire, explosions and smoke.

 

Light Matte

The BCC Light Matte filter uses applied light to create or modify an alpha channel. Rays of light spread from the light source point in all directions. As the rays expand, their intensities are affected by the luminosities of the pixels that they cross. The farther from the source the rays extend, the less they are affected by the intensities of new pixels that they crosses. This process is referred to as attenuation, since the affect of the pixels on the intensity of the rays attenuates, or lessens, over time.

The filter allows users to determine which  source color channel is used to create the light and to calculate the intensities of the source pixels. Pixels with higher values in the selected channel are considered to have higher intensities.

  • Luma, Red, Green, and **Blue **use the corresponding color channel with the source alpha information.
  • Luma Inverse uses the inverted luma channel.
  • Unmultiplied Luma uses the source luma channel but ignores the source alpha information. All pixels in the source are treated as fully opaque.
  • Alpha uses the corresponding source channel.
  • Luma Cartoon Edges and Alpha Cartoon Edges find edges in the corresponding source channel, apply outlines to the edges, and use the resulting image. When Luma Cartoon Edges or Alpha Cartoon Edges is selected, Thickness/Intensity adjusts the width of the outlined edges, and Cartoon Threshold sets the value in the image above which pixels are considered to be fully on.
  • Luma Edges and Alpha Edges find edges in the corresponding source channel and use the resulting image. When Luma Edges or Alpha Edges is chosen,Thickness/Intensity adjusts the intensity of the edges.

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

 

Light Wrap

The BCC Light Wrap filter reflects a background image around the edges of a foreground image to form a border. This creates the illusion that light from the background image is reflected onto the foreground image. This creates a more convincing composite by making it appear as if the images were shot in the same environment.

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

 

Linear Color Key

The BCC Linear Color Key filter creates a key based on the difference between the color of each pixel and the specified Key Color. The color comparison can be done in RGB or in HSL color space, and you can adjust the relative importance of each RGB channel with the RGB Weights parameters.

BCC Linear Color Key also allows you to remove unwanted foreground objects or restore opacity to a transparent region in the foreground using the Region of Interest controls. This feature is useful when the foreground has an isolated region that is similar in color to the background (for example, a person wearing a tie of the same color as the background).

 

Linear Luma Key

The BCC Linear Luma Key filter creates a key from a single channel in the source. This type of filter is called a luma key, because the key is usually created from the image luminance, but you can also use any single RGB channel. You might want to examine the individual channels of the source and use a channel that provides more contrast between the foreground and background than the luma channel.

 

Make Alpha Key

The BCC Make Alpha Key filter creates a new alpha channel from one of the existing channels in the image and then applies levels and gamma correction to the new alpha channel.

The built in PixelChooser, with integrated mocha planar tracking allows for greater control over which pixels are used to create the alpha channel. You can create many useful effects by making a Full On (completely opaque) alpha channel and using the PixelChooser to control which parts of the image key out.

 

Math Composite

NEW IN CONTINUUM 2021, The BCC Math Composite filter combines two clips using one of the Blend modes.

 

Matte Choker

The BCC Matte Choker filter is a tool for the often frustrating task of adjusting mattes that are not quite right. A first-pass matte often has unwanted holes in areas that should be opaque, and/or unwanted spots in areas that should be transparent. These problems can usually be fixed with Matte Choker.

BCC Matte Choker uses an iterative technique to process the source alpha channel. In other words, the filter applies one stage of the process to the source image, then applies a second stage to the output of the first stage, and repeats the process using the output of each iteration as the input of the next.

 

Matte Cleanup

The BCC Matte Cleanup filter is used to help correct imperfect mattes as well as generate interesting matte effects.

Often a key can create an imperfect matte in which traces of the background color remain around the edge of the foreground subject. BCC Matte Clean up allows the user to fine tune aspects of the composite blending, as well as choke the opaque regions to remove any unwanted fringes.

 

Non-Additive Mix

NEW IN CONTINUUM 2021, the BCC Non-Additive Mix filter combines two images by controlling their luminance level relative to each other as well as a set mix percentage.

 

Optical Dissolve

NEW IN CONTINUUM 2021, the BCC Optical Dissolve filter uses a power function to simulate an optical film dissolve.

 

Pixel Chooser

The BCC PixelChooser, fully re-engineered in BCC10 to include mocha planar tracking and more robust and intuitive masking/matting tools, provides numerous techniques for selecting which areas of an image will be affected by a filter.  The PixelChooser has been incorperated into most filters in BCC, but is also available as a stand alone filter.

Pixelchooser creates a matte/mask between filtered and unfiltered pixels allowing far greater control over the design process.  The matte/mask can be defined in numerous ways:

  • mocha planar spline tracking
  • host spline import (in AE)
  • basic geometric shapes/gradients
  • luma/alpha/channel mattes with thresholding
  • robust color keying

 

Premult

Because of the complexities of the algorithms, some BCC filters (for example, BCC Glow) can mix in color channels from pixels that were originally transparent. This creates a premultiplied alpha channel which includes transparency information in the color channels as well as in the alpha channel. The BCC Premult filter sets the color channels of all transparent pixels to the selected color, giving the user control of the color that is mixed in these cases.

When you composite an image with a premultiplied alpha channel over a new background of a different color, the edges of the alpha channel show a “fringe” of the old background, because the edges of the alpha channel were blended with the original background color information. Premultiplied Alpha Key allows you to key out most of this unwanted color.

 

RGB Blend

The BCC RGB Blend filter provides independent compositing of the source image’s RGB channels with the Mix Layer’s RGB Channels. The brightness and contrast of the composite can also be adjusted

independently for each channel.

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

 

Star Matte

The BCC Star Matte filter uses a ray burst effect to create or modify the source’s alpha channel.

 

Super Blend

The BCC Super Blend filter is a compositing filter that allows you to superimpose up to five layers, then adjust and animate the view through each layer.

If you imagine the composition as a series of layers of paint applied to a background layer, Super Blend lets you to move in and out of the composition by adjusting the distance between the viewer’s eye and the background, the thickness of the layers, and the distance separating each layer.

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 2021 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.

New in Continuum 2021

Edge Cleaner:

New Edge Cleaner tool which uses advanced filtering techniques to clean up the edges of rough keys without degrading clean edges and including a temporal correlation technique to minimize chatter in grainy or compressed chroma key footage. This is integrated directly into Primatte Studio in all hosts, and it comes in standalone form for Adobe hosts only. Note this is specifically designed to work with keyed footage, not synthetic alpha edges such as graphics.

Primatte Studio:

  • Integrated Edge Cleaner
  • Resolve now supports Spill Removal Method of Softened Background and Light Wrap based on background when applied in Resolve’s Color pane with the background image piped into the node.
  • Guidance message added when Spill Removal Method of Softened Background is used but when no Background layer has been selected/piped in.

New Effects: Color Paste, Edge Composite, Holdout Composite, Math Composite, Non-Additive Mix, Optical Dissolve

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