Boris FX Silhouette is a single suite of powerful tools for rotoscopes and paintwork. Developed by VFX veterans, this powerful package boasts over 400+ nodes featuring best-in-class Sapphire, Mocha Pro, and Particle Illusion tools – all fully integrated into a single suite of features!
Embraced by VFX artists from films like Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Top Gun: Maverick, Dune, and The Mandalorian to name but a few; Silhouette continues its reign as an industry titan. With several Emmy awards under its belt, Silhouette has further cemented itself as part of Netflix Production Technology Alliance.
What’s new in Silhouette 2023.5
New! Generative AI: Latest Stable Diffusion XL model generates realistic faces, legible text within the images, and better image composition.
New! ML Node: The UpRes ML node uses machine learning, trained on thousands of images, to resize images. Preserve critical features while achieving high-quality results.
New! Denoiser ML Refinements: Improved models trained with even more images produce higher denoising precision.
New! Tracking Enhancements: Integrated Mocha and Planar Tracker now track multiple layers as well as subtracted layers.
New! Regrain Auto Sample: Automatically finds the best area to sample grain.
Stable Diffusion is a pioneering, deep-learning text-to-image model primarily used to generate detailed images based on text descriptions.
The new Stability node integrates Stable Diffusion models directly in Silhouette. Inpaint, outpaint, or generate images from scratch using text prompts!
Latest versions of Sapphire, Mocha Pro, and Particle Illusion.
Sapphire: Award-winning effects with 270+ nodes and thousands of presets. Featuring the best lighting effects, lens flares, and creative image processing filters.
Mocha Pro: Featuring PowerMesh, Remove, and Stabilize. Data ports and node actions integrate Mocha Pro with other nodes.
Particle Illusion: Create realistic particle simulations with 3D emitters, fluid dynamics, and a massive preset library. Add useful environmental elements such as snow, smoke, and fire — all within Silhouette.
Continuum: Atmospheric Glow, Magic Sharp, Beauty Studio, Light Leaks, Video Glitch, Film Glow, and many blur filters.
Grain Management Nodes
Three powerful nodes join Silhouette’s expanded grain management tools.
Denoiser ML: Employs sophisticated deep learning techniques to eliminate unwanted noise from images while preserving critical features.
Regrain: Samples the source image’s grain, regenerates, and randomizes it to add it back to a degrained composite.
Sapphire UltraGrain: Adds simulated film and digital camera grain to the image.
Make quick work out of challenging blue/green screen footage.
Primatte keys out and replace blue/green screens with transparency to seamlessly replace backgrounds. The GPU-accelerated algorithm uses three multi-faceted polyhedrons floating in RGB color space to isolate color regions. A 3D Preview display aids in the visualization of the keyed value.
Boris FX Silhouette Features – Annual Subscription
Professional Roto Tools
Silhouette is the world’s most refined rotoscoping tool. Create sophisticated masks using B-Spline, Bézier, X-Spline, or Magnetic Freehand shapes. Easy-to-use tools such as variable per-point edge softening and magnetic reshaping assist in creating articulate animations in record time. Render mattes with realistic motion blur or export to industry-standard shape formats.
Advanced roto tools include:
Highly-optimized interface, layer controls, and toolset
Specialized shape editing tools include magnetic splines, point groups, weighted keyframes, brush-based reshaping, split shapes, collapse, and distribution points
Integrated point tracking, planar tracking, and Mocha planar tracking
IK (Inverse Kinematics) to animate limbs and all manner of jointed creatures
Stereoscopic 3D workflow
Built for teams and collaboration with review/approval notes for quality control
Auto Paint for Speed and Reliability
Silhouette’s 32-bit float raster-based paint and tracking system meets the demands of high-resolution, color-managed VFX pipelines. A unique AutoPaint recording system delivers the speed of raster paint with the repeatability of vector paint on tasks like matte painting, beauty work, rig removal, or just plain paint.
Paint Tools: Pressure-sensitive customizable brushes and presets. Includes Clone, Grain, Repair, Drag, and more.
Non-Destructive Paint: Efficient layer system for high-resolution film/video paint.
Channels & Detail Separation: Paint on individual RGBA channels or work on separated detail and color views for advanced control.
Sophisticated Cloning: Advanced offset and warping, onion skin, and display views enable a streamlined workflow for aligning, patching, and removing unwanted pixels.
Powerful Tracking Options: Native point, planar tracking, and Mocha options.
New Mocha Pro and PowerMeshWarp nodes enable warped surface paint workflows.
Node-based Compositing & Image Processing
Silhouette’s core is a powerful node-based effects tree that delivers film-grade results. View and edit any combination of nodes for complex compositing, matte manipulation, keying, color correction, grain management, look development, morphing, warping, and much more.
Silhouette 2023.5 includes 400+ specialty nodes organized into Color, Composite, Diffusion, Filter, Film Lab, Image, Key, Light, Sapphire, Silhouette, Special Effects, Time, Tints, Transform, Warp, and OFX groups.
Gestural node-based compositing
Improved tracking and spline data ports and node actions
Updated OCIO v2 color-managed workflow
Customizable workspaces for dual monitor set-ups
Exacting color grading with 4-way color wheels and presets
Proprietary matte generation
Edge tools to color correct or blur the composite’s edge
Matte manipulation using shrink, grow, blur, and wrap functions
Now includes Sapphire effects (270 nodes) and Particle Illusion (1700+ emitters).
Now including the Mocha Pro node! The fully-featured Silhouette interface for roto, paint, and compositing can also be launched as a plugin from standard VFX applications: After Effects, Premiere Pro, Nuke, Fusion, Resolve, and Flame.
The Silhouette multi-host plugin is included with all Silhouette standalone application licenses or can be purchased as a separate option.
Silhouette’s fully-featured shape-based warp and morph tools provide the highest level of creative control and render quality for digital retouching, image deformations, and even talking animals. Create invisible touch-ups, subtle facial exaggerations, or dramatic transitions with either shape or pin options.
With a rich history of some of the world’s most famous music videos and effects shots, unique “shape-to-shape morphing transitions” can be timed per layer with interactive previews for fast flexibility. Intro to Morphing Video
Pin Warp is perfect for beauty work, allowing user-defined image areas to use pins while leaving other areas untouched. Adjustments can range from subtle nips and tucks to something more obvious like repositioning an arm or leg. Watch Now
Keying & Matte Generation
The powerful zMatte and Power Matte nodes use proprietary matte extraction techniques that handle the most difficult keying and matting challenges, including shots with fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections.
zMatte keying features multiple matte creations, light wrapping, edge correction, spill suppression, and matte manipulation. Watch Now
Power Matte’s unique interactive workflow enhances the matte creation process on normally non-keyable shots with foreground and background shape selectors that generate incredibly realistic and accurate results on semi-transparent objects. Watch Now
Powerful Tracking Options
The industry’s most powerful tracking drives Silhouette’s animation system and can be applied to speed up paint, roto, warp, and stabilization tasks. Choose from point tracking, native planar tracker, or the award-winning Mocha Pro node, now included in Silhouette 2023.5.
New surface tool, data ports, and node actions bring a seamless workflow between Mocha and Silhouette nodes.
Pre-processing filters can increase tracker accuracy for problematic images. Choose Blur, Sharpen, Contrast, Gamma, De-Noise, or Remove Flicker. Post-processing filters can be applied to tracking data, including Average, Smooth, and Merge.
Sapphire, Particle Illusion & Continuum
Sapphire: Best-in-class effects include UltraGlow, UltraZap, Lens Flare, Shake, and more.
Particle Illusion: Add 2D/3D animated particle simulations like snow, smoke, and fire with fluid dynamics.
Select nodes from Continuum included: Atmospheric Glow, Magic Sharp, Beauty Studio, Light Leaks, Video Glitch, Film Glow, and many blur filters.
Combine new plugins for compositing and effects
Mocha Pro Node
Award-winning Mocha Pro planar tracking is now a node included with Silhouette.
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