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2020.0.2 Boris FX Silhouette – Annual Subscription

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ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING PAINT, ROTO & COMPOSITING

Academy and Emmy Award-Winning VFX Tools. Boris FX Silhouette 2020 is here! Silhouette is a best-in-class, GPU-accelerated compositing application, delivering the industry’s most robust non-destructive paint and roto tools to feature film and visual effects teams. Since 2005, Silhouette has made its mark on Hollywood’s biggest films including Avatar, Black Panther, Avengers: End Game, and many more.

The Artists Tool for Roto, Paint & Tracking.

Silhouette 2020 goes far beyond roto and effects cleanup tasks with tools to finish the most complex VFX shots thanks to node-based compositing with integrated keying, tracking, warping, morphing, OCIO color management, and OFX support for Mocha Pro and Sapphire plug-ins. Includes 143 VFX nodes with full stereoscopic support.

New! Silhouette 2020 now includes integrated Mocha planar tracking for no additional charge OR the optional Silhouette + Mocha Pro bundle.

Available as a standalone application for macOS, Windows, and Linux with floating license options for enterprise.

What’s New in Silhouette 2020:

  • Integrated Mocha tracking now included at no extra charge
  • New Roto tools: Magnetic splines with edge snapping, RotoOverlay previews and Weighted Keyframe creation to change the timing of shape animations
  • New Paint tools: New Dodge, Burn and Detail brushes as well as a frequency (detail) separation workflow for improved retouching
  • Improved Planar Tracker: Group tracking of multiple planar surfaces in addition to tracking non-planar surfaces through overlapping shapes
  • New nodes DOD and Extract Detail
  • New interface enhancements: Multiple Viewers, Node and Object windows; Streamlined Workspace and more
  • New bundle options: Add the Mocha Pro plug-in for Silhouette for increased tracking and VFX workflows

Constantly updated and improved.


Features

THE EVOLUTION OF ROTO

silhouette 2020 roto

Silhouette features the world’s most refined tools for rotoscoping teams. Create sophisticated keyframeable mattes using B-Spline, Bézier or X-Spline shapes. Intelligent design and easy-to-use tools, such as variable per-point edge softening, assist in creating articulate animations. Render mattes with realistic motion blur or export to industry-standard shape formats. Watch Intro to Roto

Advanced roto tools include:

  • Highly-optimized interface, layer controls, and toolset
  • New magnetic spline and edge-snapping tools to create shapes fast fast
  • IK (Inverse Kinematics) to animate limbs and all manner of jointed creatures
  • Integrated point tracking, planar tracking, and Mocha planar tracking option
  • Stereoscopic 3D workflow
  • Move, scale, rotate, shear, and corner pin shapes and groups of shapes
  • Animation changes for one point or selected points across all keyframes

Additional 2020 roto improvements include the Freehand Selection tool to interactively control point selection, Weighted Keyframe creation to change the timing of shape animations, new RotoOverlay displays to visualize shape animation by displaying a preview of the motion path, motion blur or onion skin.

FAST & NON-DESTRUCTIVE PAINT

Paint is a high dynamic range non-destructive 2D paint system that handles the demands of feature film and 4K television production. Whether it’s image restoration, dust busting, matte painting, beauty work, rig removal or just plain paint, Silhouette provides the artistic tools to get the job done.

Auto Paint is a unique paint feature that records all paint activity with tight integration of both point and planar trackers. Paint strokes can be match moved or stabilized, giving Silhouette the speed of raster paint with the repeatability of vector paint.

New Features in Paint! Silhouette 2020 builds on its powerful paint tools with new brushes and tools for matte painting, clean-ups, and compositing. New brushes include Dodge, Burn, and Detail.

Optimized advanced cloning and beauty work: The new Detail Separation workflow allows artists to paint separately or simultaneously on color and detail layers.

2020 paint workflow improvements include: Auto Paint > Replay for repeatable paint control, new Brush Compare Modes to preview brush settings prior to paint, Show Shapes displays roto shape outlines in paint nodes, and the new Stroke Tool shortcut displays paint strokes in the viewer and history list.

NODE-BASED COMPOSITING

Silhouette’s core is a feature rich 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. Get Started with Node Based Compositing

Silhouette 2020 now features 145 speciality nodes organized into Color, Composite, Diffusion, Filter, Film Lab, Image, Key, Light, Silhouette, Special Effects, Time, Tints, Transform, and Warp. Silhouette also supports OFX plug-ins including Mocha Pro and Sapphire!

Features:

  • Gestural node-based compositing
  • Multiple roto and paint nodes
  • Exacting color grading
  • Proprietary matte generation
  • Effectively composite fire, explosions, and smoke
  • Edge tools to color correct or blur the composite’s edge
  • Matte manipulation using shrink, grow, blur, and wrap functions
  • 145 different nodes organized into Color, Composite, Diffusion, Filter, Film Lab, Image, Key, Light, Silhouette, Special
  • Effects, Time, Tints, Transform, Warp and OFX groups
  • Visual presets for most nodes

WARPING & MORPHING

Silhouette’s 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.

Easily time unique shape-to-shape morphing transitions per layer with interactive previews for fast flexibility — as seen on some of the world’s most famous music videos and effects shots. Intro to Morphing Video.

Pin Warp is perfect for beauty work. Choose user-defined image areas using pins while leaving other areas untouched. Adjustments can range from subtle nip and tucks to something more obvious like repositioning an arm or leg.

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 tackles difficult DV and compression artifacts and includes key pickers, matte tuning, and spill suppression options. Watch Now

Power Matte’s unique interactive workflow enhances the matte creation process on non-keyable shots with foreground and background shape selectors that generate incredibly realistic and accurate results on semi-transparent objects.

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 1, 2, or 4 point tracking, native planar tracker, or award-winning Mocha tracking, now included as a standard feature in Silhouette 2020.

Applying 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.

DEPTH

The Depth node contains a dedicated tool set for creating depth channels from 2D sources.

Features:

  • Shapes can be assigned individual depth values
  • Horizon, Ramp, Hall and Tunnel gradient depth tools
  • Alpha tool that converts the alpha channel generated by other Silhouette nodes (zMatte, Power Matte, Roto, Paint, etc)
  • into a depth map.
  • Depth Preview window displays a 3D view of the depth map.Useful for visualizing the depth and placement of objects in 3D space.
  • Output to stereo displays

MOCHA PRO PLUG-IN FOR SILHOUETTE

New! Mocha Pro 2020 plug-in for Silhouette and bundle options: Users can now upgrade or purchase the Mocha Pro plug-in for Silhouette which adds valuable advanced planar tracking and compositing workflows to complement Silhouette.

Features:

  • Lens calibration module to undistort/distort roto and paint workflow
  • GPU-accelerated object removal
  • New Mega Plate extended plate generation tool
  • Insert compositing with AdjustTrack
  • Award-winning stereo 360/VR tools
  • Export track and shape data between Silhouette and Mocha Pro

SEQUENCE EDITOR

Silhouette can perform editing tasks such as cutting, joining, moving, copying, replacing, trimming, retiming, and repeating clips in the Sequence Editor.

Features:

  • Set clip in and out points
  • Automatically assemble selected clips
  • Copy, move, insert or replace clips
  • Trim in, trim out or trim both sides of an edit
  • Clip retiming

 

Requirements:

  • macOS: 10.9 or higher
  • Windows: Windows 7 or higher on x64
  • Linux: Linux distributions that conform to the CY2016 VFX Reference Platform as specified at www.vfxplatform.com

Hardware:

Recommended Hardware:

  • Processor: Intel or AMD processor
  • Memory: 2GB of RAM (4GB or more recommended)
  • Disk: High-speed disk array or SSD storage. 1GB of available disk space for caching and temporary files

Graphics Card:

  • NVIDIA GTX 460 or better
  • AMD Radeon 57xx series or better
  • OpenGL 2.1 capable graphics card
  • OpenCL 1.1 capable graphic card
  • 1GB of graphics memory for film resolution

Licensing options:

  • Nodelocked or floating license.
  • Nodelock licenses require an internet connection once every 60 days

Architecture:

  • Node-based workflow
  • Resolution independent
  • Stereo viewing and editing
  • Region of interest for enhanced performance
  • Command-line rendering
  • Scripting and actions
  • OpenColorIO color management
  • GPU and OpenGL® accelerated
  • Multi-processor support
  • Proxy management for large image sizes

Compatibility:

  • File Formats: Cineon, DPX, IFF, JPEG, OpenEXR, PNG, SGI/RGB, TIFF and TARGA
  • Export Autodesk Gmask, Elastic Reality, Blackmagic Fusion, Nuke, and Shake SSF shapes
  • Import Commotion, Elastic Reality, and Shake 4.x SSF shapes
  • Mask interchange with After Effects using the Silhouette Shape Import/Export Plug-in
  • Export After Effects, Autodesk, Nuke, and Shake 4.x trackers
  • Import After Effects Corner-Pin, Nuke 8+ and, Shake 4.x trackers
  • macOS, Windows, Linux

Silhouette 2020.0.2

Updated: 12/03/19

Changes
Enable Source > Extend Duration On By Default
Source > Extend Duration is now enabled by default. This means that the head and tail frames of a sequence are extended outside of the work range and that single frame imports exist on all frames.

Timeline > Show Work Range On By Default
Timeline > Show Work Range is now on by default. This allows keyframes set in the work range to be visible when different from the Session frame range.

Bug Fixes
Legacy Feather Did Not Work
Legacy feathering did not work.

Node Name Error
Certain OFX nodes had legacy naming in the Node window.

Nuke 9+ Exporter Issues
• The Silhouette Motion Blur > Samples value was not transferring to the Nuke Motion Blur > Global > motionblur parameter.
• The Silhouette Shutter Phase value was not transferring to the Nuke Motion Blur > Global > shutter offset parameter.

Open Spline Feather Handles Couldn’t Be Hidden
Alt-F now toggles open spline feather handles on and off.

ROI Keyframes Not Saved With Project
ROI keyframes were not saved with the project.

RotoOverlay Was Opening By Default
The RotoOverlay window was opening by default and was not supposed to.

Shift-Alt Did Not Work For Stereo Align
The Shift-Alt shortcut did not work for stereo alignment.

Viewer Proxy Resolution Problems
Paint Node
The Paint node displayed a cropped image in the Viewer at proxy resolutions.

Transform Node
When Viewer proxy resolutions were used with a Transform node, images of a
different size than the Session were blank in the Viewer.

Silhouette 2020.0.1

Updated 11/22/19

Features
Copying/Pasting Mocha Trackers & Shapes to Silhouette
Shapes and trackers copied to the clipboard in Mocha can now be pasted into a Silhouette Roto node. Requires Mocha Pro 7.0.2 or later.

Changes
Make Disabled Nodes More Obvious
To make it clearer when a node is disabled, there is now an X over the node while disabled.

Mocha Tracker Status Window – Initializing Message
When using the Mocha tracker, an “Initializing” message appears in the tracking status window while the GPU shaders compile prior to tracking.

Paint > Subpixel > Speed Up
Some Paint > Clone brush filters, like Sinc, take longer to process. If there is no transform and no Clone offset, Silhouette will use a fast processing path regardless of the Subpixel setting.

Request a Trial Screen – Removed Host ID
The Host ID was removed from the Request a Trial screen as it was not needed.

Bug Fixes
Composite Node Crash
The Composite node could crash when working with different sized foreground and background inputs.

Trees Window Won’t Zoom In Until You Zoom Out
You had to zoom out before you could zoom in to the Trees window.

Windows Crash On Startup
Windows could crash or exit unexpectedly during startup.


What’s New in Silhouette 2020:

  • Integrated Mocha tracking now included at no extra charge
  • New Roto tools: Magnetic splines with edge snapping, RotoOverlay previews and Weighted Keyframe creation to change the timing of shape animations
  • New Paint tools: New Dodge, Burn and Detail brushes as well as a frequency (detail) separation workflow for improved retouching
  • Improved Planar Tracker: Group tracking of multiple planar surfaces in addition to tracking non-planar surfaces through overlapping shapes
  • New nodes DOD and Extract Detail
  • New interface enhancements: Multiple Viewers, Node and Object windows; Streamlined Workspace and more
  • New bundle options: Add the Mocha Pro plug-in for Silhouette for increased tracking and VFX workflows