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Sapphire Perpetual License

Sapphire is the most in demand, unequaled, work-horse plug-in suite for visual effects.

Sapphire plug-ins let you create stunning organic looks unmatched by any host native effect tools. Key features include over 270 effects and 3000+ presets, a powerful Effect and Transition Builder, and integrated tracking and masking with the Academy Award-winning Mocha. Sapphire’s superior image quality, control, and render speed offers massive time-savings — allowing creatives to focus on what matters most, delivering an impact that keeps audiences coming back.

Toolfarm Top 10 2018

Sapphire 2019 is the latest major upgrade for the legendary suite of VFX plug-ins. Key features include a totally revamped and enhanced LensFlare and Flare Designer, new effects like PixelSort and ParallaxStrips, new transitions like WhipLash and DigitalDamageDissolve, video working inside of the Builder, FlareDesigner, and Preset Browser, as well as revamped user interface, new Mocha Essentials workspace with new spline tools like magnetic edge-snapping, and it’s optimized for maximum CPU and GPU performance.

WHAT’S NEW IN SAPPHIRE 2019.5

NEW EFFECTS. IMPROVED FUNCTIONALITY. FASTER SPEEDS.

  • New Sapphire effect! ParallaxStrips
  • New Sapphire transitions! DissolvePixelSort, Dissolve DigitalDamage, ParallaxStripsTransition
  • Video inside of Sapphire Effect and Transition Builder, Preset Browser, and Flare Designer
  • New look and feel for Sapphire Effect and Transition Builder, Preset Browser, and Flare Designer
  • Retina/High DPI monitor resolution support for Sapphire Effect and Transition Builder, Preset Browser, and Flare Designer
  • Broadcast monitor output support Sapphire Effect and Transition Builder and Flare Designer
  • OFX support for Autodesk Flame

A NEW WAY TO DISTORT WITH PARALLAX STRIPS

boris sapphire parallax

Brand new for Sapphire 2019.5 effect: S_ParallaxStrips takes any image and divides it into strips separated apart in z space. The floating strips can seamlessly strip apart or form a complete image. Angle, size, speed, z-depth, and many more parameters can be adjusted for original and interesting looks.

GLITCH IT UP WITH PIXELSORT

S_PixelSort and S_DissolvePixelSort are a fun modern ways to add digital glitchy distortion to your image — and it’s great for music videos or preset looks. PixelSort’s deep parameter set gives you total control over your desired result. Pair it with integrated Mocha tracking and masking or combine it with other effects inside Sapphire Effect and Transition Builder for slick, highly-stylized results.

OPTIMIZED FOR HDPI/4K MONITORS

boris sapphire hdpi monitors

New in Sapphire 2019.5: All Sapphire applications, the Effect and Transition Builder, Flare Designer, and Preset Browser, have been redesigned from the ground up and now feature a new look perfect for HDPI/Retina monitors. All applications now support video, replacing the previous single frame. The Effect and Transition Builder and Flare Designer also support output to a broadcast monitor.

SAPPHIRE OFX IN FLAME

boris sapphire ofx flame

Sapphire 2019.5 OFX now supports Autodesk Flame, Flare, and Flame Assist 2020. Sapphire OFX replaces Sapphire Sparks and features many improvements and performance gains, including support for the Sapphire Effect and Transition Builder.

BRAND NEW LENS FLARES FOR 2019.5

New to Sapphire 2019 is the reboot of S_LensFlare with a redesigned and reimagined Flare Designer tool. New professionally designed presets, lens objects, flare components, and integrated preset browser showcase the complexity and flexibility behind the powerful Sapphire flare engine.

SWISH PAN ON STEROIDS: WHIPLASH TRANSITION

S_WhipLash is a sister effect to one of the most popular Sapphire transitions — S_SwishPan. The powerful new transition blends multiple copies of an image together in order to digitally recreate the illusion of traveling a great amount of distance in a short time. Featuring a nice soft bounce stop, a smooth finish or a snapback ending. Seeing is believing.

ENHANCED MOCHA TRACKING AND MASKING

The integrated Mocha tracking and masking inside of Sapphire 2019 features some major improvements including a brand new Essentials interface, a new magnetic spline tool, new preset vector shapes for circular and rectangular masks, and new High DPI support for Retina and 4K monitors.


Features

Sapphire lets you create stunning organic looks unmatched by any host native effect tools. Its superior image quality, control, and render speed paired with over 270 visual effects and 3000+ presets offers massive time-savings — allowing you to focus on what matters most, delivering the creative impact that keeps audiences coming back.

Lights

The Sapphire Light Unit has been a favorite among professional visual effects and motion graphics artists for decades. The popular versatile effects always live up to the hype. Add subtle lighting with Glow or dramatically change the mood with LensFlare. Highlighted effects include Glint, Glare, Glow, ZGlow, Spotlight, Streaks, EdgeRays, Flashbulbs, BokehLights, LensFlare, and more.

LOOKS

Looking to add that extra something to music videos or show opens? The Sapphire Stylize Unit has got you covered. Add color grades, create psychedelic looks or add glitchy video damage effects. Highlight effects include FilmEffect, PixelSort, DigitalDamage, FilmDamage, ScanLines, Cartoon, Kaleidoscope, EdgeDetect, Vignette, FlysEyesHex, and more.

DISTORTIONS

The Sapphire Distort Unit lets you warp your footage in every which way. Create photorealistic lens distortion effects, in-camera shake effects or chromatic aberrations. Highlighted effects include ParallaxStrips, Distort, DistortBlur, Shake, WarpChroma, WarpFishEye, WarpDrops, ZBlur, Infinite Zoom, and more.

BLURS

The Sapphire Blur Unit features the industry’s fastest photorealistic in-camera blurring tools. Use RackDefocus to create in-camera defocuses. Import a z-depth matte into Z_Blur and blur with depth. Conquer out of focus images or nasty compression artifacts with high-grade sharpen and debanding tools. Retouch skin and apply beauty work. Highlighted effects include Blur, ZBlur, RackDefocus, Sharpen, Deband, Convolve, BlurMotion, Beauty, and more.

RENDERS

The Sapphire Render Unit helps you create imagery from scratch. Add lightning with Zap, liven up a sky with Clouds and NightSky or create procedurally generated animated backgrounds with texture generators. Highlighted effects include Aurora, Zap, CloudsPerspective, MuzzleFlash, Grunge, NightSky, Luna, Grid, and many more.

TRANSITIONS

Never white-flash again! The Sapphire Transitions Unit gives you access to over 50 of the industry’s best transitions. Simply drag and drop one of the countless presets onto your cut just like a dissolve. Highlighted transitions include ParallaxStrips, DissolvePixelSort, DissolveDigitalDamage, SwishPan, Whiplash, GlowDissolve, LensFlareDissolve, and WarpWipe.

TIME

The Sapphire Time Unit lets you bend time with just a few clicks. Slow down or speed up footage with the Sapphire Optical Flow retimer or choose from Retime, FlickerRemove, Flicker, Feedback, TimeSlice, RandomEdits, RepairFrames, and more.

LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES WITH BUILDER

Sapphire’s Effect and Transition Builder gives users the ability to browse and try out Sapphire effects with ease, enabling artists and editors to create their own custom effects and transitions. Start using Builder right out of the box with over 150 presets for creative and correctional purposes.

INTEGRATED MOCHA TRACKING AND MASKING

Sapphire proudly features integrated Mocha planar tracking and masking tools. The Academy Award-winning technology makes effects isolation to full-blown rotoscoping easy. Quickly launch Mocha to create and track a mask directly from within your favorite Sapphire effects.

Gorgeous Presets

There’s nothing harder than starting from a blank slate which is why Sapphire features over 3000 presets crafted by top-notch artists and editors. Every release includes brand new presets so there’s always something fresh to play with.

 

Flexible Pricing and Licensing Options

Sapphire offers a wide variety of convenient licensing options to fit any budget. Choose from the full suite, individually-priced Sapphire Units, annual subscriptions or RLM server-based floating licenses.

 


Important Sapphire Pricing Notes

Payment – Yearly payments must be paid in full upon the start of the contract. Customer will receive permanent licenses upon full payment.

Get Current Fee – Existing Sapphire customers on version 8 or lower must pay an additional fee to catch up to the latest version of Sapphire.

Reactivation Fee – There is no penalty for canceling Upgrade and Support, however, failing to renew your yearly contract will result in a prorated fee that would be applied upon rejoining.

Automatic Renewal – Upgrade and Support contracts are set to automatically renew each year. You can opt out by contacting the Toolfarm sales team.

Terms and Conditions – Upgrade and Support Terms and Conditions can be found here (pops)

Rental Licenses – Rental Licenses do not auto-renew.


Must Have Effects

sapphire glowGlow

A favorite of the Hollywood crowd for decades, Sapphire Glow is one of the all-time legendary and most versatile effects. Whether you are looking to slightly alter the mood of a shot or dramatically change the lighting, the silky smooth subtleness of Sapphire Glow will always live up to the hype.

film effectFilm Effect

Sapphire film effect began as a way to accurately emulate 35mm film for video, but fast-forward to the post production world of today and it’s now used as a multi-faceted color grading tool and plug-in. Packed with tons of amazing presets, editors and artists can quickly achieve dozens of different popular color treatments with Sapphire Film Effect.

Shake

Shake holds it’s place amongst the most popular Sapphire effects because it’s versatility and ease of use. Whether used to emulate a documentary style hand-held camera shake or the magnitude of an earthquake-like effect, Shake’s deep parameter set allows it to adapt to any situation.

lens flareLens Flare

Sapphire LensFlare gives you the ability to add photorealistic lens flares from a huge amount of presets or create them from scratch with the Sapphire Flare Designer, our own application for building feature film quality lens flares. Never adjust your F-stops or shine a light into your camera again!

vignetteVignette

Vignette is a great example of a classic Sapphire effect. It helps you take a repetitive multi-click task and turn it into one step with increased flexibility and new functionality.

Create custom effects and transistions with Sapphire Builder

Builder gives you the ability to create your own effects and transitions in a node-based workspace for unprecedented creativity and efficiency, unleashing the full power of the Sapphire effects. In Builder, you have the flexibility to stack and connect Sapphire effects in ways that were not previously possible in Adobe and Avid hosts. All new effects and transitions developed in the workspace are saved as cross-host presets, and are loaded as a single plugin onto a timeline.

Builder allows you to create your own effects and transitions by combining existing Sapphire effects! See S_Effect and S_Transition in action below:

S_Effect

S_Transition


Effects

Adjust

  • ClampChroma
  • TriTone
  • Tint
  • Threshold
  • ShowBadColors
  • Quadtone
  • Monochrome
  • Invert
  • HueSatBright
  • HotSpots
  • Gamma
  • DuoTone
  • ChannelSwitcher

Blur and Sharpen

  • SoftFocus
  • RackDefocus
  • GrainRemove
  • Deband
  • BlurMotion
  • Beauty
  • Median
  • EdgeAwareBlur
  • DefocusPrism
  • BlurMoCurves
  • BlurDirectional
  • BlurChroma
  • BlurChannels
  • Blur

Distort

  • WarpMagnify
  • WarpPolar
  • WarpVortex
  • WarpWaves
  • WarpWaves2
  • WarpFishEye
  • WarpChroma
  • Shake
  • DistortBlur
  • Distort
  • WarpRepeat
  • WarpPuff
  • WarpBubble

Lighting

  • BokehLights
  • Streaks
  • LightLeak
  • ZGlow
  • SpotLight
  • LensFlare
  • GlowRings
  • GlowRainbow
  • Glare
  • GlowEdges
  • GlowDarks
  • GlowAura
  • EdgeRays
  • GlowOrthicon
  • GlowDist
  • Glow
  • GlintRainbow
  • Glint
  • Flashbulbs
  • GlowNoise

Render

  • TestureSpots
  • TextureWeave
  • TextureMoire
  • TextureNeurons
  • TextureNoiseEmboss
  • TextureNoisePaint
  • TexturePlasma
  • Aurora
  • Luna
  • NightSky
  • Zap
  • TextureTiles
  • TextureFlux
  • Grunge
  • Grid
  • GradientMulti
  • TextureMicro
  • TextureFolded
  • TextureChromaSpiral
  • Shape
  • MuzzleFlash

Stylize

  • AutoPaint
  • Bush
  • Kaleido
  • KaleidoPolar
  • KaleidoRadial
  • ZebrafyColor
  • Zebrafy
  • VintageColor3Strip
  • VintageColor2Strip
  • Vignette
  • TileScramble
  • ScanLinesMono
  • PsykoStripes
  • PsykoBlobs
  • PseudoColor
  • Posterize
  • Mosaic
  • JPEGDamage
  • HalfToneRings
  • HalfToneColor
  • HalfTone
  • GrainStatic
  • FlysEyeRect
  • FlysEyeHex
  • FlysEyeCircles
  • FilmDamage
  • Etching
  • EmbossShiny
  • EmbossGlass
  • EmbossDistort
  • Emboss
  • EdgesInDirection
  • EdgeDetectDouble
  • EdgeDetect
  • EdgeColorize
  • DogVision
  • DigitalDamage
  • Diffuse
  • CartoonPaint
  • Cartoon
  • BleachBypass
  • BandPass
  • TVDamage
  • Solarize
  • Sketch
  • ScanLines
  • Grain
  • FilmEffect
  • Crosshatch

Time

  • FeedbackBubble

Transitions

  • WipeWedge
  • WipeWeave
  • WipeTiles
  • WipeStar
  • WipeStripes
  • WipeRings
  • WipeRectangle
  • WipePointalize
  • WipePlasma
  • WipePixelate
  • WipeMoire
  • WipeLine
  • StripSlideTransition
  • FlutterCut
  • FilmRoll
  • CardFlip
  • WipeFourWedges
  • WipeFlux
  • WipeDoubleWedge
  • WipeDots
  • WipeDiffuse
  • WipeClouds
  • WipeClock
  • WipeChecker
  • WipeCells
  • WipeBubble
  • WipeBlobs
  • TVChannelChange
  • SwishPan
  • Swish3D
  • DissolveZap
  • DissolveWaves
  • DissolveVortex
  • DissolveTiles
  • DissolveStatic
  • DissolveSpeckle
  • DissolveShake
  • DissolveRays
  • DissolvePuddle
  • DissolveLuma
  • DissolveLensFlare
  • DissolveGlow
  • DissolveGlintRainbow
  • DissolveGlint
  • DissolveGlare
  • DissolveFlashblulbs
  • DissolveFilm
  • DissolveEdgeRays
  • DissolveDistort
  • DissolveDiffuse
  • DissolveDefocus
  • DissolveBubble
  • DissolveBlur
  • WipeCircle
  • Swish3DBat

Sapphire Works With:

Adobe After Effects CC 2015+

  • Supported On After Effects Cc 2015 and higher
  • MacOs 10.9 and higher
  • Windows 7 and higher
  • GPU acceleration Available for NVIDIA Cards only

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015+

  • Supported On After Effects Cc 2015 and higher
  • MacOs 10.9 and Higher
  • Windows 7 and Higher
  • GPU acceleration available for NVIDIA Cards only

Avid Media Composer

  • Supported On Media Composer V8 and higher
  • MacOs 10.9 and higher
  • Windows 7 and higher
  • GPU acceleration Available for NVIDIA Cards only

Autodesk Flame Family

  • Sparks Supported on Flame / Flare / Flame Assist 2017 and higher
  • Centos/Red Hat Linux 6 or 7 (64 bit only)
  • MacOs 10.9 and higher
  • GPU acceleration available for NVIDIA Cards only

OFX: Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve

  • Supported On Resolve 11 and higher
  • Mocha Tracking Only Supported In Resolve Studio Pro
  • Centos/Red Hat Linux 6 Or 7 (64 bit only)
  • Mac Os 10.9  and higher
  • Windows 7 and higher
  • GPU acceleration available for NVIDIA Cards only

OFX: The Foundry NUKE

  • Supported On Nuke 10 and higher
  • Effect and Transition Builder not supported
  • Centos/Red Hat Linux 6 or 7 (64 Bit Only)
  • MacOs 10.9 or 10.10
  • Windows 7 or 8
  • GPU acceleration available for NVIDIA Cards only

OFX: Vegas Pro Studio

  • Supported On Vegas 15 and higher
  • Effect and Transition Builder not supported
  • Windows 7 And Higher
  • GPU acceleration available for NVIDIA Cards only

OFX: Mistika Ultima / Boutique

  • Supported on Mistika 7 and higher
  • Effect and Transition Builder not supported
  • Cent Os/Red Hat Linux 6 or 7 (64 Bit Only)
  • Windows 7
  • GPU acceleration available for NVIDIA Cards only

OFX: Grass Valley Edius and Rio

  • Supported on Edius 8 and higher
  • Supported on Rio 3 and higher
  • Effect and Transition Builder not supported
  • Windows 7
  • GPU acceleration available for NVIDIA Cards only

OFX: FilmLight Baselight

  • Supported on Baselight 4 and higher
  • Effect and Transition Builder not supported
  • Windows 7 and higher
  • Cent Os/Red Hat Linux 6 Or 7 (64 Bit Only)
  • MacOs 10.9 and higher
  • Windows 7 and higher
  • GPU acceleration available for NVIDIA Cards only

OFX: Toon Boom Harmony

  • Supported on Harmony 12 and higher
  • Effect and Transition Builder not supported
  • MacOs 10.9  and higher
  • Windows 7 and higher
  • GPU acceleration available for NVIDIA Cards only

OS

  • macOS:10.10 or higher
  • Windows: Windows 7 or higher on x64
  • Linux:Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, CentOS 6

Hardware

Recommended Hardware:

  • Processor: 64-bit Intel or AMD CPU with four or more cores
  • Memory: 8 GB or more
  • Disk: High-speed disk array or SSD storage
  • Graphics Card: High-end NVIDIA Quadro, TITAN or GeForce Pascal, e.g. Quadro P5000 or GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Monitor: 1920×1080 or higher, including high dpi 4k monitors
  • GPU Acceleration: NVIDIA cards only. The latest NVIDIA CUDA card and driver is recommended.
  • For compatibility with specific versions and operating systems, please see our Sapphire Compatibility Matrix. (pops)

Tech Specifications

  • Resolution independent – HD, 2K, Ultra HD, 4K, 8K, etc.
  • Floating point processing – All effects use full floating point processing for improved image quality and full 32-bit HDR support
  • 64-bit enabled – expanded memory capabilities
  • Multiprocessor support
  • GPU acceleration is available for NVIDIA cards only. The latest NVIDIA CUDA card and driver is recommended.

What’s new in Sapphire 2019.5:

Released 19 June 2019.

New Effect and Transitions

  • S_ParallaxStrips- Brand new for Sapphire 2019.5 effect, S_ParallaxStrips takes any image and divides into strips separated apart in z space. The floating strips can seamlessly strip apart or seamless form a complete image. Angle, size, speed, z-depth, and many more parameters can be adjusted for original and interesting looks.
  • S_ParallaxStripsTransition- New for Sapphire 2019.5, S_ParallaxStripsTransition is a new transition using ParallaxStrips to animate between the input and output clips. S_ParallaxStripsTransition breaks the image up into a collection of 3d refracting strips. The strips slowly fade on, then off again.
  • S_DissolvePixelSort- New for Sapphire 2019.5, is a new transition based on the S_PixelSort effect. S_DissolvePixelSort is a damage transition that sorts the pixels the dissolve along with different patterns of lines. There are three modes: Linear sorts along parallel lines, Radial sorts along lines radiating from a controllable center point, and Circular sorts along concentric circles. S_DissolvePixelSort sorts the pixels based on the relative values of the pixels. Use “Max Percentage” to control how much of the image is sorted at the peak of the transition.
  • S_DissolveDigitalDamage- S_DissolveDigitalDamage is a transition version of DigitalDamage simulating bad digital TV transmission with a dissolve between the incoming and outgoing clips.

New Functionality

  • Clip Access for Builder, Flare Designer, and the Preset Browser- All Sapphire 2019.5 external applications, such as the Effect and Transition Builder, Flare Designer, and Preset Browser, now can live preview on any resolution clip.
  • New Look and Feel for Builder, Flare Designer, and the Preset Browser- All Sapphire 2019.5 external applications, such as the Effect and Transition Builder, Flare Designer, and Preset Browser, now feature an updated look and feel, complete with modern UI optimized for 4K HDPI monitors.
  • Broadcast Monitor Support- The Sapphire Effect and Transition Builder and Flare now support output to a third party broadcast monitor via a Blackmagic or AJA card.

Improved Mocha

  • Mask Rendering Performance – Mask rendering with Mocha in Sapphire is now much faster – especially for complex and multi-layered masks. Edge-Snapping – Edge-Snapping on Splines to speed up Masking. Select one or more points and press “ALT+S” to snap points to the nearest edge, or hold “S” to drag-snap.
  • Layout Manager – Save, modify, and order custom layouts from the View menu. New layouts will appear in the workspace drop down.
  • Autosave Backups – Autosaves now include iterated history to prevent data loss and Autosaves are no longer removed on exit to the host. You can define the location and the number of backups in the Mocha preferences.
  • Numerous Bug Fixes and UI Tweaks including foreground mattes now correctly occluding when GPU tracking a background layer.

New Host:

  • Sapphire 2019.5 OFX is now happy to support Autodesk Flame, Flame Assist, Flare v2020 or higher. In addition to new effects and transitions, Flame artists will now have access to the Sapphire Effect and Transition Builder inside of Flame with the 2019.5 release.

Compatibility Issues:

  • In v19, LensFlares using MutliSpot and MultiStreak elements would look different inside the Flare Designer across operating systems. In v19.5 this was fixed, but as a result Lens Flares may look different from v19 when loaded through the Flare Designer. Old projects will continue to look the same as they did in v19 when loaded into the host or rendered but may look different after loading in the Flare Designer.

Known Issues:

  • Preset Browser does not display Feedback or Temporal presets correctly.
  • (Sparks) Flame may crash on close when a Mocha mask was used in Sapphire.
  • (Sparks) upate_setups has a bug when upgrading Caustics from v2019->2019.5.
  • If you have an animated Mocha mask in your plugin when you enter the Preset Browser, the Mocha mask will not animate.
  • (OFX – Resolve) Sometimes the Preset Browser, Flare Designer, or Builder will start behind the host.
  • Sometimes the preview in the Preset Browser, Flare Designer or Builder doesn’t render with the correct frame.
  • The Preset Browser, Flare Designer, or Builder may be slow on the first launch.
  • The current time marker in the Preset Browser, Flare Designer or Builder doesn’t always match the current time in the host application.
  • (OFX – Resolve) The second input isn’t showing in the Preset Browser or Builder in Sapphire Transitions.
  • (not Sparks) “Show Checkerboard” isn’t working inside of Builder.
  • (Premiere) The Preset Browser and Effect Builder may not respect clip scaling applied in Premiere.
  • (OFX, Linux) The License Tool that runs while running the RPM doesn’t advance after entering the activation key and clicking next. The license installs correctly. After clicking next, you can click cancel to close the tool. Running the License Tool directly from the start menu advances correctly.
  • (OFX, Nuke) The Preset Browser and Lensflare Designer may not open if a still is hooked up as an input.
  • (OFX, Resolve 16, Mac OS) On older Macs, Mocha may generate an error the first time you try to track. If you close Mocha and re-open it, tracking should work as expected.
  • Atmosphere may not look the same between the LensFlare designer and the plugin.

What’s New In Sapphire 2019.4:

Improved stability of Sapphire when using the GPU Fixed S_Effect and S_Transition in Burn, Flare, and Flame Assist

What’s New In Sapphire 2019.3

Fixed a slowdown when Sapphire is first applied on some offline systems using activation-keys

What’s New In Sapphire 2019.2

  • Minor installer improvements
  • Improved proxy server support for installing and removing licenses
  • Mocha Improvements:
    • Stability improvements
    • Memory usage improvements
    • Fixed a crash when the Mocha cache directory is missing
    • Fixed a crash opening certain old sapphire v11 mocha projects
  • Minor speed improvements in the Preset Browser, Builder and Flare Editor
  • Minor preset improvements

What’s New in Sapphire 2019.02 for Autodesk

  • Fixed mocha tracking on fields

What’s New in Sapphire 2019.02 for Baselight

  • Baselight 5 support
  • Fixed a bug where the Preset Browser and Flare Editor sometimes failed to launch
  • Fixed thumbnails in the Preset Browser
  • Fixed saving presets on Baselight. User saved presets will now be saved inside: /usr/fl/sapphire/

What’s New in Sapphire 2019.02 for Fusion

  • Fixed a crash in S_PixelSort on Fusion

What’s New in Sapphire 2019.02 for Premiere

  • Fixed a crash that occurred when ctrl-z was pressed on machines with certain hardware configurations
  • Fixed Premiere GPU suite integration on MacOS

What’s new in Sapphire 2019

SAPPHIRE LENSFLARE 2019

LensFlare and the Flare Designer have been re-designed and re-imagined for Sapphire 2019. The Flare Designer has been greatly improved and enhanced to increase the ease of use and expand its functionality. The preset browser is now integrated directly inside the Flare Designer, which makes accessing and modifying lens flare presets a breeze. A new lens flare “Component” workflow has been created, which allows artists to easily and intuitively build a complex flare from scratch and helps reveal the power and flexibility of Sapphire’s flare engine. Finally, 27 new professionally designed presets have been added in Sapphire 2019. Watch this introductory video to get up to speed on how to use this amazing new tool.

SAPPHIRE PIXELSORT

PixelSort is a fantastic new Sapphire effect that grew up in the modern digital “glitch art” movement. It’s a fun new way to distort your image in a multitude of different ways and has many deep parameters which can produce some stunning results. PixelSort is also available inside Sapphire Effect and Transition builder. Combine it with other Sapphire effects for a truly original effect, and use it as a transition to up production value in any edit. Watch this short video to learn more about Sapphire PixelSort.

SAPPHIRE WHIPLASH TRANSITION

Sapphire WhipLash is a “sister effect” to one of the most popular Sapphire transitions, S_SwishPan, and it features some amazing new functionality and features that will undoubtedly make it the Sapphire transition of choice. At it’s core, S_Whiplash is a brand new transition that mimics a lighting quick camera pan, blending multiple copies of an image together so it appears as if a great distance is travelled in a short amount of time. S_WhipLash also features a nice soft bounce stop, a smooth finish, or a snapback at the end of the transition. RGB separation blurs can be added for a different look and S_Whiplash can travel in any direction or angle as well as scaling up or down as well. Watch this short video to see what this new and extremely powerful Sapphire transition can accomplish.

ENHANCED MOCHA TRACKING AND MASKING

Sapphire 2019 features major improvements to the integrated Mocha tracking and masking, available within each Sapphire effects and separately as the S_Mocha spark (Autodesk only). For further information on the differences between the integrated Mocha tracking and masking in Sapphire 2019 and Mocha Pro 2019, please click here.

  • NEW SPLINE TOOLS FOR ROTO & MASKING
    Sapphire 2019 features 4 new Mochas spline tools for masking and rotoscoping, all created to speed up shape creation and to save time. They include the new Magnetic Spline Tool with edge snapping, the new Freehand Spline Tool for fluid drawing, and new preset circular and rectangular shape tools.
  • NEW LOOK AND FEEL
    Editors and artists will rejoice at the completely redesigned Mocha interface. The updated interface makes Mocha easier to learn than ever before and looks great on hi-res and retina enabled monitors! The Mocha Essentials Workspace brings the power of Mocha to novice level users with a simplified, elegant, and easy-to-learn interface. Tracking & masking is now faster by reducing complexity and focusing the Mocha interface on the most essential icons and tools. Switch to Classic for advanced modules and customize workspaces for flexibility.
  • RETINA & HIGH DPI MONITOR SUPPORT
    The new Mocha interface and tools look fantastic on modern high DPI monitors.

IMPROVED EFFECT AND TRANSITION BUILDER

The Effect and Transition Builder has some complimentary new improvements in Sapphire 2019 release. A new animating shape effect has been added, which allows for cool new presets, like multi-color shape wipes and organic transitions with a hand-drawn look. PixelSort and Whiplash have been added as well, which can be used to create original new effects. Watch this short video for an overview of the new Builder presets in Sapphire 2019.

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GPU SPEED IMPROVEMENTS

Boris FX is proud to say Sapphire 2019 is the fastest version of Sapphire ever! Optimized for peak GPU acceleration for CUDA enabled NVIDIA cards, Blackmagic Resolve colorists and Adobe Premiere Pro CC editors will see the greatest benefit from this across the board performance increase.

Avid: Using the Updated Sapphire Builder

In this tutorial, Damien LeVeck of Skubalon Creative explains what's new in the Sapphire Builder (2019.5) for Avid and then shows you how to create a cool stylized effect when working with footage that needs to fit a specific aspect ratio.

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Creating Fog in AE with Sapphire + Create Z Depth Pass for DOF & Fog

Jonathan Winbush explains how to make fog with Boris FX Sapphire using your depth map in After Effects. Bonus tutorial: Create Z Depth pass for DOF and Fog.

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Sapphire 2019.5 Overviews for Builder, S_ParallaxStrips, S_PixelSort, S_DissolvePixelSort

Boris FX has some new tutorials for Sapphire 2019.5 that include Overviews for Builder, S_ParallaxStrips, S_PixelSort, and S_DissolvePixelSort.

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Changing Day to Night with Sapphire and Mocha

Nick Harauz and Ian Robinson show Premiere Pro and After Effects artists how Sapphire and Mocha can accomplish advanced sky replacement.

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The Cleansing Hour: Using Mocha Pro & Sapphire for Feature Film VFX

Damien LeVeck shows how he used Boris FX Mocha Pro and Sapphire with Avid Media Composer for high-end horror VFX on his film The Cleansing Hour.

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Burning Question: What in the heck is OFX? #OFX #openfx

I was talking to someone at NAB who I would consider to be “in the know” for visual effects and was surprised that he had never heard of OpenFX. More and more developers are developing with OpenFX, or OFX, a standardized software interface supported by numerous hosts such as Nuke, DaVinci Resolve and Sony Vegas. Here’s a few things to know so you’re not caught off guard!

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In Depth: Time Effects - Time Displacement aka Slit Scan, with Examples

Learn all about the Time Displacement filter, which creates an effect known as slit scan, a trippy looking time manipulation that can be used to represent a time travel, a warp in the space time continuum, a drug trip and much more.

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Sapphire Luna - Create a Photorealistic Moon Rendering

All manner of nightmarish creatures lurk under the light of the moon. But how do you add the moon to your creature feature scene? Watch this in-depth tutorial from John Dickinson of Motionworks.net, and learn how to use Luna in Sapphire to create a photo-realistic moon, in any phase you need.

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Create Beautiful Volumetric Lighting in Davinci Resolve with Sapphire EdgeRays

Create photorealistic lighting effects with Blackmagic Davinci Resolve and Sapphire Edge Rays. For more cool lighting effects, Check out Boris FX Sapphire for Davinci Resolve, After Effects, Premiere Pro, and other hosts.

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Boris FX Sapphire: Tricks for Using Sapphire Aurora

Sapphire Aurora is an amazing VFX plug-in with many uses besides producing high-quality aurora borealis light streaks. Watch how motion graphics guru John Dickinson uses S_Aurora to achieve some stunning results in Adobe After Effects. Create beautiful looks combining Aurora with other effects using the Sapphire Effect Builder.

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Remove a Person from a Scene with Mocha Pro

Learn how to remove a person from a scene using the Mocha Pro Remove Module. Plus this tutorial also shows you how to create a disintegrate/transporter beam effect à la Star Trek using VFX in Sapphire and Continuum. It even comes with the project file and footage.

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Lens Flares in Avid Media Composer with Boris Sapphire

Learn to create Lens Flares in Avid Media Composer with Boris Sapphire in these two tutorials, one from Kevin McAuliffe and the other from Nick Harauz.

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Lens Flares in Avid Media Composer with Boris Sapphire

Learn to create Lens Flares in Avid Media Composer with Boris Sapphire in these two tutorials, one from Kevin McAuliffe and the other from Nick Harauz.

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Boris FX: Getting Started With Sapphire #gettingstarted

This tutorial covers how you can use Sapphire effects, create custom effects, leverage Mocha in Sapphire, and get started creating awesome work with the Sapphire VFX plug-in for Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Nuke, Avid, Flame, and other hosts.

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An Introduction to Sapphire for Nuke

In this tutorial, learn how to set up textures for objects in Nuke using sapphire plug-ins, learn different ways to post-process those textures, use sapphire nodes for color correction and more.

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Boris FX | Let’s Edit with Media Composer: Day for Night with Continuum & Sapphire

Editor Kevin P. McAuliffe shows Media Composer editors how to take day time footage and transform it into night using Continuum’s Color & Tone tools and sister product Sapphire’s Night Sky and Luna.

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Sapphire Transition Builder in Premiere

Create custom transitions with Sapphire Transition Builder in Premiere Pro. Nick Harauz of clipsandhandles.com shows you how!

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Introduction to Sapphire Aurora

John Dickinson of Motionworks gives an overview on the Aurora effect in Sapphire to create some lovely and surreal flames. The Boris Sale has been extended, and now that Sapphire and Mocha are under the Boris umbrella, you get 2 more days to save these products!

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Introduction to Sapphire Deband

John Dickinson of Motionworks gives an overview of Sapphire Deband in Adobe After Effects. Deband eliminates banding artifacts and smooths pixels in banded areas while maintaining the original edges.

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Sapphire QuickTips: Grunge

In this tutorial, learn how to add some grungy effects to your video and text with Sapphire.

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Boris FX | Sapphire - X Reveal Transition Preset

John Dickinson of Motionworks.net show you how to create a stunning, complex-looking, yet relatively simple, X Reveal transition using Sapphire Builder Effects.

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In Depth: Creating Space - A Galaxy of Resources for your Epic Space Film

Space, the final frontier! Learn to create stars, galaxy, moons, and more for your next space themed film or science fiction short.

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Tutorial: Let’s Edit with Avid Media Composer: Sapphire Builder, Part II

Kevin P. McAuliffe gives an introduction on how to use GenArts Sapphire Builder in Avid Media Composer. Sapphire Builder is a super cool piece of software that gives users endless effects, right within Media Composer!

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Boris FX: InDepth | Sapphire LensFlare in Avid

Join professional editor and independent filmmaker Damien LeVeck with this in-depth tutorial on Sapphire’s LensFlare effect in Avid Media Composer.

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Sapphire for After Effects Top 15 from John Dickinson

Don't miss these great tutorials from John Dickinson on Sapphire for After Effects, covering the top 15 effects in the package.

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Burning Question: Making The Super Moon

They say it’s the Super Moon of the Century! Here are some ways to recreate the moon in After Effects or your NLE or editor, if you’re unable to capture the moon.

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Case Study: The Cleansing Hour Main Title Design - Sapphire for Motion Graphics Designers

John Dickinson from Motionworks has a walk-through tutorial breaking down how he made the main titles for the short horror film “The Cleansing Hour.”

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Tutorial: Halloween Themed Tutorial Round Up

Demons are rising, ghosts are haunting and blood is flowing with these Halloween themed tutorials that we have collected to help take the horror out of making frightening creations. Updated: October 25, 2016.

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Modern Horror Trailer Effects with Sapphire Builder

Alex at GenArts shows you how to create a chilling Modern Horror look using Sapphire’s Effect Builder. Very creepy indeed!

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In Depth: Light Leaks and Lens Whacking

Light leaks used to be caused by camera damage but now it’s a stylistic look. I’ll give you some cool examples of these optical lighting artifacts, and I’ll go over some plug-ins and stock elements to give your footage a light leak look. I’ll also talk to some of the pros in the industry about the making your light leaks look natural.

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Deep Dive into Sapphire’s RackDefocus

Learn how to use one of the most popular Sapphire effects, Rack Defocus. With an array of features, this video effect enables you to create custom & accurate in-camera blurs.

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GenArts Sapphire - Remove Stubborn Banding with S_Deband

Sapphire Deband is extremely effective at removing unwanted banding. Discover how quickly you can clean up a shot with this helpful video effect.

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GenArts Sapphire - Create Edgy Video Effects with S_Grunge

Learn how to achieve a worn & weathered look with Sapphire Grunge. This visual effect creates interesting, integrated looks with just a few adjustments.

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GenArts Sapphire - How to Customize S_LensFlare

Lens Flare is one of the most popular visual effects for motion graphic artists. Discover how to create varying types of flares with Sapphire Lens Flare.

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GenArts Sapphire - Lighting Effect Tips with S_Rays

Learn how to use both Rays and Edge Rays within Sapphire to create compelling visual effects.

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Genarts Sapphire S_Shake - Custom Camera Shake

Learn how to create a custom camera shake with varying levels of intensity with Sapphire’s shake effect.

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In Depth: Transitions, Part 2: The Swish Pan

The swish pan is known by many monikers: whip pan, roll pan, swipe pan, flick pan, zip pan, and whoosh are just a few. Get ready for some fun examples, instructions on how to create this cool transition, plug-ins to make the job fast and easy, and tips on improving your transitions.

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In Depth: Working with Night Time Scenes, part 2

Part 1 of this two part series focused on shooting at night and when and how to accomplish shooting in low light. Part 2 focuses on working with footage shot during the daytime and color grading for night. We'll also talk about adding some night time elements to sell your shot.

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Getting Started with Sapphire #gettingstarted

New to Sapphire? Here are some tips for getting started.

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Replace a Bland, Overcast Sky with a Gorgeous Sky in After Effects

Take a bland, colorless sky and make it into a vault of heaven! Create an alluring azure sky with fluffy clouds, a sublime sunset or an moody moonlight scene. I’ll give several options, utilizing plug-ins from CoreMelt, Video Copilot, Boris FX, Red Giant, SUGARfx and Imagineer.

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In Depth: Skin Retouching Part 2: The Plug-ins

Need to touch up your actor’s complexion quickly and easily? There are a lot of plug-ins on the market that can help you with this task. I’ll cover the big players and a few new to the market: Digital Anarchy Beauty Box, GenArts Sapphire S_Beauty, FXHOME HitFilm, the recently released Imagenomic Portraiture for video, the brand-spanking new Dashwood Smooth Skin. Red Giant Cosmo and Colorista II are also on the agenda.

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In Depth: Noise and Grain Plug-ins for After Effects, Final Cut and Other NLEs, Part 2 of 2

Here is the rundown of noise and grain reduction plug-ins on the market for After Effects and other NLE’s, rated on speed, accuracy and quality, and ROI.

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In Depth: Lens Flare Plug-ins for After Effects, Part 1 of 5

More than you ever wanted to know about Lens Flares! This is the first of a 5 part series and will give an overview of lens flares and the plug-ins that can generate them.

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Burning Question: Which After Effects Glow Plug-in Should I Get?

We answer a customer’s question regarding glows for After Effects and Premiere Pro.

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