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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 offer massive time-savings — allowing creatives to focus on what matters most, delivering an impact that keeps audiences coming back.

Quick Look: Ben Brownlee gives an overview of the new features and effects you’ll go gaga over.

What’s new in Boris FX Sapphire 2021

  • Metal GPU-acceleration: The fastest render speeds on Macs
  • S_UltraGlow: The world’s best glow just got better
  • S_UltraZap: The most electrifying results ever
  • LensFlare Designer: More customization = More photorealistic flares
  • 45+ presets designed by artists & 10 new lens flares

Metal GPU Acceleration

Faster renders and speedier interactivity for all Mac users

Mac users with Sapphire 2021 will rejoice with the introduction of Metal GPU acceleration for over 60 Sapphire effects. Dramatic speed gains can be achieved with Metal acceleration in Sapphire; S_Rays renders over 4x faster with Metal than CPU only. Performance can vary depending on GPU specs, host application, OS version, and individual Sapphire effects, but on average Sapphire 2021 with Metal acceleration renders 20% faster than CPU only. Click here for a full list of which Sapphire effects feature Metal acceleration in the 2021 release.


UltraGlow – The world’s best glow just got better

UltraGlow is the latest evolution of Sapphire’s legendary Glow, the most popular and loved glow effect in all of post-production. Sapphire 2021’s UltraGlow brings with it all the beauty, speed, and ease of use of S_Glow, but adds many new and unique parameters which create both impressive photorealism and countless dramatic looks. Warning — once you try out Sapphire UltraGlow, you may never go back to using S_Glow again!

Boris FX Sapphire 2021 AfterGlowBeautiful diffusion with AfterGlow

UltraGlow emulates a real-world optical-based glow and features a massive amount of controls for customization. Create a primary glow first and then add a secondary “afterglow” for an extra level of photorealism. Control brightness, threshold, falloff, bias, width, primary and secondary colors, streaking, and more.

Boris FX Sapphire 2021 AtmosphereSmoky atmospheres and crisp highlights

Brand new Atmosphere and Highlights features make a more dynamic glow possible. Highlights introduce auto-animating user-defined sparkles of light sweeps across your image. Atmosphere adds a smoky or misty look to your glow, giving a more diffused or realistic look to the effect.

Parameter layoutEasy to use parameter layout

UltraGlow features an organized parameter layout structured in an order of operations. Spend less time hunting and more time creating.

UltraGlowOptimized for speed

UltraGlow features GPU acceleration for both Metal and CUDA enabled cards. Mac and PC users experience faster speeds and shorter render times.


UltraZap

Create electrifying effects with ease

Prepare to be shocked at the new addition to 2021— Sapphire UltraZap! A sister effect to S_Zap, used in countless films, TV shows, and commercials, UltraZap blows it out with new parameters and functionality. Featuring a secondary bolt system that wraps around the main bolt, creating photoreal electric bolts, fields, arcs, and currents have never been easier.

ultrazapBuilt for visual effects and perfect for motion graphics

UltraZap is perfect for photorealistic lightning and electricity effects. But that is just the beginning. Create gorgeously smooth stroke effects on modern text treatments and stylistic animations that auto loop with no keyframing.

Use on custom splines, masks, or type

UltraZap can stand on its own with a custom animatable spline structure or it can wrap around a native AE path or type. Easily create custom neon effects or any electrifying motion graphics look.

Sapphire UltraZap bolt systemSecondary bolt system

UltraZap features an independently controllable secondary bolt system with a custom position, animation, and color controls. Loop differently constructed bolts on top of the primary bolts for endless looks and custom effects.

Sapphire ultrazap integrated glow

Integrated UltraGlow

Sapphire’s UltraGlow is included as part of UltraZap. Having this new effect inside of UltraZap allows artists to create stunningly realistic glow effects directly inside of UltraZap.

ultraZap track with mochaTrack with Mocha

UltraZap features the Academy Award-winning Mocha planar tracking system directly inside the effect. Artists can use Mocha to track the positional data of UltraZap native splines, allowing for the creation of complex animations without a single keyframe.


Stunning Presets

Art directed presets perfect for text

Starting from a blank slate can always be difficult, that’s why UltraGlow and UItra Zap arrives with more than 40 new presets to get you up and running quickly. Perfect for full-screen video treatments and designed for typography. Many fully animate with no need for keyframing. Work smarter, work faster, work better.

https://youtu.be/99a9WK-t2hg


Sapphire LensFlare 2021

Adding flare for 2021

Killer lens flares depend on the details— the small things alone don’t impress, but combined make you say “wow!” The 2021 release of Sapphire LensFlare adds two of those small things: the ability to move elements off-axis and adjust their relative speeds.

This release also includes an impressive collection of 10 new flares that showcase these new and recently added features like element shading. The end result is you can now create LensFlares with brand new sophistication and elegance. Sapphire 2021 features our best collection of LensFlares to date!


Sapphire 2021 Host Support

Sapphire 2021 Host Support

See System Requirements for details.

Why Use Sapphire Plugins?

  • Adjust – Easy color correction. All the tools you need for advanced color correction. Includes 10+ effects.
  • Lights – Hollywood’s secret weapon. A favorite among the pros featuring the wildly popular S_LensFlare and S_Glow effects. Includes 20+ effects.
  • Stylize – Made for TV. Must-have effects for promo and music video work. Includes 50+ effects like S_DigitalDamage and S_FilmEffect.
  • Distort – Warp footage fast. Add high-quality photorealistic lens distortion, in-camera shake, and chromatic aberration. Includes 20+ effects.
  • Blurs The most photorealistic blurs. The industry’s fastest in-camera blurring tools include over 20+ effects like S_Blur, S_RackDefocus and S_FreeLens.
  • Renders – Start from scratch. Add lightning, clouds, textures, and even a starfield generator accurately down to date, time, and location. Includes 35+ effects like S_Zap, S_Grunge, and S_NightSky.
  • Transitions – Never white flash again. An editor’s dream. Includes 50+ of the industry’s best transitions.
  • Time – Bend time with one click. Instantly create trippy feedback and trails or go slo-mo. Includes 25+ effects

Boris FX Sapphire Filter List

Filter & Example

Unit & Description

WipeWedge

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire WipeWedge performs a wipe transition between two input clips using a wedge shape. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. Increase the Border Width parameter to draw a border at the wipe transition edges.

WipeWeave

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire WipeWeave performs a wipe transition between two input clips using a texture resembling perpendicular woven strands. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. Increase the Grad Add parameter to make the timing of the weave pattern move across the screen during the wipe. Increase the Border Width parameter to draw a border at the wipe transition edges.

WipeTiles

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire WipeTiles performs a wipe transition between two input clips using a pattern of growing or shrinking hexagons, triangles, diamonds, or stars. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. Increase the Grad Add parameter to make the timing of the tile pattern move across the screen during the wipe. Increase the Border Width parameter to draw a border at the wipe transition edges.

WipeStar

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire WipeStar performs a wipe transition between two input clips using a star shape. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. Increase the Border Width parameter to draw a border at the wipe transition edges.

WipeStripes

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire WipeStripes performs a wipe transition between two input clips using a series of stripes. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. Increase the Grad Add parameter to make the timing of the stripe pattern move across the screen during the wipe. Increase the Border Width parameter to draw a border at the wipe transition edges.

WipeRings

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire WipeRings performs a wipe transition between two input clips using a pattern of concentric rings. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. Increase the Grad Add parameter to make the timing of the rings pattern move across the screen during the wipe. Increase the Border Width parameter to draw a border at the wipe transition edges.

WipeRectangle

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire WipeRectangle performs a wipe transition between two input clips using a growing or shrinking rectangle. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. Increase the Border Width parameter to draw a border at the wipe transition edges.

WipePointalize

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire WipePointalize transitions between two input clips by adding brush-like polygon shapes from one clip onto another in a semi-random order. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. Adjust the Frequency to change the size of the shapes, and adjust the Edge Width and Chunky parameters for different patterns.

WipePlasma

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire WipePlasma performs a wipe transition between two input clips using a plasma texture with moving tendrils. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. Increase the Grad Add parameter to make the timing of the plasma pattern move across the screen during the wipe. Increase the Border Width parameter to draw a border at the wipe transition edges.

WipePixelate

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire WipePixelate Transitions between two input clips by adding blocks of pixels of one clip onto another in a semi-random order. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. Adjust the Edge Width and Chunky parameters for different pixelated patterns.

WipeMoire

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire WipeMoire performs a wipe transition between two input clips using a pattern of combined concentric rings. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. The Phase Speed and Moire Speed parameters cause the rings to automatically animate over time. Increase the Grad Add parameter to make the timing of the pattern move across the screen during the wipe. Increase the Border Width parameter to draw a border at the wipe transition edges.

WipeLine

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire WipeLine performs a simple line wipe transition between two input clips. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. Increase the Border Width parameter to draw a border at the wipe transition edges.

StripSlideTransition

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire Slipslide Transitions between two clips by breaking them into strips and sliding them off the screen one at a time to reveal the incoming clip.

FlutterCut

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire FlutterCut transitions between two clips by rapidly cutting back and forth between them, optionally inserting solid colored or inverted frames as well. The cuts of each clip can get longer or shorter over the length of the transition.

FilmRoll

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire FilmRoll transitions between two clips by rolling one off screen vertically while rolling the other on, while applying various film damage effects such as shaking, stains, scratches, and flicker.

CardFlip

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire CardFlip transitions between two clips by sliding or spinning the outgoing clip to reveal the incoming clip behind it. The Amount parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. Adjusting Revolutions and Shift will give different kinds of transitions.

TestureSpots

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Unit: Render

Sapphire TextureRender creates a field of spots that can be distorted and animated. The Warp Speed parameter causes the spots to be distorted over time by a random warping pattern.

TextureWeave

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Unit: Render

Sapphire TextureWeave creates an abstract texture resembling perpendicular woven strands. The two sets of strands, horizontal and vertical, can be adjusted independently using frequency, octaves, and speed parameters.

TextureMoire

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Unit: Render

Sapphire TextureMoire creates an abstract Moire texture by adding together two patterns of concentric rings. The Phase Speed and Moire Speed parameters cause the rings to automatically animate over time.

TextureNeurons

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Unit: Render

Sapphire TextureNeurons creates an abstract texture resembling moving nerve cell tendrils. The Phase Speed and Morph Speed parameters cause the pattern to automatically change over time.

TextureNoiseEmboss

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Unit: Render

Sapphire TextureNoiseEmboss creates an abstract texture by applying a EmbossShiny effect to a procedurally generated noise texture. Adjust the Light Dir to illuminate the pattern from different angles.

TextureNoisePaint

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Unit: Render

Sapphire TextureNoisePaint creates an abstract texture by applying an AutoPaint effect to a procedurally generated noise texture.

TexturePlasma

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Unit: Render

Sapphire TexturePlasma creates an abstract texture resembling an electrical plasma effect. The Phase Speed parameter causes the pattern to automatically undulate over time.

WarpMagnify

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Unit: Distort

Sapphire WarpMagnify magnifies an elliptical region of the source to create a glass lens refraction effect.

WarpPolar

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Unit: Distort

Sapphire WarpPolar warps the source clip into a rounded disk shape. The vertical direction of the source image is mapped between the Inner Radius and Outer Radius, and the horizontal direction is rotated about the center based on the number of Angle Repeats and offset by Angle.

WarpVortex

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Unit: Distort

Sapphire WarpVortex twists the source clip into a vortex, about a given Center location. Use the Vortex Start parameter to adjust the amount of vortexing, and use Angle Offset to also apply a normal rotation. Vortex Speed can be used to automatically animate the amount of vortexing.

WarpWaves

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Unit: Distort

Sapphire WarpWaves warps the source clip by a wave pattern. You can make the waves move over time by increasing the Phase Speed parameter, or by animating the value of Phase Start.

WarpWaves2

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Unit: Distort

Sapphire WarpWaves2 warps the source clip using two sets of overlapping wave patterns. You can make the waves move over time by increasing the Phase Speed parameters, or by animating the value of the Phase Start parameters.

Aurora

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Unit: Render

Sapphire Aurora generates a two colored swirl of light along a user controlled spline reminiscent of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

AutoPaint

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire AutoPaint generates a \u0026lsquo;paint-brushed' version of the source clip. Use the Frequency and Stroke Length parameters to adjust the density and shape of the brush strokes. You can set Jitter Frames to 1 if you want to re-randomize the brush stroke pattern for each frame.

BokehLights

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Unit: Lighting

Sapphire BokehLights generates random, defocused lights that move around the screen.

Brush

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire Brush simulates the look of drawing and painting by layering brush strokes of different sizes and directions. The style of the effect can be Oil or Chalk with the option to use one of the following brushes: felt tip, splat, water color, stipple, pencil, pastel, sponge, splodge, round, or cubes. In addition to the master controls for adjusting shape, size, orientation, density, etc., there are also three unique controls to each effect style that control the lighting and shading of the brushes.

Kaleido

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire Kaleido reflects the source clip into a kaleidoscopic pattern of triangles, squares, diamonds, or octagonal shapes. Use the Pattern menu to select different reflection patterns. The 'Inside' parameters transform the Source image before it is reflected into the pattern. The Center and Z Dist transform the entire result including the reflection pattern, and the Rotate affects only the reflecting \u0026lsquo;mirrors'.

KaleidoPolar

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire KaleidoPolar warps the source clip around in a disk shape and reflects radially as if viewed through a reflecting cylinder.

KaleidoRadial

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire KaleidoRadial simulates a traditional 2 or 3-mirror kaleidoscope. You see a pie-slice shaped piece of the source through the angle between the mirrors, and mirror-reflected copies of it in the rest of the image. Use the Slices parameter to control the how many copies of the source pie slice you see around the central point.

Luna

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Unit: Render

Sapphire Luna renders the Earth's Moon; you can adjust phase and colors, and add atmospheric effects.

NightSky

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Unit: Render

Sapphire NightSky generates a realistic starry night sky as viewed from a major city or a specified longitude and latitude. The stars are generated using a star database so that major constellations are visible where expected. Adjust magnitude limit to see more stars. Animate the Minute param to make the stars move realistically over time.

WarpFishEye

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Unit: Distort

Sapphire WarpFishEye expands the center of the source clip as if viewed through a fish-eye lens. Adjust the Amount parameter to give more or less distortion. Turn off the Wrap options to give transparency beyond the borders of the input clip instead of reflected copies.

WipeFourWedges

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's WipeFourWedges filter performs a wipe transition between two input clips using a pattern of four wedges merging into an X shape. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. Increase the Border Width parameter to draw a border at the wipe transition edges.

WipeFlux

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's WipeFlux filter performs a wipe transition between two input clips using a flux texture with mostly round cells. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. Increase the Grad Add parameter to make the timing of the flux pattern move across the screen during the wipe. Increase the Border Width parameter to draw a border at the wipe transition edges.

WipeDoubleWedge

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire WipeDoubleWedge filter performs a wipe transition between two input clips using two wedge shapes. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. Increase the Border Width parameter to draw a border at the wipe transition edges.

WipeDots

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's WipeDots filter performs a wipe transition between two input clips using a grid of growing or shrinking dots. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. Increase the Grad Add parameter to make the timing of the dots pattern move across the screen during the wipe. Increase the Border Width parameter to draw a border at the wipe transition edges.

WipeDiffuse

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's WipeDiffuse filter wipes between two input clips with a pixel-diffusion process performed within the transition area. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. The pixelated look of this effect depends on the image resolution, so it is recommended to test your final resolution before processing.

WipeClouds

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's WipeClouds filter transitions from the first clip to the second using a moving cloud texture. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed.

WipeClock

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's WipeClock filter performs a clock wipe transition between two input clips. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. Increase the Border Width parameter to draw a border at the wipe transition edges.

WipeChecker

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's WipeChecker filter performs a wipe transition between two input clips using a grid of growing or shrinking checkers. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. Increase the Grad Add parameter to make the timing of the checker pattern move across the screen during the wipe. Increase the Border Width parameter to draw a border at the wipe transition edges.

WipeCells

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's WipeCells filter performs a wipe transition between two input clips using a pattern of procedurally generated cellular shapes. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. Increase the Grad Add parameter to make the timing of the cells pattern move across the screen during the wipe. Increase the Border Width parameter to draw a border at the wipe transition edges.

WipeBubble

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's WipeBubble filter wipes between two input clips with a bubble-warp process performed within the transition area. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed.

WipeBlobs

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's WipeBlobs filter performs a wipe transition between two input clips using a pattern of blobs generated by a noise function. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. Increase the Grad Add parameter to make the timing of the blobs pattern move across the screen during the wipe. Increase the Border Width parameter to draw a border at the wipe transition edges.

TVChannelChange

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's TVChannelChange filter transitions between two input clips by simulating a channel change on an old television set. The first clip goes black with bad reception, followed by the second clip with bad reception. The reception improves over time until only the second clip is left.

SwishPan

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's SwishPan filter transitions between two input clips by sliding one clip off the frame and the other clip on, and adding motion blur to give the appearance of a quick pan. This works best when the duration of the transition is short.

Swish3D

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's Swish3D filter dissolves between two input clips while performing 3D moves on each. During the transition the From clip is transformed by the Zdist, Rotate, Swivel, Tilt, Shift, Scale, and Shear parameters, and the To clip is transformed by the opposite of these values. The overall amount of motion for each image can be scaled by the Rel Amp From and Rel Amp To parameters.

DissolveZap

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolveZap filter transitions between two clips using animated lightning bolts. The clips dissolve into each other, while the lightning grows. The Dissolve Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed.

DissolveWaves

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolveWaves filter transitions between two input clips using a waves warping function. The first clip is warped away and faded out while the second clip is unwarped into place and faded in. The Dissolve Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed.

DissolveVortex

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolveVortex filter transitions between two input clips using a vortex warping function. The first clip is warped away and faded out while the second clip is unwarped into place and faded in. The Dissolve Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed.

DissolveTiles

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolveTiles filter transitions between two input clips while breaking each up into tiles and scrambling them. The first clip breaks apart and spreads out while the second clip coalesces behind the first. The Dissolve Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed.

DissolveStatic

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolveStatic filter transitions between two input clips using random pixel static. The Dissolve Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. The pixelated look of this effect depends on the image resolution, so it is recommended to test your final resolution before processing.

DissolveSpeckle

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolveSpeckle filter transition between two input clips using a speckled noise pattern. The Dissolve Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed.

DissolveShake

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolveShake filter transitons between two clips by applying a shaking motion to them, along with a quick dissolve. The shaking uses translation, zooming, and\/or rotation. It is random but repeatable, so with the same parameters the same shaking motion is generated each time. Turn on Motion Blur and adjust the Mo Blur Length for different amounts of blur. Adjust the Amplitude and Frequency for different shaking speeds and amounts. The Rand parameters give detailed control of the random non-periodic shaking, and the Wave parameters adjust the regular periodic shaking. The X, Y, Z, and Tilt parameters control the horizontal, vertical, zoom, and rotation amounts of shaking respectively.

DissolveRays

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolveRays filter transitions between two input clips using animated rays. The clips dissolve into each other, and rays are added to the result. The rays ramp up and down over the duration of the effect. The rays animate by moving the origin of the rays across the screen along a line. The Dissolve Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed.

DissolvePuddle

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolvePuddle filter transitions between two input clips while warping by a circular pattern of waves. The first clip is warped away and faded out while the second clip is unwarped into place and faded in. The Dissolve Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed.

DissolveLuma

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolveLuma filter transitions between two input clips using a pattern derived from their luminances. One clip often appears to emerge through the other. The Dissolve Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed.

DissolveLensFlare

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolveLensFlare filter transitions between two input clips using an animated lens flare. The clips dissolve into each other, while a lens flare moves along a straight line. The lens flare grows and shrinks over the duration of the effect. The Dissolve Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed.

DissolveGlow

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolveGlow filter transitions between two input clips using a bright glowing flash. The clips dissolve into each other, while each one gets a glow which ramps up and down over the duration of the effect. The Dissolve Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed.

DissolveGlintRainbow

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolveGlintRainbow filter transitions between two input clips using a bright glowing glint. The clips dissolve into each other, while each one gets a glint which ramps up and down over the duration of the effect. The Dissolve Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed.

DissolveGlint

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolveGlint filter transitions between two input clips using a bright glowing glint. The clips dissolve into each other, while each one gets a glint which ramps up and down over the duration of the effect. The Dissolve Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed.

DissolveGlare

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolveGlare filter transitions between two input clips using animated glares. The clips dissolve into each other, and glares are added to the result. The glare size and brightness ramps up and down over the duration of the effect.

DissolveFlashblulbs

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolveFlashbulbs filter simulates lots of flashbulbs going off while dissolving between two clips. With many small flashes it can look like a stadium scene. With a few large flashes it works well on a celebrity red carpet clip

DissolveFilm

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolveFilm filter transitions between two input clips using a film dissolve with selectable gamma. Film dissolve preserves the highlights in the clips longer compared to a regular dissolve. The Dissolve Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed.

DissolveEdgeRays

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolveEdgeRays filter transitions between two input clips using animated edge rays. The clips dissolve into each other, and edge rays are added to the result. The edge rays ramps up and down over the duration of the effect. The edge rays animate by moving the origin of the edge rays across the screen along a line. The Dissolve Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed.

DissolveDistort

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolveDistort filter transitions between two input clips while distorting each using the gradient of the other. The first clip is warped away and faded out while the second clip is unwarped into place and faded in. The Dissolve Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. Note that the Background input must be provided or this effect will just perform a simple dissolve without any distortion.

DissolveDiffuse

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolveDiffuse filter transitions between two input clips by scrambling the pixels of the inputs within an area determined by Max Amount. The first clip is diffused away while the second clip is diffused into place. The Dissolve Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. The pixelated look of this effect depends on the image resolution, so it is recommended to test your final resolution before processing.

DissolveDefocus

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolveDefocus filter transitions between two input clips while defocusing each. The first clip is defocused and faded out while the second clip is brought into focus and faded in. The Dissolve Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed.

DissolveBubble

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolveBubble filter transitions between two input clips using a bubble warping function. The first clip is warped away and faded out while the second clip is unwarped into place and faded in. The Dissolve Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed.

DissolveBlur

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's DissolveBlur filter transitions between two input clips while blurring each. The first clip is blurred and faded out while the second clip is unblurred and faded in. The Dissolve Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed.

ZebrafyColor

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's ZebrafyColor filter modulates the brightness of the source clip with sinusoids for each color channel to give a color striped effect.

Zebrafy

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's Zebrafy filter modulates the brightness of the source clip with a sinusoid to give a black and white solarized look.

VintageColor3Strip

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's VintageColor3Strip filter simulates the color 3-strip film process from 1935 through 1955. Three-strip color was a subtractive process which exposed three separate film strips through color filters, then applied complementary color dyes to the print according to the density of the original records. This process was used for many films such as The Wizard Of Oz, Fantasia, and Gone With The Wind.

Modern color film has much broader color filtering in the emulsion layers, so this effect simulates the narrower filters and sharper colored dyes of the era which gave it its characteristic vibrancy. This effect also allows adding grain and color correction.

VintageColor2Strip

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's VintageColor2Strip filter simulates the old color 2-strip film process from the 1920s. The scene is exposed twice, through red and green filters, onto alternating frames of a monochrome film strip. Then the red print is dyed with a red dye, and the green print is dyed cyan. Those two strips are cemented together back-to-back to form the final print. The result contains mostly red and green colors, with some synthetic blue from the blue components of the dyes.

This effect simulates the two filter colors and the two dye colors, and also allows adding grain and color correction.

Vignette

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's Vignette filter darkens the border areas of the source clip to create a vignette effect. Use the Squareness, Radius, and Edge Softness parameters to affect the shape of the vignette. Use the Opacity and Color parameters to adjust its strength and color.

TileScramble

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's TileScramble filter breaks the image into rectangular tiles and shifts the image within each tile to create an effect like a wall of small randomly oriented mirrors reflecting the source image. The amount and direction of shifting are controllable.

ScanLinesMono

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's ScanLinesMono filter is a monochrome version of ScanLines. Creates a version of the source clip with a scan lines pattern resembling a black and white TV monitor. Increase the Add Noise parameter to also add a grainy effect to the result.

WipeCircle

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Unit: Transitions

Sapphire's WipeCircle filter performs a wipe transition between two input clips using a growing or shrinking circle. The Wipe Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed. Increase the Border Width parameter to draw a border at the wipe transition edges.

PsykoStripes

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's PsykoStripes filter combines the source clip with a stripe pattern and then passes them through a colorization process. The Phase Speed parameter causes the colors to automatically rotate over time.

PsykoBlobs

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's PsykoBlobs filter combines the source clip with a field of blob shapes and then passes them through a colorization process. The Phase Speed parameter causes the colors to automatically rotate over time.

PseudoColor

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's PseudoColor filter colorizes the source image. The hue is calculated from the brightness of the source.

S_Posterize

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's Posterize filter generates a posterized version of the input by limiting the number of colors in the source, and replacing detailed texture and noise with solid colors.

Mosaic

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's Mosaic filter generates a pixelated version of the source clip. Adjust the size and shape of the blocks using the Pixel Frequency and Pixel Rel Height parameters. Increase the Smooth Colors parameter to cause the colors of nearby pixel blocks to be more consistent, and less flickery over time.

JPEGDamage

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's JPEGDamage filter creates a version of the Source input that is subjected to Jpeg compression artifacts and errors. This can be used to give various looks of low quality digital transmissions. Three methods for manipulating your image are provided: the Jpeg quality can be adjusted, various internal frequencies can be scaled, and random decompression errors can be introduced. In all cases it can also be useful to lower the resolution factor to create larger, more obvious Jpeg blocks.

HalfToneRings

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's HalfToneRings filter generates a duotone version of the source clip using a repeating pattern of concentric rings. Use the Smooth Source parameter to remove some details and make the dots more consistently shaped.

HalfToneColor

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's HalfToneColor filter generates a version of the source clip using a colored dot pattern. Use the Smooth Source parameter to remove some details and make the dots more consistently round. You can invert the dots pattern from CMY to RGB using the Dots menu.

HalfTone

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's Halftone filter generates a halftone version of the source clip using a black and white pattern of dots. Use the Smooth Source parameter to remove some details and make the dots more consistently round.

GrainStatic

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's GrainStatic filter adds color and\/or monochrome random noise of given amplitudes to every pixel of the source clip. Unlike the other Grain effects, there is no coherency of the grain between pixels, so the resulting look will vary with different output resolutions.

FlysEyeRect

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's FlysEyeRect filter breaks the image into rectangle shaped tiles and transforms the image within each shape, to create a flys eye view effect. The Inside parameters transform the Source image before it is tiled into the pattern, and the Tile parameters transform the entire flys eye pattern.

FlysEyeHex

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's FlysEyeHex filter breaks the image into hexagon shaped tiles and transforms the image within each shape, to create a flys eye view effect. Increase Edge Softness for a smoother overlap between the tiles. The Inside parameters transform the Source image before it is tiled into the pattern, and the Tile parameters transform the entire flys eye pattern.

FlysEyeCircles

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's FlysEyeCircles filter breaks the image into circle shaped tiles and transforms the image within each shape, to create a flys eye view effect. The Overlap options allow the circles to be combined in different ways where they overlap. The Inside parameters transform the Source image before it is tiled into the pattern, and the Tile parameters transform the entire flys eye pattern.

FilmDamage

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's FilmDamage filter simulates damaged film with many options, including dust, hairs, stains, scratches, defocusing, flicker, and shake. Each option has a master control and a set of detailed controls for adjusting the look of that type of damage.

Etching

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's Etching filter generates a version of the source clip using two sets of black and white lines of varying thickness to give an etching or lithograph look. Use the Smooth Source parameter to remove some details and make the lines more evenly shaped. Use the Lines Frequency parameter to adjust the density of all lines.

EmbossShiny

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's EmbossShiny filter embosses the Source clip using the Bumps input as a relief map. A lighting model is used which includes highlights from specular reflections. Increase the Bumps Smooth parameter for bolder bumps, and adjust the Light Dir to illuminate the bumps from different angles.

EmbossGlass

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's EmbossGlass filter embosses and warps the Source image using the Bumps input as a relief map and lens image. A chrominance distortion is also performed, separating the spectrum for a prismatic look. Increase the Bumps Smooth parameter for bolder bumps, and adjust the Light Dir to illuminate the bumps from different angles.

EmbossDistort

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's EmbossDistort filter embosses and warps the Source clip using the Bumps input as a relief map and also distorts the result using the Bumps as a lens image. Increase the Bumps Smooth parameter for bolder bumps, and adjust the Light Dir to illuminate the bumps from different angles.

Emboss

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's Emboss filter embosses the Source clip using the brightness of the Bumps input as a relief map. Increase the Bumps Smooth parameter for bolder bumps, and adjust the Light Dir to illuminate the bumps from different angles.

EdgesInDirection

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's EdgesInDirection filter finds the edges of the source input that are aligned in a specified direction. Increase the Edge Smooth parameter for thicker edges.

EdgeDetectDouble

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's EdgeDetectDouble filter performs an edge detect operation twice giving a double stranded edge effect. Increase the Edge Smooth parameters for thicker edges.

EdgeDetect

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's EdgeDetect filter finds the edges within the source clip. Increase the Edge Smooth parameter for thicker edges. Select Mono or Chroma mode to show only edges in Luminance or Chroma.

EdgeColorize

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's EdgeColorize filter assigns different colors to the edges of the source clip depending on their direction. Increase the Edge Smooth parameter for thicker edges.

DogVision

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's DogVision filter generates a dual color-channel version of the input image, as might be perceived by the limited color vision system of dogs. Humans have three color receptors (for red, green, and blue) while dogs have only two receptors (for yellow and blue).

DigitalDamage

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's DigitalDamage filter simulates bad digital TV transmission with many options, including freeze-frames, shifting and flowing blocks, various kinds of blocky noise, and pixelization. Can give looks similar to MPEG stream errors, digital dropouts, and satellite feed data corruption.

Diffuse

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's Diffuse filter scrambles the pixels of the source input within an area determined by the Diffuse Amount. Use the Blur Rel X and Y parameters for a more horizontal or vertical diffuse direction. The pixelated look of this effect depends on the image resolution, so it is recommended to test your final resolution before processing.

CartoonPaint

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's CartoonPaint filter auto-generates a version of the source clip with a cartoon paint-brushed look. Finds the edges in the image and draws new outlines for those edges. Replaces the colors of the areas between the edges with paint brush shapes.

Cartoon

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's Cartoon filter generates a version of the source clip with a cartoon look. Finds the edges in the image and draws new outlines for those edges. Smooths the colors of the areas between the edges, and optionally posterizes the colors into fewer color values.

BleachBypass

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's BleachBypass filter simulates a film process in which silver is not removed from the negative. The result has increased contrast and reduced color saturation.

BandPass

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's BandPass filter generates an X-ray-like effect using a band-pass filter. Two blurs are performed with different widths, and the result is the difference scaled and offset by a gray value. Frequencies above and below the cutoffs are attenuated, leaving only the middle band of frequencies.

TVDamage

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's TVDamage filter simulates a TV with transmission and reception problems, VCR issues, and TV hardware difficulties. Simulates static, interference, ghosting, horizontal and vertical hold, hum bars, color stripes, visible scanlines, VCR fast-forward, dropouts, vignetting, orthicon, fisheye, and turn-off.

Solarize

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's Solarize filter inverts the colors of the input clip that are brighter than the Threshold value, to create a solarization effect.

Sketch

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's Sketch filter generates a version of the input with a hand drawn sketched look. The results of this effect can depend on the image resolution, so it is recommended to test your final resolution before processing a clip.

ScanLines

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's ScanLines filter creates a version of the source clip with a scan line pattern resembling a color TV monitor. Increase the Add Noise parameter to also add a grainy effect to the result.

Grain

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's Grain filter adds color and\/or monochrome grain to the source clip. Amplitude and frequency parameters allow adjusting the grain texture independently for all colors together, each color channel, or black and white grain.

FilmEffect

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's FilmEffect filter provides a physically accurate model of film exposure and processing to make your video footage look like it was shot on particular film stocks. It can remove field artifacts, perform color correction for specific film types, add film grain, and apply glow or soft focus effects. The color correction and grain can be selectively disabled using the Scale CC and Grain Amp parameters.

Crosshatch

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Unit: Stylize

Sapphire's Crosshatch filter simulates a pen-sketch crosshatched look using overlapping strokes. The source is divided into four bands based on luma; each band from dark to light gets a different pattern of strokes.

Zap

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Unit: Render

Sapphire's Zap filter generates lightning bolts between two points, and renders them over a background. Increase the number of bolts to give a electrical plasma effect. Increase Vary Endpoint to spread out the ends of the bolts. Adjust the Glow Color for differently colored results. The Wiggle Speed parameter causes the bolts to automatically undulate over time.

TextureTiles

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Unit: Render

Sapphire's TextureTiles filter draws a repeating pattern of tiles. The shapes can be hexagons, triangles, diamonds, stars, or variations on those, depending on the Morph parameters.

TextureFlux

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Unit: Render

Sapphire's TextureFlux filter creates abstract textures of fluctuating liquid or cellular patterns. The Morph Speed parameter causes the pattern to automatically undulate over time.

Grunge

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Unit: Render

Sapphire's Grunge filter simulates many different kinds of grunge including dirt, stains, flecks, grime, scratches, and paint. Up to three different kinds of grunge can be combined. There are master controls for adjusting all grunge together as well as a set of detailed controls for adjusting the look of each of the grunge collections.

Grid

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Unit: Render

Sapphire's Grid filter generates a grid of lines and combines it with a background clip. Adjust the Latitude, Swing, and Roll parameters to rotate the grid on various axes, and adjust Shift and Z Dist to translate and zoom.

GradientMulti

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Unit: Render

Sapphire's GradientMulti filter generates a smooth multi-color gradient across the screen using multiple control points, and optionally combines the gradient with a background clip.

Streaks

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Unit: Lighting

Sapphire's Streaks filter creates motion blurs in the bright areas of the source causing streaks between the From and To transformations. This can be used to create an extended film exposure effect, or simulate soft beams of light. From and To parameters do not refer to time. They describe the two transformations in space that determine the style of blur applied to each frame.

LightLeak

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Unit: Lighting

Sapphire's LightLeak filter renders abstract patterns of color that simulate light leaking through gaps in a camera body. The light leak consists of three distinct elements which can be adjusted individually.

FeedbackBubble

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Unit: Time

Sapphire's FeedbackBubble filter combines previous frames with the current frame while distorting by a bubble pattern. The feedback is reinitialized whenever any non-consecutive frame is processed: either the first frame, reprocessing a given frame, or jumping to another frame. You must process multiple frames of a clip in a row to observe the effect, and clearing your image cache before rendering may sometimes be necessary.

TextureMicro

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Unit: Render

Sapphire's TextureMicro filter generates a procedural texture that looks a bit like a surface of a rough object under an electron microscope.

TextureFolded

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Unit: Render

Sapphire's TextureFolded filter creates an abstract texture resembling folded cloth or liquid that can be animated to give a dynamic turbulent effect. The Fold Speed parameters cause the pattern to automatically undulate over time.

TextureChromaSpiral

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Unit: Render

Sapphire's TextureChromaSpiral filter creates an abstract texture by applying a WarpChroma effect to a procedurally generated noise texture.

Shape

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Unit: Render

Sapphire's Shape filter draws a shape into the image. It can give a wide variety of shapes, from polygons and circles to stars, flower shapes, and swirled starfish shapes. The main parameters to look at are Points, Pointiness, Roundness, and Swirl.

MuzzleFlash

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Unit: Render

Sapphire's MuzzleFlash filter simulates the flash and smoke that is generated when a gun is fired. The flash from several types of gun can be simulated. All guns have a primary flash, and guns with suppressors may have secondary flashes. The gun may easily be fired repeatedly.

ZGlow

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Unit: Lighting

Sapphire's ZGlow filter creates glows in areas of the source clip with varying widths depending on the depth values from a ZBuffer input. Separates the input into a number of layers and applies different amounts of glow depending on Width Near, Width Far, Brightness Near, and Brightness Far parameters.

SpotLight

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Unit: Lighting

Sapphire's SpotLight filter lights the input clip using one or two spotlights. For each enabled light, the intersection of a 3D light cone with the image plane is calculated using the given light source position, aim location, and beam angle. Ambient light can also be applied to affect the entire source image evenly. A wide variety of lighting shapes can be created by adjusting the parameters provided.

LensFlare

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Unit: Lighting

Sapphire's LensFlare filter renders a lens flare image over the background clip, aligning various flare elements between the hotspot and pivot locations. Use the Lens menu to select different types of lensflares.

GlowRings

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Unit: Lighting

Sapphire's GlowRings filter generates glows of colored rings around the areas of the source clip that are brighter than the given threshold. Raise the threshold parameter to produce glows in fewer areas. Adjust the Width and Thickness RGB parameters to make glows with different color patterns, and adjust the Width XY parameters to make horizontal or vertical glows.

GlowRainbow

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Unit: Lighting

Sapphire's GlowRainbow filter generates rainbow colored glows based on the distances from the edges of the source input. Any edges in the input image, where the brightness crosses the given threshold value, will generate an equal glow into the darker side of the edges. This is best observed when used on images with dark backgrounds.

Glare

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Unit: Lighting

Sapphire's Glare filter composites rainbow halos and\/or glint-like rays at locations where the Source clip is brighter than the threshold. Lower the threshold parameter to produce glares in more areas. Use the Style menu to select different glare types. Set the Glare Res parameter to 12 for faster rendering with slightly softer glares. Use the Convolve option for smoother results. Glares are best observed on dark images with a few bright spots.

GlowEdges

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Unit: Lighting

Sapphire's GlowEdges filter creates glowing light from the edges of the source clip. This differs from the default Glow in that small or thin objects generate as much glow around their edges as large objects. Also the glow colors are not affected by the colors of the source clip.

GlowDarks

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Unit: Lighting

Sapphire's GlowDarks filter takes areas of the source clip that are darker than the given threshold and blurs and combines them with the input clip to give a deep smoky look. Adjust the Darkness, Width, and Threshold parameters to give different types of looks.

GlowAura

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Unit: Lighting

Sapphire's GlowAura filter generates radial colored aura lines following the gradient of the source clip. Raise the threshold parameter to produce glows in fewer areas. Adjust the Width, Frequency, Phase, and Twist parameters to make glows with different aura patterns.

EdgeRays

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Unit: Lighting

Sapphire's EdgeRays filter generates beams of light emitting from the edges of an input clip. You can provide a Matte input to selectively scale the colors of the rays. If Matte Type is set to Color, you can also use the Matte input to colorize the rays differently in different regions. Set the Rays Res parameter to 12 for faster rendering with slightly softer rays.

WarpChroma

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Unit: Distort

Sapphire's WarpChroma filter separates the source clip into spectral bands and warps them by different amounts. The red is warped by the From transformation, the blue by the To transformation, with the other colors of the spectrum in between. The From and To parameters do not refer to time. They describe the two transformations in space that determine the sequence of warps applied to each color.

Shake

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Unit: Distort

Sapphire's Shake filter applies a shaking motion to the source clip over time with translation, zooming, and\/or rotation. The shaking is random but repeatable, so with the same parameters the same shaking motion is generated each time. Turn on Motion Blur and adjust the Mo Blur Length for different amounts of blur. Adjust the Amplitude and Frequency for different shaking speeds and amounts. The Rand parameters give detailed control of the random non-periodic shaking, and the Wave parameters adjust the regular periodic shaking. The X, Y, Z, and Tilt parameters control the horizontal, vertical, zoom, and rotation amounts of shaking respectively.

DistortBlur

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Unit: Distort

Sapphire's DistortBlur filter blurs the source input clip in the direction of the gradient of the Lens input clip. It is best demonstrated when the lens image contains just a few simple shapes.

Distort

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Unit: Distort

Sapphire's Distort filter warps the source input clip using the gradient of the Lens input clip. This can generate optical glass-like effects as if the source clip were being viewed through an arbitrarily shaped lens. It is best demonstrated when the lens image contains just a few bold shapes or a simple texture.

SoftFocus

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Unit: Blur & Sharpen

Sapphire's SoftFocus filter combines a blurred version of the source with the original to give a soft focus effect. Adjust the Width and Mix parameters to give different types of looks.

RackDefocus

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Unit: Blur & Sharpen

Sapphire's RackDefocus filter generates a defocused version of the source clip using a circle of confusion convolution. This effect is often preferable to a gaussian blur for simulating a real defocused camera lens, because bright spots can be defocused into clean shapes instead of being smoothed away. The iris shape can be controlled using Points, Pointiness and Rotate, and the Use Gamma parameter can adjust the relative brightness of the blurred highlights.

GrainRemove

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Unit: Blur & Sharpen

Sapphire's GrainRemove filter smooths the source clip while retaining the edges. To adjust the parameters in this effect, first use the Show:Edges option to inspect which edges will be retained and adjust Edges Threshold, Edges Width, and Edges Scale until the important edges are fairly sharp and bright but not jaggy. Then return to Show:Result and adjust the smooth parameters to remove the appropriate amount of grain.

Deband

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Unit: Blur & Sharpen

Sapphire's Deband filter removes banding artifacts from a clip by diffusing pixels across the banded areas, while keeping the original edges intact. To use this effect, first select Show:Edges and adjust the edge threshold until the banding edges just disappear, leaving only the desired real edges. Then select Show:Result to see the result. If you still see some banding, increase Diffuse Threshold and\/or Diffuse Radius.

BlurMotion

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Unit: Blur & Sharpen

Sapphire's BlurMotion filter performs a motion blur of the source clip between the specified From and To transformations. This can be used to perform radial zoom blurs, rotate blurs, directional blurs, or any combination of these. The From and To parameters do not refer to time. They describe the two transformations in space that determine the style of blur applied to each frame.

Beauty

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Unit: Blur & Sharpen

Sapphire's Beauty filter applies smoothing, color correction, soft focus, and glow to skin regions. Skin regions are based on the value of Enable Skin Detection and whether a second input is provided. If Enable Skin Detection is on, the plugin generates an internal matte from the Skin Color, Luma and Chroma Range parameters. The second input is an optional matte, that if connected the effect only applies to bright areas of the matte (if Enable Skin Detection is on and a matte is provided the two are multiplied).

ClampChroma

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Unit: Adjust

Sapphire's ClampChroma filter reduces the chrominance of the input clip if necessary so it is not above a specified maximum. This effect can be used to make broadcast safe colors. It also can be used to scale the chrominance, clamp the luminance, or scale the luminance.

GlowOrthicon

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Unit: Lighting

Sapphire's GlowOrthicon filter darkens the source clip at areas that are brighter than the given threshold, to give an orthicon or dark glow look. Lower the Threshold parameter to produce the orthicon effect in more areas. Adjust the Darkness and Width parameters to give different types of looks.

GlowDist

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Unit: Lighting

Sapphire's GlowDist filter generates glows based on the distances from the edges of the source input. Any edges in the input image, where the brightness crosses the given threshold value, will generate an equally bright glow into the darker side of the edges. This is best observed when used on images with dark backgrounds.

Glow

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Unit: Lighting

Sapphire's Glow filter generates glowing light from areas of the source clip that are brighter than the given threshold. Raise the threshold parameter to produce glows in fewer areas. Adjust the Width RGB parameters to make glows with different color falloffs, and adjust the Width XY parameters to make horizontal or vertical glows.

GlintRainbow

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Unit: Lighting

Sapphire's GlintRainbow filter generates star shaped rainbow colored glints at locations where the Source clip is brighter than the threshold. Lower the threshold parameter to produce glints in more areas. Adjust the Shift Out, Size, and Brightness parameters to make different types of glints. Glints are best observed on dark images with a few bright spots.

Glint

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Unit: Lighting

Sapphire's Glint filter generates star shaped glints at locations where the Source clip is brighter than the threshold. Lower the threshold parameter to produce glints in more areas. Adjust the size and brightness parameters to make different types of glints. Glints are best observed on dark images with a few bright spots.

Flashbulbs

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Unit: Lighting

Sapphire's Flashbulbs filter simulates lots of flashbulbs going off. With many small flashes, can look like a stadium scene. With a few large flashes, works well on a celebrity red carpet clip.

GlowNoise

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Unit: Lighting

Sapphire's GlowNoise filter generates glowing light from areas of the source clip that are brighter than the given threshold. The glows are also attenuated by a solid noise texture to give them a noisy or grainy effect. If the Jitter Frames parameter is positive, the noise will be regenerated for each frame for a fizzling look. If Jitter Frames is zero, two noise textures are combined and slide over each other at a rate depending on the Spread Speed.

WarpRepeat

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Unit: Distort

Sapphire's WarpRepeat filter transforms the source input multiple times and averages the results. The From and To parameters do not refer to time. They describe the two transformations in space that determine the sequence of repeated warps applied to each frame.

WarpPuff

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Unit: Distort

The Sapphire WarpPuff filter warps the source clip based on its gradient. By default, brighter areas are puffed out and darker areas are shrunk. This is similar to applying Distort effect to an image using itself as the lens.

WarpBubble

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Unit: Distort

Sapphire's WarpBubble filter warps the source clip by a smooth noise function. This can be used to create heat diffusion or under water types of effects. The Shift Speed parameters cause the noise pattern to automatically translate over time. Adjust the Amplitude and Frequency parameters to give different types of distortions.

Median

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Unit: Blur and Sharpen

Sapphire's Median filter applies a median filter to the source image. Median filters are useful for cleaning up isolated spots and noise.

EdgeAwareBlur

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Unit: Blur and Sharpen

Sapphire's EdgeAwareBlur filter allows you to blur regions of similar color while preserving edges between regions of different colors.

DefocusPrism

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Unit: Blur and Sharpen

Sapphire's DefocusPrism filter defocuses the color channels of the source clip into rings of different widths.

BlurMoCurves

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Unit: Blur and Sharpen

Sapphire's BlurMoCurves filter performs a motion blur and optionally transforms the source clip using the animated curves of the Z Dist, Rotate and Shift parameters. If these parameters are constant, no motion blur will occur.

BlurDirectional

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Unit: Blur and Sharpen

Sapphire's BlurDirectional filter blurs the source clip in a given direction using a gaussian, triangle, or box filter. It can also blur each channel by different amounts.

BlurChroma

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Unit: Blur and Sharpen

Sapphire's BlurChroma filter separates the source into luminance and chrominance components, blurs the chrominance and\/or the luminance independently, and recombines them. You can also scale the luma and chroma independently to enhance or remove either.

BlurChannels

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Unit: Blur and Sharpen

Sapphire's BlurChannels filter blurs each channel of the source clip by an arbitrary amount using a gaussian, triangle, or box filter. This effect should render quickly even with very large Width values. Use the Blur Rel X and Y parameters for a more horizontal or vertical blur direction.

Blur

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Unit: Blur and Sharpen

Sapphire's Blur filter blurs the source clip by an arbitrary amount using a gaussian, triangle, or box filter. This effect should render quickly even with very large Width values. Use the Blur Rel X and Y parameters for a more horizontal or vertical blur direction.

TriTone

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Unit: Adjust

Sapphire's Tritone filter performs an interpolation between three specified colors using the brightness of the source clip.

Tint

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Unit: Adjust Sapphire's Tint filter tints the dark and light regions of the input clip towards given colors. The dark colors are tinted by the Tint Dark color, and the brighter colors are tinted by the Tint Lights color.

Threshold

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Unit: Adjust Sapphire's Threshold filter sets the color channels of the source clip to full on or full off using a given softness and threshold. This can be used to increase the contrast of each color channel independently.

ShowBadColors

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Unit: Adjust Sapphire's ShowBadColors filter identifies all pixels that fall outside a given color range, and flags them with the same color so they can be seen easily.

Quadtone

boris FX Sapphire filter
Unit: Adjust Sapphire's Quadtone filter performs an interpolation between four specified colors using the brightness of the source clip.

Monochrome

boris FX Sapphire filter
Unit: Adjust Sapphire's Monochrome filter generates a monochrome version of the source clip using adjustable weights for the red, green, and blue channels. This can simulate the use of a color filter applied to the lens of a black and white camera. For example, use more red weight to darken blue sky areas of the input. The weights are scaled so they sum to 1 before being used to reduce overall brightness changes when they are adjusted.

Invert

boris FX Sapphire filter
Unit: Adjust Sapphire's Invert filter inverts the colors of the source clip, so black becomes white, and white becomes black. This can optionally also invert luma, chroma, RGB and alpha channels independently and do some basic color correction on the inverted result.

HueSatBright

boris FX Sapphire filter
Unit: Adjust Sapphire's HueSatBright filter adjusts the hue, saturation, brightness, and/or offset of the input clip.

HotSpots

boris FX Sapphire filter
Unit: Adjust Sapphire's Hotspots filter generates a hotspot image containing areas of the source clip brighter than a given threshold. The colors of the hotspots should match the original source. This can be used for increasing contrast or finding the bright areas of a clip, but without changing the color saturation or hue of the result.

Gamma

boris FX Sapphire filter
Unit: Adjust

Sapphire's Gamma filter applies a gamma correction to the input clip. The red, green, and blue channels can be adjusted independently. From Gamma just causes the inverse effect of adjusting Gamma.

DuoTone



boris FX Sapphire filter
Unit: Adjust

Sapphire's DuoTone filter performs an interpolation between two specified colors using the brightness of the source clip.

ChannelSwitcher



boris FX Sapphire filter
Unit: Adjust

Sapphire's ChannelSwitcher filter reorders the RGBA channels of the source clip. Allows mapping any source channel into any output channel, with scaling and offset for each output channel.
Product Sapphire 2021
RequirementsmacOS: 10.14 or higher

Windows: Windows 10

Linux: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, CentOS 7
Hardwareecommended 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.
Licensing OptionsNode-locked, Subscription, or floating license.

For floating and render license options, contact us.
Supported hostsAdobe After Effects & Premiere Pro

Avid Media Composer

Autodesk Flame

FOUNDRY Nuke

Blackmagic Resolve and Fusion

SGO Mistika

Grassvalley Edius and Rio

ToonBoom Harmony

VEGAS Pro

HitFilm Pro

For a full list of supported hosts and OS, please click here
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Customer Reviews

Review: Boris FX Continuum 2020.5 and Sapphire 2020.

BorisFX has created THE toolbox for editors. From fixing lighting shifts using Continuum Flicker Fixer, Continuum Gaussian Blur with Mocha Tracking, to even Sapphire's S_Glow - Continuum 2020.5 and Sapphire 2020 are must have plugins for Avid Media Composer, Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere and After Effects, and many more apps.

Read the full review by Brady Betzel at Post Perspective

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Brady Betzel
Date: May 15, 2020

What’s new in Sapphire 2020.5

  • New! Improved LensFlare Designer
  • New! 12 professionally-designed flares and improved Sapphire Lens Flares
  • New! Transitions add S_HyperPull and S_HyperPush
  • New! Added support for Blackmagic Fusion Studio 16 and the integrated Fusion inside of Blackmagic Davinci Resolve 16
  • New! More OFX hosts now support Sapphire Builder
  • New! Improved Mocha tracking
  • New! Faster render times for many effects

What’s new in Sapphire 2020

  • New! FreeLens effect: Inspired by the popular lens whacking camera technique
  • New! OpenColorIO (OCIO) color management support
  • New! Parameter-driven tracking: Powered by Mocha
  • New! Mocha Area Brush tool: Quickly paint over track search areas
  • New! LensFlares: 16 new professionally-designed flares
  • New! Builder presets: 7 stunning new drag-and-drop presets
  • New! Faster renders: Up to 3x speed increases on many effects

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.

Learn more about Sapphire Builder on the Details Page

 

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.

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