Sapphire is the must-have, most-requested, unsurpassed choice for visual effects software.
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 PixelSort digital glitch art effect, new WhipLash transition, new animating shape tool for Effect and Transition Builder, new Mocha Essentials workspace with new spline tools like magnetic edge snapping, and is optimized for maximum CPU and GPU performance.
Maximize the value of your Boris FX purchase with the Upgrade and Support Plan
Designed to make upgrading and budgeting for Sapphire, Continuum, and Mocha Pro more convenient, the Upgrade and Support Plan is an annual program that ensures you have access to the latest available features, increased licensing flexibility, and the support you need. Each purchase of a new License or an Upgrade includes the 12-month Upgrade and Support Plan. The benefits of this plan are detailed below:
Automatic upgrades: Never fall behind on a Sapphire, Continuum, or Mocha Pro release again! Active Upgrade and Support customers are automatically entitled to all upgrades released during their 12-month contract which begins from the date of purchase.
Full Phone and Email Support: Upgrade and Support customers have unlimited access to phone and email support during business hours.
Floating licenses: Floating licenses are pooled licenses that can be shared across a group of users. Floating licenses are available to customers on the U/S plan for a flat discounted fee of $500. A minimum of 5 floating licenses per facility is required.
Unlimited burn and render licenses: Formerly, $99-$499 per license, render licenses are free to customers under the Upgrade and Support Plan.
Easier Budgeting: The yearly fixed cost allows for clearer planning and budgeting.
Permanent Licenses: All licenses acquired during your Upgrade and Support contract (including upgrades, floating, and render licenses) are permanent and will continue to be functional even if your contract expires.
Note: Subscriptions and Units are not part of the Boris FX Upgrade and Support Plan
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.
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.
The Best Lighting Effects
A long kept secret in the Hollywood feature film community, the Sapphire lighting package has been used in countless films, commercials, and television programs. It’s fast, beautiful, and stocked with many smart time-saving features that will leave your images looking beautiful in no time at all. Whether it’s glows, glints, lens flares, light rays, or glares, the Sapphire lighting package lives up to the hype.
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. Builder ships with over 150 presets for creative and correctional purposes, so you can start using it right out of the box. Browse the new presets by effect name, genre, or featured artist. All new effects and transitions made with Builder can be saved as presets and shared across compatible hosts: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, and DaVinci Resolve.
There’s nothing harder than starting from a blank slate so Sapphire features over 3000 presets, many crafted by top notch artists and editors. With every release, brand new presets are added so there’s always something fresh to play with.
Flexible Pricing and Licensing Options
Sapphire offers a wide variety of convenient licensing options. Whether it’s breaking down the full suite into individually priced Sapphire Units, offering Sapphire subscriptions, or RLM server based “floating licenses”, Sapphire can fit into any budget.
Important GenArts 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
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.
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 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.
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!
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: