Overview: A Look Inside GenArts’ Powerful New Sapphire V6 Quantel Plug-in
GenArts has been working hard on Sapphire v6, and it’s very exciting for us to have it available on Quantel, thanks to VDS! Video Design Software Products Now Available at Toolfarm.
Post by Gary Oberbrunner/ GenArts
GenArts has been working hard on Sapphire v6, and it's very exciting for us to have it available on Quantel, thanks to VDS! V6 is a huge new release for us, featuring the custom lens flare designer, and a whole new preset system so users can get both inspiration and quick results faster. One of the most interesting features of v6 is integration with GenArts' new FX Central site; FX Central allows you to browse and download looks directly to the Quantel right from FX Central. New looks are made available monthly, and we're constantly making more improvements.
Aside from the new features in v6, Sapphire has always been all about performance. It automatically detects any NVIDIA GPU in your system and uses it for rendering. We've worked hard to make that completely transparent, so the effects render with exactly the same quality and look whether it's using our traditional multithread CPU renderer or the new CUDA GPU renderer. Both render paths are fully floating point internally so there is never any loss in quality or luma clipping.
We've also worked with VDS to speed up some of the low-level interface code between Sapphire and the Quantel system; this makes all our effects take less time per frame. The best optimization is always to *not* run extra code, and that's what we always try to do.
Posted by Alicia