Boris FX Launches Major Versions of the Industry’s Most Popular Plug-ins: Sapphire and Continuum

New Sapphire 11 plug-ins add Academy Award-winning Mocha integration, Continuum 11 plug-ins add Academy Award-nominated Primatte™ keying and new VR filters for 360 video

Boston, Massachusetts, USA – October 17, 2017 – Boris FX™, the leading visual effects and workflow solution developer for film and video, releases major new versions of flagship plug-in collections Sapphire and Continuum (formerly BCC). The products mark the first combined development effort borne from the addition of Sapphire to the award-winning Boris FX product line, which also includes Mocha. Boris FX plug-ins support the industry’s top applications, including: Adobe, Avid, Autodesk, and OFX hosts The Foundry’s NUKE and Blackmagic Davinci Resolve.

“Since welcoming Sapphire into the Boris FX family one year ago, we’ve been working tirelessly to deliver the best, next-gen creative VFX tools for editors, visual effects artists, and motion graphic designers,” states Boris Yamnitsky, President and Founder. “We’re excited to offer not one, but two new Academy Award caliber VFX tools to our distinguished userbase.”

The highly-anticipated integration of Mocha’s Academy Award-winning planar motion tracking and masking tools directly inside Sapphire 11’s effects opens endless creative doors. “Sapphire’s high-end editors and VFX artists need high-end solutions,” continues Yamnitsky. “Users now have access to Mocha’s trailblazing planar tracking directly inside their project timelines, making often time-consuming advanced VFX creation quick and easy.”

Building upon the previous award-winning release, Continuum 11 delivers even more powerful chroma keying and compositing tools, new streamlined titling options, and a new VR Unit for 360/VR editing and finishing tasks. “The integration of Photron’s Academy Award -nominated keying algorithm and toolset, Primatte™, into Continuum 11 gives editors access to the same revolutionary keying tools used in blockbuster films like the Lord of the Rings series, Spider-Man, and the Harry Potter series,” remarks Yamnitsky. “Continuum’s Primatte Studio technology and custom designed user interface delivers the highest quality keying results with minimal clicks. Combined with Mocha’s planar tracking and masking tools, also integrated into Primatte Studio, the new toolset packs an unrivaled one-two punch.”

The new Continuum VR unit fills a much-needed gap in the burgeoning 360 video industry, by complementing Adobe’s recent immersive initiatives and providing Avid Media Composer with a 360 finishing workflow. “We’ve seen a strong demand for tools specifically designed for 360/VR content creation,” explains Yamnitsky. “Editors working in this field are constantly trying to keep pace with developments in the 360 video camera space including high resolution processing and stereoscopic workflows. The Continuum VR Unit is the result of a collaboration with the award-winning Mocha VR development team and features five new filters, including VR Reorient, VR Insert, and VR Sharpen, that drastically reduce the often laborious post and VFX tasks related to 360/VR video.”

The post community is already lauding new features.

“I’ve been a fan of both Sapphire plug-ins and Mocha Pro for years, so having Mocha planar tracking and masking integrated right inside my favorite Sapphire effects is a dream come true,” says Andrew Embury, Freelance Motion Designer. “They complement each other perfectly.”

“As a member of the Continuum 11 Avid beta team, I’ve been so impressed with the addition of Primatte’s chroma key tool that I used it extensively during this season of NBC’s World of Dance,” states Tal, Colorist and Online Editor. “You can’t tell what is green screen and what isn’t!”

“When we are working on 8k, stereo 360 video files, we require robust tools. Continuum’s new VR Unit inside Adobe is extremely useful for professional 360 video!,” notes Lewis Smithingham, President of VR, 30 Ninjas. “We recently used Continuum 11 on a stereoscopic 360/VR project for Vogue and Google and found the VR Insert and VR Sharpen filters very intuitive and quite fast!”

“I’ve been working with 6k stereoscopic footage for some time now. It’s clunky and uses a lot of my workstation’s resources,” adds Dan Lyons, Editor, 30 Ninjas. “The Continuum VR Unit set allowed me to quickly and smoothly create VR projections that were essential to our project’s look and feel.”


Sapphire 11: New Features

  • Integrated Mocha Tracking & Masking: Mocha’s renowned planar tracking and masking engine is integrated inside all Sapphire 11 effects adding major time-saving tools for tracking, masking, screen replacements, rotoscoping, and more.

  • New Presets & Transitions: Sapphire 11 adds over 50 highly-stylized, multi-effect presets and transitions based on Sapphire’s powerful Builder effect. Easily drag and drop on a project or customize as desired.

  • Sapphire Units: Sapphire 11 is now available as 8 individual effect categories. Each Sapphire Unit offers a single, multi-host (Avid, Adobe & OFX) license at a freelance-friendly price point. Learn more about Sapphire Units.

Watch a video of Sapphire 11’s new features.


Continuum 11: New Features

  • Primatte Studio: Based on Photron’s Academy Award-nominated Primatte green/blue screen compositing algorithm, Primatte Studio is a powerful, next-gen keying and compositing feature. Highlights include: automatic green/blue screen analysis, manual transparency tuning, adjust lighting to correct unevenly lit screens, foreground object detection to deliver a perfect key with a single color sample, and integrated Mocha masking. Primatte Studio is included in Continuum’s Key and Blend Unit.

  • Broadcast Safe: The new Broadcast Safe filter guarantees a project will pass rigorous broadcast-safe standards with a simple one-click solution. Choose the desired standard option and the filter automatically produces the final picture-perfect result. Broadcast Safe is included in Continuum’s Image Restoration Unit.

  • VR Unit: The new VR Unit gives 360/VR editors highly-useful tools, including VR Reorient, VR Insert, VR Blur, VR Sharpen filters, and VR Flicker Fixer, to work quickly inside their host timeline while also avoiding the seams inherent to regular non-VR filters. Based on Mocha VR’s award-winning 360/VR tech.

Limited-time offer: The new Continuum VR Unit is included FREE with every purchase of Mocha VR, the award-winning 360/VR planar tracking and masking toolset. (a $199 value)

  • Title Studio: New improvements to Title Studio include a 3D render engine for realistic 3D cast shadows and depth-of-field, a spline-based motion path for animating multiple objects on one path, faster performance, a simplified user interface, and many more presets/templates. Title Studio is included in Continuum’s 3D Objects Unit.

  • Free Bonus Product Included: Each Continuum 11 purchase through Boris FX comes with SonicFire Pro 6 developed by SmartSound. SonicFire Pro 6 is the newest version of the award-winning music customization tool for film and video. Includes a bonus 10-track royalty-free album. (a $199 value)

Watch a video of Continuum 11’s new features for Avid editors.


Pricing & Availability:

Sapphire 11 is now available for Avid, Adobe, the Autodesk Flame Family, and supported OFX hosts applications.

*** Users who have previously purchased Sapphire 10 receive a free upgrade to Sapphire 11. ***

**Sapphire 11 for Adobe/OFX **

Compatibility: Adobe After Effects CC and Adobe Premiere Pro CC; and OFX hosts including The Foundry’s NUKE, Blackmagic Davinci Resolve*, VEGAS Pro, etc.

  • Full license ($1695 USD MSRP)

  • Annual Subscription ($495 MSRP)

  • Upgrade from Sapphire 9 ($450 USD MSRP)

  • Upgrade from Sapphire 8 or below ($675 USD MSRP)

*Mocha tracking is only supported in Davinci Resolve Studio

Sapphire 11 for Avid Compatibility: Avid Media Composer, Symphony, and NewsCutter

  • Full license ($1695 USD MSRP)

  • Annual Subscription ($695 MSRP)

  • Upgrade from Sapphire 9 ($450 USD MSRP)

  • Upgrade from Sapphire 8 or below ($675 USD MSRP)

Sapphire 11 for Autodesk Compatibility: Autodesk Flame Family

  • Full license ($1695 USD MSRP)

  • Upgrade from Sapphire 9 ($450 USD MSRP)

  • Upgrade from Sapphire 8 or below ($675 USD MSRP)

**Sapphire 11 Multi-Host: **Adobe, Avid, Autodesk, and OFX

  • Full license ($2795 USD MSRP)

  • Upgrade from Sapphire 9 ($785 USD MSRP)

  • Upgrade from Sapphire 8 or below ($1180 USD MSRP)


Continuum 11 is now available for Avid and Adobe host applications. Continuum 11 for OFX and Apple will be released later this year.

*** Users who have previously purchased Continuum 10 after February 1, 2017 receive a free upgrade to Continuum 11. ***

Continuum 11 for Avid Compatibility: Avid Media Composer, Symphony, and NewsCutter

  • Full license ($1695 USD MSRP)

  • Annual subscription ($595 USD MSRP)

  • Upgrade from Continuum 9 or higher ($595 USD MSRP)

  • Upgrade from Continuum 8 or below ($695 USD MSRP)

Continuum 11 for Adobe Compatibility: Adobe After Effects CC and Adobe Premiere Pro CC

  • Full license ($995 USD MSRP)

  • Annual subscription ($295 USD MSRP)

  • Upgrade from Continuum 9 or higher ($295 USD MSRP)

  • Upgrade from Continuum 8 or below ($395 USD MSRP)

Continuum 11 is now also available as 17 individual categories — Continuum Units. The multi-host Units currently support Adobe and Avid hosts. The multi-host Units will also include Apple and OFX support once available later this year. Learn more about Continuum Units.

Continuum Key & Blend Unit

  • Full license ($399 USD MSRP)

  • Upgrade from previous version ($99 USD MSRP)

Continuum 3D Objects Unit

  • Full license ($299 USD MSRP)

  • Upgrade from previous version ($49.95 USD MSRP)

Continuum VR Unit

  • Full license ($199 USD MSRP)

Learn more about Boris FX products.

About Boris FX

Founded in 1995, Boris FX is a leading developer of VFX, compositing, titling, video editing, and workflow tools for broadcast, post-production, and film professionals. Boris FX products have grown to serve over a million artists worldwide. The company’s success lies in its ability to tightly integrate and leverage technologies through strong partnerships with Adobe, Apple, Avid, The Foundry, Blackmagic Design, Grass Valley, Magix, SAM, FilmLight and other leading developers of video editing, compositing, and color-grading software. In 2014, Boris FX acquired Imagineer Systems, the Academy Award winning developer of Mocha planar tracking software. In 2016, Boris FX acquired GenArts, the developer of Sapphire, the gold standard plug-in package for high-end visual effects.

**Media Contact: **

Jessie Electa Petrov, Director of Marketing

Boris FX

jessiep@borisfx.com

617-451-9900

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