The new Boris FX Sapphire 2020.5 visual effects suite is now available for Adobe, Avid and OFX video applications.
The latest update delivers new professionally designed lens flares, flare designer updates, Blackmagic Design Fusion support, integrated Mocha improvements and faster render speeds. Current annual subscription and upgrade and support plan customers receive a complimentary update to Sapphire 2020.5.
Coinciding with the release, all Boris FX 2020.5 products now offer a monthly subscription plan, whether product bundles or individual products. This is geared particularly towards editors, visual effects artists and motion designers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The subscription model, available for a limited time, offers users working from home a more finance-friendly way to gain access to the full Boris FX product line. Monthly subscriptions start at $25 a month (depending on product and host).
“By introducing new monthly subscription options, we’re hoping to help members of the post-production community affected by the current pandemic continue working on projects despite closed offices,” explained Boris Yamnitsky, Boris FX CEO and founder. “This also allows freelancers looking for work to jump on projects that rely on Boris FX plug-ins with a low out-of-pocket expense.”
New features in Sapphire 2020.5 include:
Updates to LensFlare Designer, with performance and stability improvements and a new lens shading feature that adds photorealistic custom shading to any designer flare; there are also 12 additional professionally designed lens flares featuring the new lens shading feature.
In Transitions, S_HyperPull and S_HyperPush enable users to seamlessly warp between two clips. Improved host support includes full OFX support for Blackmagic Fusion Studio 16 and the integrated Fusion inside of Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 16. Sapphire Builder (S_Effect) also now supports two new OFX hosts – Foundry Nuke and Vegas Pro.
There are improvements in integrated Mocha tracking to the area brush, edge-snapping and core planar tracking technology, which it claims delivers the most accurate tracks yet. There are also faster render times (from both CPU and GPU rendering) on effects featuring atmospheric noise such as S_Glow, S_LensFlare, S_Zap and more.
“The first time I saw the new lens shading tool in the Sapphire 2020.5 Flare Designer, I was blown away by the level of photorealism it brought to S_LensFlare,” said Brian Fox, director of product marketing, Boris FX. “New transitions, better support for Blackmagic Fusion, new host support for the Sapphire Effect Builder and faster render times make 2020.5 a must-have release.”