July 18, 2007

BorisFX Ships Continuum Complete 5.0 for FxPlug

Marlborough, Mass. - Boris FX, a developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, announced that Boris Continuum Complete 5.0 for FxPlug (BCC 5.0 for FxPlug) is now shipping.
Developed specifically for Apple's new FxPlug plug-in architecture, BCC 5.0 for FxPlug is a new member of the Boris Continuum Complete product family. BCC 5.0 for FxPlug takes advantage of the FxPlug plug-in architecture to extend the compositing and effects capabilities for Apple Final Cut Studio.
New BCC 5.0 for FxPlug workflow benefits include support for deep color processing, new contextual controls for organizing user workspace, and support for Motion 3.0.
The Apple FXPlug interface allows Boris Continuum filters to process images in 16 bits per channel, reducing the color shift associated with YUV-to-RGB conversions. The newly developed up-scale technology is found in the SD-to-HD converter tool, BCC UpRez, and in the Ken Burns effect generator, BCC Pan and Zoom.
New BCC contextual controls are implemented throughout the package, reducing screen clutter and accelerating effect production. Because FXPlug is common for both Final Cut and Motion the new BCC 5 filter set is equally and easily accessible in both applications.
New BCC 5.0 filter highlights:
BCC UpRez is used for high-quality SD to HD conversions; BCC UpRez is designed to facilitate the resizing of image clips while minimizingthe data loss that is usually associated with resizing media in ahost. The BCC UpRez filter includes several high-end image processing algorithms to enhance the apparent sharpness and/or smoothness of the final result.
BCC Pan and Zoom known as the Ken Burns effect; BCC Pan and Zoom provides users extensive controls for precise image scaling and re-sampling.
Better workflow and image quality is achieved with special filter features such as the watch folder and new UpRez filter.
BCC MatchMove based on the award-winning motion tracking technology in Boris Red -- the new BCC MatchMove filter allows users to combine motion tracking with transformation/compositing of a layer. With the BCC MatchMove filter, users can lock the movement of one image clip to another image clip using the built-in motion tracking function. BCC MatchMove provides controls for DVE functions such as tumble, spin and rotate, as well as realistic lighting controls.
BCC Led makes an image, clip, or text element with alpha appear as though it was constructed out of an array of blinking or solid LED lights -- similar to the display boards in sports stadiums. This filter is part of the new OGL category of filters in BCC that benefit from hardware acceleration to reduce render time.
BCC Prism can be used to simulate the photographic effect of chromatic aberration in which a bad lens can generate prismatic color fringing along edges of high contrast within the image. This filter is also part of the new OGL category of filters in BCC, which benefit from hardware acceleration to reduce render time.
BCC Scan Lines is another filter from the new BCC OGL category. This filter generates rolling RGB scanlines over the source image clip, emulating the effect of a computer monitor which was shot on videotape or film. The filter also includes a user-controlled noise generator function for added realism.
BCC Damaged TV is a filter in the Open GL category designed emulate the appearance of a CRT-style television set that is receiving a bad antenna signal or is in need of repair, complete with gun offset, distorted edges, image roll, noise, scan lines, and interference lines. This powerful filter features both automatic and manual modes.
BCC Turbulence generates auto-animated gel-like distortion fields in an image clip based on input from the built-in noise map and turbulence controls. This filter includes dozens of preset effect settings for accelerated effect production.
BCC Noise Map 2 generates procedurally based, resolution-independent, auto-animated image clips that are used for backdrops or as a masktrack input for other image clips. Dozens of presets are included with this filter for producing complex animations quickly and easily.
BCCColor Choker posterizes and blurs colors in an image clip. Colors in the clip to which the filter was applied can be attenuated or remapped individually or as an RGB group. Controls allow users to convert images to monochrome before applying a blur or choke for additional creative results.
BCC 5.0 for FxPlug is designed to support Apple Final Cut Studio applications that offer the FxPlug plug-in architecture. BCC 5.0 for FxPlug is available through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct through Boris FX Web site at www.borisfx.com for $895 (new) and $295 (upgrade).