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24/05/2006

Digital Anarchy announces Knoll Spark Pack 3.0

Digital Anarchy, a leading provider of cost-effective special effects software for Adobe, Apple and AutoDesk products, has announced version 3.0 of the acclaimed Knoll Spark Pack.
The new features in this package gives increased control over the look of hundreds of lighting effects, and furthers the creative abilities of broadcast designers and visual effects artists to deliver innovative effects in 2D composites.
The Knoll Spark Pack was originally written by John Knoll to create the Photon Torpedos in 'Star Trek First Contact'. The pack contains three filters. The centerpiece is Knoll Lens Flare Pro, which is designed to create lens flares and other lighting effects, including lasers, explosions, and suns. The other two filters are Knoll Unmult, used for matte generation, and Knoll Min/Max, used for matte adjustments.
"Customers are always looking for new creative opportunities," said Jim Tierney, President of Digital Anarchy. "This update will provide even greater potential for Flame and Inferno artists to create stunning new effects."
With Knoll Lens Flare Pro, a user can choose from 19 different flare elements, then layer those elements to create the desired light effect. Almost any real life camera lens can be matched, or the spark can generate completely original settings, and save out a preset for later use. Powerful functions include the ability to obscure the light with a grayscale matte; attaching flares to multiple points in your footage; and tracking/moving with those points.
The other two Knoll sparks are invaluable for cleanly extracting elements from black backgrounds and removing matte fringing. Knoll Spark Pack 3.0 provides special effects artists with an unprecedented level of precision and control over lighting effects and lens flares.
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