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26/05/2006

Boris FX launch version 1.3 of BCC

Boris FX, a leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film production, has announced version 1.3 of Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) as part of the Autodesk Sparks program.
This comprehensive suite of native filters extends the capabilities of Autodesk Burn, Autodesk’s Discreet Inferno, Discreet Flame, Discreet Flint, Discreet Fire, and Discreet Smoke products. This Linux-based solution is based on the Autodesk Sparks Program Application Programming Interface (API) for developing custom plug-ins.
“Boris Continuum Complete for Autodesk Media & Entertainment systems products was designed to ease effect creation in high-end compositing situations, giving the artist the ability to generate masks and perform motion tracking directly within the product’s interface,” comments Peter McAuley, Senior Product Manager, Boris FX. “Included is a preset manager, which not only comes with hundreds of preset effects, but also gives the artist the ability to load and save all of the parameter settings for use on other projects or systems, including graphics workstations that have been set up with BCC in other host environments such as Autodesk Combustion software.”
Continuum’s intuitive filters expand the capabilities of Autodesk Media & Entertainment software’s world-renowned visual effects solutions with OpenGL acceleration and powerful integration features. BCC is available in two volumes, which may be purchased separately. Volume I includes more than 70 filters in four categories, Colors and Blurs, Effects, Lights and Wipe Transitions. Among the highlights are sophisticated glows and OpenGL-based generators that simulate real-life lighting such as lens flares, glints and glares. Other cutting-edge filters include DeNoise, DeInterlace, Witness Protection and dozens more.
Volume II will be available in Q2 2006 and will include an additional 80 filters in four categories, Distortion and Perspective, Generators, Keys and Mattes and Time. Highlights include auto-animating procedural generators that create realistic caustics, clouds, smoke, rain, textures, and stars. Temporal effects feature state-of-the-art optical flow technology to smoothly retime clips. Sophisticated image processing filters include raster and vector image displacement maps. Geometric primitive shapes such as a cube, sphere, or cylinder can be manipulated in 3D space.
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