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Sapphire 2019 from Boris FX by Kevin P. McAuliffe

Sapphire 2019 - Mocha Essentials Panel

With the discharge of Mocha Professional 5 a couple of weeks in the past, the workforce at Boris FX continues to be working at a feverish pitch behind the scenes to get the most recent releases of Sapphire 2019 and their flagship software, Boris Continuum Full 2019 out into the palms of customers (simply launched as we speak!).  Nicely, followers of Sapphire needn’t wait any longer. As of every week or so in the past Sapphire 2019 is now obtainable for buy and obtain from the Boris FX web site, and on this in-depth look, I need to go in deep to take a look at the brand new options of Sapphire 2019, in addition to prices, and my general impression of the most recent launch of Sapphire.  Let’s leap proper in.


I all the time wish to attempt to get value out of the best way at the start of my evaluations, as I discover that it may find yourself dragging a assessment down, and up to now Sapphire has all the time been a difficult one, particularly for Media Composer editors, however prior to now few years, GenArts (now Boris FX) has labored arduous to get the worth of Sapphire right down to one thing that’s reasonably priced, regardless of who the consumer is, firm or particular person.  Now, proper off the bat I’m going to inform you that I don’t like annual subscriptions. However, as everyone knows, we reside within the age of annual subscriptions, and the price for an annual subscription makes absolute 100% sense within the case of Sapphire, or in all probability BCC 2019 for probably the most half. Taking a look at Sapphire as a standalone product you’re taking a look at – Adobe & OFX, AVID and AUTODESK = $1695 US for a everlasting, eternally, Sapphire 2019 license.  Which means that when you’ve bought, you will get all the purpose updates for the 2019 model, and maintain it endlessly, but when down the street you determine you need to improve, you’ll should pay an replace value, which, when you have been updating from a earlier model of Sapphire, would run you $495 US for an Improve/Help renewal and $695 US for a Legacy renewal (V9 or earlier than). Let’s be trustworthy, it’s some huge cash, and probably a deal breaking sum of money.  Properly, that’s the place Boris FX’s subscription plan comes into play. As an alternative of plunking down $1695 for a brand new license that you’ll ultimately should pay to improve, you possibly can subscribe to Sapphire 2019 for $495 per yr, which principally signifies that for what you’d pay for a full “single” license, and be locked in till you determine to plunk down extra money to replace, you will get the most recent, newest and biggest model of Sapphire for the subsequent three years, for lower than the price of a single, model new license.  This can be a tremendous nice deal. Now, in case you are a Sapphire consumer throughout all of the host purposes (Adobe, OFX, Avid, Autodesk), you do have the choice to buy a multi-host license or subscribe to Sapphire for $2975 or $895 respectively. Both means, the subscription mannequin is 100% the best way to go together with Sapphire, because it retains you present for the subsequent three years for lower than the price of a single license. Alright, sufficient speak about prices, let’s get to the meat and potatoes of Sapphire 2019, and that’s the new options!


There are some nice new options in Sapphire 2019, plus some wonderful updates to some necessary instruments that Sapphire is understood for, so let’s break them down now.


Let me give an enormous WOO HOO for this one.  When Mocha Professional was launched a month in the past (or so), the little issues made the replace superior.  The Rectangular, Ellipse, Freehand and Magnetic Spline Software makes good sense within the Sapphire and BCC product strains.  That is the place we’re doing a ton of Roto work to use these results to the areas of the photographs we’d like them utilized to. The opposite big function replace is the Necessities workspace.  I can’t rely the quantity of occasions I’ve seen individuals posting within the Avid Editors of Fb group, asking questions on monitoring inside Media Composer (and even After Results),and painfully utilizing the inbuilt instruments to do it.  I all the time hear the widespread “Well, it’s worked for me fine so far, so I’m going to keep using it” excuse, however to be trustworthy, these trackers have been within the software with no updates since they have been first launched. I need to get my monitoring and results work achieved as shortly as attainable, and that’s the place the Necessities workspace comes into play as a superb stepping stone to get new customers to Sapphire (and Mocha particularly) on top of things tremendous shortly, with this unbelievable approach to isolate your results, to solely the elements of the photographs you need them utilized to.  The Mocha/Sapphire/BCC integration is just getting stronger with every new launch, and with the variations being converted to a yearly replace (with incremental updates in between), we will search for massive steps ahead from every software, in addition to the mixed purposes, on a yearly foundation.

Sapphire 2019 - Mocha Essentials Panel


This node/impact will simply be probably the most ignored new function in Sapphire 2019, and will probably be an absolute time vampire (which is supposed in the absolute best approach), as there’s simply so many various mixtures you’ll be able to provide you with for transitions and/or results seems to be inside the Builder Device (S_Effect/S_Transition).  It’s a reasonably easy concept. Add an impact within the builder software that may allow you to create a easy polygon or elliptical form. Let’s be trustworthy. This look is fairly, properly, uninteresting.

Sapphire 2019 - Animated Shape

Nicely, now that that form you simply create, and begin including different parameters to it like a Wave Warp impact, or actually any of the “Distort” results, and also you’ve now created one thing that might by no means be capable of be created inside an NLE.  The impact itself is straightforward to make use of, however the truth that you possibly can add as few or as many nodes after it in your composite, makes it one of the crucial versatile instruments in Sapphire 2019. I additionally need to point out, simply briefly right here, that each Pixel Type and Whiplash transitions have been added to the S_Transition Builder device, so let’s speak about them now, as they’ve been added as separate results as properly.


New to Sapphire 2019 are these results that come as transitions, in addition to Pixel Type having a regular impact model as properly.  Let’s take a look at Whiplash first. Because the identify says, this transition is just like a “whip pan” look, however assume it it extra as somebody grabbing your video body, and throwing it off-screen, with the subsequent shot being thrown on display together with it.  I really like how one can get in modify parameters from rotation to scale to create a singular look. It’s easy, simple, and I can simply see myself utilizing this rather a lot in my Media Composer timelines. Pixel Type, however (as I discussed earlier than), is available in each an Impact and Transition model inside Sapphire 2019, and this look is a really fancy wanting “glitch” impact with the picture being torn into very skinny strips throughout the display.  A cool wanting impact, and one that may be added to S_Glitch to take the look to the subsequent degree.


Sapphire 2019 - S_Whiplash


If Sapphire is understood for something, it’s its lighting results.  Whether or not it’s S_Glow, S_FlashBulbs, S_LightLeak or each S_Glint and S_Glare, these mild appears are the perfect there’s on the market.  The Flare Designer in Sapphire has all the time been a terrific software. A really visible strategy to create a Lens Flare. Properly, now it’s even higher.  Now you is perhaps considering to your self, “How often can you use a Lens Flare?” Properly, let me inform you that I exploit a lens flare with nearly each textual content component I add to an edit.  With my day job of language versioning of spots from Pacific Rim Rebellion to Incredible Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald to Avengers: Infinity Struggle, I exploit Lens Flare in day by day of my job, so this function replace, for me, is one which I’ve been wanting ahead to since I first noticed it a number of months in the past!

The very first thing you’ll in all probability discover whenever you launch the Flare Designer, in addition to seeing the default flare in the midst of the canvas, is the Lens Flare Preset “Browser”.  To be trustworthy, you can in all probability spend most of your time in right here, and by no means have to construct a flare of your personal, as there’s a ton to decide on from. It’s a bit of totally different from working with the usual Sapphire Preset Browser.  You’ll discover that it’s divided into 5 teams. New, Featured, Favorites, Elements and All. These are all pretty self explanatory, apart from Elements. What you’ll discover on this class are totally different pre-built presets for particular flare parts like a unclean lens, or haze and even ring edges.  You’ll discover that, for those who’re wanting on the presets for the primary time, that the Favorites are empty, as that’s the place you’ll save your personal presets and get entry to them tremendous fast.

Sapphire 2019 - Flare Presets

One factor that I need to level out, that’s tremendous necessary is that the primary canvas, the place you see the flare pattern is slightly deceiving as, by default, all of the triggers are turned on.  What, you may ask, is a set off. Nicely, a Flare Set off is a parameter (or set of parameters) that may make the flare behave the best way it will in a “real world” state of affairs. For instance, when a light-weight that’s being pointed instantly on the lens is moved off to at least one aspect or one other, the nearer it will get to the sting of the body, the larger it will get. By default, inside the Flare editor, all of the triggers are turned on, displaying you ways issues CAN look.  Take into account, although, that when you’re again in Media Composer, Premiere, After Results, and so on, you’ll have to allow these parameters to get them to seem how they seemed contained in the Flare editor.

One other new function inside the Flare Designer is a brand new Multi-Streak Device, and the humorous factor about it’s that about 95% of the time I exploit this parameter, I solely ever use it to create a single streak, as I’m all the time mimicking what they’re doing on the Hollywood TV spots I come throughout my desk, and that usually the kind of lens flare they like to make use of.

Sapphire 2019 - MultiStreak Parameter

Now, I need to wrap up speaking concerning the Flare Designer by speaking about why I hate lens flare creation instruments.  Particularly ones the place there are a number of (10-20) elements that went into making the flare. I hate them as a result of once I take a look at the layer hierarchy that went into creating the flare, I do not know what the spots are, versus what the smudge is, versus a hotspot reflection.  I find yourself turning layers on and off making an attempt to determine what’s what, to get my flares to look the best way I would like them to look, which is one thing that’s utterly pointless to do in Sapphire’s Flare Designer. All I’ve to do is hover over a layer, and the Flare Designer will spotlight what the element is that I’m hovering over within the layers menu, which makes it tremendous fast and tremendous easy to determine what I need to activate and off. This isn’t a brand new function of Sapphire’s Flare Designer, however one which I exploit on a continuing foundation to make my design job tremendous easy.

Sapphire 2019 - Flare Identifier

Understand that there are different enhancements to Sapphire 2019 like the truth that it’s now optimized for prime GPU acceleration for CUDA enabled NVIDIA playing cards, and the truth that Sapphire has the most effective lighting class of results in any package deal on the market, makes it a plug-in pack undoubtedly value testing.

In closing I need to point out one thing extraordinarily essential.  On the first look, it won’t look as if there are plenty of “new” options in Sapphire 2019, with solely two new results, however for me, although, the brand new results take a again seat to what’s being completed “under the hood”. The Flare Builder is among the greatest on the market. The Builder Software (S_Effect and S_Transition) and the brand new Animated Form node will allow you to create virtually limitless prospects with regards to creating results seems to be, AND won’t solely train you node-based compositing, however allow you to construct results such as you by no means have earlier than.  Spherical all that off with an easier to get into, prime of the road movement tracker with a magnetic spline software, that makes even the hardest roto job easier.  What the Sapphire 2019 replace provides you is a device that takes the whole lot that’s nice about Sapphire, and makes it that a lot better and simpler to work with, and for $495 it’s a price that may pay itself again within the first one or two jobs you’re employed on.

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FTC Disclosure

Boris FX is a sponsor of my Media Composer tutorials, nevertheless, I’ve acquired no compensation from Boris FX for the writing of this evaluation.  Opinions on this article, whether or not you agree with them or not, are my very own!


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