Boris FX Continuum 11 Blur and Sharpen (Upgrade, Download)

Boris FX Continuum 11 Blur and Sharpen (Upgrade, Download)

Boris FX Continuum 11 Blur and Sharpen (Upgrade, Download)

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Product Highlights

  • Multi-Host Adobe and Avid Compatibility
  • Apple and OFX Support Coming Soon
  • Add Motion Blur, Pull Rack Focus & More
  • Control Bokeh and Shape of Highlights
  • Emulate Soft Focus or Lens Diffusion
  • PixelChooser Matte and Masking System
  • Integrated Mocha Planar Tracking
  • Support for After Effects Mask Shapes
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  • 1Description

The Boris FX Continuum 11 Blur and Sharpen Unit is a multi-host plug-in collection of filters that let you add depth and motion blur, pull rack focus, create lens blurs, and more. For example, Fast Lens Blur gives you control over Bokeh and shape of out-of-focus highlights, and Pyramid Blur emulates the look of shooting in soft focus or with lens diffusion by letting you blur the horizontal and vertical components of an image separately.

Some of the filters feature a built-in PixelChooser with integrated Mocha planar tracking that allows for greater control over which areas of the image the filter should affect.

The Blur and Sharpen Unit offers multi-host support with a single license. Currently it is compatible with Adobe and Avid (see Specs), but Apple and OFX compatibility is expected in 2018, and this same license will provide access to those hosts as well.

The Blur and Sharpen Unit is one of the filter collections of the complete Continuum 11 package (sold separately).

Note: This upgrade is valid for owners of any previous version of Continuum Blur and Sharpen Unit.

Key Features
  • Built-in presets
  • On-screen control widgets
  • FX browser (not supported in Apple hosts)
  • PixelChooser matte and masking system with integrated Mocha planar tracking for select filters
  • Hardware acceleration (OpenGL/OpenCL) for select filters
  • Multi-processor (SMP) and multi-core (CMP) support
  • Beat Reactor for audio-generated VFX
  • Support for Adobe host native mask shapes

Filters

Directional Blur
Directional Blur blurs the image by displacing it in one direction. The effect is similar to how a photograph of a speeding object appears if taken with a slower shutter speed. In addition to advanced controls to fine-tune the quality of the blur, the filter allows for detailed control over Blur Amount, Angle, Thin, Spread, and Blur Threshold.
Fast Lens Blur
Fast Lens Blur is a 100% GPU-accelerated (OpenCL) filter that emulates a lens blur defocus/rackfocus effect where out-of-focus highlights of an image clip take on the shape of the lens diaphragm. When a lens is used with its aperture fully open, the out-of-focus highlights are typically in the shape of a circle, however, when the lens is stopped down the highlights turn into multi-sided shapes. This filter includes a pop-up that can be used to match the different looks that can be achieved in the physical world based on the lens aperture setting. Fast Lens Blur also includes a comprehensive depth-of-field (Z-Depth) option whereby a separate image can be used to control the depth and position of the focus field.
Gaussian Blur
Gaussian Blur implements a popular blur algorithm that produces very smooth blurs. Gaussian Blur softens the image by averaging each pixel with its neighboring pixels. The word "Gaussian" refers to the bell- shaped curve commonly used in statistical analysis. The shape of this curve determines how much each averaged pixel contributes to the output.
Lens Shape
Lens Shape emulates a lens blur defocus/rack-focus effect where out-of-focus highlights of an image clip take on the shape of the lens diaphragm, however, Lens Shape takes an image input and uses this for the highlight shape. When a lens is used with its aperture fully open, the out-of-focus highlights are typically in the shape of a circle, however, when the lens is stopped down the highlights turn into multi-sided shapes. This filter includes a pop-up that can be used to match the different looks that can be achieved in the physical world based on the lens aperture setting. Fast Lens Blur also includes a comprehensive depth-of-field (Z-Depth) option whereby a separate image can be used to control the depth and position of the focus field.
Motion Blur
Motion Blur creates a realistic blur on the motion in an image, simulating the effect of shooting a moving object on film. The blur is based on the motion of the pixels in the image. For example, you can apply Motion Blur to a clip of a speeding car and the car's motion would blur while the background would not. The blur is most pronounced when the object moves quickly and more subtle when it moves slowly. Motion blur is not visible if the image is static. Based upon optical flow technology, this filter examines past and future frames to determine the motion of the pixels in the image. Depending upon the selected settings, a blur or a smear is applied to the pixels that move from one frame to the next. You can use an image in the timeline as a source for motion and then apply the motion from the chosen image to the filtered track.
Pyramid Blur
Pyramid Blur emulates the look of shooting in soft focus or with lens diffusion. It allows you to blur the horizontal and vertical components of the image separately. Pyramid Blur uses a refined algorithm that speeds rendering approximately 20 - 40 percent.
Radial Blur
Radial Blur creates a blur around a specific point, simulating the effect of a zooming or rotating camera. The Amount option specifies the amount of blur, depending on the selection for Type. For a Spin blur, which applies blurs in circles around the center point, the Amount value indicates the degree of rotation. For a Zoom blur, which applies blur that radiates out from the center point, the Amount value specifies the degree of radial blurring.
Spiral Blur
Spiral Blur creates a blur or smear that appears as though it is spiraling toward the center of the image. In addition to the ability to adjust the amount of blur, users are able to fine-tune other aspects of the filter: Blur Type, Center, and Spin Angle.
Unsharp Mask
Unsharp Mask uses a classic image sharpening technique similar to the method used to sharpen film images. The source image is blurred, and the blurred image is then subtracted from the source. The resulting image is sharper and has more contrast. Unsharp Mask sharpens areas in an image with significant color changes by adjusting the contrast of edge details to create the illusion of image sharpness. This filter is useful for refocusing an image that appears blurry due to scanning, poor lighting, or other factors.
Z-Blur
Z-Blur uses a Z-map image to emulate a rack focus effect. Move the focal plane through the source image, using the Z-map to control the focus. Adjust the focal point, depth-of-field, and blur parameters to fine-tune the area of the image to blur. You can also set a channel from the image clip, then use that channel to control the Z-blur effect. This type of effect is most noticeable in real life with a long focal lens, such as a 105mm or greater zoom lens.
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  • 1Description
Host Compatibility Adobe After Effects & Premiere Pro CS 5.5 - CC 2017 for Mac/Windows

Avid Media Composer 6-8, Avid Symphony 6-8, Avid Newscutter 9-10 for Mac/Windows

*Apple and OFX compatibility is expected in 2018, and this same license will provide access to those hosts as well
Supported Graphics Cards Boris FX recommends the latest graphics card driver version supported by your host application(s). A graphics card with a minimum of 512 MB of RAM is required; 1 GB of RAM is recommended.
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