Boston, MA, May 25 - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film production, today announced version 1.3 of Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) pursuant to 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 worldrenowned 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.
New Features include
Support for Autodesk Burn networked rendering -Support for 32 and 64 bit architecture
Better support for OpenGL-based filter effects
Linux systems support
Each volume features hundreds of presets, online documentation and a minimal learning curve to streamline effects creation. Continuum offers animatable apply modes, integrated motion tracking, and high-quality keying. Most filters include a separate RGB input for fast masking. For more sophisticated masking, the integrated PixelChooser creates channel or region-based masks; combined channel and region-based mattes define precisely which pixels a filter affects.
Pricing and Availability
Volume I of Boris Continuum Complete for Autodesk Media & Entertainment systems products is available now through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct through Boris FX. Volume II is expected to be available Q2 2006. Each volume is $5000 US SRP. Both volumes may be purchased together for $7500 US SRP. Users who purchase Volume I, may add Volume II for $2500 US SRP when it is available. Trial versions of all Boris solutions can be downloaded at www.borisfx.com.
About Boris FX
Founded in 1995 in Boston MA, Boris FX is the leading developer of integrated graphics and effects technology, delivering 3D compositing and vector graphic products for the broadcast, post production, film and multi-media industries. Since the company's inception, Boris products have grown to serve over 200,000 artists worldwide. A great part of its success lies in the ability to tightly integrate and leverage technologies through strong partnerships with industry-leading manufacturers including Adobe®, Apple®, Autodesk®, Avid®, Canopus®, Discreet®, Eyeon®, in-sync®, Incite®, Leitch®, Matrox®, Media 100®, Quantel®, Sony Pictures Digital®, and Ulead®.