Sapphire is the must-have, most-requested, unsurpassed choice for visual effects software.

For the past 20 years, the world’s leading artists and editors have used Sapphire visual effect plug-ins to engage viewers, grow audiences, and increase the value of content. Sapphire plug-ins streamline your workflow, increase the productivity of your team, and free up your time to be more innovative.

Around the world, our customers are creating incredible work with Sapphire. Whether you are an Editor, Animator, VFX Artist, or Filmmaker, Sapphire is THE solution when you need the most efficient way to achieve the highest production value.

What's New

Builder 2.0

Use multiple source clips inside Sapphire Builder, either with a matte from a path or alpha channel. Clean up complex node trees with a new snap-to-grid function. The possibilities have truly become limitless with the new and improved effect and transition Sapphire Builder.

New Presets and Improved Browser

Gaining efficiencies wherever possible is key to the tight project deadlines Sapphire users face. The improved preset browser features easier access to advanced presets and a significant increase in overall load time. Users now have the option to quickly preview any of the over 150 newly added presets within the “new” category with a single click.


Depict accurate lunar cycles down to date and time with this high-resolution, photorealistic moon generator. Using a complex bump map to achieve stunning realism, Luna features a wide array of options such as halo, glow, color tint, and atmosphere.


Form a quilted patchwork of tiles with a textured geometric mosaic overlay. Add in grout, play with different textures, and use custom embossing to achieve a variety of different looks.


Apply realistic paint brush strokes to any image or graphic. Use different mediums like oil or chalk, and many different brush surfaces such as felt tip, sponge, or pencil.



A powerful feature of Sapphire is Sapphire Builder, a node-based effect compositor that comes with the full Sapphire suite. It simplifies your workflow by making it easy to add and edit effects in your node chain.

Sapphire’s Builder Will Change the Way You Work

Sapphire’s Effects and Transitions Builder gives users the ability to browse and try out Sapphire effects with ease, enabling artists and editors to create their own custom effects and transitions. Builder ships with over 150 presets for creative and correctional purposes, so you can start using it right out of the box. Browse the new presets by effect name, genre, or featured artist. All new effects and transitions made with Builder can be saved as presets and shared across compatible hosts: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, and DaVinci Resolve

Achieve Gorgeous, High Quality Results

  • Attain the same industry-leading photorealistic quality used by the best film studios, broadcast networks, and post-production facilities around the world
  • Production value can be added right out of the box with elegant, natural effects
  • All Sapphire effects are resolution independent and work at all color bit depths. You can use them on footage of any size (HD, 2k, Ultra HD, 4k,8k, etc.), and can render out at all possible bit depths (8 bit, 32 bit, floating point, etc.)

Endless Creative Solutions

  • Create your own effects and transitions with Sapphire Builder
  • In Builder you can search across all presets by name, category, or intended use, which helps you quickly scan new effects
  • Sapphire ships with thousands of preset effects and transitions, with new presets added in every release
  • Complex photorealistic lens flares can be built from scratch with the Flare Editor
  • On-screen widgets help you work visually and take a break from numerical values
  • Extensive parameter sets let you control every aspect of an effect

Lightning-fast Speed and Efficiency

  • Sapphire is engineered for fast CPU speeds
  • GPU accelerated effects add a boost for faster playback and interactivity
  • Cross-host licensing helps you save and share presets across multiple supported hosts


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Sapphire Works With:

  • Adobe After Effects (Builder compatible)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro (Builder compatible)
  • Avid Media Composer (Builder compatible)
  • DaVinci Resolve (Builder compatible)
  • Autodesk Flame
  • The Foundry NUKE
  • Sony Vegas
  • Sony Catalyst
  • Grass Valley Edius
  • Silhouette v6
  • Other OFX-compatible hosts (Baselight, Pablo Rio, Fusion)

For compatibility with specific versions, please see our Support FAQs

Compatible Operating Systems:

  • Mac OS
  • Windows
  • Linux (Red Hat)

Tech Specifications

  • Resolution independent - HD, 2K, Ultra HD, 4K, 8K, etc.
  • Floating point processing - All effects use full floating point processing for improved image quality and full 32-bit HDR support
  • 64-bit enabled - expanded memory capabilities
  • Multiprocessor support
  • GPU support
    • CUDA only
    • Recommended card: latest NVIDIA CUDA card and latest driver

Learn more about:
Sapphire for Adobe Premiere Pro
Sapphire for Autodesk
Sapphire for AVID
Sapphire for DaVinci Resolve
Sapphire for Nuke
Sapphire for OFX
Sapphire for Adobe Premiere Pro