FX - 8.0.2
18 October 2008

FX 8.02 Release Notes

Supported Hosts and Operating Systems

Macintosh Windows

Adobe® Premiere® 6.5 Adobe® After Effects® 6.0

Apple® Final Cut Pro® 3.0, 4.0 or later

Avid® Media Composer®, Avid Symphony® 4.7, 4.8, Avid XpressMac®, Avid Xpress DV® 3.0, 3.5.4, 4.8, Avid Xpress Pro®4.0 or later

Media 100 i® 8.1 and later, Media 100 HD 10.0

Adobe® Premiere Pro® 1.5

Avid® Media Composer®, Avid Symphony®, Avid Xpress®, Avid Xpress DV® 3.0, 3.5.4, Avid Xpress Pro® 4.0 or later, Avid Xpress Studio, Avid|DS 6.0 and later

Canopus® Edius® 2.5, Edius Pro® 3.0

DPS® Velocity® 8.2

Incite® Media Producer 3.0 and later, Remote Producer 3.0 and later

In:Sync® Blade® 2.2, In:Sync Speed~Razor® 5.5

Media 100® iFinish 4.6

Pinnacle purple®, Pinnacle silver® 4.01, Pinna- cle Liquid Edition® 6.0

Sony® Vegas® 4.0

Ulead Media Studio Pro® 6.5, 7.0


Supported Operating Systems

FX 8.0.2 supports the following operating systems.


Macintosh OS X v10.2.6 and above (see note below). FX 8.0.2 is the first version to add support for Macintosh OS X 10.4.2 (Tiger).

To take advantage of the OpenGL features in FX, you must install Macintosh OS

10.2.6 or later. Final Cut Pro 4.x users must install Macintosh OS 10.3.


Windows 2K®, Windows XP®

Minimum System Requirements

We recommend at least 512 MB of memory assigned to the host application for both Macintosh and Windows users using FX 8.0.2.

To run Boris FX 8.0.2, QuickTime version 6.0 or later must be installed on your system. Boris FX 8.0.2 supports dual processors, Hyper Threading, and Altivec acceleration.


FX is localized in several languages – English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Korean. FX installs a Boris Language Pack file which reads the system language specified on your system and translates its menus into that language, if it is supported.

Localization should be automatic and requires no work on the part of users. The Boris Language Pack file is located in the following location.


Library/Application Support/BorisFX/Boris Language Pack.ecs


<Drive>\Program Files\Boris FX, Inc.\Boris Language Pack.ecs

Editing Language Pack files with the Boris Localizer

The Boris Localizer is a standalone Mac OS X application that can be used to update the translation of FX in any of its eight supported languages. Use the Boris Localizer to edit Boris Language Pack files which contain translations of FX menus and parameters into various languages. The Boris Localizer is available through your local Boris reseller.

Contact your reseller for more information on using the Boris Localizer to edit the default FX translations.

Supported Hardware and Drivers

You need the following hardware and system requirements to use the hardware dependent features in FX 8.0.2. For detailed information on the OpenGL feature in FX, see the Understanding OpenGL pdf on your FX CD or in the FX User Guide.

Important Note on OpenGL Support

Due to the fast rate at which OpenGL card manufacturers release drivers, FX may disqualify your OpenGL hardware erroneously. If this happens, you should try to enable OpenGL to see if you benefit from OpenGL acceleration. If you have troubles with slowness, or render inconsistencies, please disable OpenGL. 

While OpenGL may work in the FX KeyFramer, that does not necessarily mean it will work inside your host application. This is due to the fact that some hosts use OpenGL memory, leaving it unavailable for FX when you work inside the host.

If your host crashes when trying to apply FX, and you cannot disable OpenGL in your host, please contact our technical support staff. They will send you a preferences file that will start Boris FX with OpenGL disabled.

BorisFX will make every effort to continue to qualify OpenGL cards and driver versions. However, it is important to note that it is impossible to qualify all combinations of OpenGL cards, operating system, drivers and host applications. In general you should run the latest driver available for your OpenGL card. If you have problems with the latest driver, visit the Boris website to see a list of the latest supported driver versions.

Supported OpenGL Hardware

OpenGL is a cross-platform standard that accelerates the rendering of 2D and 3D graphics. Most newer video cards have hardware-based OpenGL acceleration. If your system does not include the recommended minimum requirements, FX initially defaults OpenGL to Off. You can re-enable OpenGL in the FX Preferences window. You can still use FX without OpenGL or with an older card, you just won’t gain as much acceleration while working. For details on how to use OpenGL, see the FX User Guide.

Final Cut Pro 4.x users must have a minimum of Macintosh OS 10.3 installed to support FX’s OpenGL feature.

Supported Macintosh Hardware