Over 200 transitions, effects, film restoration and other filters
It seems ever since there was digital video editing, Boris FX has been there with juicy add-ons and plugins for special effects, transitions, cleaning up video, colour correction and much, much more.
I was first introduced to their packages by Phillip Hodgetts at a consumer video show at Sydney’s Darling Harbour back in the 90s. Phillip has now gone on to bigger and better things (including hosting the Boris Forums on Creative Cow).
My personal favourite of the Boris applications is RED, a behemoth of a program that needs a book by itself. But at NAB, the company released an update to arguably their most popular package, Boris Continuum Complete (BCC), now in version 9, containing a swag of filters, transitions and effects.
BCC 9 acts as a plugin for your own editing package so there is no need to learn a whole new interface; each transition or effect is called individually when you want it in exactly the same way that a native effect in your editor is. BCC9 is available for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects, AVID systems, Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion, Sony Vegas Pro and Autodesk. All filters take advantage of either multi-processing or OpenGL hardware acceleration.
Each of the 200+ effects is bundled into a ‘Group’ named after the type of effect, filter or transition it is. These groups include Transitions, Film, Image Restoration, Stylize, Keying and Composite, Lights and Perspective. To cover each of the individual modules here would take forever, so here is a cross section to give you an indication of the breadth of scope of the BCC application.
There are 30+ dissolve and wipe transitions alone. Samples include Flutter, Blur, Glow and Damage TV. Whereas normally keyframes are used to set where a transition starts, BCC employs a unique overlay curve system showing you exactly where a transition begins and where any effect takes place.
As its name suggest, these effects allow you to mimic different film types such as a soft lens, added luminosity, defocus or even the Technicolor over saturated look.
Arguably the most important of the groups, the filters available in the Image Restoration group can literally save your life! For example, the Magic Sharp filter actually de-blurs blurry footage making it usable. Other filters include Noise Reduction, Optical Stabilize and Lens Correction.
To give atmosphere to clips that require that sort of thing such as a music video perhaps, or particular types of fashion shoots maybe, there is an extensive set of stylize filters covering a whole gamut of possibilities such as Grunge, Edge Grunge, Posterize and Reptilian.
BCC 9 excels at anything to do with mattes, chroma keying and compositing. A single filter for example lets you deal with junk mattes, matte clean-ups, pulling a chroma key, light wrapping and colour correction. This eliminates the need for time consuming multiple filter layering.
A personal favourite is BCC Laser Beam. This nifty filter allows you to engrave or add trace on effects to your footage complete with fog and glows. Other in the group include Reverse Spotlight, Rays Ring and Lightning.
Over 2,000 professionally-designed presets are included free with every installation of BCC. You can save and freely share your own presets and build customized preset collections tuned to the specific needs of a project. Both static and animated BCC presets are supported and presets can be shared with matching BCC installations on any host application in which BCC is installed.
Boris Continuum Complete 9 is available as a trial download and this truthfully is the only real way to appreciate just what a valuable tool it is. The complete version, depending on the host system used, costs between USD$695 (for Final Cut, Motion, Sony Vegas, DaVinci Resolve), USD$995 (After Effects, Premiere Pro) and USD$1995 (AVID Media Composer, Newscutter and Symphony).
More information and the trial download is at www.borisfx.com where you can also see videos of examples.