Sapphire 11.01 Autodesk Linux

  • Product: Sapphire
  • Version: 11.01
  • Host: Autodesk
  • Platform: Linux 64-Bit

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Note: Before updating to v7.02 or later, please refer to the release notes for possible compatibility implications with the effect formerly known as Technicolor. See ‘What’s New’ below for details.

To Download and install:

Make sure you have one or more of the following Autodesk products on Linux:
Flint 2012 or greater, 64-bit
Flame 2012 or greater, 64-bit
Inferno 2012 or greater, 64-bit
Smoke 2012 or greater, 64-bit
Burn 2012 or greater, 64-bit
On your Linux workstation, become root and use the rpm shell command to download (201Mb) and run the appropriate installer:

To test out a Spark, select ‘Effects’ and then ‘Sparks’ and click on any Spark button while holding down the ‘Control’ and ‘Alt’ keys. You should find the plug-ins in /usr/discreet/sparks/sapphire_11. Select a Spark and the name should now appear on the button. Click again on the button to initialize the Spark. Select the source and destination clips and the Spark interface window should be displayed.

For on-line help, click on the the Help button on the “Crop/Help” page while using any plug-in, or go to the RedHat start menu and select GenArts Sapphire11 Autodesk -> Sapphire Online Help (HTML) or (PDF).

Installation notes:

  • Sapphire v9, v10 and v11 can all be on your system at the same time, and you can continue using v9 and v10 as usual even after installing v11. However, please be aware that the names of the sparks are the same in all of the versions, which can lead to some confusion, and sometimes the older version may continue to be used unintentionally.
  • Setup files saved with Sapphire v9 and v10 will not load into v11, but we have provided an update_setups utility to automatically convert setup files from v9 and v10 to v11. For more information check the on-line doc after you install the software.

Burn installation notes:

  • If you are installing on many remote Burn nodes it may be helpful to set the SAPPHIRE_SILENT environment variable to 1 before running the installer.
  • Note that you need to run the installer on each machine. It will not work if you just copy the files from one machine to another.
  • Make sure you are running Sapphire version 11.0 or greater on any Autodesk systems that might render with Burn. To check the version number, load any spark and the version should be printed out in the shell window where your Autodesk application was started.
  • If you made any custom modifications in the s_config.text or s_lensflares.text files you should make the same changes on each Burn workstation.
  • On Burn, S_Feedback often gives incorrect results because the frames can be rendered on different machines in non-sequential order. Batch trees with S_Feedback should be processed locally.
  • We do not currently support Burn on Red Hat 8. If you are still running RH8 and can not upgrade to Red Hat Enterprise, please let us know.

This software may use the Qt user interface framework. Qt is distributed under the terms of the Lesser GNU Public License (LGPL), Version 2.1; see for more details. The source code for Qt is available here.

What’s New in Sapphire 11.01 for Autodesk

  1. Fixed a bug that changed the rendered output of several effects between v10 and v11.0 if the user provided a color mask. These effects are now compatible with v10’s output but the output will change relative to v11.0! To get the output from v11.0 back, apply S_Monochrome to the mask before passing it to the effect.
    • All Glows
    • All Sparkles
    • SharpenMask
    • GrainMask (all modes except Grain Remove Mask)
    • GrainComp (all modes)
    • FeebackMatte
    • FeedbackDistortMatte
  2. Fixed update_setups. update_setups now upgrades all v10 effects in setup files (eg. batch, desktop files) to v11.
  3. VignetteMocha mode of S_Vignette now starts with an empty Mocha project. In this case VignetteMocha will use a circular mask until a Mocha Mask is set. This circular mask will not show up in the Mocha UI.
  4. S_Mocha now starts with an empty Mocha project which means the effect will generate a black screen when first applied.
  5. Fixed a bug that caused the Mocha UI to crop when the plugin is set to downsample.
  6. Mocha help link now points to Sapphire Mocha help instead of BCC Mocha help.
  7. Mocha now remembers the previous Open Project and Export Project locations.
  8. Mocha in Sapphire and Mocha in BCC now save preferences and settings separately.
  9. New Mocha projects now display one-based frame numbers to match the host. Existing projects will continue to display zero-based frame numbers to maintain backwards compatibility.
  10. Updated list of known issues (below).
  11. Minor preset improvements.