Boris Sapphire 2020.0 for Avid Windows

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Install Instructions Windows


To Download and install:

  1. Make sure you have one or more of the following Avid products on Windows:
Media Composer   8.0 or greater
  1. Quit your Avid software if it is running. If you have an older version of Sapphire v1 - v12 you do not need to un-install it. The new installation will just replace it without removing any existing serial number.
  • Download and run the installer.

    Either run the program from its current location, or save it to disk and then execute it from wherever you saved it. Follow the instructions given by the installer.

Sapphire v13 should load all old sequences saved with older Sapphire versions, including v1 - v12.

Sapphire 13 is an AVX2 plug-in. Avid has deprecated support for the old AVX1 interface, but AVX2 plug-ins can read old sequences saved with AVX1 plug-ins.

When you restart your Avid software, the new version v13 plug-ins should appear in the Effect Palette in the Sapphire categories.

For on-line help installed locally on your workstation, go to: Start -> Programs -> GenArts Sapphire AVX -> Online Help. A “Help” dialog is also provided when using a plug-in, which gives information about that plug-in currently being used.


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 https://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl-2.1.html for more details. The source code for Qt is available here.


What’s New in Sapphire 2020

New Effect and Transitions

  • S_FreeLens- Brand new effect for Sapphire 2020, S_FreeLens emulates the look achieved by shooting with a lens detached from the camera body.

  • S_OCIOTransform- New for Sapphire 2020, OCIOTransform brings OpenColorIO support directly into the host.

New Features

  • In Sapphire 2020, Mocha point parameter tracking has been added to LensFlare, Rays, EdgeRays, Luna, Grunge, Spotlight, Aurora, Zap, MuzzleFlash, and FreeLens.

  • Performance improvements have been added to various effects including EdgeRays, WhipLash, and SwishPan.

  • Various performance improvements in the Preset Browser.

  • Compare Mode has been added to the Sapphire Preset Browser, Sapphire Flare Designer, and Sapphire Effect and Transition Builder.

  • OpenColorIO support has been added the Sapphire Preset Browser, Sapphire Flare Designer, and Sapphire Effect and Transition Builder.

  • Improved Mocha: Area brush for quick masking.

Known Issues

  • If the Preset Browser is launched multiple times in rapid succession inside the Sapphire Effect Builder, selection may not work in the preset browser. If this happens close the Preset Browser and re-open it.

  • Mocha on Mac OS: The command-q shortcut key doesn't immediately respond when trying to close Mocha. If the key is held down for 1-2 seconds, it will correctly close Mocha.

  • Mocha: The Mocha UI does not correctly locate the default OCIO config file shipped with Sapphire. To use the default OCIO config file shipped with Sapphire, use the OCIO environment variable to locate said the config file.

  • LensFlareAutoTrack: green/green and yellow/yellow mode will give different results if hotspot_shift is set to a non-zero value on interlaced footage.

  • Mocha: Mocha point tracking widget starts in the wrong place in green/green mode on interlaced footage.