Boris Sapphire 2021.01 for Adobe macOS

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The installer below is for use with all AE compatible products including After Effects and Premiere Pro.

To Download and install:

  1. Make sure you have one or more AE plug-in compatible applications on a Mac with an Intel CPU and MacOS 10.12 or greater.
  2. If you have an older version of Sapphire Plug-ins, the new installation will replace it, and you do not need to un-install it first.
  3. Quit AE or other host applications that may be running.
  4. Download the installer.
  5. Run the installer. When it asks for your passphrase, enter your macOS user login password, and follow the instructions given by the installer.
  6. Restart your host product, and the new plug-ins should appear in your effects menu.

To view on-line documentation after you install the software, go to the /Applications/GenArtsSapphireAE folder and double click on Online Help.html or Online Help.pdf. You can also click on the “About” box while using any plug-in.

In general, you can load projects saved with older Sapphire effects and they should automatically convert to use Sapphire v14. Please visit the support page for more info on this.

If you already installed Sapphire v14 and want to go back to an older version you should first uninstall v14.


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 2021

New Effects

  • S_UltraGlow - Brand new effect for Sapphire 2021, S_UltraGlow total revamp of the classic S_Glow with control over the hotspot of the glow as well as the falloff.

  • S_UltraZap - Brand new effect for Sapphire 2021, S_UltraZap improves upon the classic S_Zap with the ability to animate Zap along a spline and looping behavior as well as improved color controls and a new workflow.

New Features

  • Metal for Mac OS. Over 60 effects have improved speed from an all new metal implementation

  • Improved LensFlare Designer:

  • Lens Flare ability to offset elements off axis.

  • Reactive speed for elements..

  • Performance and stability improvements.

  • Improved Mocha:

  • Adjust track.

Known Issues

  • Preset Browser: Some presets may preview incorrectly in UltraGlow and UltraZap.

  • Preset Browser: UltraZap, UltraGlow, and S_Effect may have cropped thumbnails in the preset browser.

  • Mac OS, Big Sur: if you open mocha and then open the preset browser, the preset browser will fail and generate an error. If this happens, the host will have to be restarted to fix the preset browser.

  • UltraZap: On an open spline zap may do unexpected things when mixing vary-endpoint and looping parameters.

  • UltraZap: On an open spline zap may do unexpected things when mixing vary-endpoint and looping parameters.

  • S_Effect on Mac OS: CSI Zoomed Magnification preset intermittently fails to load.

  • S_ZComp: The preset browser can’t open unless an input is connected to the DepthB input.

  • Premiere: The new shadow on LensFlare elements may be squished in Premiere if applied to interlaced footage.

  • 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.

  • Premiere: Point widgets may respond slowly in Premiere after a Mocha point track has been created.

  • 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.