Boris Sapphire 2021.01 for Avid macOS

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To Download and install:

  1. Make sure you have one or more of the following Avid products:
Media Composer   8.0 or greater
  1. Make sure you are running Mac OS X 10.12 or greater.
  2. Quit your Avid software if it is running. If you have an older version of Sapphire v6, v7, v8, v9, v10, v11, v12 or v13 you do not need to un-install it. The new installation will just replace it without removing any existing serial number.
  3. Download and run the installer.

Follow the instructions given by the installer. When it asks for your username and password, just enter your Mac user login password.

Sapphire v14 should load all old sequences saved with older Sapphire versions, including v1 - v13.

Sapphire 14 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 v14 plug-ins should appear in the Effect Palette in the Sapphire categories. You can simply use these effects just as you would any other effect.

For on-line help installed locally on your workstation, go to the Applications folder, double click on GenArtsSapphireAVX and select the online documentation. 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 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.

  • 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: 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.