Sapphire 2021.51 for OFX Linux (Debian)

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To Download and install:

  1. Make sure you have one or more of the following OFX compatible host products on Linux:

    Resolve 12.5 or greater
    Autodesk Flame 2017 or greater
    Nuke 11 or greater
    ToonBoom Harmony 12 or greater
    Fusion Studio 8 or greater
  2. Quit any host applications that may be running.
    If you previously installed an older version of Sapphire Plug-ins, the new installation will just replace it. You should not need to uninstall it first.

  3. For Red Hat or similar: become root and use the rpm shell command to download (354MB) and run the installer or download the RPM installer file and install it locally.

    For Ubuntu: first make sure you have ‘libjpeg62’, and ‘libglade2-0’ packages installed.
    Then download the DEB installer file (328MB), become root, and type the command:
    dpkg -i –force-architecture sapphireofx_2021.510-1.0_amd64.deb for 64 bit

  4. 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 RedHat or Ubuntu start menu and select GenArts Sapphire OFX -> Sapphire Online Help (HTML) or (PDF). You can also click on the “Help” button while using any plug-in.


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What’s New in Sapphire 2021.5

New Features

  • Support for new After Effects Multi-Frame Rendering pipeline on most Sapphire Effects.

  • Native support for Mac M1 machines in Premiere Beta.

  • Improved Rays and EdgeRays: These effects now have parameters allowing the rays to be blurred before they are combined with the background.

  • Performance Improvements and Bug Fixes in Preset Browser, Sapphire Effect Builder, and Flare Designer.

  • New LensFlares.

  • LensFlare: Improved flare consistency between thumbnails and the Flare Designer.

  • Improved Mocha: Improved Dope Sheet.

What’s New in Sapphire 2021.5.1

  • Builder: Fix a bug in S_Transition where the preset browser only displayed a single frame when launched from within the Transition Builder UI.

  • Builder and LensFlare: Show presets from 2021 and 2021.5 in the “New” tab.

  • Fixed a bug that prevented certain subscription licenses from updating.

  • Added an environment variable to control the subscription license check. By default, subscription checks happen on GUI nodes and do not happen on render nodes.

  • Adobe and OFX: Render Node: To turn on subscription license checks for render nodes, set the environment variable SAPPHIRE_SUBSCRIPTION_CHECK to 1.

  • Adobe and OFX: GUI Node: To turn off the subscription license check for GUI nodes, either set the environment variable SAPPHIRE_SUBSCRIPTION_CHECK to 0 or set enable_subscription_checks to 0 in s_config.text.

  • Added GPU status to the LensFlare Designer About Dialog.

  • S_DissolveLensFlare: Fixed a crash with certain parameter combinations when blur-motion was enabled.

  • Fixed a bug where the installer opened twice on Mac M1 machines.

  • Fixed a performance issue in noise generation within effects on Mac M1 machines. Eg. S_Clouds, S_DissolveBubble, and others.