Sapphire 2021.51 for OFX macOS

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To Download and install:

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

    Resolve 12.5 or greater
    Autodesk Flame 2017 or greater
    Nuke 11 or greater
    Baselight    5 or higher
  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. Download the Mac installer.
    This includes Universal binaries for Mac Intel hardware and Mac m1 hardware.

  4. Run the installer. When it asks for your passphrase, enter your Mac user login password, and follow the instructions given by the installer.

  5. 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/GenArtsSapphireOFX folder and double click on Online Help.html or Online Help.pdf. You can also click on the “Help” button while using any plug-in.


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 2021.5

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.