Boris FX Showcases New 2019 Versions of the Industry’s Most Popular VFX Plug-ins at IBC 2018

Tags: Sapphire, Mocha Pro, Continuum

Award-winning plug-in developer reboots famed Particle Illusion for Continuum suite, redesigns Sapphire Lens Flare tool, enhances Mocha’s interface and roto tools, and delivers GPU acceleration

Boston, Massachusetts — September 10, 2018 — The post-production industry’s leading visual effects plug-in developer, Boris FX™, will preview major new 2019 versions of flagship products Sapphire, Continuum, and Mocha Pro, at IBC in Amsterdam, Netherlands (RAI, Booth 7.A65), September 14-18, 2018. The 2019 lineup marks a significant development commitment to a yearly release cycle across all products to deliver the tools professional editors, artists, and motion graphic designers demand.

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“We cannot wait to show the European broadcast and film community the powerful new features found in our upcoming 2019 releases. Both existing users and next generation artists will appreciate the increased efficiencies and creative options when paired with Adobe, Avid, Autodesk, Blackmagic Design, and Foundry workflows,” says Boris Yamnitsky, Boris FX, Founder & President. “Fans of Particle Illusion, now part of Continuum 2019, will love creating stunning motion graphics elements with an easy-to-learn interface and blazing GPU acceleration. The legendary Lens Flare inside Sapphire 2019 has been improved with a new streamlined designer UI and professional presets allowing for faster creation of Hollywood’s favorite lens flares, and Mocha Pro 2019’s new essentials workspace and magnetic spline tools deliver significant advances in motion tracking and roto-masking. We’re also releasing a new Boris FX App Manager that will make activating and deactivating Sapphire, Continuum, and Mocha Pro licenses a breeze.”

Mocha Pro 2019 will be released in late September 2018. Continuum 2019 and Sapphire 2019 will be available later this year.

2019 Product Releases

Mocha Pro 2019

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Mocha Pro adds a new streamlined user interface to master planar tracking quickly; GPU-accelerated object removal for dramatic time-savings; new magnetic and freehand spline tools for faster masking and rotoscoping; and Mocha Pro and Mocha VR are now available together as one plug-in. Mocha Pro 2019 delivers the world’s most powerful and versatile planar tracking solution for traditional and 360 VFX artists, compositors, and editors.

I’ve used Mocha time and time again to see if seemingly impossible tasks are possible. The new Mocha Pro 2019 release improves on core functionality, usability, and speed which translates into VFX artists getting home earlier!” - Jake Morrison, VFX Supervisor, Thor: Ragnarok and Ant-Man

Particle Illusion

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Particle Illusion is a major new addition to the Continuum package. The completely redesigned high-end motion graphics generator (sparkles, smoke, fireworks) features a speedy GPU-accelerated engine in a simple, easy-to-use interface. The new Particle Illusion plug-in will be released later in 2018 as part of Continuum 2019 and the Continuum Particle Unit.

I’m so excited to see Particle Illusion up and running again, in a modern UI, and also available for new host applications like Media Composer and Resolve. Even though it was created almost 20 years ago, the complexity and beauty of some of its effects are still unmatched.” - Alan Lorence, Product Manager, Boris FX (former Wondertouch founder and GenArts product manager)

Continuum 2019

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In addition to Particle Illusion, Continuum’s Title Studio adds the ability to apply GPU-accelerated effects (Image Processing Shaders) directly inside its interface along with 150+ new professionally designed templates; broadcast monitor support (Blackmagic only in initial release) for external applications like Particle Illusion and Title Studio; and the new Mocha Essentials interface featuring the new Magnetic Spline Tool.

Boris FX is continually adding tools to Continuum to not only fix common editorial and VFX issues but also give us awesome effects to take our work to the next level. The inclusion of Particle Illusion in Continuum 2019 adds a new layer of realism. It looks great, previews lightning quick, and comes with a ton of presets to get you going in the right direction. This, plus the addition of Title Studio’s real-time Image Processing Shaders (Glows, Blurs, Light Sweeps, Light Rays, etc.), gives us so many more creative options when working on text looks!”  - Kevin P. McAuliffe, Senior Editor, Extreme Reach Toronto

Sapphire 2019

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Sapphire features an improved and redesigned Lens Flare tool, complete with new flare components which allow for creating stunning modern Lens Flares, additional professionally made and curated  presets, and a new customizable user interface; new and original stylized effects and transitions like Pixel Sort and WhipPan; an improved shape tool inside Sapphire Builder to more easily create animating matte effects; broadcast monitor support (Blackmagic only in initial release) for all external applications such as Sapphire Builder and Sapphire Flare Designer; a streamlined Mocha Essentials user interface for quicker tracking and masking; and increased speed and performance through improved GPU acceleration. 

Sapphire 2019 is a great new addition to my toolset. The new Lens Flare tool allows me to produce some truly stunning photo-realistic flares in my work.” - Damien LeVeck, Owner/ Editor, Skubalon, Inc.

Boris FX App Manager

The new Boris FX App Manager gives users a unified and easy-to-use interface for activating, deactivating, and reviewing licensing of any installed Boris FX application (including Sapphire, Continuum, and Mocha Pro) on their systems. The App Manager also automatically alerts users to new releases and updates for all installed Boris FX applications and allows product installers to be directly downloaded from within the App. The App Manager is yet another example of how Boris FX is dedicated to providing post-production teams with the most efficient workflows.

To schedule a press appointment or personal demonstration of Boris FX products at IBC (Booth 7.A65), please contact Jessie Electa Petrov, Director of Marketing,

About Boris FX

Founded in 1995, Boris FX is a leading developer of VFX, compositing, titling, video editing, and workflow tools for broadcast, post-production, and film professionals. Boris FX products have grown to serve over a million artists worldwide. The company’s success lies in its ability to tightly integrate and leverage technologies through strong partnerships with Adobe, Apple, Avid, Autodesk, The Foundry, Blackmagic Design, Grass Valley, Filmlight, Magix, Corel, Cyberlink, FXhome, and other leading developers of video editing software. In 2014, Boris FX acquired Imagineer Systems, the Academy Award-winning developer of Mocha planar tracking software. In 2016, Boris FX acquired GenArts, the developer of Sapphire, the gold standard plug-in package for high-end visual effects.

Media Contact

Jessie Electa Petrov, Director of Marketing



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