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Overview

Continuum 2019 is Now Available! 

Continuum 2019 is the latest major upgrade for the most comprehensive plug-in collection on the market. Key features include the rebirth of Particle Illusion, the famed motion graphics generator, new Title Studio image-processing shaders such as glows, rays, and blurs for visually-stunning titles and lower thirds, new Mocha Essentials workspace with 4 new spline tools like magnetic edge snapping and geometric shapes for faster tracking and masking, new point-driven parameter tracking powered by Mocha, and overall GPU-acceleration.

Available now for the following hosts: Adobe, Avid, and OFX hosts such as Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve and Magix VEGAS Pro. 

For information on compatibility with specific versions and operating systems, please see our Continuum Compatibility Matrix.

What's New

PARTICLE ILLUSION

It’s back! Renowned Particle Illusion (formerly particleIllusion) gets a total overhaul in Continuum 2019. Redesigned from the ground up as a 64-bit application, Particle Illusion gives editors and artists access to an easy-to-use, powerful, high-end particle and motion graphics generator. Instantly create preset-driven photorealistic motion-tracked particle effects for titles, lower thirds, and background graphics. Learn more about Particle Illusion.

  • New! Real-time GPU-based Particles Generation: A slick new interface makes generating motion graphics like sparkles, smoke, fireworks, and explosions simple, and alpha blending options make compositing elements into live-action sequences a cinch.
  • New! Standalone Option: Particle Illusion can be run as a standalone application, but rendering is only available as a plug-in. Artists and Editors can use the standalone to create and save a preset effect outside a host application and then can render that saved effect from inside a host timeline.
  • New! Revamped Emitter Library: The Emitter library now includes a handy search function and has been rewritten, allowing users to access an unlimited number of emitters without needing to reload libraries.

Particle Illusion is available inside Continuum 2019 as a plug-in and as a standalone application. Particle Illusion is also included in the Particles Unit.


MOCHA ESSENTIALS WITH NEW TRACKING TOOLS

Users already know and love the Academy Award-winning Mocha planar tracking tools integrated directly inside Continuum. The Continuum 2019 release provides some major updates. Say yes to faster effects masking and rotoscoping.

  • New! Mocha Essentials Workspace: Editors and artists will love the simplified, clean interface that focuses on only the most essential icons and tools. Master tracking quicker.
  • New! Spline Tools: 4 new spline tools make masking and roto work even more simple. Includes a new magnetic spline tool with edge-snapping, a freehand tool, and geometric shapes like ellipse and rectangle.
  • New! Parameter-driven Tracking: Position point parameters in Continuum filters can now be driven directly by Mocha. Track filters like Lens Flare 3D, Rays, and Spotlights. Watch the video
  • New! High-DPI and Retina Display Support

What’s the difference between Mocha tracking inside Continuum and the full Mocha Pro version? Compare.


TITLE STUDIO UPDATES

Title Studio is a next-gen 2D/3D titling plug-in that can be used as a custom interface plug-in or standalone application. Easily create high-quality professional 2D or 3D titles with custom bevels, fills and styles; import 3D models from Maxon C4D or Adobe Illustrator EPS files; and add OpenGL-accelerated features like 3D extrusions, materials, cameras, lights, and deformers.

  • New! Image Processing Shaders: Quickly add text treatments such as animated glows, blurs, and volumetric lighting to titles directly inside the application in real-time (GPU-accelerated). Shaders can also be applied at texture, shape or scene levels for even greater flexibility.
  • New! 3D Materials: Image processing shaders create new compelling materials previously not possible. New professionally-designed material presets can be found in the Materials Palette.
  • New! 8K or higher resolution support: New preferences allow users to define max texture size and display the size of each layer of text in pixels.
  • New! Grids & Guidelines: Now includes a very useful grid and guides feature. The grid is totally user configurable via the new Grids Palette and users can elect to have objects in the scene snap to the grid or the guides or both.
  • New! Onscreen Text Tool: Users can now select the text tool, click in the comp window and start typing, making the accurate placement and generation of titles faster and easier than ever before.
  • New! Onscreen Text Box: Text objects can now be repositioned and scaled with the click of a mouse. Scale faster and more accurately.
  • New! Preset Library: 150 new professionally-designed presets using the new Image Processing Shaders have been added to get users up-and-running quickly. Simply drag & drop or customize and save your presets in the new library.
  • New! Faster playback: Playback within the Title Studio UI now supports 8K or higher resolutions


OVERALL IMPROVEMENTS

  • Avid Effects Simplified: The introduction of Mocha-based parameter tracking renders most non-real time blue dot filters unnecessary. Non-real time filters have been moved into an obsolete folder to support the older legacy Continuum tracker.
  • External Broadcast Monitor Support: Applications like Title Studio and the FX Browser now support external broadcast monitors. Currently only available for Blackmagic Design, AJA coming soon.
  • Deep Color 32-bit Support in Premiere Pro: The 32-bit float color processing option in Continuum, which has always been available in hosts such as After Effects, has been extended to include the Premiere Pro host with deep color support enabling users to generate HDR content without clipping.

FEATURES

MOCHA TRACKING & MASKING

The Academy Award-winning Mocha planar tracking and masking application is integrated inside almost every single filter in Continuum! This empowers editors to do more advanced finishing work right within the filter without having to leave editing project timelines.

Mocha can be used to generate user-defined closed spline shapes, which can be tracked individually or as a group using the Mocha planar tracker. These static or animated mask shapes can then be used to isolate the result of any filter to a specific region in the source shot (e.g., isolating a blur to someones face). The Mocha tracker can also be used to drive other filter parameters, such as screen / billboard replacement, face tracking, etc.

Fun Fact : Mask and tracking data from any Mocha session can be exported and used in any other Mocha session. This includes sharing tracking mask and tracking data from Mocha Pro and the integrated Mocha in Continuum, or even, Sapphire.

Find out why Continuum customers who get a taste of Mocha lite in Continuum often upgrade to the full version Mocha Pro.


IMAGE RESTORATION TOOLS

Fix footage fast. Image Restoration is the powerful, must-have tool set that saves less-than-ideal footage. Be a problem-solving hero. Features include:

  • Integrated Academy Award-winning Mocha masking and planar tracking system
  • Beauty Studio: all-in-one digital makeup filter
  • Broadcast Safe: legalize your content for any broadcast standard
  • Flicker Fixer: drag and drop flicker removal
  • Lens Correction: wide-angle lens normalizer
  • Magic Sharp: multi-stage image sharpening
  • PixelFixer: dead pixel replacement
  • Reframer: vertical video in horizontal frame solution
  • Remover: pixel cloning tool with automatic infill option
  • UpRez: up-converter with integrated post processing tools

Fun fact: The Academy Award-winning doc O.J.: Made in America, which weaved together footage from tons of different sources, relied heavily on Continuum’s Image Restoration tools to keep the audience focused on the captivating story.


PRIMATTE STUDIO

Easily chroma key and composite using the same Academy Award nominated compositing tech (Photron’s Primatte) as major blockbusters like the Lord of the Rings series, Harry Potter films, and Spider-Man. The new Primatte Studio is the ultimate blue/green screen toolset. Exclusive features include:

Automatic green/blue screen analysis Manual transparency tuning Adjust lighting to correct unevenly lit screens Foreground object detection to deliver a perfect key with a single color sample Integrated Academy Award winning Mocha masking and planar tracking system

Note: Primatte Studio is not currently available for Apple hosts


TRANSITIONS

Cut. Add a slick transition. Repeat. Set the pace and tone of your edit sequence without keyframes!

Transitions in Continuum are a major time-saver for anyone facing constant deadlines. Continuum includes almost 40 drag & drop auto-animating transitions with over 500 professionally designed factory installed presets. Every transition filter in Continuum also includes sophisticated yet easy to use HUD style on-screen controls, which can be used to make quick adjustments to the timing of the animation and the look of the transition effect.

Popular transitions and dissolves include Swish Pan, Flutter Cut, Fast Film Glow, Light Leaks, Lens Blur and Damaged TV.


3D OBJECTS

Why use Continuum to create broadcast-ready titles, lower thirds, and motion graphics? Because you can create them at any resolution and in any dimension with ease! 3D Objects features include:

  • New! Title Studio: Adds image-processing shaders such as blurs, glows, and rays directly inside the interface for visually stunning results, plus 150+ new professionally designed-presets
  • 2D and 3D generated text and graphics remain razor sharp regardless of the project size. They can be warped, deformed and shattered using state of the art vertex and pixel shader technology.
  • Apply material shaders to any individual side of a 3D object.
  • Import 3D models retaining the original colors or change the colors using the included material shaders.
  • Import and extrude Adobe Illustrator and Adobe EPS vector art.
  • Import RTF text files retaining the original text style information or adjust it globally or on a per character level.
  • Auto-animate title rolls, crawls, fades and zooms.
  • Mix and match 2D and 3D elements in the same unified workspace.

The filters in the Continuum 3D Objects category are hardware accelerated on both NVIDIA and ATI video cards.


PARTICLES

Build blockbuster organic matter and streams. Powerful 3D particle generators, custom emitters, and organic effects for motion graphics and VFX. Features include:

  • New! Particle Illusion: Real-time motion graphics creation for high-end sparkle, smoke, and firework elements
  • Integrated Academy Award-winning Mocha masking and planar tracking system
  • Particle Emitter 3D: Hardware acceleration and support for host lights, cameras & paths
  • Organic Strands 3D: Particle painting
  • Rain & Snow Generators: Auto-animating with collision detection
  • Pin Art 3D: Pin screen simulator
  • Particle Array: Real-time shape generator


360/VR

Editing and finishing immersive 360 video is a time consuming task. The VR Unit gives editors five new 360 optimized filters to speed up post workflows. Work inside your host timeline while avoiding the seams inherent to regular non-VR filters. Supports 180, 360, mono, and stereoscopic! Based on Mocha VR’s award-winning 360/VR tech.

The new filters are: VR Reorient, VR Insert, VR Blur, VR Sharpen and VR Flicker Fixer. Learn more about the Continuum VR Unit.


FX BROWSER

Find your perfect look - quickly and easily!

With the touch of a button, the FX Browser™ can be launched from within each individual Continuum filter providing instant access to that filters library of animated and static presets. All effect presets play back over the filtered source video in your timeline from within the FX Browser interface, which includes a handy trim feature enabling you to preview only a select portion of the filtered source clip.

Additionally, the FX Browser is available as a standalone filter. This makes it simple to browse the entire Continuum effects presets library over the filtered source - a great way for the novice user to quickly familiarize themselves with the huge array of looks and effects that can be achieved with Continuum filters.

Note: The FX Browser is available in all supported hosts with the exception of Apple FCPX and Apple Motion.

HOSTS

Product Name: Continuum Product Type: Native Interface Plug-Ins Shipping Version: 2019

Host Support: For compatibility with specific versions and operating systems, please see our Continuum Compatibility Matrix.

Adobe After Effects CS5.5-CC 2018
Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5-CC 2018
Avid Media Composer 6.5+
Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 12.5+
Magix Vegas Pro 14+
The Foundry’s Nuke: Nuke 9+

Graphics Cards: We recommend that you run the latest graphics card driver version supported by your host application. A graphics card with a minimum of 1GB of RAM is required; 2GB of RAM is recommended.

VERSIONS

UPDATING CONTINUUM

Considering upgrading from an older version of Continuum? With each release, Boris FX improves Continuum by increasing the number of filters and effects, making it faster, and making its tools even more useful. If you aren’t using the most recent version of Continuum, you can be sure you are missing out.

Take a look back to see what’s changed:

Continuum version 11 - Release date: October 2017 Continuum version 10 - Release date: October 2015 Continuum version 9 - Release date: April 2014 Continuum version 8 - Release date: November 2011

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