Why Sapphire?

Legendary Toolset

Sapphire is the must-have, most-requested, unsurpassed choice for visual effects software.

For the past 20 years, the world’s leading artists and editors have used Sapphire visual effect plug-ins to engage viewers, grow audiences, and increase the value of content. Sapphire plug-ins streamline your workflow, increase the productivity of your team, and free up your time to be more innovative.

Around the world, our customers are creating incredible work with Sapphire.We spoke with Robert Hrantisky, John Dickinson, and Adam Fenwick about how they use Sapphire in their award-winning work. Watch the short video by clicking on the frame to the right or by clicking here.

Whether you are an Editor, Animator, VFX Artist, or Filmmaker, Sapphire is the solution when you need the most efficient way to achieve the highest production value.


Sapphire’s Effect and Transition Builder gives users the ability to browse and try out Sapphire effects with ease, enabling artists and editors to create their own custom effects and transitions. Builder ships with over 150 presets for creative and correctional purposes, so you can start using it right out of the box. Browse the new presets by effect name, genre, or featured artist. All new effects and transitions made with Builder can be saved as presets and shared across compatible hosts: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, and DaVinci Resolve

Learn more about Sapphire Builder.

Gorgeous Presets

There’s nothing harder than starting from a blank slate so Sapphire features over 3000 presets, many crafted by top notch artists and editors. With every release, brand new presets are added so there’s always something fresh to play with.

Flexible Pricing and Licensing Options

Sapphire offers a wide variety of convenient licensing options. Whether it’s breaking down the full suite into individually priced Sapphire Units, offering Sapphire subscriptions, or RLM server based “floating licenses”, Sapphire can fit into any budget. Learn more about Sapphire pricing or by contacting our Sales team here.

Must Have Effects


A favorite of the Hollywood crowd for decades, Sapphire Glow is one of the all-time legendary and most versatile effects. Whether you are looking to slightly alter the mood of a shot or dramatically change the lighting, the silky smooth subtleness of Sapphire Glow will always live up to the hype.

Check out the links below to learn why professionals love adding S_Glow to their work:

Why Adobe Premiere Pro Editors Love S_Glow
Why Adobe After Effects Artists Love S_Glow
Why Avid Media Composer Editors Love S_Glow

Film Effect

Sapphire film effect began as a way to accurately emulate 35mm film for video, but fast-forward to the post production world of today and it’s now used as a multi-faceted color grading tool and plug-in. Packed with tons of amazing presets, editors and artists can quickly achieve dozens of different popular color treatments with Sapphire Film Effect.

Check out the links below to learn how professionals use S_FilmEffect to create stunning color treatments:

Why Adobe After Effects Artists Love S_FilmEffect
Why Avid Media Composer Editors Love S_FilmEffect


Shake holds it’s place amongst the most popular Sapphire effects because it’s versatility and ease of use. Whether used to emulate a documentary style hand-held camera shake or the magnitude of an earthquake-like effect, Shake’s deep parameter set allows it to adapt to any situation.

Watch the links below to see why professionals turn to S_Shake for adding adding camera shake to locked off footage:

Why Adobe Premiere Pro Editors Love S_Shake
Why Adobe After Effects Love S_Shake
Why Avid Media Composer Editors Love S_Shake

Lens Flare

Sapphire LensFlare gives you the ability to add photorealistic lens flares from a huge amount of presets or create them from scratch with the Sapphire Flare Designer, our own application for building feature film quality lens flares. Never adjust your F-stops or shine a light into your camera again!

Watch and learn why professionals across every industry choose S_LensFlare when it comes to adding some flare to their work.

Why Adobe Premiere Pro Editors Love S_LensFlare
Why Adobe After Effects Artists Love S_LensFlare
Why Avid Media Composer Editors Love S_LensFlare


Vignette is a great example of a classic Sapphire effect. It helps you take a repetitive multi-click task and turn it into one step with increased flexibility and new functionality. But don’t take our word for it, check out how the profesionals use Sapphire Vignette in your host application of choice:

Why Adobe Premiere Pro Editors Love S_Vignette
Why Adobe After Effects Artists Love S_Vignette
Why Avid Media Composer Editors Love S_Vignette


Sapphire Works With:

  • Adobe After Effects (Builder compatible)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro (Builder compatible)
  • Avid Media Composer (Builder compatible)
  • DaVinci Resolve (Builder compatible)
  • Autodesk Flame
  • The Foundry NUKE
  • Sony Vegas
  • Sony Catalyst
  • Grass Valley Edius
  • Silhouette v6
  • Other OFX-compatible hosts (Baselight, Pablo Rio, Fusion)

For compatibility with specific versions, please see our Support FAQs

Compatible Operating Systems:

  • Mac OS
  • Windows
  • Linux (Red Hat)

Tech Specifications

  • Resolution independent - HD, 2K, Ultra HD, 4K, 8K, etc.
  • Floating point processing - All effects use full floating point processing for improved image quality and full 32-bit HDR support
  • 64-bit enabled - expanded memory capabilities
  • Multiprocessor support
  • GPU support
    • CUDA only
    • Recommended card: latest NVIDIA CUDA card and latest driver

Learn more about:
Sapphire for Autodesk
Sapphire for AVID
Sapphire for DaVinci Resolve
Sapphire for Nuke
Sapphire for OFX
Sapphire for Adobe Premiere Pro



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