WHAT'S NEW

Sapphire 2021

  • New! Metal GPU-acceleration: The fastest render speeds on Macs
  • New! S_UltraGlow: The world's best glow just got better
  • New! S_UltraZap: The most electrifying results ever
  • New! LensFlare Designer: More customization = More photorealistic flares
  • New! 45+ presets designed by artists & 10 new lens flares

METAL GPU ACCELERATION

Faster renders and speedier interactivity for all Mac users

Mac users with Sapphire 2021 will rejoice with the introduction of Metal GPU acceleration for over 60 Sapphire effect. Dramatic speed gains can be achieved with Metal acceleration in Sapphire; S_Rays renders over 4x faster with Metal than CPU only. Performance can vary depending on GPU specs, host application, OS version, and individual Sapphire effects, but on average Sapphire 2021 with Metal acceleration renders 20% faster than CPU only. Click here for a full list of which Sapphire effects feature Metal acceleration in the 2021 release.

ULTRAGLOW

The world’s best glow just got better

UltraGlow is the latest evolution of Sapphire’s legendary Glow, the most popular and loved glow effect in all of post-production. Sapphire 2021’s UltraGlow brings with it all the beauty, speed, and ease of use of S_Glow, but adds many new and unique parameters which create both impressive photorealism and countless dramatic looks. Warning — once you try out Sapphire UltraGlow, you may never go back to using S_Glow again!

Beautiful diffusion with AfterGlow

UltraGlow emulates a real world optical-based glow, and features a massive amount of controls for customization. Create a primary glow first and then add a secondary “afterglow” for an extra level of photorealism. Control brightness, threshold, falloff, bias, width, primary and secondary colors, streaking, and more.

Smoky atmospheres and crisp highlights

Brand new Atmosphere and Highlights features make more dynamic glows possible. Highlights introduces auto-animating user-defined sparkles or light sweeps across your image. Atmosphere adds a smoky or misty look to your glow, giving a more diffused or realistic look to the effect.

Easy to use parameter layout

UltraGlow features an organized parameter layout structured in an order of operations. Spend less time hunting and more time creating.

Optimized for speed

UltraGlow features GPU acceleration for both Metal and CUDA enabled cards. Mac and PC users experience faster speeds and shorter render times.

ULTRAZAP

Create electrifying effects with ease

Prepare to be shocked at the new addition to 2021— Sapphire UltraZap! A sister effect to S_Zap, used in countless films, TV shows, and commercials, UltraZap blows it out with new parameters and functionality. Featuring a secondary bolt system which wraps around the main bolt, creating photoreal electric bolts, fields, arcs, and currents has never been easier.

Built for visual effects and perfect for motion graphics

UltraZap is perfect for photorealistic lightning and electricity effects. But that is just the beginning. Create gorgeously smooth stroke effects on modern text treatments and stylistic animations that auto loop with no keyframing.

Use on custom splines, masks or type

UltraZap can stand on its own with a custom animatable spline structure or it can wrap around a native AE path or type. Easily create custom neon effects or any electrifying motion graphics look.

Secondary bolt system

UltraZap features an independently controllable secondary bolt system with custom position, animation, and color controls. Loop differently constructed bolts on top of the primary bolts for endless looks and custom effects.

Integrated UltraGlow

Sapphire’s UltraGlow is included as part of UltraZap. Having this new effect inside of UltraZap allows artists to create stunningly realistic glow effects directly inside of UltraZap.

Track with Mocha

UltraZap features the Academy Award-winning Mocha planar tracking system directly inside the effect. Artists can use Mocha to track the positional data of UltraZap native splines, allowing for the creation of complex animations without a single keyframe.

STUNNING PRESETS

Art directed presets perfect for text

Starting from a blank slate can always be difficult, that’s why UltraGlow and UItra Zap arrives with more than 40 new presets to get you up and running quickly. Perfect for full screen video treatments and designed for typography. Many fully animate with no need for keyframing. Work smarter, work faster, work better.

SAPPHIRE LENSFLARE 2021

Adding flare for 2021

Killer lens flares depend on the details— the small things alone don’t impress, but combined make you say “wow!” The 2021 release of Sapphire LensFlare adds two of those small things: the ability to move elements off-axis and adjust their relative speeds.

This release also includes an impressive collection of 10 new flares that showcase these new and recently added features like element shading. The end result is you can now create LensFlares with brand new sophistication and elegance. Sapphire 2021 features our best collection of LensFlares to date!

WHY USE SAPPHIRE PLUG-INS?



ADJUST

Easy color correction



All the tools you need for advanced color correction. Includes 10+ effects.


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LIGHTS

Hollywood’s secret weapon


A favorite among the pros featuring the wildly popular S_LensFlare and S_Glow effects. Includes 20+ effects.

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STYLIZE

Made for TV



Must-have effects for promo and music video work. Includes 50+ effects like S_DigitalDamage and S_FilmEffect.

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DISTORT

Warp footage fast



Add high quality photorealistic lens distortion, in-camera shake, and chromatic aberration. Includes 20+ effects.

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BLURS

The most photorealistic blurs


The industry’s fastest in-camera blurring tools include over 20+ effects like S_Blur, S_RackDefocus and S_FreeLens.



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RENDERS

Start from scratch



Add lightning, clouds, textures, and even a starfield generator accurately down to date, time, and location. Includes 35+ effects like S_Zap, S_Grunge, and S_NightSky.

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TRANSITIONS

Never white flash again



An editor’s dream. Includes 50+ of the industry’s best transitions.





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TIME

Bend time with one click



Instantly create trippy feedback and trails or go slo-mo. Includes 25+ effects




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TECH SPECS



Product:

Sapphire 2021

Requirements:

macOS:10.14 or higher

Windows: Windows 10

Linux:Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, CentOS 7

Hardware:

Recommended Hardware:

Processor: 64-bit Intel or AMD CPU with four or more cores

Memory: 8 GB or more

Disk: High-speed disk array or SSD storage

Graphics Card: High-end NVIDIA Quadro, TITAN or GeForce Pascal, e.g. Quadro P5000 or GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

Monitor: 1920×1080 or higher, including high dpi 4k monitors

GPU Acceleration: NVIDIA cards only. The latest NVIDIA CUDA card and driver is recommended.

Licensing options:

Nodelocked, Subscription or floating license.

For floating and render license options, contact us.

Supported Hosts:

Adobe After Effects & Premiere Pro

Avid Media Composer

Autodesk Flame

FOUNDRY Nuke

Blackmagic Resolve and Fusion

SGO Mistika

Grassvalley Edius and Rio

ToonBoom Harmony

VEGAS Pro

HitFilm Pro

For a full list of supported hosts and OS, please click here

VERSIONS


Considering upgrading from an older version of Sapphire? With each release, Boris FX improves Sapphire 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 Sapphire, you can be sure you are missing out.

Take a look back to see what’s changed:

Sapphire version 13.5 (2020.5) - Release date: June 2020
Sapphire version 13 (2020) - Release date: October 2019
Sapphire version 12.5 (2019.5) - Release date: June 2019
Sapphire version 12 (2019) - Release date: October 2018
Sapphire version 11 - Release date: October 2017
Sapphire version 10 - Release date: September 2016

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