ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING PAINT, ROTO & COMPOSITING




Now part of Boris FX! Silhouette is a best-in-class GPU-accelerated compositing application, delivering the industry’s most robust non-destructive paint and roto tools to feature film and visual effects teams. Since 2005, Silhouette has made its mark on Hollywood’s biggest films including Avatar, Black Panther, Avengers: End Game, and many more.

More than Roto & Paint. Silhouette v7 goes far beyond roto and effects cleanup tasks with tools to finish the most complex VFX shots thanks to node-based compositing with integrated keying, tracking, warping, morphing, OCIO color management, and OFX support for Mocha Pro and Sapphire plug-ins. Includes 143 VFX nodes with full stereoscopic support.

Available as a standalone application for macOS, Windows, and Linux with floating license options for enterprise.

WHAT'S NEW

SILHOUETTE V7




  • Sequence Editor for retiming and editing clips
  • Improved planar tracking and GPU-accelerated Mocha option
  • New roto tools: combine, extract, and extrapolate shapes + new magnetic mode
  • Paint improvements: Clone Brush, Clone Warp, Cutout Brush, and Auto Grade
  • New effect nodes! Learn more about Pin Warp, Frost, and Lens Flare

Constantly updated and improved. View Silhouette v7 release doc

FEATURES

THE EVOLUTION OF ROTO



Silhouette features the world’s most refined tools for rotoscoping teams. Create sophisticated keyframeable mattes using B-Spline, Bézier, or X-Spline shapes. Intelligent design and easy-to-use tools, such as variable per-point edge softening, assist in creating articulate animations. Render mattes with realistic motion blur or export to industry standard shape formats. Watch Video

Advanced roto tools include:


FAST & NON-DESTRUCTIVE PAINT



Paint is a high dynamic range non-destructive 2D paint system that handles the demands of feature film and 4K television production. Whether it’s image restoration, dust busting, matte painting, beauty work, rig removal or just plain paint, Silhouette provides the artistic tools to get the job done.

Auto Paint is a unique paint feature that records all paint activity with tight integration of both point and planar trackers. Paint strokes can be match moved or stabilized, giving Silhouette the speed of raster paint with the repeatability of vector paint. Watch Now


NODE-BASED COMPOSITING



Silhouette's core is a feature-rich node-based effects tree that delivers film-grade results. View and edit any combination of nodes for complex compositing, matte manipulation, keying, color correction, grain management, look development, morphing, warping, and much more. Watch Now

Featuring 143 speciality nodes organized into Color, Composite, Diffusion, Filter, Film Lab, Image, Key, Light, Silhouette, Special Effects, Time, Tints, Transform, and Warp. Silhouette also supports OFX plug-ins including Mocha Pro and Sapphire!


WARPING & MORPHING


Silhouette’s warp and morph tools provide the highest level of creative control and render quality for digital retouching, image deformations, and even talking animals. Create invisible touch-ups, subtle facial exaggerations, or dramatic transitions with either shape or pin options.

Easily time unique shape-to-shape morphing transitions per layer with interactive previews for fast flexibility — as seen on some of the world's most famous music videos and effects shots. Watch Now

Pin Warp is perfect for beauty work. Choose user-defined image areas using pins while leaving other areas untouched. Adjustments can range from subtle nip and tucks to something more obvious like repositioning an arm or leg. Watch Now


KEYING & MATTE GENERATION


The powerful ZMatte and Power Matte nodes use proprietary matte extraction techniques that handle the most difficult keying and matting challenges, including shots with fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections.

ZMatte keying tackles difficult DV and compression artifacts and includes key pickers, matte tuning, and spill suppression options. Watch Now

Power Matte’s unique interactive workflow enhances the matte creation process on non-keyable shots with foreground and background shape selectors that generate incredibly realistic and accurate results on semi-transparent objects. Watch Now


POWERFUL TRACKING OPTIONS


The industry’s most powerful tracking drives Silhouette’s animation system and can be applied to speed up paint, roto, warp, and stabilization tasks. Choose from 1, 2, or 4 point tracking, native planar tracker, or the award-winning Mocha planar tracking option.

Applying pre-processing filters can increase tracker accuracy for problematic images. Choose Blur, Sharpen, Contrast, Gamma, De-Noise, or Remove Flicker. Post-processing filters can be applied to tracking data including Average, Smooth, and Merge.

Learn more about native planar tracker or see how Mocha works inside Silhouette.


DEPTH



The Depth node contains a dedicated tool set for creating depth channels from 2D sources.

Features:
  • Shapes can be assigned individual depth values
  • Horizon, Ramp, Hall and Tunnel gradient depth tools
  • Alpha tool that converts the alpha channel generated by other Silhouette nodes (zMatte, Power Matte, Roto, Paint, etc) into a depth map
  • Output to stereo displays

TECH/SPECS

Product:

Silhouette v7

Requirements:

macOS: 10.9 or higher

Windows: Windows 7 or higher on x64

Linux: Linux distributions that conform to the CY2016 VFX Reference Platform as specified at www.vfxplatform.com

Hardware:

Recommended Hardware:

Processor: Intel or AMD processor

Memory: 2GB of RAM (4GB or more recommended)

Disk: High-speed disk array or SSD storage. 1GB of available disk space for caching and temporary files

Graphics Card:

NVIDIA GTX 460 or better

AMD Radeon 57xx series or better

OpenGL 2.1 capable graphics card

OpenCL 1.1 capable graphic card

1GB of graphics memory for film resolution

Licensing options:

Nodelocked or floating license.

Nodelock licenses require an internet connection once every 60 days

Architecture:

  • Node-based workflow
  • Resolution independent
  • Stereo viewing and editing
  • Region of interest for enhanced performance
  • Command-line rendering
  • Scripting and actions
  • OpenColorIO color management
  • GPU and OpenGL® accelerated
  • Multi-processor support
  • Proxy management for large image sizes

Compatibility:

  • File Formats: Cineon, DPX, IFF, JPEG, OpenEXR, PNG, SGI/RGB, TIFF and TARGA
  • Export Autodesk Gmask, Elastic Reality, Blackmagic Fusion, Nuke, and Shake SSF shapes
  • Import Commotion, Elastic Reality, and Shake 4.x SSF shapes
  • Mask interchange with After Effects using the Silhouette Shape Import/Export Plug-in
  • Export After Effects, Autodesk, Nuke, and Shake 4.x trackers
  • Import After Effects Corner-Pin, Nuke 8+ and, Shake 4.x trackers
  • macOS, Windows, Linux

SUPPORT

SilhouetteFX provides support for all paid users of its products free of charge. Priority technical support is provided via our Support Center. If you are evaluating the software for purchase, you are also welcome to ask us questions.

Email ticket technical support is handled from 8-6 PM Pacific Time excluding certain holidays. Email support allows us to provide detailed support information to you as well as send additional documentation that may help you with your specific support needs. If you can't find a solution to your problems in our Knowledgebase, you can submit a support ticket or go to the SilhouetteFX Online Support Center.

Please be as detailed and specific as possible. When submitting an email support question, please provide a daytime telephone number and a time when you can be reached. If necessary, we will schedule a time to call you or set up a remote session, to assist you with your question or problem.

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