The artists tool for Roto, Paint & Tracking. Silhouette 2020.5 goes beyond traditional roto and cleanup as a professional stereoscopic enabled node-based compositing system with 146 nodes designed for every finishing task. Silhouette is available as a standalone application for macOS, Windows, and Linux with floating license options for enterprise.

New Silhouette Paint plug-in! Our paint tools have now been streamlined into a multi-host plug-in supporting Adobe and OFX hosts. Best of all, is free for all Silhouette 2020 owners with active support contracts. Learn More

What's New in Silhouette 2020.5

  • Silhouette Paint plug-in for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, The Foundry’s NUKE, Blackmagic Fusion & Resolve, Autodesk Flame, and Magix Vegas Pro. Silhouette Paint plug-in is available free with upgrade and support plans and all new standalone licenses, or as an affordable annual subscription.
  • Node Favorites: Nodes can be tagged as a Favorite allowing them to be grouped separately in the Favorites tab of the Nodes window
  • New Hold Node: Repeats the specified frame for the duration of the session. Useful for freezing a single painted frame for a clean plate
  • Viewer > Onion Skin: Performs a mix between the current frame and either previous or later frames and is useful for creating frame by frame, hand painted animations
  • Several user interface and useability enhancements as a result of customer input
  • VFX Reference Platform 2020 and Python 3 support
2020 Highlights
  • Integrated Mocha tracking now included at no extra charge
  • New Roto tools: Magnetic splines with edge snapping, RotoOverlay previews and Weighted Keyframe creation to change the timing of shape animations
  • New Paint tools: New Dodge, Burn and Detail brushes as well as a frequency (detail) separation workflow for improved retouching
Continuously updated and improved. View all 2020-2020.5 New Features



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 Intro to Roto

Advanced roto tools include:

  • Highly-optimized interface, layer controls, and toolset
  • New magnetic spline and edge-snapping tools to create shapes fast fast
  • IK (Inverse Kinematics) to animate limbs and all manner of jointed creatures
  • Integrated point tracking, planar tracking, and Mocha planar tracking option
  • Stereoscopic 3D workflow
  • Move, scale, rotate, shear, and corner pin shapes and groups of shapes
  • Animation changes for one point or selected points across all keyframes

Additional 2020 roto improvements include the Freehand Selection tool to interactively control point selection, Weighted Keyframe creation to change the timing of shape animations, new RotoOverlay displays to visualize shape animation by displaying a preview of the motion path, motion blur or onion skin. Watch New Roto Features in Silhouette 2020


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

New Features in Paint! Silhouette 2020 builds on its powerful paint tools with new brushes and tools for matte painting, clean-ups, and compositing. New brushes include Dodge, Burn, and Detail.

Optimized advanced cloning and beauty work: The new Detail Separation workflow allows artists to paint separately or simultaneously on color and detail layers.

2020 paint workflow improvements include: Auto Paint > Replay for repeatable paint control, new Brush Compare Modes to preview brush settings prior to paint, Show Shapes displays roto shape outlines in paint nodes, and the new Stroke Tool shortcut displays paint strokes in the viewer and history list. Watch New Paint Features in Silhouette 2020


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. Get Started with Node Based Compositing

Silhouette 2020 now features 145 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!


  • Gestural node-based compositing
  • Multiple roto and paint nodes
  • Exacting color grading
  • Proprietary matte generation
  • Effectively composite fire, explosions, and smoke
  • Edge tools to color correct or blur the composite's edge
  • Matte manipulation using shrink, grow, blur, and wrap functions
  • 146 different nodes organized into Color, Composite, Diffusion, Filter, Film Lab, Image, Key, Light, Silhouette, Special Effects, Time, Tints, Transform, Warp and OFX groups
  • Visual presets for most nodes


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. Watch Warping Video

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. Intro to Morphing Video.

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


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


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 award-winning Mocha tracking, now included as a standard feature in Silhouette 2020.

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.

Looking for more tracking options? We now offer a Silhouette + Mocha Pro bundle for increased VFX workflows at huge savings. Learn More.


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


  • 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.
  • Depth Preview window displays a 3D view of the depth map.Useful for visualizing the depth and placement of objects in 3D space.
  • Output to stereo displays


Mocha Pro plug-in for Silhouette. Users can now upgrade or purchase the Mocha Pro plug-in for Silhouette which adds valuable advanced planar tracking and compositing workflows to complement Silhouette. Learn More


  • Lens calibration module to undistort/distort roto and paint workflow
  • GPU-accelerated object removal
  • New Mega Plate extended plate generation tool
  • Insert compositing with AdjustTrack
  • Award-winning stereo 360/VR tools
  • Copy/Paste Mocha Trackers & Shapes to Silhouette

Learn More about Mocha Pro 2020


Silhouette can perform editing tasks such as cutting, joining, moving, copying, replacing, trimming, retiming, and repeating clips in the Sequence Editor.


  • Set clip in and out points
  • Automatically assemble selected clips
  • Copy, move, insert or replace clips
  • Trim in, trim out or trim both sides of an edit
  • Clip retiming



Silhouette 2020.5


macOS: 10.9 or higher

Windows: Windows 7 or higher on x64

Linux: Linux distributions that conform to the CY2020 VFX Reference Platform Platform as specified at www.vfxplatform.com


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


  • 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


  • OFX plug-in host application compatible with Boris FX Sapphire, Neat Video and RE:Vision Effects products
  • 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


Began development as a roto-only tool in 2004

  • Silhouette v1.0 - Feb 2005: Silhouette ships with b-splines, bezier splines and point tracking
  • Silhouette v2.0 - Jul 2005: Added raster paint, layers, match-move, stabilization
  • Silhouette v3.0 – Aug 2008: Added fully stereoscopic workflow, planar tracking, x-splines, comprehensive keyer
  • Silhouette v4.0 - Mar 2010: Added Power Matte semi-automatic matting system, rewrote planar tracker, open shapes, scripting, commandline rendering, dual-clone painting.
  • Silhouette v4.1 - Feb 2011: Planar Tracker rewritten again to be more robust with less user interaction
  • Silhouette v4.5 - Jan 2012: Added OpenColorIO color management
  • Silhouette v5.0 - Jan 2013: 2D->3D conversion tools, inverse kinematics for roto, shape-based warping and morphing, raster paint history and auto-paint features with match-move
  • Silhouette v5.2 - Jul 2014: Crop node, EXR 2 support, Automation Paint enhancements.
  • Silhouette v6.0 - Nov 2016: Node based GPU accelerated compositor with total of 136 different nodes--all stereo enabled.
  • Silhouette v7.0 - Jun 2018: Sequence Editing, Planar Tracker enhanced to track textureless objects, roto and paint enhancements.
  • Silhouette v7.5 – April 2019: GPU accelerated Mocha, high-resolution image optimization for Paint, compact slider user interface.
  • Silhouette 2020 - September 2019: Magnetic splines, edge snapping, Paint detail separation workflow, group and part tracking.
  • Silhouette 2020.5 - April 2020: Paint plug-in, Node Favorites, Hold Node, Onion Skin and Python 3 support.


Silhouette vs. Silhouette Paint

Silhouette Paint
Standalone Application


$195/year Adobe
$395/year OFX
$995/year subscription or $1795 purchase

Multi-Host Plug-in Options: Adobe, OFX:

Includes Paint plug-in

32-bit, HDR Paint Tools with AutoPaint recording system

16 Paint tools, including clone, blemish, drag, blur, dodge & burn

Mocha Planar Tracking:

Rotoscoping & Masking

Export Tracking and Roto Data

Speciality Roto Tools -
Inverse Kinematics,
Weighted Keyframe,
Adv. RotoOverlay, etc

Node Based Compositing

145 VFX nodes including color
correction, grain, glows & more

Keying & Matte extraction nodes

Morphing/Warping nodes

OCIO Color Management

Movie File support

( via host application) coming soon



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