Silhouette 2021.5

  • New! 4-Way Color Correction UI with master, shadows, midtones and highlights wheels including 89 color grading presets from Academy Award nominated movies.
  • Improved Paint Performance! Color / Detail Clone Brush with faster interaction and perfectly smooth strokes.
  • Improved Paint Preset interface with interactive workflow.
  • New! Composite Modes: Math Composite now has 22 blend modes for advanced composite operations.

Silhouette 2021.5 supports macOS, Windows, and Linux. Download Trial

Silhouette 2021

Major features elevate Silhouette beyond traditional roto and cleanup as a node-based compositing system with 154 nodes. Designed for professional VFX finishing.

  • Multi-host plugin now included — launch from AE, Nuke, Resolve and more.
  • Lens Correction node
  • Improved shape editing and keyframe tools
  • Review & approval notes
  • Improved user interface, movie file support with Gstreamer, and much more

New subscription options make Silhouette more affordable than ever. Silhouette is also included in the Boris FX Suite.

Multi-Host Plugin

The fully-featured Silhouette node-based interface for roto, paint, and compositing can also be launched as a plugin from standard VFX applications.

Silhouette plugin supports After Effects, Premiere Pro, Nuke, Fusion, Resolve, Flame, and Vegas Pro.

The Silhouette multi-host plugin is included with all Silhouette standalone application licenses or can be purchased as a separate option.

Want free roto renders in Nuke? Launch the Silhouette OFX plugin and render densely layered roto projects back to Nuke with no license! Watch the video

Lens Correction

Powered by Silhouette’s roto tools, the new Lens Correction node can quickly calibrate and correct lens distortion for advanced effects tasks.

Paint on an undistorted view or generate and export a ST Map for other host applications. The Lens Correction node is built on shared technology from Mocha Pro’s Lens Module.

New Roto & Editing Tools

Brush Reshape uses a circular brush to automatically select and then move points when you click and drag them using the Magnetic Reshape behavior.

Point Collapse and Distribute. Collapses a selection of points into a very small area which can later be distributed between surrounding points. This is useful for shapes whose complexity changes over time.

Point Groups. Groups of points can be pre-defined and then quickly edited as a group in the Reshape and Transform tools.

Split Shapes. Similar to the Split Edit function in non-linear editing systems where a clip is split in two, Split Shapes is useful for shapes that transform from simple to complex and vice-versa.

Weighted MultiFrame. Using the new Fade In/Fade Out parameters, keyframe adjustments can be dynamically weighted over user-definable time periods to control the intensity of an adjustment over multiple keyframes.

New Review and Approval and User Interface Improvements

Notes assigned to objects (shapes, layers, trackers) can now be displayed in the viewer. This is a useful review and approval tool for artists to easily see notes from their supervisors.

New Nodes: Alpha Composite, Dot, Notes, OCIO Colorspace/Display/LUT

Many User Interface Improvements: Custom File Importer, Flyout Menus, Node Coloring, Node Alignment, OCIO Roles, Sapphire Node Tab, and more



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

Advanced roto tools include:

  • Highly-optimized interface, layer controls, and toolset
  • Magnetic spline and edge-snapping with new Brush Reshape for fast shape editing
  • IK (Inverse Kinematics) to animate limbs and all manner of jointed creatures
  • Integrated point tracking, planar tracking, and Mocha planar tracking
  • Stereoscopic 3D workflow
  • Move, scale, rotate, shear, and corner pin shapes and groups of shapes
  • New in 2021: Major advancements for roto efficiency include point groups, weighted keyframes, brush-based reshape, split shapes, collapse, and distribute points
  • New in 2021: Review/approval notes for collaboration


Silhouette’s Paint is the industry's first 32-bit float raster-based paint and tracking system to bring high performance, multi-layer, color managed workflow to a plugin. Designed to handle the demands of film and 4K post-production. Whether it’s image restoration, dust busting, matte painting, beauty work, rig removal, or just plain paint, Silhouette’s unique Auto Paint recording system delivers the speed of raster paint with the repeatability of vector paint.

  • Paint Tools: Pressure sensitive customizable brushes. Includes Clone, Grain, Repair, Drag, and more. New in 2021: Improved Paint Preset workflow.
  • Fast & Non-Destructive Paint: Highly efficient layer system for large resolution film/video paint. Auto Paint recording system delivers the speed of a raster-based paint system with the flexibility of vector paint.
  • Powerful Motion Tracking: Features multiple tracking options including integrated Mocha for rock solid planar tracking.
  • Channels & Detail Separation: Paint on individual RGBA channels or work on separated detail and color views for advanced control. Now with improved performance, 20201.5 release.
  • Sophisticated Cloning: Advanced offset and warping, onion skin, and display views enable a streamlined workflow for aligning, patching, and removing unwanted pixels.
  • Powerful Tracking Options: Native point, planar tracking, and integrated Mocha tracking.


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.

Silhouette 2021 features 154 speciality nodes organized into Color, Composite, Diffusion, Filter, Film Lab, Image, Key, Light, Silhouette, Special Effects, Time, Tints, Transform, Warp, Sapphire, and OFX groups. The Silhouette standalone also supports OFX plugins including Mocha Pro, Sapphire, Neat Video, and RE:Vision Effects products.


  • Gestural node-based compositing
  • OCIO color managed workflow
  • Multiple roto and paint nodes
  • Exacting color grading
  • Proprietary matte generation
  • Edge tools to color correct or blur the composite's edge
  • Matte manipulation using shrink, grow, blur, and wrap functions
  • Visual presets for most nodes

Plugin: Silhouette 2021 brings the full feature set as a multi-host plugin (formerly limited to just paint tools) supporting: After Effects, Premiere Pro and OFX Hosts including NUKE, Resolve, Fusion, Flame, and more. Available for macOS, Windows, and Linux with floating license options for enterprise.


Silhouette’s fully-featured shape based 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

With a rich history on some of the world’s most famous music videos and effects shots, unique “shape-to-shape morphing transitions” can be timed per layer with interactive previews for fast flexibility. Intro to Morphing Video

Pin Warp is perfect for beauty work, allowing 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 features multiple matte creation, light wrapping, edge correction, spill suppression, and matte manipulation. Watch Now

Power Matte’s unique interactive workflow enhances the matte creation process on normally 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 included as a standard feature in Silhouette 2021.

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.

Mocha Pro Plugin for Silhouette

Mocha Pro plugin for Silhouette and bundle options. Users can now upgrade or purchase the Mocha Pro plugin for Silhouette which adds valuable advanced planar tracking and compositing workflows to complement Silhouette.


  • GPU-accelerated object removal
  • New PowerMesh warped surface tracking
  • Insert compositing with AdjustTrack
  • Award-winning stereo 360/VR tools

Learn More about Mocha Pro 2021



Release Number:




macOS: 10.14 or higher

Windows: Windows 7 or higher on x64

Linux: Linux distributions that conform to the CY2021 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

Plugin Support:

Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro 2020
Foundry Nuke
Blackmagic Resolve and Fusion
Autodesk Flame


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 2021 - May 2021: Fully featured plugin release, Lens Correction node, Review & Approval Notes, improved shape editing and keyframe tools, Gstreamer media engine and more



"Having access to tools like Silhouette is highly important to us and our VFX partners."

Chris Solon | Lead Roto Paint Artist, Scanline VFX

"Silhouette has been one of the central roto tools in our pipeline for nearly a decade and the software has withstood the test of time and scale on over 10,000 shots."

Hitesh Shah | Founder, BOT VFX

"I love the ability to use Silhouette’s tracking and the integrated Mocha to drive roto and paint!"

Katie Morris | VFX Artist & Trainer, KMFX


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