Sapphire Plug-ins for Autodesk: DissolveGlare


In the S_Dissolves Plugin.

Transitions between two input clips using animated glares. The clips dissolve into each other, and glares are added to the result. The glare size and brightness ramps up and down over the duration of the effect.


From: Starts the transition with this clip.

To: Ends the transition with this clip.


Load Preset: Push-button .
Brings up the Preset Browser to browse all available presets for this effect.

Save Preset: Push-button .
Brings up the Preset Save dialog to save a preset for this effect.

Dissolve Amt: AutoTransition,  Default: 0, Range: -0.5 to 1.5, Shared .
The transition ratio between the From and To inputs. A value of 0 gives only the From input and a value of 1 gives only the To input. By default this parameter automatically animates from 0 to 1 to perform a complete transition.

Dissolve Speed: Default: 3, Range: 1 or greater.
The speed of the dissolve between the From and To clips. When set to 1, the dissolve takes place over the entire duration of the effect. When set higher, the dissolve is shorter, although the edge rays ramp-up and ramp-down still takes the entire duration. Setting this to 10 can make the transition snappier and more like a flash-frame cut.

Size: Default: 2.4, Range: 0 or greater.
Scales the size of the glares.

Rel Height: Default: 1, Range: 0 or greater.
Scales the vertical dimension of the glares, making them elliptical instead of circular.

Threshold: Default: 0.5, Range: 0 or greater.
Dissolves are generated from locations in the source clip that are brighter than this value. A value of 0.9 causes dissolves at only the brightest spots. A value of 0 causes dissolves for every non-black area.

Rotate: Default: 0, Range: any.
Rotates the ray elements of the glares, if any, in degrees.

Rays Num Scale: Default: 1, Range: 0 or greater.
Increases or decreases the number of rays.

Rays Length: Default: 1, Range: 0 or greater.
Adjusts the length of the rays without changing their thickness.

Rays Thickness: Default: 1, Range: 0 or greater.
Adjusts the thickness of the individual rays.

Glare Res: Popup menu,  Default: Full .
Selects the resolution factor for the glares. Higher resolutions give sharper glares, lower resolutions give smoother glares and faster processing. This 'Res' factor only affects the glares: the background is still combined with the glares at full resolution.
Full: Full resolution is used.
Half: The glares are calculated at half resolution.
Quarter: The glares are calculated at quarter resolution.

Scale Colors: Default rgb: [1 1 1].
Scales the color of the dissolves. The colors and brightnesses of the dissolves are also affected by the Source input.

Brightness: Default: 3, Range: 0 or greater.
Scales the brightness of all the dissolves.

Saturation: Default: 1, Range: any.
Scales the color saturation of the glare elements. Increase for more intense colors. Set to 0 for monochrome glares.

Convolve: Check-box,  Default: off.
Determines the method for applying the glares to the Background.

Style: Default: 0, Range: 0 or greater.
The style of glare to apply. Custom glare types can also be made, or existing types modified, by editing the "s_glares.text" file.


Blur Glare: Default: 0, Range: 0 or greater.
The glare is blurred by this amount before being combined with the background.

Hue Shift: Default: 0, Range: any.
Shifts the hue of the glare, in revolutions from red to green to blue to red.

Threshold Blur: Default: 0, Range: 0 or greater.
Increase to smooth out the areas creating dissolves. This can be used to eliminate dissolves generated from small speckles or to simply soften the dissolves. Increasing this may put more highlights below the threshold and darken the resulting dissolves, but you can decrease the Threshold parameter to compensate.

Threshold Add Color: Default rgb: [0 0 0].
This can be used to raise the threshold on a specific color and thereby reduce the dissolves generated on areas of the source clip containing that color.
See general info for: Res , On Fields , Redraw , Undo , Load Defaults , Crop , Add Noise , and Use Gamma .

See Also:

Sapphire Plug-ins Introduction


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