Boris FX debuts Boris Red 5

New 3D compositing, titling, and effects applications for market-leading edit suites

Boris FX has announced Boris Red 5. Boris Red is an integrated 3D compositing, titling, and effects application designed for Adobe, Apple, Avid, Grass Valley, Media 100, and Sony video editing software. Version 5 introduces support for 64-bit applications such as Adobe CS5 and Sony Vegas 9, adds 30+ new filters, and provides a score of new user interface and workflow enhancements including ergonomic panels, a curve editor, and a spreadsheet-style keyframe editor window.

The new 3 Way Color Grade filter provides a professional colour grading process complete with three custom colour wheels for pedestal/gamma/gain adjustment. The Noise Reduction filter smoothes out video noise using spatial and temporal information derived from the video clip - especially in dark areas of an image.

The UpRez filter for high-quality SD to HD conversions, facilitating the resizing of image clips while minimizing the data loss that is usually associated with resizing media in a host application. The UpRez filter includes several high-end image processing algorithms to enhance the sharpness and smoothness of the final result.

The Pixel Fixer filter removes bad pixels resulting from a faulty digital camera sensor or dust on a camera lens. Up to 10 bad spots can be repaired with a single filter application without any degradation of image quality or sharpness, according to Boris FX. The DV Fixer filter softens or removes diagonal stair-step lines from a clip captured with a lower-quality camera, again says Boris FX, without degrading image sharpness or quality.

The Smooth Tone filter smoothes or softens an image while preserving detail contrast, making skin tones silky-smooth without loss of sharpness in the image. The Lens Blur filter emulates a popular lens blur or rack defocus effect where out-of-focus highlights of an image clip take on the shape of the lens shutter. The MatchMove filter allows users to combine motion tracking with transformation and compositing of a layer. Users can lock the movement of one image clip to another image clip using Boris RED's built-in motion tracking capability.

The LED filter makes an image, clip, or text element with alpha appear as though it was constructed out of an array of blinking or solid LED lights. The Prism filter simulates the photographic effect of chromatic aberration in which a bad lens generates prismatic color fringing along edges of high contrast within the image.

The Scan Lines filter generates rolling RGB scanlines over the source image clip, emulating the effect of a computer monitor which was shot on video tape or film. The filter also includes a user-controlled noise generator function for added realism. The Damaged TV filter emulates the appearance of a CRT-style television that is receiving a bad antenna signal or is in need of repair - complete with gun offset, distorted edges, image roll, noise, scan lines, and interference lines.

The Turbulence filter generates auto-animated gel-like distortion fields in an image clip based on input from the built-in noise map and turbulence controls.

Other new filters include Lens Shape, Warp, Morph, Video Morph, Pencil Sketch, Charcoal Sketch, Cartoon Look, Water Color, Tile Mosaic, Lightning, and Color Choker.

User interface and workflow enhancements include drag-and-drop panels, a curve editor for smooth parameter animation, and a spreadsheet-style keyframe editor window.

Boris Red 5 will be available in Q3 2010 for US$995. Owners of previous versions of Boris RED may upgrade for US$295. Customers who purchase Boris RED 4.3 as of June 2, 2010 will be eligible to receive a free upgrade to Boris RED 5.

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