For most video productions a level of visual effects can be used to enhance the final product. Everything from basic color grading and lens corrections to more advanced overlays and special effects come into play in some form or another, and because of this there are a number of online resources for those looking to use VFX work without having to learn After Effects or Cinema 4D from the ground up. One of the VFX suites is BorisFX, and in their 9th edition they’ve made some upgrades.
One of the more important aspects of any video software is how smoothly it runs, and how quickly it renders. While making sure your hardware is in tip-top shape through boosting RAM and booting from an SSD will help you run quickly, having responsive software is the missing piece to the puzzle. Through tests across various systems, the Continuum Complete 9 Suite was found to run and render twice as fast as it’s previous version under most conditions, a feat in progress worth celebrating in any case.
A standalone FX Browser is available as well as plug-ins for Resolve, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Media Composer, and Vegas Pro. Over 230 pre-graded filters come with BCC 9, and since the last edition of the software 23 new transitions and 30 new effects have been added. Lens flares/corrections/vignettes are all included, as well as many “looks” created to appeal to the music video and indie film communities.
I got my start in editing as a teenager by making music videos and highlight reels for my friends and favourite films, and using a suite similar to this helped me figure out what looks I liked and did not like. It’s a wonderful tool for a beginner that doesn’t have the resources or experience for professional VFX work, as well as for working professionals looking to test out different effects and looks as they go.
BCC 9 doesn’t come without a price tag, though. The DaVinci, Adobe, Sony and Apple plug-in versions run just shy of $700-$1,000, and the AVID copy will run you $2,000. If you’re a student or instructor at an accredited university however, each of the BorisFX Continuum 9 systems can be bought for $295.
[via RedShark News]