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Description

Sapphire is a robust collection of 260+ effects, transitions, and preset looks. The industry's best artists, editors, and animators have looked to Sapphire for over 20 years when they need to create everything from photorealistic effects to breathtaking artistic looks.

Sapphire empowers artists and editors to bring their stories to life. While the effects themselves have a strong reputation for their high quality – particularly for lighting and distortion – Sapphire features tools like Builder* that allow users to easily create their own effects and transitions. Sapphire also comes with flexible licensing options such as cross-host licensing and floating licenses to fit your business needs – whether you are a one-person shop or are in need of complex enterprise solutions. 





Sapphire 10 New Features



In this latest version, Sapphire 10 offers major improvements to Builder, as well as three new effects for your VFX toolkit.

Builder comes with an improved UI, making way for more creative options and efficient workflow solutions. With the addition of multiple source inputs, Builder frees you from the limitations of a timeline. Editors now have an easy, visual way to combine different source layers and effects, instead of having to manage multiple layers or nested effects. After Effects and Resolve artists can enjoy a similar benefit, by using a single matte for multiple sources to reduce the complexity of projects. With Builder’s improved and easy-to-use UI, you can achieve your creative vision in minutes, building effects and transitions that would otherwise take hours or days to build from scratch.

Also new in Builder are 60 Builder Effects. These are presets made up of unique and new combinations Sapphire effects, spanning stylistic and correctional looks. Discover brand new transitions as well as new textures, designs, and lighting effects. You can find the latest Builder Effects in Sapphire 10 by clicking the new “Builder Effects” button in the preset browser.

The standout new effect in Sapphire 10 is Luna, a high-resolution, photo realistic moon generator that’s useful for visual effects artists and editors alike. Also new to Sapphire 10 are Brush and RomanTile, both of which add a variety of studio art and geometric textures to your video. Each new effect is extremely versatile in the looks they are able to generate, and ship with a selection of presets.

*Sapphire Builder is currently available for After Effects, Premiere Pro, Media Composer, and DaVinci Resolve.


New Effects

Brush - Apply realistic paint brush strokes to any image or graphic. Use different mediums like oil or chalk, and many different brush surfaces such as felt tip, sponge, or pencil.

Luna - Depict accurate lunar cycles down to date and time with this high-resolution, photorealistic moon generator. Using a complex bump map to achieve stunning realism, Luna features a wide array of options such as halo, glow, color tint, and atmosphere.

RomanTile - Form a quilted patchwork of tiles with a textured geometric mosaic overlay. Add in grout, play with different textures, and use custom embossing to achieve a variety of different looks.

Improved Features

Builder Improvements - Use multiple source clips inside Builder, either with a matte from a path or alpha channel. Clean up complex node trees with a new snap-to-grid function. The possibilities have truly become limitless with new enhancements to Builder.

Improved Preset Browser - Access Builder presets with one click and browse the newest presets with a "new-to-version-10" button, clickable right from within the preset browser.



More Features


BUILDER | Builder allows you to create your own effects and transitions by combining existing Sapphire effects!
 
ENHANCED PRESET BROWSER | Found within S_Effect and S_Transition, the enhanced preset browser is based on a looks first workflow so that users can now browse all Sapphire presets at once, and can view presets by groups, such as "color correction" or "damage". Plus, users can apply their chosen presets directly onto their footage for improved efficiency.
*Builder and Enhanced Preset Browser are only available for After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Avid Media Composer


LIGHTLEAK | Simulate light leaking into the frame for an organic effect more subtle than a lens flare. Control the color and movement of the lights to add nostalgic warmth and energy to your work.
 
 
GRUNGE | Add a variety of natural-looking elements to dirty up a shot, add sophisticated vignettes, or create complex textures. Choose from a variety of categories: cracks, stains, frost, and more, which can be combined and animated.
 
 
DIGITALDAMAGE | Simulate digital playback errors, digital noise, compression errors, and glitches. This effect also works well on text or titles.
 
 
SHAKE | Updated with two additional modes: twitchy and jumpy and new channel parameters allow for color channel separation as the shaking occurs. This effect also works well on text or titles.
 


Beauty
 |
 A new effect that leverages the new EdgeAware technology to beautify talking heads by softening and color correcting skin tones.

EdgeAwareBlur | Powered by our new EdgeAware technology, this effect allows you to blur while preserving detail.

Advanced Sharpen | The Sharpen tool has been updated with the ability to sharpen features of different amounts and sizes for increased flexibility and control.

LensFlare | Now enhanced with faster rendering, animation options, atmospheric noise, and presets to duplicate popular real-world lenses.

Zap | Updated to include 3D rotation and the option to follow a path, giving you the option to control the shape it takes.

MotionBlur Has been added to many effects, giving them a more realistic look.

New Transitions | FilmRoll and CardFlip are two new dynamic transitions with multiple controls to diversify the output. FlutterCut has been enhanced with more options including new controls and color options.

PanAndZoom (Avid only) | A new tool that allows you to pan, zoom, and rotate large image files. It also has stylistic options to add drop shadow, vignette, and MotionBlur.


Other Enhancements

Faster | Added GPU support for more plug-ins and an optimized GPU code to provide up to a 20% speed increase per effect

More presets | Over 2,500 presets

Preset sharing | Now you can share presets across host platforms

Real time rendering (Avid only) | Many effects now have real time rendering


Maintenance & Support Program for Sapphire

For a yearly fee, Sapphire customers can get the following benefits:
- All upgrades during contract period
- Free unlimited burn and render licenses
- Free upgrades to floating licenses
 
This program is available on Autodesk, Avid, AE, FCP, Nuke, Premiere and other hosts

 


Features by Host Application

 

  • 9 New Transitions - with over 100 transition presets allowing for more creative options.  New transitions include FlutterCut and DissolveFlashbulbs
  • 6 new effects including Flashbulbs, Caustics, LaserBeam, and MuzzleFlash
  • Redesigned LensFlare Effect and Flare Designer - Control the size, spacing, thickness, intensity, and color of each flare element.  Add additional elements from the included library or add your own imagery to create new elements, add texture or simulate imperfections
  • StretchFrameEdges Corrective Effect - Incorporate 4x3 SD content into 16x9 aspect ratio HD projects without having to distort or soften the image
  • Preset capabilities - Create and save your favorite presets or edit from hundreds of included pre-built looks.
  • Enhanced Effects - Achieve more photorealistic effects with enhancements to RackDefocus, EdgeRays, Rays, EdgeFlash, and Clouds
  • Visual Preset Browser -  Browse and preview presets on your media in order to see the results of the effect without having to rely on trial and error to get the right look
  • FX Central Subscription - new presets every month through a one-year subscription to FX Central, included with purchases of Sapphire v6

 

Autodesk: Flame, Inferno, Flare, Smoke, Fire, Flint and Burn

  • Universal licensing & floating licensing - Float your Sapphire licenses across your Autodesk seats as well as your other host platforms (not available for Flare or Smoke for Mac)
  • Redesigned LensFlare Effect and Flare Designer - Control the size, spacing, thickness, intensity, and color of each flare element.  Add additional elements from the included library or add your own imagery to create new elements, add texture or simulate imperfections
  • Enhanced Effects - Achieve more photorealistic effects with enhancements to RackDefocus, EdgeRays, Rays, EdgeFlash, and Clouds 
  • 6 New Effects -  Including Flashbulbs, Caustics, LaserBeam, and MuzzleFlash
  • StretchFrameEdges Corrective Effect - Incorporate 4x3 SD content into 16x9 aspect ratio HD projects without having to distort or soften the image
  • Preset capabilities - Create and save your favorite presets or edit from more than a thousand included pre-built looks.
  • Web-Integrated Visual Preset Browser – Visually browse and preview effects on your actual media. Create lists of your favorite presets and filter based on your Shortlist, ones you’ve applied, what’s new, characteristics and tags, or by date used. Sort presets based on their name, number or date of application, popularity, author, creation date, or custom lists.
  • Animated Previews of Auto-Animated Effects – Preview animations of presets that do not require keyframing for movement from within the FX Central Preset Browser
  • FX Central Subscription - Get new presets every month through a one-year subscription to FX Central, included with purchases of Sapphire v6. The FX Central Preset Browser automatically downloads new looks collections for you, so you can use new looks without leaving your editing application. You can also Shortlist a look from the FX Central site, and it will instantly appear in your FX Central Preset Browser Shortlist
  • 9 New Transition Effects - Including FlutterCut and DissolveFlashbulbs
  • 132 "Spark" plug-ins, each with many options and parameters that can be adjusted and animated for an unlimited range of effects.
  • Effects such as TVDamage, TVChannelChange, Technicolor and many new transitions.
  • Most effects are GPU-accelerated. Maximum performance requires an NVidia Quadro FX 5800 or 6000 graphics card for Linux and a 4000 for Smoke for Mac.
  • Full floating point for all internal processing, improving quality for many effects, even on 8- and 12-bit footage. It also supports 16-bit floating point footage natively on the desktop and in batch, without clamping.
  • All threshold controls now go beyond 1 to support HDR

 

Avid AVX: Avid Media Composer, Symphony, Xpress, Xpress Pro, NewsCutter, DS

  • GPU Accelerated Effects - Most effects are Nvidia CUDA GPU-accelerated to provide performance enhancements. Nvidia GeForce GTX 400 or 500 series or QuadroFX Fermi (4000, 5000, 6000) graphics card required for maximum performance
  • Floating Point Support - All effects use full floating point processing for internal processing and the highest quality image result
  • Effects such as TVDamage, Deband, WarpCornerPin, and Quadtone
  • Transitions including TVChannelChange, Swish3D, DissolveLensFlare, and DissolveDefocus
  • Enhancements and options to existing effects including 15 new LensFlares, faster Glares, and revamped RackDefocus
  • Sequences with old Sapphire versions can be automatically promoted to v3, using recent Avid versions
  • Support for Windows Vista and Windows 7 and 64bit systems
  • On-screen UI widgets for many effects
  • Compatible with DS, Symphony, Media Composer, and Newscutter
  • Resolution-independent
  • Multiprocessor-enabled
  • 16-bit image format support
  • Intuitive user interface
  • AVX2 support
  • Offline HTML and PDF documentation included
  • RGBA support for all Avid products
  • Single click application to titles and keys
  • Support for DS render licenses
  • Sequences with old Sapphire versions can be automatically promoted to V3, using recent Avid versions
  • Choose from a varied selection of over 40 different drag and drop transitions including SwishPan, DissolveDefocus, and WipeBubble
  • Stylize and color-correct your footage with a selection of effects including FilmEffect, HalfTone, Vignette, BleachBypass, and Cartoon
  • Create unique natural and organic lighting using rays, lens flare, glare, glint, and glow effects

 

Adobe: After Effects & Premiere Pro

  • 3D Lens Flares - Manipulate LensFlare within your 3D compositing environment to create eye-catching motion graphics and enhanced photorealism
  • AE Masks Integration - Use AE masks directly within each effect as mattes to isolate the area you want to apply the effect to in fewer steps
  • Over 220 must-have effects, each with many options and parameters that can be adjusted and animated for an unlimited range of effects.
  • Effects such as TVDamage, TVChannelChange, Technicolor and many transitions.
  • GPU enabled for lightning fast render speeds. NVidia GeForce 200 or 400 series or Quadro 5800 graphics card required for maximum performance.
  • Full floating point for all internal processing, improving quality for many effects.
  • More than 200 total plug-ins for image processing and synthesis.

 

Apple: Final Cut Pro

  • GPU acceleration for users for Nvidia CUDA-supported graphics cards. Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 for Mac QuadroFX Fermi 4000 graphics card required for maximum performance
  • Effects including TVDamage, Technicolor2Strip, and Techinicolor3Strip
  • Transitions including TVChannelChange, Swish3D, DissolveLensFlare, and DissolveDefocus
  • All effects use full floating point processing for improved image quality and HDR support
  • Over 220 effects
  • Resolution-independent
  • GPU-accelerated for Nvidia CUDA cards
  • Multiprocessor support
  • Full floating point internal processing
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Offline HTML and PDF documentation included
  • Full FXPlug support for video transitions
  • Choose from a varied selection of over 40 different drag and drop transitions including SwishPan, DissolveDefocus, and WipeBubble
  • Stylize and color-correct your footage with a selection of effects including FilmEffect, HalfTone, Vignette, BleachBypass, and Cartoon
  • Create unique natural and organic lighting using rays, lens flare, glare, glint, and glow effects
  • Compatible with Final Cut Pro 6.x, 7.x, 10.0.3

 

The Foundry: NUKE

  • Most effects are Nvidia CUDA GPU-accelerated to provide performance enhancements. Nvidia GeForce GTX 400 or 500 series or QuadroFX Fermi (4000, 5000, 6000) graphics card required for maximum performance
  • All effects use full floating point processing for improved image quality and full 32-bit HDR support
  • All threshold controls now go beyond 1 to support HDR
  • ZDefocus and ZConvolve now have Boost Highlights parameter
  • New stylize effects including TVDamage, Technicolor2Strip, and Techinicolor3Strip
  • 13 new transitions including TVChannelChange, Swish3D, DissolveLensFlare, and DissolveDefocus
  • Resolution-independent
  • Multiprocessor support
  • 32-bit float support for .exr and HDRI images
  • Intuitive user interface
  • On-screen UI widgets for many effects
  • Support for render nodes
  • Create photorealistic lighting with the Zap effect
  • Nearly 20 different lens flare types with numerous detailed controls
  • Create unique natural and organic lighting using rays, glare, glint, and glow effects
  • Create natural-looking depth of field lens blurs using RackDefocus, Convolve, ZDefocus, and ZConvolve
  • Perform quick relighting of CG images using Light3D

 

Apple: Shake Version 2

  • 66 plug-ins with over 200 total effects.
  • Support for Mac Universal (PPC and Intel) and linux.
  • Version 2 includes 20 new effects such as FilmDamage, Rays,
    Cartoon, Posterize, BleachBypass, WipeTiles, SwishPan,
    DissolveGlow, FeedbackDistort, and many others
  • On-screen widgets for visual control of many parameters.
  • Many options and parameters that can be adjusted and animated for an unlimited range of results.
  • Resolution independent, fully antialiased, high quality images.
  • Easy to use and fully integrated with Shake's user interface.
  • Support for RGBA processing and all image bitdepths.
  • Multi-processor support for faster rendering.

 



Sapphire for OFX


Using Sapphire 6’s 200+ visual effects plug-ins, artists will now be able to add superb, high-quality realism to their comps faster than ever before, buying crucial additional time to finesse their shots. 


Sapphire OFX details

  • Over 220 must-have effects, each with many options and parameters that can be adjusted and animated for an unlimited range of effects.
  • Full floating point for all internal processing, improving quality for many effects.
  • Effects such as TVDamage, TVChannelChange, Technicolor and many new transitions. 
  • GPU enabled for fastest render speeds. NVidia GeForce 200 or 400 series or QuadroFX 5800 graphics card required for maximum performance, but no GPU is required; CPU renders are 100% compatible and very fast.


Compatibility Matrix

  • Autodesk Toxik 2008 SP1 or greater
  • Eyeon Digital Fusion 5.2 or greater
  • Eyeon Fusion64 (any version)
  • FilmLight Baselight 3.3 or greater
  • SGO Mistika 4.0 or greater
  • DigitalVision Film Master 3.6 or greater (Win Only)
  • Assimilate Scratch 3.8 or greater (Win Only)
  • Sony Vegas Pro 10.0 (Win Only)


Features

  • Most effects are Nvidia CUDA GPU-accelerated to provide performance enhancements. Nvidia GeForce GTX 400 or 500 series or QuadroFX Fermi (4000, 5000, 6000) graphics card required for maximum performance
  • All effects use full floating point processing for improved image quality and full 32 bit HDR support
  • All threshold controls now go beyond 1 to support HDR
  • ZDefocus and ZConvolve now have Boost Highlights parameter
  • Stylize effects including TVDamage, Technicolor2Strip and Techinicolor3Strip
  • 13 new transitions including TVChannelChange, Swish3D, DissolveLensFlare and DissolveDefocus


Effects

  • TVDamage simulates various artifacts of television broadcast and display such as static, ghosting, interference, and more.
  • TVChannelChange performs a transition by simulating a channel change on an old television set.
  • Technicolor2Strip simulates a Technicolor 2-strip film process to give the look of 1930s Technicolor film.
  • Technicolor3Strip simulates a Technicolor 3-strip film process to give the look of 1935-1955 Technicolor film.
  • Swish3D dissolves between two input clips while performing 3D moves on each.
  • WipePlasma transitions between two input clips using a moving plasma texture.
  • WipePointalize wipes by adding random polygon brush shapes from one clip onto another.
  • WipeWeave transitions using a texture resembling woven strands.
  • WipeMoire transitions using a pattern of overlapping concentric rings.
  • DissolveLensFlare transitions between two clips using an animated lens flare.
  • DissolveEdgeRays transitions between two clips while applying beams of light from the image edges.
  • DissolveGlint transitions between two clips while applying a star shaped glint effect.
  • DissolveGlintRainbow transitions between two clips while applying a star shaped glint rainbow effect.
  • DissolveDefocus dissolves between two clips while defocusing/focusing each.
  • DissolveTiles transitions between two input clips by shifting tile shaped sections of each.
  • DissolveDistort interpolates between two clips while distorting each using the other as a lens.


Features and Parameters

  • All effects use floating point processing for improved image quality and HDR support.
  • Sapphire can now fully process 32-bit HDR floating point footage with no clamping.
  • GPU acceleration improves performance for many effects.
  • All threshold controls now go beyond 1 to support HDR.
  • Param limits are widened for ShowBadColors to support HDR.
  • Z Defocus and Z Convolve now have Boost Highlights.
  • Glint and Glare have new Blur, Hue Shift, and Invert Matte parameters.
  • Glow has new Show Threshold, Invert Matte, and Combine parameters.
  • LensFlare has a Glint Rays Lens.

 


Videos


Specifications & Licensing

System Requirements

Host Applications:

  • Shake
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Nuke / Fusion / OFX
  • Avid
  • Autodesk: Flame, Inferno, Flare, Smoke, Smoke for Mac, Fire, Flint and Burn
  • After Effects

 

Installation notes:

  • Sapphire v5 and v6 can both be on your system at the same time, and you can continue using v5 as usual even after installing v6. However, please be aware that the names of the sparks are the same in both versions, which can lead to some confusion, and sometimes the older version may continue to be used unintentionally.
  • To use Sapphire v5 and v6 together, you must use Sapphire v4.070 or later with Sapphire v5. Earlier versions of v4 will not coexist properly with v5.

  • Setup files saved with Sapphire v4 will not load into v5, but we have provided an update_setups utility to automatically convert setup files from v4 to v5.

 

 


Licensing

 

Sapphire licenses are delivered as an activation codes along with download links.

Node-Locked and Floating licenses are available.

Node-Locked licenses can be transferred between workstations by Uninstalling from the source and installing on the destination workstation using the same serial key.

Floating Licenses utilize the RLM license manager.  Floating licenses can also run on the same workstation that is running Sapphire.

Additional Info

Upgrades / Support


Upgrades

  • Upgrades from previous versions to current, prices vary depending on host application.

Support

 RFX is available for all your support needs.

  • GenArts offers free support online
  • Support cases must be open via online form

Maintenance & Support Program for Sapphire

For a yearly fee, Sapphire customers can get the following benefits:
- All upgrades during contract period
- Free unlimited burn and render licenses
- Free upgrades to floating licenses
 
This program is available on Autodesk, Avid, AE, FCP, Nuke, Premiere and other hosts

 


Rental Licenses

  • Monthly rentals available for node-locked licenses

 


Related Products

Sapphire can compliment the following host applications

  • Shake
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Nuke / Fusion / OFX
  • Avid
  • Autodesk: Flame, Inferno, Flare, Smoke, Fire, Flint and Burn
  • After Effects
  • Assimilate Scratch
  • Baselight
  • Film Master
  • Mistika
  • Sony Vegas Pro

 


Training / Resources

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