Boris FX Fire
first peek at the Continuum package reveals real promise for the retail release
25, Boris FX will make available a new set of 23 filters for Adobe After EffectsContinuum.
We hadn't seen the slightest hint of what this package would contain until yesterday,
when Boris announced it was offering one of the effects in the set for freeof
course as an incentive to buy the entire package ($395)without any restrictions
except that it has to be downloaded before June 30.
is called Boris Fire. Well, we've all seen fire filters beforefor video
and paint applicationsand, frankly, they're not terribly impressive. You
might as well shoot a match in a dark room and composite that over your sequence.
But the Fire filter that's part of the Boris Continuum package is different. It's
better. Much better. It's like space aliens landed at the Boris FX offices and
handed them the secret to some mysterious technology that's probably too dangerous
for mankind to play with.
At any rate,
rather than using this alien technology to conquer the world, Boris instead chose
to use it to develop an outstanding effect plugin that bodes incredibly well for
the full retail release of Continuum.
The Fire filter is a part of the Natural Filters package in Continuum. This particular
filter's sole purpose is to create a fire effect. But there are two differences
between Boris Fire and fire filters offered previously. First, the effect is just
better. The flames have a richer feel to them, and the patterns look less ...
how do you say? ... crappy. Second, and equally important, Boris Fire gives the
user a lot more control over the effect.
Actually, there are 47 individual controls, including everything from standard
size and shape options to bias, gain, wind, mapping and texture detailall
of which work together to produce some stunning results.
Since I just
downloaded this filter yesterday, I haven't had a lot of time for After Effects
rendering. But if you click on the images to the left, you can see four QuickTime
examples. (There's one more with multiple applications of the filter on the next
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