March 8
Boris Sets March 31 Ship Date for Boris FX 5.0
New version offers 3D text, keyframe ehancements and an Effects Library browser

by David Nagel
Senior producer

Boris FX will ship the latest release of its flagship Boris FX compositing and effects plug-in application March 31, the company announced today. Boris FX 5.0, which integrates into non-linear editing systems, will include new features like 3D text, Effects Library browser and keyframe enhancements.

The new version will ship in standard and professional editions for the first time, part of the company's strategy of addressing the needs of consumer and high-end users. The major difference between the two packages is the complexity of the filters included. The pro version come with features like Animation Motion Blur, 3D Image Shattering Particles and Light Sources, which includes independent gel images for creating relighting of layers. Other features include:

  • Advanced compositing with applied modes, whichallows for more natural, realistic composites;
  • Keying controls with matte choker and alpha processing, which allow for cleaner keys;
  • Multi-layered time-line;
  • Unlimited keyframes;
  • Preview to RAM playback.

On the consumer side, Boris FX 5.0 Standard icludes 3D text, an Effects Library browser with 400 preset effects and expanded host support, which allows users of Final Cut Pro to access the Boris timeline with 3D containers for geometry rendering, drag and drop track nesting and access to other features.

Boris FX provides support for: Adobe, Apple, Avid, Canopus, Discreet, DPS, FAST, in:sync, Incite, Media 100, Panasonic, Softimage, Sony, Ulead and United Media.

The Mac and Intel-based Windows 98/NT versions will be available for $495 for the Standard version and $995 for the Professional version. Users of Boris FX 4.x will be able to upgrade to 5.0 for $199 for the Standard version and $499 for the professional version. Boris announced yesterday that version 4.0 would be bundled free of charge with select Medea VideoRaid subsystems. For more information about that story, click here.

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