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Curious Software Releases Curious gFx Pro v2.5

Raster paint, rotoscoping and retouch software (June 11, 2004)

Curious Software has released version 2.5 of Curious gFx Pro and gFx Pro+, its powerful raster paint, rotoscoping and retouch software packages.

The Curious gFx Pro range is receiving plaudits from across the computer graphics and effects community and has been taken up by a number of prestigious film effects houses.

Matt Silverman, Director of Effects and Design at Phoenix, San Francisco says: "As a visual effects artist working on tight deadlines, there are a few aspects of my job that require time consuming work, which I can not get around. Rotoscoping is at the top of this list and when it comes time to paint thousands of frames or cut articulate mattes I need a dedicated rotoscoping application. Curious gFx is now the main tool that I turn to when we need to get this type of work done fast. The 16-bit raster based paint engine allows me to clone and paint on high-resolution plates without it bogging down like other vector based paint systems, while the b-spline masking tools allow me to cut mattes in a fraction of the time it would take with a bezier masking tool. Curious has really taken professional roto to the next level."

Some of the key new features of Curious gFx Pro and gFx Pro+ are:

Memory storage for moving sequences: multiple frames of movie layers are now stored in memory, either automatically as they are accessed, or via direct user control. This dramatically improves the interactive performance of the whole system.

Memory management: new controls have been added to allow users to determine the amount of memory used for flipbooks and movie layer storage.

Time Offset in Merge painting: the source used for the merge painting (i.e. blending elements from another image into the current frame) can now be any frame offset in time (as well as position, rotation and scale) either from the same movie or a different movie. This is a vital edition for easy and effective wire and rig removal. Additional Quick keys have been added to further improve the interactivity in this area.

Shape grouping in roto-matte creation: shapes can now be grouped into a multi-level hierarchy for more efficient creation of complex articulate mattes. Various other improvements have also been made to the motion paths and animation behaviours for shapes.

Restore Brush: a new brush type has been added to allow selective restoration of frames to their previously saved or original content.

A full list of new features can be found at:

Pricing for the Curious gFx Pro range starts at $999 / E999.

For more information about the Curious gFx range, and to download a 30-day evaluation copy of Curious gFx Pro+ v2.5, please go to

About Curious Software:
Curious Software is an innovative software company with a great pedigree.

Founded in May 1999, Curious Softwares aim is to make the highest quality professional information graphics available to everyone creating content for the television, post-production, Internet and corporate graphics industries.

Curious Software products provide all the tools required to create stunning animations and presentations in easy-to-use and affordable packages. Our series of professional products are all based on a generic multi-layered animation engine, designed to accelerate the creation of the highest quality graphics.

For more information about Curious Software and its products please visit


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