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GenArts Announces Free Sapphire Plug-Ins Tutorial

Tutorial for After Effects and Final Cut Pro now available for download (June 02, 2005)

GenArts, Inc., a leading provider of digital visual effects plug-ins for the film, broadcast and video industry, today announced the immediate availability of a new tutorial for the After Effects version of Sapphire Plug-ins. Designed for experienced users of After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and other compatible host applications, the tutorial is intended to instruct those who are new to Sapphire how to utilize the plug-ins and become familiar with some of the more common and vital parameters.

From specific instructions on how to get started with the package to detailed sections about particular effects and parameters, the tutorial will inspire users to dig further into the package, try new effects, and experiment with their own combinations of effects.

Sapphire Plug-ins are quite easy to use, but with over 175 plug-ins to choose from, some users might find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer breadth of the package. The tutorial focuses on a number of popular techniques using a sampling of 31 plug-ins including blurs, glow, distort, glint, edge rays, lens flares and transitions and their associated parameters. Once learned, these techniques can then be applied to any other effect in the package. Sample images are included throughout the tutorial to demonstrate the main points, and the user is also encouraged to use their own images as they explore each effect.

The tutorial is available in html format and as a PDF file. It can be downloaded free of charge from A complete After Effects project file that contains all the examples in the tutorial is also available from this page.

About the author
Christopher Phrommayon is an Avid- and Apple-certified instructor with a background in computer science, film and video production, media studies, and computing in the arts. Chris has contributed to publications such as "Final Cut Pro on the Spot," "Premiere Pro Editing Workshop," and is co-author of "Avid Xpress Pro and DV on the Spot." In addition to speaking at national media conferences such as the New York and Los Angeles DV Shows and the Avid Government Training Symposium, Chris has worked as a speaker and technical chair for the Final Cut Pro to the Max tour, the DigitalMediaDC Conference, and the NAB Post|Production World Conference. Chris teaches Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Shake, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere for Future Media Concepts in Boston.

About GenArts Sapphire Plug-ins
Sapphire Plug-ins provide digital artists with a collection of over 175 state-of-the-art image processing and synthesis effects. They fully and seamlessly integrate into a number of editing and compositing systems including: Adobe After Effects and Premiere; Apple Final Cut Pro, Shake and Motion; Avid Media Composer Adrenaline, Media Composer, Xpress Pro, Xpress, Xpress DV, Symphony, DS, Nitris and Newscutter; Autodesk combustion; Discreet flint, flame, inferno, fire, smoke and burn; eyeon Software Digital Fusion; Quantel generationQ; and Media 100 844/X. Sapphire Plug-ins offer a comprehensive suite of tools and effects that can transform any film or video clip. They are resolution-independent, include multi-processor support for faster rendering, and run on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Irix. Effects in the package range from everyday tools such as Glows, EdgeRays, LensFlare, Glint, Blurs and RackDefocus, to more exotic effects like Lightning, FlysEye, JpegDamage, HalfTone and Textures.

About GenArts, Inc.
Based in Cambridge, Mass., GenArts, Inc. is a premier provider of digital visual effects plug-ins for the film and video industry. Introduced in 1996, Sapphire Plug-ins have become an industry standard for high-end visual effects creation at leading studios, broadcast and post production facilities around the world. They are widely recognized for their unrivaled quality and ease-of-use, and have been used extensively to create an array of feature films such as Star Wars-Episode I, II, and III, Sin City, Spider-Man 1 and 2, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Matrix trilogy, I, Robot, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Star Wars-Episode I and II, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, The Hulk, X-Men II, Daredevil, Ice Age, Pearl Harbor, Final Fantasy, Dinosaur, Titanic, Armageddon, and Contact.

Additional GenArts product information can be found at


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