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GenArts Expands Sapphire Plugin Support

New release extends effects to AE, Premiere, Final Cut Pro, Combustion By Dave Nagel
GenArts has released a new version of its Sapphire Plugins, a line of effects filters for compositing and motion graphics packages. The new release extends support to a range of After Effects-compatible hosts, including Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro, Discreet Combustion and others. It's available now for Mac OS X and Windows.

The Sapphire Plugins line includes four collections of visual effects plugins: Lighting; Stylize; Adjust, Blur, Composite and Distort; and Render, Time and Transitions. All of the plugins are multi-processor enabled and include support for 8- and 16-bit formats, with multiple parameters for interacting with effects, online documentation and onscreen UI widgets. They also include free network rendering for After Effects and Combustion. The new version supports Adobe After Effects and Premiere; Apple Final Cut Pro; Discreet Combustion; Eyeon Digital Fusion; Quantel GenerationQ; and Media 100 844/X.

Box 1 (lighting) includes Glow, GlowAura, GlowDarks, GlowDist, GlowEdges, GlowNoise, GlowOrthicon, GlowRainbow, GlowRings, Rays, EdgeRays, Streaks, LensFlare, LensFlareAutoTrack, Glint, GlintRainbow, Glare, DropShadow and SpotLight.

Box 2 (Stylize) includes AutoPaint, Sketch, Etching, HalfTone, HalfToneColor, HalfToneRings, Kaleido:Triangles, Kaleido:Squares, Kaleido:Diamonds, Kaleido:Oct, KaleidoPolar, FlysEyeCircles, FlysEyeHex, FlysEyeRect, FilmEffect, Grain, GrainStatic, Diffuse, EdgeDetect, EdgeDetect:Chroma, EdgeDetectDouble, EdgesInDirection, EdgeColorize, Emboss, EmbossShiny, EmbossDistort, EmbossGlass, BandPass, JpegDamage, Mosaic, PseudoColor, PsykoBlobs, PsykoStripes, ScanLines, ScanLinesMono, Solarize, Zebrafy, ZebrafyColor, ZFogExponential and ZFogLinear.

Box 3 (Adjust, Blur, Composite and Distort) includes ClampChroma, DuoTone, Gamma, Hotspots, HueSatBright, Monochrome, Threshold, Tint, EdgeFlash, Layer, MathOps, MatteOps, MatteOpsComp, ZComp, Blur, BlurChannels, BlurChroma, BlurMoCurves, BlurMotion, DefocusPrism, EdgeBlur, GrainRemove, RackDefocus, RackDfComp, Sharpen, SoftFocus, ZDepthCueBlur, Distort, DistortBlur, DistortChroma, DistortRGB, WarpBubble, WarpBubble2, WarpChroma, WarpDrops, WarpFishEye, WarpPerspective , WarpPolar, WarpPuddle, WarpPuff, WarpRepeat, WarpTransform, WarpVortex, WarpWaves, WarpWaves2 and Shake.

And Box 4 (Render, Time and Transitions) includes Zap, ZapTo, ZapFrom, Gradient, GradientRadial, Grid, Sparkles, SparklesColor, TextureCells, TextureChromaSpiral, TextureFolded, TextureMoire, TextureNoiseEmboss, TextureNoisePaint, TexturePlasma, TextureSpots, TextureWeave, Clouds, CloudsColorSmooth, CloudsMultColor, CloudsPerspective, CloudsPsyko, CloudsVortex, Feedback, FeedbackBubble, FieldRemove, FreezeFrame, GetFrame, JitterFrames, MotionDetect, NearestColor, RandomEdits, ReverseClip, ReverseEdits, TimeAverage, TimeDisplace, TimeSlice, TimeWarpRGB, Trails, TrailsDiffuse, Flicker, FlickerMatch, FlickerMatchColor, FlickerMatchMatte, FlickerMchMatteColor , FlickerRemove, FlickerRemoveColor, FlickerRemoveMatte, FlickerRmMatteColor, DissolveBlur, DissolveBubble, DissolveDiffuse, DissolveLuma, DissolvePuddle, DissolveSpeckle, DissolveStatic, DissolveVortex, DissolveWaves, WipeBlobs, WipeBubble, WipeCells, WipeChecker, WipeCircle, WipeClock, WipeClouds, WipeDiffuse, WipeDots, WipeDoubleWedge, WipeFourWedges, WipeLine, WipePixelate, WipeRectangle, WipeRings, WipeStar, WipeStripes, WipeTiles and WipeWedge.

Each package sells individually for $599. The complete bundle, with more than 175 effects, runs $1,699. GenArts Sapphire Plugins support Mac OS X and Windows. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Corel Painter, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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