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Playing with Fire in Boris FX 6

Creating a Bonanza-style transition from within your NLE By Tim Wilson
[Editor's note: This week Tim Wilson, one-time Man About Town™ and former Minister of PowerBook Propaganda here at Creative Mac, returns to share his knowledge of all things video on the Mac. Since leaving us, he's taken a position at Artel Software, the company that makes Boris FX, Boris RED and other compositing and effects packages. So, appropriately enough, he's providing us with this exclusive tutorial on using the Fire effect that now ships with Boris FX 6. --Dave]

Dave Nagel wrote one of my favorite things ever, when he wrote this about the Fire filter in Boris Continuum, one of our plug-ins for Adobe After Effects:


"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."

(That was from a review of the BC Fire filter, which was released before the rest of Continuum. You can find it here: http://www.creativemac.com/HTM/Features/2000/Reviews/borisfire/borisfire-page1.htm. Here's his review of the whole Continuum package:
http://www.creativemac.com/HTM/Features/2000/Reviews/continuum/continuum-page1.htm.)

By way of disclosure, I have to tell you that, before I came to Boris, I worked at DMN. Having watched Dave up close for a while, I think that his description of BC Fire could also be applied to Dave himself: secret, mysterious, too dangerous for mankind to play with ... yup, sounds about right. But I also want to tell you that the Fire filter from Boris Continuum is one of the many new additions in Boris FX 6, the latest version of our compositing and effects plugin for nonlinear editing.

Dave's articles offered great insights into the workings of the filter itself. What I'd like to do here is show you how to add fire to a transition using Burnt Film, another new filter in Boris FX 6 by way of Continuum. It will be a combination of traditional compositing and filtering elements with transition and DVE elements as well, an approach Boris FX 6 was designed for.

Step 1
Start a fire

For this tutorial, I have two nice, Western-looking clips from the Artbeats library, and I'm going to burn up the top layer for a Bonanza-style transition.



Boris FX shows up as a filter like any other in your NLE. Apply it the way you normally would any of your NLE's native filters. Most NLEs also support the use of Boris as a transition, which in this case is the way to go.


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