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RE:Vision Releases SmoothKit

Plugin designed to smooth images while maintaining detail By Dave Nagel
RE:Vision Effects has released SmoothKit, a plugin set designed for smoothing imagery in editing, compositing and effects programs. The software supports a variety of hosts, including Adobe After Effects and Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro, Discreet Combustion and Pinnacle Commotion. It runs on Macintosh and Windows systems.

SmoothKit is a set of special purpose filters that can produce a variety of smoothing, blending and blurring effects. Features include:

  • Selectively filter the luminance or the chrominance of each of the RGB channels independently;
  • Limit how much each pixel is allowed to change via a "Maximum Deviation" control;
  • Scale filters on a pixel by pixel basis by specifying optional greyscale images;
  • Reduce or eliminate staircasing by using the jaggie-reducing filter;
  • Reduce block artifacts;
  • Clean up noisy images without blurring over edges;
  • Soften areas without blurring important features;
  • Directionally filter images with per-pixel direction and strength controls;
  • Time blend sequences using the multi-frame (temporal) filter with several processing modes.

SmoothKit is available now for an introductory price of $134.95. After April 5, SmoothKit will cost 169.95. A demo version is also available. For more information, visit

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, 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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