Issue: Editing - October 2007


CAMBRIDGE, MA – Effects plug-in developer GenArts ( has released Sapphire Plug-ins Version 2 for Adobe Premiere Pro & After Effects, Apple’s Final Cut Pro, Autodesk Combustion, and Eyeon Fusion. The new release features more than 30 new effects, along with new parameters and improvements to existing effects.

Sapphire Plug-ins natively integrate with leading editing and compositing systems. The collection includes over 200 image processing and synthesis effects. New effects include FilmDamage, ZDefocus, Cartoon, BleachBypass, GradientMulti, SwishPan, Light3D, Deband, and TextureNeurons.

Sapphire 2 includes support for the latest versions of all After Effects and compatible host applications, including Adobe CS3 and the “Smart FX” API, which provides more efficient processing and support for 32-bit image formats. All platforms running V.2 will have improved rendering speed.

Windows Vista and Mac OS X Leopard are supported in the new release, which is priced at $1,699 for the entire package or $599 for one of four individual box sets. Upgrade pricing for V.1 customers is $599 and $199, respectively.