BOSTON — Boris FX (borisfx.com) is now offering its Silhouette paint, rotoscoping and compositing tools as a node-based plug-in for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Foundry’s Nuke, Blackmagic Design’s Fusion and Resolve, Autodesk’s Flame, and Vegas Pro. The new 2021 release follows Silhouette’s recent acceptance as a participating product in the Netflix Production Technology Alliance.
“The role of paint and rotoscope artists has become increasingly important as production values soar,” notes Boris FX founder and president, Boris Yamnitsky. “Invisible effects work is a major component on every film and TV project — think matte painting, wire removal, digital make-up, and more. The ability to use Silhouette as a plug-in directly inside host applications like After Effects, Nuke and Resolve will dramatically change how these artists work. It also further aligns the Boris FX product family (Sapphire, Continuum, Mocha Pro) together and streamlines post production workflows as artists can easily jump in and out of any Boris FX product without leaving their project timelines. The result? Major time-savings and greater collaboration.”
“Our goal with Silhouette 2021 was to create next-level editing tools to handle the most difficult roto shots,” notes Marco Paolini, Silhouette product designer. “Complex shape animations are easier than ever before with the new gestural brush reshape tool, point grouping, collapsing, and distribution. Many of the new tools and enhancements - too many to mention - are a result of artist feedback from around the world.”
As a multi-host plug-in, all Silhouette features are now available, where as the previous Silhouette Paint plug-in was limited to paint-only functions. Artists now have access to the entire node-based workflow for roto, paint, tracking, warping, keying, and compositing in their host application. The new lens correction node can calibrate and correct lens distortion for advanced effects tasks or to generate and export an ST Map for other host applications. The lens correction node is built on shared technology from Mocha Pro’s lens module. New roto editing tools based on artist feature requests make Silhouette’s rotoscoping capabilities even stronger.
Boris FX is offering a number of price plans for Silhouette. An annual subscription for the plug-in can be had for $395/year, while an annual subscription for the standalone application and plug-in is $695/year. Single licenses and monthly subscriptions are also available.