updated 08:50 am EDT, Wed April 20, 2005
Boris FX ships Graffiti 4
, its plug-in that provides integrated broadcast-quality 2D and 3D titling features directly inside nonlinear editing systems, allowing editors to animate 2D and 3D titles over their timeline video without importing or exporting as well as easily create sophisticated extruded text and shapes with bump maps, reflections and textures as well as animatable 2Dand 3D charts. Advanced options in Graffiti include jitter, randomization, text on a path and type-on animation. Graffiti is now available for $600, with upgrades priced at $150.
"Graffiti users will be thrilled with the new features and many optimizations," says Boris FX founder andpresident Boris Yamnitsky. "With render speeds increased by an average of 75 percent on Macintosh and 25 percent on Windows, Version 4.0 satisfies the highest expectations for streamlined workflow. Graffiti puts the most innovative, user-friendly titling tools in the industry at your fingertips."
Boris says that version 4 brings additional host support, including Canopus Edius Pro 3, Media 100 HD and Pinnacle Liquid Edition as well as other hardware systems. The company also said that the latest version of Media 100 sw will include a timeout version of Boris Graffiti.
The following improvements have been added to Graffiti 4.0:
- Multiple optimizations provide an average of 75 percent rendering speed improvement on Macs
- A new Template Mode lets you create effects directly in the Library Browser.
- New filters have been added, including Displacement Map, Spiral Blur and Burnt Film.
- Create animated 2D and 3D charts from imported spreadsheet or user input data. This new feature was taken from the award-winning Boris Red.
- The Library Browser includes 100 additional customizable presets to streamline title creation. Additional presets will soon be available for download.
- Support for Canopus Edius Pro 3, Media 100 HD and Pinnacle Liquid Edition systems.
- Video out from the standalone KeyFramer for Avid systems with supported Adrenaline and Mojo hardware.
- Better integration with Sony Pictures Digital Vegas Video and Adobe Premiere Pro.
- A new preference lets you customize the colors of the interface.
- Projects and settings remain fully compatible with the Version 3.0 and 3.0.1 releases.
- Reduced installer size for faster download and installation. The installer on both platforms has been localized into several languages.
- Support for parameter name translations into several languages via an XML dictionary.
Users can apply Graffiti directly to clips in a host NLE timeline and then open a custom user interface where the titles are created, enabling similar Graffiti workflow across different platforms and in each of the more than 20 supported NLEs, including Apple Final Cut Pro HD, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Avid systems.
Graffiti's feature set includes sophisticated vector paint and shapes that can be animated and extruded, support for third-party After Effects filters, animatable gradients andprocedurally generated natural media, as well as more than 25 filters. In addition to the expansive Library Browser, users can directly type and edit text over the video background for easy application.
The company is also offering upgrades to both Graffiti 4.0 and FX 8.0 for $300. Users of Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro and Canopus Edius Pro can purchase Boris Graffiti for $250. Graffiti LTD, bundled with some systems, can be upgraded to the full version for $150 to add 3D text and advanced titling features. Owners of Graffiti and Calligraphy can upgrade to Red for $1000.