updated 07:30 pm EDT, Mon April 24, 2006
Boris Red v4.0 debuts
Boris FX announced it will unveil the next generation of its Boris Red at NAB 2006 as well as announced support for Intel-based Macs. Boris Red is an integrated 3D compositing, titling, and effects solution that provides integrated broadcast-quality features directly inside nonlinear editing systems. Version 4.0, which will be a Universal Binary, introduces hundreds of new features, including more than 40 new filters, 16-bit color support, and a sophisticated new paint engine. Designed specifically for editors, Red integrates with more than 20 NLEs, including Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Avid systems.
The Boris Red Engine provides standalone rendering as well as integrates advanced 2D and 3D compositing, industry-leading software DVE technology, robust 3D modeling and animation, native vector titling, motion tracking, vector paint, rotoscoping, Adobe Illustrator file animation and extrusion and more. it is expected to ship in the third quarter.
"I have been using Boris Red and its predecessors for many years now, and I wouldn't be without it. Red is an integral part of my workflow, both inside Final Cut Pro and as a standalone application," comments Alison Stevenson, editor and partner, Stable Recordings. "The new buttons in Red 4.0's composite window are really going to speed things up for me, and I'm looking forward to using the new brush tools. If I can imagine something I can usually build it in Red. I'm excited to find out what Boris's wizards will come up with next."
Version 4.0 features 16-bit per color channel image processing; new procedural paint brushes to create ribbon and roller brush paint effects; new raster paint engine with sophisticated clone paint brushes; the ability to convert bitmap files to vectors that can be extruded and animated; new support for Wacom tablet with multiple paint input channels; and more than 40 new filters, such as a new Motion Key filter that removes moving foreground objects from a clip and a new Motion Path filter animates objects on a spline path.
Users can also now import EBU subtitle files to generate standard subtitles for multiple languages and DVDs. The update also brings improved integration with Avid NLEs, including support for the AVX 2.0 architecture, support for PPC- and Intel-based Macs, and a new Type On Container that automatically creates type on title effects.
Boris Red version 4.0 will be shown at NAB 2006 at the Las Vegas Convention Center from April 24-27 in booth SL2596.
Support for Intel-based Macs
In addition to Boris Red, the company said it will show--for the first time--Boris native plug-ins running on the Intel-based Macs, including the popular Boris Continuum Complete filter package integrated with the latest release of Apple's Final Cut Pro (version 5.1), which will be released later this year.
"As a developer of integrated Mac OS solutions for more than 10 years, we are proud to support the next generation of Apple computers," said Boris FX founder and president, Boris Yamnitsky. "We're excited about the potential performance enhancements that this will provide to our loyal Macintosh users."
The first Boris FX product to support the Intel architecture was Boris Calligraphy, a set of four Generators that is included with the Intel-based version of Final Cut Pro. While appearing as native generators, these plugins add valuable titling features, including vector text, auto-animated rolls and crawls, type-on effects, jitter, randomization and Z-space animation including tumble and spin.
Followng the third quarter release of Boris Red v4.0 as a Universal application, the company said it will release Intel-compliant versions of Boris FX and Graffiti.