updated 01:45 am EDT, Fri November 5, 2010
150 percent speed improvement, says company
Re:Vision Effects, who make plug-ins for many of the most popular video editing software packages such as Apple's Final Cut Studio, have updated their ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) and Twixtor plug-ins for Eyeon Software's Vision and Fusion compositing softwares. The main new feature in each is speed, with RSMB v4 for Fusion performing 1.3 to 2 times faster than v3, while Twixtor v5 for Fusion is 130 to 150 percent faster than v4.
Fusion by Eyeon is a compositing tool, while Vision is a motion graphic generator similar to Apple's own Motion. Re:Vision Effect's RSMB automatically adds more realistic-looking motion blur to sequences created in it. Using proprietary tracking technology, RSMB allows users to add or remove as much blurring as is necessary to give video a more film-like feel or to reintroduce natural blur to shots that had to be captured at a fast shutter speed, such as chroma-key scenes. RSMB also includes another plug-in that can add blur to motion vector objects generated by 3D animation systems.
Twixtor, on the other hand, controls speed. It allows users to accelerate or slow down image sequences, creating new frames by warping and interpolating frames from the original sequence. Twixtor calculates motion for each pixel, producing a tracking effect that renders new frames completely indistinguishable from the originals.
Both plug-ins are compatible with 32- and 64-bit applications, requiring Fusion and/or Vision 5.1 or better. Pricing for upgrades from previous versions depends on the nature of the original licenses, which are sold either "node-locked" or "floating" but start at $50 for RSMB and $175 for Twixtor. New licenses start at $190 for RSMB and $665 for Twixtor. Recent purchasers of either product (since October 1st) qualify for a free upgrade.