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Boris FXContinuum Complete 9 for After Effects
Continuum Complete 9 for After Effects
Boris Continuum Complete brings over 200 effects to After Effects and Premiere Pro. There are so many different effects in the Continuum package that looking at the overall package can be a little overwhelming, but the comprehensive package will allow you to take on a huge array of visual effects challenges.
Boris FX have been providing plugins for After Effects for several years, and has been a staple in many After Effects studios. While plugin packages like Final Effects complete offer some style-based motion graphics solutions, Continuum Complete brings users more high-end solutions.
Boris Continuum Complete (or BCC) version 9 has several notable new features. As we all can agree, time is money, but creativity requires time too. A fast workflow will help animators find, experiment, and render their work quickly. Some effects can provide a keyframeless workflow as well.
Wanna jump to BCC right away? Check it here: http://www.borisfx.com/Adobe/bccae/
BCC 9 has introduced a new way to look at the plugins. The newly designed FX Browser system is an easy way to sort through the plugins and get a quick example of how the preset values might change the footage. You still have access to the full video clip (that you're working on) so you can see the real image that you're ultimately going to pair with the effect.
With over 200 effects in the package, it is necessary to have a tool like the FX Browser to navigate all of the potential in the library. The FX Browser also brings you 24 new transitions. If you're using the transitions in Adobe PremierePro, a new ?single track transition? approach has been finally implemented for a better workflow. What separates this from using something similar to Adobe Bridge or a separate application, is that the browser operates directly within After Effects. If you'd like to simply preview the presets that are offered in BCC 9, there is a stand-alone browser that will allow you to quickly see the different plugins on a selected clip.
The true power of BCC 9 comes in the form of its GPU accelerated plugin groups. Some of the effects are 2X faster than the software multi-threaded versions, and other effects are close to 70% faster than they were in BCC 8.
Of course, there are several new plugins that have been added to the library in BCC 9. Too many to mention quickly in a single article, I'll review these live and in person each month during our Los Angeles motion graphics meeting (http://www.dmala.org).
The new plugins include additions to a Color Correction group, Compositing group, Image Restoration, Light Group, Perspective group, and Stylized Effects. These are just a few additions to the already massive set of Boris Continuum Complete which you can purchase as an entire set, or dive into specific groups of plugins by getting BCC UNITS.
In the coming months, I'll check back in with different BCC Unit reviews. If you want to check out any or all of these for your Adobe After Effects, Adobe PremierePro or other host applications, you can download a trial at the Boris FX website. You can also follow them on twitter @borisfx. I'd also follow Kevin P McAuliffe (@kpmcauliffe) while you're there. Check it here: http://www.borisfx.com/Adobe/bccae/
Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles. In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design. When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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