Boris FX will deliver Continuum in 2021
Thursday, October 29, 2020 | Written by Jim Thacker
Boris FX has released Continuum 2021, an update to its suite of effects plugins for building and editing apps, dubbed the "greatest release ever".
The update contains over 80 plugins for mimicking the appearance of real film materials, optical filters and gobos, based on the sister product Digital Film Tools, as well as over 1,000 preset looks.
In addition, the formerly pure 2D particle system Particle Illusion can now emit particles in 3D and offers new options for adding turbulence to particle systems or for creating connections between particles.
New options for mimicking the look of vintage footage and camera equipment based on Digital Film Tools
By far the biggest change in Continuum 2021 is the addition of Cinematographer's Toolkit: a collection of over 80 effects from Digital Film Tools that Boris FX acquired last year.
These include effects that mimic the appearance of certain physical footage, optical filters, and gobos, and adjust the color grading of movies from Gone With the Wind to Back to the Future.
There are also a number of new tools for applying lens and lighting effects, sharpening or defocusing footage, and applying looks like X-ray or infrared footage. A full list can be found here.
All effects are HDR compatible, GPU accelerated – via OpenCL, so they should work on any manufacturer's hardware – and can be customized via a new FX Editor interface.
In addition, Continuum 2021 includes over 1,000 new preset effects that can be dragged onto footage.
Particle illusion can now emit particles in 3D
Particle Illusion, the previous 2D particle effects system from Continuum, is also being significantly updated: not least, the option to emit particles in 3D.
Existing 2D particle systems can be converted to 3D with a single click, and there are new presets for 3D camera movement, including orbiting or panning the particles.
Other major changes include the option to apply turbulence to particle systems and add animated random variations in particle size and position based on a noise map.
The software can also create lines that connect particles to each other or to their emitter or place of birth.
In addition, particles can now be made to break up into sub-particles when hitting a deflector object, or to take on random jump patterns for more natural scattering effects.
Updates for Primatte Studio and Title Studio
The Chroma-Keyer Primatte Studio has a new built-in edge cleaning tool that can be used to smooth rough edges in encrypted footage without affecting clean edges.
It uses temporal correlation to minimize flicker when using noisy or compressed footage, and is also available as a separate plug-in for Adobe host software only.
Title Tool Title Studio gets new procedural noise generators for adding texture or bump map variations to 3D text. and new multi-texture options for combining multiple texture sources into a single hybrid texture.
A list of minor changes can be found via the link at the bottom of the story.
Pricing and system requirements
Continuum 2021 is available now and is compatible with a range of compositing and editing software, including After Effects, DaVinci Resolve, and Nuke, that run on Windows 7+ or macOS 10.12+.
The price depends on the host application. New licenses now cost between $ 695 and $ 1,995. Subscriptions now cost between $ 195 / year to $ 695 / year. It is also possible to purchase individual Continuum units.
Check out an overview of what's new in Continuum 2021 on the Boris FX website
For a full list of what's new in Continuum 2021, see the Online Release Notes (OFX edition).
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