Boris Continuum Complete 10: A Winner For Every Creative
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I still remember meeting a guy named Boris at the 1995 Apple MacWorld in Boston. Jeans and a white T-Shirt, he was in the booth all by himself with his brand new product. Boris FX that ran on the awesome Media 100 platform. He was hilarious and I bought the plug-in on the spot for my corporate job. Now here we are 21 years later and while much of the post production industry has changed, Boris FX is still making lives easier for editors and motion graphic artists.
Boris FX has long been the “swiss army knife” of filters with effects that are actually useful to editors rather than being bogged down with a ton of ‘fluff’ that you would never use. A year ago they added the incredible Imagineer Systems team to their company with their Academy award-winning mocha planar tracker. The new Boris Continuum Complete 10 (BCC 10) brings the power of mocha right into the architecture creating an incredibly powerful VFX and graphics system inside your NLE. Forget ‘swiss army knife,’ BCC 10 is more like a cannon.
Let’s start with multi-platform support. BCC 10 is available now for Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects and Avid Media Composer, with support for other hosts coming soon. If you’re like me and you use multiple editing platforms, Boris FX has introduced a Multi-Host License allowing you to install in multiple software hosts simultaneously. As of this writing, that’s Adobe, Avid and OFX but check the Boris FX website for the most current information regarding hosts and licensing.
Most of the BCC 10 filters (I didn’t have time to try them all) can take advantage of mocha giving you a level of control over the filters and effects I’ve honestly never seen before inside an NLE. Mask and track specific areas to apply the filters gives you all sorts of creative options even when the client is sitting right over your shoulder. It’s worth your time to explore and learn the basics of mocha and fortunately Boris FX provides a ton of tutorials on their site.
EASY, YET COMPLEX
Included with BCC 10 are more than 250 filters. And really useful stuff like Lights, Particles, Looks, Film, Restoration, Styles, Lens Corrections and the incredible Beauty Studio that will make your clients, and on-screen talent, super happy, more on that below. Oh and there’s an awesome set of titling tools, including the new Title Studio, which are much more robust than what is found in most NLEs.
I’m sure you’re like me and you don’t want to read the manual or watch tutorials on how these work so there are over 2500 presets to get you going with these tools in a hurry.
Also included are a generous set of transitions and let’s face it, you can never have too many transitions on your system. One of the new transitions for BCC 10 is the Light Leak transition which I’ll talk about shortly.
Here’s the BCC Fast Film Glow in Adobe Premiere Pro and as you can see it looks like a standard plug-in with pretty self explanatory options and sliders. You can also see that mocha is an in the option lower left.
The image below is a stack of Fast Film Glow, Film Damage and Vignette. All of these were used in their default settings and as you can see, the combination creates a really nice look and this took about 10 seconds to drag the three filters onto the clip.
In most cases, the default or one of the presets will give you precisely what you and your client are looking for. But as you get comfortable with the tools, you’ll see that there are an array of elements to control in each filter that can allow you to create some incredibly complex looks right inside your host. So BCC 10 is allowing to you create some great visual effects very fast and easy, but also giving you the controls to be as creative as you want to be. Here’s a few stand-out features for me in BCC 10 beyond Mocha Pro.
Here’s an original image of on-camera talent that can definitely use some touching up. This is 1080p ProRes shot with a Blackmagic 4k Cinema Camera. It was early morning and it’s pretty clear I’m tired.
Here’s the resulting image. Again, this is default, I have not changed anything on the filter. It could probably use some adjustment, but I could just render this and go. My wife said, “Oh there’s the guy I married.” If only we could make the beard black again……
It might look a little fake, but remember you’re seeing the before and after here and I’ve made no changes from the default. If you didn’t know there was a filter applied, you may not even notice because again, this is working on a key so only my skin tone is affected, everything else in the image remains sharp. Just imagine how much your clients and your on-screen talent are going to love you once you have this in your toolbox.
BCC RESTORATION: CLEAN THE FRAME
Draw a quick mask to clean up the Destination.
Pipe is gone, but while we're at it, the client doesn't like that large white sign in the background right in the middle of the shot.
White sign is gone. Pipe in the drain is gone. All in one video layer. It took me a total of 45 seconds to eliminate both elements and it was the first time I ever used the tool.
BCC TITLE STUDIO
I could write an entire review just on this one tool because it is so deep, but for the purposes of this review, I’m going to zero in on the area that enhances your efficiency and style right from day one. The animated presets. There are a bunch of great animated title reveals and elements for both flat and 3D text.
The interface is pretty intuitive making it very easy to change the text to match your needs.
Nice animated reveal in less than a minute built from a preset.
This doesn’t even scratch the surface, so here's a quick demo. Note that while the host application used for the demo is Avid Media Composer, it works the same way in all other hosts as well.
BCC FINAL THOUGHTS
As I mentioned before, BCC has gone far beyond the “swiss army knife” it once was. Especially with the addition of Mocha Pro as this just adds a elevation to this filter package that really nobody else has, at least not that I’ve seen. The ability to license the plug-in across multiple hosts certainly helps offset the investment in the tool since you don’t have to purchase a separate license for each host. That’s huge for the freelancer and small shop.
All in all, BCC 10 is a winner and something that would do well in any Post Creative’s toolbox.
BCC 10 Annual Subscription (Multi-Host) $595 USD per year
For more information, please visit www.borisfx.com