The unit includes five different 360-enabled plug-ins for immersive video post production: VR Sharpen, VR Flicker Fixer, VR Blur, VR Close-up shot of an object or detail previously seen in a wider angle. and VR Reorient.
It’s available for a number of host applications, including Adobe After Effects CC and Premiere Pro CC, Avid Media Composer, Apple FCP X, and OFX hosts such as Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, VEGAS Pro, and HitFilm.
The filters support both monoscopic and Video shot with two parallel cameras (or in the case of 360° video, multiple pairs of parallel cameras) Commonly referr... More 360- and 180-degree video workflows.
Although some of those filters may seem redundant with the addition of Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro’s integrated 360 tools at first glance, there are a number of features that are unique to the unit, as well as thoughtful touches that make these tools simpler and more useful than the the baseline, built-in immersive tools.
“Editors new to Boris FX software will find that these high quality filters complement the existing 360° tools found in Premiere, After Effects, and FCP X, however, an additional benefit of the Continuum VR Unit is its ability to bring a 360° workflow to systems that do not natively support 360°, such as Avid Media Composer and DaVinci Resolve,” said Ross Shain, Chief Product Officer, Boris FX.
Additionally, the Continuum VR Unit is currently the only single license, cross-host plug-in option on the market that enables preset sharing between editing, effects, and color correction/finishing stages, states Boris FX. It also delivers results quicky, with fast GPU-accelerated rendering.
Continuum VR Unit’s filters
Let’s dig in to each of the five filters:
VR Sharpen: This filter uses “state-of-the-art image algorithms” to enhance detail while minimizing artifacts sharpening tools can sometimes introduce. I saw this tool in action last fall at IBC, and it really does reintroduce some of the detail immersive video can lose through multiple compressions.
VR Close-up shot of an object or detail previously seen in a wider angle.: Add titles, graphics and 2D elements to your monoscopic or Video shot with two parallel cameras (or in the case of 360° video, multiple pairs of parallel cameras) Commonly referr... More spherical video. What sets this apart from built-in tools is the breadth of control the filter offers. For example, there’s a repeater feature where you can automatically choose to show the same title front/back, on four sides, or on all sides with one click.
VR Blur: This seamless blur filter can be applied to the entire shot, or you can isolate and blur objects, logos and faces.
VR Reorient: Reposition your mono and stereo shots. ‘Nuf said.
VR Flicker Fixer: Reduce (or eliminate) luminance flicker in one click with a number of different removal methods. Frame Analysis can be applied to clips with uniform flickering (like a flicker caused by unintended shutter speed or aperture variations from frame to frame). Temporal Smoothing can be used on clips where flicker varies from pixel to pixel (like in a scene partially lit by both natural and artificial light).
How to get your free Continuum VR Unit
Then, fill out the form on this page. You’ll receive an email with instructions to access your free download. And…you’re done!
For existing Continuum users, the free unit will overwite all plug-ins associated with older versions of Continuum.
Although the free license will never expire, Boris FX can’t guarantee that legacy versions of Continuum will work with future operating systems and host versions.
Additionally, the free unit does not qualify for email, phone or chat support. However, you can post questions online in the Boris FX public forums.
Find answers to more FAQs here.
And, if you’d like to learn how to use your new filters, join this webinar coming up May 8 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time: Working Faster in 360 Post & VFX for Editors, where Adobe certified trainer Nick Harauz will show Continuum VR Unit’s tools in action.
The bottom line: Just do it!
At the end of last year, one of our contributors, Matt Celia of Lightsail VR, reviewed the latest update to Boris FX’s Mocha VR suite of tools (as well as Continuum VR) and had almost nothing negative to say (other than you’ll need a beefy system for some features to work well–no surprise to anyone there!). From the time I read that review, I knew I wanted to try out some of their tools on an upcoming “when I had the time”–this giveaway gave me the push I needed.
I can’t say what the aim is in giving the regularly $199 toolset away for free, but my mother always told me not to look a gift horse in the mouth. These filters seem very useful and I can’t wait to try them out on my latest project.