BCC version 5 offered Apple Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express and Motion users major improvements to the award-winning BCC version 4 by building on core technologies such as Optical Flow, OpenGL and motion tracking, and added key new features.
OpenGL-accelerated 3D text generator with built-in 3D shatters and a warp deformer. Multiple 3D materials can be created from external image files featuring texture and bump maps as well as reflections. Each material can be individually saved as a preset and applied to the front, back, bevel, or extrusion surface of the text object. The text object can be further deformed and animated with a number of innovative deformers such as Bend, Taper, Twist, Shatter, Ripple, Pulse, or Curl.
The BCC Type-On Text filter lets you generate text that automatically types-on the screen. This filter is OpenGL hardware-accelerated.
Creating extruded 3D type-on text effects within Apple Pro Video Applications is now a simple process. The BCC Type-On Text filter includes a full-featured title generator that offers control over the leading, tracking, character and paragraph styles of the 3D text element. Create animated text type-ons that fly in from behind or toward the camera or slide into view from the top, left, bottom or right of the screen either letter-by-letter, word-by-word or line-by-line. Use any image or video clip from the timeline to add textures or reflection maps that animate in real-time over the extruded text element.
This filter utilizes state-of-the-art OpenGL technology to generate and extrude built-in primitives such as a medallion or heart. Create 3D extruded objects fully-modeled with bevels and spline-based extrusion profiles.
The BCC Layer Deformer distorts 2D image layers in 3D space with built-in controls for 3D effects such as ripple, wave, and sphere. This filter is OpenGL hardware-accelerated.
Use the BCC Layer Deformer to generate useful 3D shapes such as planes, cubes, spheres, cylinders and deform these 3D objects using the built-in vertex and pixel shaders. Create a bulging cube that shatters off into a million pieces or a rippling plane shape and use any image or video clip from the timeline to add textures or reflection maps.
The BCC Extruded EPS filter provides an easy way to import and extrude Adobe Illustrator layered vector logos and graphics in Apple Pro Video Applications. The filter is capable of tracking an EPS file using a Watch Folder, making the EPS file "live" should it be edited in Adobe Illustrator. A handy "Keep EPS Color" feature lets you preserve the original fill colors for each element as a diffuse color option of the material.
The BCC DV Fixer filter is designed to soften or remove diagonal stair-step artifacts (aka jaggies) from an image clip while protecting other areas of the image from the softening process.
The filter uses proprietary algorithms to detect visible aliased diagonal edges that are typically found in DV video clips and then processes the pixels only along these edges to achieve a smooth artifact-free result. The filter is easy to use and features on-screen view modes, which are accessible via a convenient pop-up menu option within the filter user interface; this enables you to fine-tune the detected jaggy edges prior to performing any image processing.
The BCC Smooth Tone filter smoothes or softens an image while preserving the important detail contrast areas.
With the advent of HD image technology, the image result may often be "too sharp". What this means is that certain areas in the image, such as the pores on a subject's skin, may become too prominent. The Smooth Tone filter applies a complex image smoothing-algorithm to these areas in the image but does not affect extreme specular highlights or catch-lights. This results in smoother skin tones while preserving important areas of detail contrast within the image.
The BCC Cartoon Look filter simulates a rotoscope toon-animation look.
The look of cartoon rotoscope animation, which was recently popularized with feature films such as "A Scanner Darkly" and "A Waking Life" and may also be seen in memorable advertisement campaigns for Charles Schwab, was once only possible with many hours of painstaking rotoscope painting and compositing along with the use of large-scale dedicated image processing systems. With the BCC Cartoon Look filter, this look is now available to anyone who can drop a filter onto a clip. The filter includes many preset looks and styles, all available via the filter's preset pop-up menu. You can even make your own presets and apply them to any other clip in any project. This filter is easy to use, yet provides parameter controls to achieve the right look with any source material.
The BCC Charcoal Sketch filter simulates the painterly look of an image that was created using charcoals.
With the Charcoal Sketch filter, generating the look of an image that was created by an artist using charcoals has never been easier. Simply drop the filter onto any clip and the image is immediately transformed from a standard shot into a charcoal sketch. The filter includes easy-to-use pop-ups to determine the weight or line width and the desired level of detail.
The BCC Pencil Sketch filter simulates the look of a hand-drawn pencil-sketched image.
The Pencil Sketch filter is another of the new "art-look" filters that are included in the BCC 6 set. Simply apply this filter to an image clip to emulate the look of an animated pencil-drawn sketch. This filter includes many apply modes which can be used to blend the generated pencil lines with the original image to produce unique stylized looks.
The BCC Water Color filter simulates the wash look of a water color painting.
Water color paint-style images can easily be generated from any source material with the addition of the BCC Water Color filter. This filter includes the ability to control the color and weight of the contour edges as well as the desired level of contouring. Save your own preset looks or use the included user-modifiable preset looks to generate wash or water color effects.
The BCC Pixel Fixer filter repairs pixels in the image that are the result of dust on a camera lens or imaging sensor.
Digital video and still photography, while making it easier to have immediate access to source material, come with some disadvantages versus film source material. One common problem / disadvantage is with the camera's image sensor. Sometimes pixels on the sensor stop working - with the result of "bad" pixels in the image. Instead of clone-painting to remove or disguise the bad pixel in each frame, the BCC Pixel Fixer automates this process. Simply center one of the source points in the filter over the bad pixel and it is removed from every frame in the clip. This fast-to-render filter includes source points to remove up to 10 "bad" pixels per filter instance.
The BCC Lightning filter generates simulated lightning bolts or plasma arcs. This filter is OpenGL hardware-accelerated.
The new BCC Lightning filter can be used to emulate photorealistic, auto-animated lightning bolts that emanate from single or multiple sources (sheet lightning), single bolt point-to-point timed strikes or even "Tesla Coil" high-voltage electrical plasma arcs. Dozens of static and animated presets are available for this filter and are accessed via the built-in preset pop-up selector.
The BCC Tile Mosaic filter simulates an image that is comprised of hand-cut opaque tiles. This filter is OpenGL hardware-accelerated.
Use the BCC Tile Mosaic filter to generate the look of hand-cut tiles from a still or moving clip of images. The filter includes parameters to control the relief of the tiles as well as the shape of the tile pieces and the position of the light as it hits the tile surface. Other options include the ability to control the grout width and color.
Editors use transitions as a way to cut between scenes, typically creating an animated effect such as a dissolve or blur at the end of the outgoing clip and the beginning of the incoming clip. While most modern NLE systems ship with a list of standard wipe transitions, there are some transition styles that are more of an in-camera effect rather than the synthesized gradient wipes or block dissolves. One of these effects, known as a "Swish Pan," is created by panning the camera very quickly in a 180 degree arc, thereby creating the look of a fast blur between the outgoing and the incoming clips. Continuing in the tradition of making visual effects easy to create, Boris Continuum Complete 6 now includes a Swish Pan transition filter for registered users of the BCC 6 product.
BCC 6 FxPlug takes advantage of Apple FxPlug's real-time architecture for simultaneous live previews of dozens of preset transitions, glows, and color and film look effects in a newly-designed effects browser window. This new technology delivers the best of Boris on Apple's FxPlug platform.