Two Days Left To Register – BCC 9 New Features Round-Up for Sony Vegas Pro

Join us on Thursday at 1pm EST/10am PST for a BCC 9 New Features Round-Up specifically geared at Sony Vegas Pro editors. Senior VASST trainer, John Rofrano, dives into the new features and filters that you’ll want to use on your next projects!

  • Save time and pull the perfect key with BCC Chromakey Studio. Your one-stop shop for all things green screen.
  • Meet the new transitions for BCC 9, including Film Glow Dissolve, Lens Flare Dissolves, Light Rays Dissolve, and Damaged TV Dissolve
  • Enhance footage by emphasizing specific textural detail with BCC Magic Sharp.
  • Quickly find your fave looks with the FX Browser™.

Register today for your shot to win a Sony Vegas Pro license and a BCC 9 license!

Here are a few of his latest Boris TV episodes to get you ready!

 

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Meet Louis Savy – Founder and Director of the Sci-Fi-London Film Festival

Louis Savy is just one of those people: ebullient, expansive, and very knowledgeable about films – especially the sci-fi genre.

In 2002 after a dinner party conversation, he started a festival to prove a point. The vision was to bring usually unseen films to a wider audience and encourage viewers to approach the entries as mainstream movies – show them it’s not just aliens and monsters.

At the same time he wanted to expand his theory that it was all about the story. “Those monsters are not enough on their own to make an engaging film,” he says. This is how the 48 Hour Film Challenge was born, which now forms an important part of the festival.

Today the Sci-fi-London Film Festival and 48 Hour Film Challenge are big news. With actor Warwick Davis (Willow et al), director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) and TV science personality Prof. Brian Cox on the jury panel, stars are being created. Hollywood director Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) started here with a short film entry called FACTORY FARMED in 2008.

Another of Louis’ crusades is to break the common perception among filmmakers that sci-fi has to be expensive due to all the effects required. To this end he is actively pursuing companies like Boris FX, and getting them involved to show what can be achieved when Hollywood-level effects are wanted but budget seemingly won’t allow for them.

Boris FX has been developing visual effects software since 1996, so knows a thing or two about creating screen magic. Most TV stations around the world use Boris FX software, but that doesn’t mean it is prohibitive for lower budget projects. With today’s low-cost plugins on host software like Adobe, Apple, Sony, and Black Magic, visual effects have never been so accessible – and easy to use.

“We needed a vfx partner to show our filmmakers how to add the ‘wow’, and give them choices they may not have had before. With an industry leader like Boris FX supporting us, professional tools and effects are now available to anyone who enters the Challenge,” says Louis.

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The Amazing Reel – And The Winners Are…

Thanks to everyone who entered The Amazing Reel contest!

From fast-paced commercials to sci-fi to comedy to music videos to opening title sequences, the projects ran the gamut. We also noticed a trend with which effects were most popular – BCC Lens Flare 3D, BCC Film Glow, BCC Film Damage, BCC Rays Puffy, and anything from the BCC Particles Unit.

We invited Daniel Gaucher, Senior Post-Production Faculty of renowned Emerson College & Television Editor for Discovery, PBS, and National Geographic to judge the entries based on the use of Boris FX products, the overall editing, narrative, and pacing.

Here’s the Super Cut of winners.

Grand Prize Winner: 

Company: Keydioma
Client: Crazy Bull
Project: Semplicemente Crazy Bull

Keydioma is getting an iPad Air, an editing app, and the Boris Box Set!

All clips selected for The Amazing Reel receive a free upgrade to the newly released BCC 9.

Selected Clip Winners:

Company Project Client
Lithia Automotive bBearg 2013 Showreel Lithia Automotive
Diamond Rock Films Scottish & I Know It Big Rock Beer
Kirill Kripak Game of Chairs Second Round Dubai 48 Hour Film Challenge
Grumpy Golden Entertainment Show Reel 2014
James Burke Demo Reel
Leslie Eckert Postproduction Digital Scrapbook Janus TV
John Nelson Reflections Of
Deepvalley Thin Line – Music video Run Pic Run
ShiftWise Shiftlandia Episode 12: The ShiftWise Zone Anicca Digital Arts
Simon Vision Media SVM Spec Commercial
Scope-Entertainment TAPED
WDesign Reel 2013 by Viktor Aleksandrovsky
Kirill Kripak Yellow Blue Bus

Winners will be receiving an email shortly with their prize information.

Congrats again from the team at Boris FX!

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Join us at Blackmagic Design in London for the DaVinci Resolve 11 Launch

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We’re excited to be teaming up with Blackmagic Design for their DaVinci Resolve 11 launch event since we’re gearing up for our first-ever BCC release for Resolve!

Learn about the 150+ new Resolve features, meet members of the Blackmagic team, and hobnob with fellow colourists and members of the VFX community. Our man in the UK Steve Hayes will also be on hand. Plus, there’s food & drink!

Date: Thursday, July 17th

Place: 15 Bateman St, SOHO, W1D 3AQ

Time: 4:00pm-9:00pm

RSVP: laurat@blackmagicdesign.com

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User Story: Splice Shakes It Up with BCC AVX

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Splice’s latest project, the BBC’s upcoming 6-part comedy series, Siblings, follows the misadventures of a slovenly, unhinged brother and sister. The series, filmed entirely with handheld cameras, presented the award-winning London-based studio with a unique FX challenge. Following a recent expansion, Splice now has thirty nine offline edit suites as well as two online Avid DS Suites, one online Symphony Suite - all of which have Boris Continuum Complete - an eleven-seat Baselight Grading Theatre & audio, VFX & content repurposing services.

Adam Dolniak, an Online Editor (and Colourist) at Splice, tackled the FX work. “Any FX/fixing work is usually subtle, but has to be of extremely high quality. The nature of the footage is quite unforgiving for any shoddy FX work,” says Dolniak. “This type of work can be very time consuming. I have found huge benefits from using the BCC Image Restoration tools.”

BBC's SiblingsThe handheld shooting style could have led to hours and hours of complex tracking to composite two plates together from two different takes or, as in another case, composite extra fish into a fish tank over the duration of the scene. Dolniak used BCC Optical Stabilizer to remove the camera movement, do the required FX work, and then add the handheld movement back in. “The BCC Optical Stabilizer is almost an automated correction, i.e., you throw it on and it just works! It’s pretty incredible in that respect,” states Dolniak. “It saved a lot of time (which we did not have) since there was no tracking required to do any of the stabilization.”

Dolniak also relies on BCC Flicker Fixer. “We had quite a lot of instances recently from one particular camera that had very subtle changes in aperture, across one or two frames, almost like a flicker, but this wasn’t solely a luminance shift so it can be quite tricky to fix,” continues Dolniak. “BCC Flicker Fixer does an excellent job at removing these camera faults. BCC Pixel Fixer is also great at removing dead/stuck/hot pixels.”

The time-saving benefits of Boris Continuum Complete extend to Dolniak and Splice’s workflow since the entire team has access. Any effect that is created offline is translated through the conform (via Baselight) into Avid DS, which allows the FX that are already in place to stay in place – again saving valuable time and allowing online to add a final ‘polish.’

Dolniak adds, “Luckily, Boris plug-ins render quickly, which is vital for any long form programming that is FX heavy. It means you can create, render, review, tweak, render, and review in seconds without having to stare at a slow moving progress bar. Neither editor nor client has time for that.”

Visit Splice.

Download a free 14-day trial of BCC 9 AVX.

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