GenArts, Inc. has announced the immediate availability of Sapphire Plug-ins
version 2 for After Effects and compatible products including Adobe
Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Autodesk Combustion, and Eyeon
Fusion. The new release features over 30 new effects, plus many new
parameters and improvements to existing effects in the package.
Version 2 contains all of the visual effects and features of the
earlier version and introduces more than 30 new and innovative effects.
FilmDamage, ZDefocus, Cartoon, BleachBypass, GradientMulti, SwishPan,
Light3D, Deband, and TextureNeurons are a few of the new plug-ins in
the collection of over 200 image processing and synthesis effects.
Enhancements to existing effects in the package include a revamped
RackDefocus, 4 new Glares and 14 new LensFlares.
Sapphire 2 includes support for the latest versions of all After
Effects and compatible host applications including Adobe CS3 and the
“Smart FX” API which provides more efficient processing and support for
32bit image formats. All platforms running v2 will have improved
Adobe’s “Smart FX” API is supported for AE7 and CS3 with more
efficient processing and reading of 32bit image formats. Windows Vista
and Mac OS X Leopard are supported.
Sapphire Plug-ins version 2 for After Effects and compatible
products can be purchased directly from GenArts or through their
worldwide channel of authorized resellers. Pricing for Sapphire 2 is
US$1699 for the entire package or US$599 for one of four individual box
sets. Special upgrade pricing for existing v1 customers is offered for
US$599 and US$199, respectively. A free trial of the software is available online.