SilhouetteFX Releases Version 5

Date: 30/01/2013
SilhouetteFX Releases Version 5

SilhouetteFX LLC is pleased to announce the release of Silhouette V5. Already considered the gold standard in stereo roto, paint and keying, Silhouette is greatly enhanced by an innovative raster / vector hybrid paint system, semi-automatic 2D to 3D conversion, a fresh look at shape-based warping and morphing, and the inclusion of Academy Award-winning planar tracking technology from Imagineer Systemss mocha Pro¢. These are just four of the upgrades from an extensive list of new features.

SilhouetteFX, first launched in 2004, is a dominant player in high-end roto and paint for visual effects. More recently, Silhouette has become an important tool in the 2D to 3D conversion workflow. Version 5, introduced today, is the single largest upgrade in the products history and incorporates hundreds of upgraded as well as brand new features.

Magno Borgo of Boundary Visual Effects says:
Silhouette V5 is a mandatory update. When everyone thought that roto software can't improve anymore, Silhouette comes along with impressive new tools.

At least three of these new capabilities have the potential to be transformative in the visual effects industry.

Auto Paint joins the best of vector-based and raster-based paint

Silhouette has been deeply entrenched in paint for post-production for many years. Auto Paint, new in V5, is a breakthrough innovation providing the speed and detail of raster-based paint systems with the repeatability and animation capability of vector-based paint systems.

Never before have the benefits of raster-based and vector-based paint been combined as seamlessly as in Silhouette V5. The raster-based nature of each stroke is logged into a database, available to be instantly played back using keyframes or trackers in a manner similar to vector-based paint systems. Visual effects artists finally get a lightning-fast raster paint system that can automatically tween or repaint over modified footage.

Jeremy Cho, rotoscoping and paint supervisor on Ted, says of Silhouette V5 and Auto Paint:
"The new Silhouette offers enhanced features and tools to tackle complex rotoscoping and painting tasks with greater efficiency. When it comes to frame-by-frame painting, the best of both worlds combine within this package: the speed of rasterization and the flexibility of non-destructive painting. Silhouette is a vital rotoscoping and paint tool here at Tippett Studio."

S3D assisted / semi-automatic conversion of 2D to 3D stereo and auto-stereo

Silhouette was the first roto and paint system to offer a full stereo workflow. More recently, Silhouette has become an important part of the 2D to 3D conversion process. New in V5 is the optional S3D node incorporating RealityTools technology from 3D Impact Media, a new strategic partner.

An option available at an additional cost of $3,995 (for a limited time regularly $5,995), the S3D node facilitates 2D to 3D conversion and stereoscopic processing in six ways:

  • Silhouettes roto tools have become depth-enabled (in the S3D option). Every shape has a depth that can be keyframed.
  • New roto tools such as ramps, hallways, tunnels and more have been added.
  • Depth maps can be built semi-automatically from both mono (non-stereo) as well as stereoscopic images.
  • Existing stereoscopic content can be depth analyzed and re-rendered for different display sizes taking into account the 3D geometry of the target display.
  • Parallax and convergence can be finely adjusted during post-production.
  • The S3D node can generate virtual camera views using a specialized warper required for auto-stereoscopic, multi-view and plain stereoscopic displays.

The integration of RealityTools into the Silhouette framework makes for a comprehensive stereoscopic solution.

Shape-based warping and morphing from the folks who invented it

Silhouette partner Perry Kivolowitz received an Academy Award® for Scientific and Technical Achievement in 1996 for the co-invention of shape-driven warping and morphing. Sixteen years later Silhouette introduces a re-imagining of shape-based warping. Extremely fast, the Silhouette Morph node is capable of producing film resolution warps in a few milliseconds (in its draft mode). Performance remains high even as warps become more complex. On a shape by shape basis, warps can be exact (where controlled pixels hit their marks precisely) or may be of looser precision (shapes become permeable). The Silhouette warper provides control over image folding, a feature overlooked in many warping systems.

Importantly, the Silhouette Warper accepts overlapping shapes. Combined with Silhouettes new Inverse Kinematics capability (see below), support of overlapping shapes makes warping of armatures, maquettes and other articulated objects such as people straightforward.

Planar tracking technology licensed from Imagineer Systems

The company has signed a licensing agreement with Imagineer Systems permitting the integration of the planar tracking technology from Imagineers mocha Pro¢ into Silhouette V5. Silhouette V5 will continue to offer the companys own point and planar trackers in addition to the mocha tracker. With the inclusion of mochas excellent planar tracker, Silhouette now provides artists a variety of different tracking technologies to complete the most demanding shots.

Rotoscoping with Inverse Kinematics

Silhouettes feature set has been augmented with the addition of an innovative approach to Inverse Kinematics. 3D modeling systems have long enjoyed the benefit of IK for animating articulated objects such as people, animals and creatures in general. Silhouette V5 adapts the layer system already familiar to Silhouette users to dynamically generate bone structures for articulated shape transformation. When the IK feature is enabled, dragging a shape such as a fingertip has the potential to transform an entire arm. Since so much of roto work is on articulated objects, Silhouettes IK feature can be a big time saver.

In addition to these major advances, Silhouette V5 adds numerous features and changes such as automatic stereo alignment, depth channel support, local disk caching for speedy playback, filled shapes, object searching, source transformations, an improved and more accurate planar tracker, and the ability to rotate the viewer for upside down and sideways shots.

Pricing
New licenses for Silhouette V5 are $1,495. The S3D option has an introductory price of $3,995. Upgrades from V3/4 to V5 are $495

About SilhouetteFX, LLC
Our understanding of visual effects allows us to design productive and highly specialized software. Our products stand up to the rigors of production and are the culmination of many years of experience. Add an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement, three Emmy Awards, and experience in creating visual effects for hundreds of feature films, commercials, and television shows and you have a combination that can't be beat.



Tags: roto | stereo roto | paint and keying | morphing | warping | 2D to 3D conversion | post | production | workflow | animation
Submitted by Zazil Media Group (Zazil Media Group)
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Tags: Medialogy Broadcast | IPTV solutions | OTT | cloud and multiscreen video systems | traffic management solutions | MAM systems | media asset management | storage | archiving | playout | terrestrial transmission | SNG flyaway systems | satellite uplinks | studio systems
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NEW Fiilex Q10 - 900W Full-colour Water Resistant Fresnel Posted: 26/01/2022
NEW  Fiilex Q10 - 900W Full-colour Water Resistant Fresnel

The Q10 COLOR is a powerful 900W Color LED Fresnel that floods and spots from 70 to 11 degrees. Like all the other Fiilex Color Fresnels, this offers more than 50 different operating modes, including the Tunable CCT (2000K to 10000K) and RGBW modes to the more advanced Gels and Effects modes, for users to choose.

Tags: Fiilex | Q10 | Color | Colour | LED | Gels | dense Matrix | wireless | intergrated | VAC | VDC
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Beautiful Mix for Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga Posted: 26/01/2022
and lsquo;HEAR and rsquo; Creates Beautiful Mix for Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga and ldquo;One Last Time and rdquo; Concert Special

Renowned crooner Tony Bennett recently took to the stage for the “One Last Time” concerts at Radio City Music Hall alongside long-time friend and collaborator Lady Gaga, and the performances were nothing short of magical. As this is likely to be the last time audiences see Bennett perform live, the concerts were captured and aired as a CBS special on November 28, 2021. With sound at the forefront of considerations for this event, GRAMMY Award-winning Audio Engineers Jody Elff and John Harris of Harris-Elff Audio Resources (HEAR) selected a variety of DPA Microphones for the orchestral recording.

Tags: DPA Microphones | audio | live performance
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Broadcast Solutions releases meshLINK to revolutionise wireless video transmissions Posted: 26/01/2022
Broadcast Solutions releases meshLINK to revolutionise wireless video transmissions

Broadcast Solutions, one of the leading systems integrators in media and content production, takes the next step in offering innovative product developments with the release of meshLINK.

Tags: wireless | meshLIINK | IP mesh | transmission | MANET
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Pebble releases trading update for the year ending 31st December 2021 Posted: 26/01/2022
Pebble releases trading update for the year ending 31st December 2021

Pebble Beach Systems Group plc has released a trading update today, announcing that it expects to report 2021 results significantly ahead of market expectations. Revenue was approximately £10.6m up 26% on the 2020 result, whilst orders were up 75% at £13.7m (which includes £1.5m of orders delayed from 2020 due to Covid).

Tags: Pebble | Pebble Control | Automation | Integrated | IP | Virtualised Playout Technology | Content Management
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Pixellot and The National Travel Basketball Association Team Up to Bring New Level of Exposure and Access to Youth Tournaments Posted: 26/01/2022
Pixellot and The National Travel Basketball Association Team Up to Bring New Level of Exposure and Access to Youth Tournaments

Pixellot, the world’s leading provider of AI-Automated™ sports video and analytics solutions, has partnered with The National Travel Basketball Association (NTBA), the nation’s premier youth travel basketball tournament operator to provide software and hardware solutions for the capture, production and streaming of basketball games and tournaments across the United States.

Tags: Pixellot | NTBA | AI | basketball | NTBA games | National Travel Basketball Association
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farmerswife announces global launch of Cirkus Posted: 26/01/2022
farmerswife announces global launch of Cirkus

farmerswife, which provides resource scheduling, project management, and team collaboration software for the demanding needs of today’s media industry, is delighted to announce the immediate availability of Cirkus, its powerful new SaaS task and project management solution. Designed to address the specific project needs of media organisations, the cloud-based Cirkus is available as both an integration for farmerswife, or as a standalone product, and has been built to reflect and adapt to the way teams work and collaborate in the real world.




 



Tags: farmerswife | Cirkus | SaaS | production software | post-production software | broadcasting software
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HPA Announces Tech Retreat Supersession Details: Beyond the Hype Posted: 25/01/2022
HPA Announces Tech Retreat Supersession Details: Beyond the Hype

The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has announced further details for the much-anticipated 2022 HPA Tech Retreat Supersession, this year focusing on virtual production. The Supersession will take place in person on Tuesday, February 22 during the four-day Tech Retreat. Programmed this year by respected industry experts Kari Grubin and Erik Weaver, the Supersession boasts an impressive lineup of speakers, demonstrations, and case studies from leaders in the adaptation and evolution of virtual production and in camera VFX. The program presents an unusual opportunity to see what happens when the major technology innovators and manufacturers collaborate in real time. Speakers are still being added and further updates will be available at hpaonline.com. 

Tags: HPA | HPA Tech Retreat | virtual production | Supersession | AOTO | Planar | Sony
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