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Review: GenArts Sapphire 8
A look at the newest version of this suite of plug-ins 
and presets

By Brady Betzel

Over the past year or so we’ve seen an explosion in the preset and plug-in world, offering users a variety of options regardless of their budget. For example, there are Red Giant’s Universe and Boris FX’s BCC 9 Suite — both offer tons of powerful plug-ins and presets that can take any project from mediocre to awesome with a few mouse clicks and some creative thinking.

Red Giant offers a variety of ways to use the program: there is a “light” version of Universe that’s free, or you can pay $10 monthly, $99 yearly or $399 for a lifetime of updates. Boris FX BCC 9 ranges in price from $695 to $1,995, depending on the software platform you use. So regardless of your budget you can find something to make your project sing. Then there is a personal favorite, GenArt’s Sapphire, which depending on the host could be pricey.

Some in the broadcast world view plug-in and preset programs as unnecessary because of how costly they can be. And to be honest, aside from some very specialized effects, with some creative ingenuity they can basically be created inside of Avid Media Composer or Adobe After Effects. However, if you have the budget (cause it ain’t cheap) and desire to use some of the highest quality effects in the Avid and Adobe world Sapphire 8 will definitely, save you time and money, as well as help spark your creativity with its newly integrated node-based effect Builder.

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Reviews & Approvals: Cospective’s Rory McGregor talks cineSync and Frankie
By Randi Altman

Many of you are likely familiar with the remote review and approval tool cineSync from Australia-based software company Cospective. cineSync has been used on some big-name film and television projects (Christopher Nolan is one outspoken fan) since its introduction in 2005. Back then the company was called Rising Sun Research, which grew out of VFX studio Rising Sun Pictures. So, users solving a problem by developing their own solution.

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Bringing Dolby Atmos to the home via Blu-ray
Formosa’s Tim Hoogenakker walks us through his 
re-mastering process
By Mel Lambert

There is no denying that Dolby Atmos immersive soundtracks have added an extra allure for cinema audiences — as evidenced by the enhanced success of action movies at the box office — but, until very recently, it was an experience reserved for your local multiplex. All of that is to change with the availability of Atmos-capable receivers from a number of leading vendors, including Denon, Marantz, Onya, Yamaha and Pioneer, and an offering of new Blu-ray discs with Atmos soundtracks. 

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Amira updates include 4K UHD, MPEG-2 MXF recording

Quick Chat: Creative Storage Conference's Tom Coughlin

Framestore grows Integrated Advertising department

Behind the Title: Cinetic colorist Jason Bowdach

Lynwen Brennan now 
GM of Lucasfilm

Marvel’s Agent Carter  
using ArriRaw workflow

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• Devil & Demon

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