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