I opened up my email the other day and found another Boris Continuum question – how were the Film Style plug-ins? What did they look like? I wrote back and said they were very good, and I would show them off the next chance I had. With that in mind, here’s our next installment of the ABCs of Boris Continuum Complete 8.1. In our previous article, we looked at Boris’ Art Looks. This one is about the Film Style plug-ins. As before, I will show a before picture, followed by example pictures. For a larger view, please click the pictures.
BCC DeGrain – The BCC DeGrain filter takes away grain-sized noise from the picture by analyzing a small sample. Once sampled, it filters noise that has similar amplitude and frequency to what was sampled. This filter is handy if you are working with noisy, overly-grainy footage. Parameters include selecting sample size, blur grain, ripple suppression in the final image, and restore detail for fine-tuning contrast the grain has.
BCC Deinterlace – BCC Deinterlace converts interlaced footage to progressive. It can also act as a telecine simulator by adding pulldown. This filter can also convert 29.97 to 24 fps. It can also convert PAL 25i to 24fps by choosing the Only Deinterlace option and reinterpreting to 24. Boris notes that for After Effects users shots must have their Separate Fields set to off, and the final output must also have Separate Fields set to off, with no Frame Blending. Parameters for this include motion sensitivity, motion filter, and pulldown settings.
BCC Film Damage – This one is fun. BCC Film Damage makes footage resemble old film stock. Parameters include brightness, contrast, saturation, tint color and amount, flicker amount and speed, shake, grain, dirt, hair and scratches.
BCC Film Grain – BCC Film Grain simulates the grain of film emulsion. Parameters include RBG amount and grain size, blur quality, randomness of the grain, film tint and amount, as well as auto or
manual animation of the grain.
BCC Film Process – BCC Film Process makes video look like various types of film stock. Parameters include quality – faster is quicker to render, but smoother has less banding issues; PreProcess parameters are made up of gamma compensation, saturation, brightness, and contrast; Lens misting parameters add light blurring to either shadow or highlights, with the ability to choose the threshold of the blurring; Film tinting parameters give control over tinting either the whole picture or the highlights or shadows; Post process parameters give you control of warm/cool hue and balance, post saturation, post brightness, and post contrast, output gamma, and mix with original footage. You can also use the motion tracker parameter to adjust a portion of the picture.
BCC Film Glow – This one is new to Boris 8. This filter simulates the picture being projected by a strong light source, making certain portions of the image bloom – usually white, or lighter colors in the frame – like film would if projected by a brighter-than-normal source. You can use the Beat Reactor with this one, to make the blooms pulse in time with the soundtrack. You can also use the motion tracker.
BCC Match Grain – BCC Match Grain copies the grain from one clip and puts it on another. For example, if you have added an animated 3D object into footage shot on film, this plug-in would help
you mimic the look of the film stock on that object so it would look like it was shot that way, and not added in later. You can save and load grain presets, choose color or monochrome grain, match contrast, set the size of grain, choose how course or fine the grain is, and specify the sample frame you wish to use. Motion tracking is possible with this filter, for adding grain to moving objects added into a clip.
These are the filters in the Film Style grouping of BCC8.1. If you don’t have BCC8.1, I highly suggest downloading the trial. You can find the trial version here.