Review: Boris FX's Continuum Complete 9

Post by Jonathan Moser

Boris Continuum has had a unique relationship with Avid and Media Composer since 2005, when BCC was first bundled with Media Composer, giving it an advantage over other filter sets, and allowing it to become the de facto third-party effects package for Avid editors for many years. Since then, a number of competitors have followed, creating a cat & mouse game with features, effects and usability constantly evolving. While the argument of who gives the best bang for the buck is debatable, in my opinion, this release of BCC9 represents a light-speed jump for the BCC line and a boon for editors and compositors alike, including some features ahead of the curve from other products. It's also important to note that BCC isn't just an effects package – it also has a powerful suite of other tools from titling to keying… There's a lot under the hood.

(I should note that since BCC is no longer bundled with Media Composer, the question of which filters package gives you the best bang for the buck becomes even more important. BCC9 has a ton going for it.)


With BCC9 newly retooled for both speed and operability, I'll go through improvements and new features in depth, but a cursory glance shows a new emphasis towards greater use of realtime (aka: Green Dot) effects — a growing trend with most filter effects companies; a welcome new (and slightly overdue) dynamic effects browser with a multitude of options; a slew of new transition effects (all with presets and newer effects); new image restoration capabilities, including a great new lens corrector for use with the newer wide angle GoPro style cameras; an improved vignetting filter that will add a certain amount of in-vogue peripheral distortion; and major new improvements throughout.
BCC9 adds Open CL and CUDA acceleration (in addition to the existing OpenGL) for faster rendering and visualization times. The powerful Pan and Zoom filter now has increased capabilities, including 3D and Vignetting. All the old tools are still included (some relegated to the Obsolete section... which simply means there are newer effects that replace these earlier iterations.) The particle generator, optical flow options, text generator and other familiar tools are still included, making BCC9 a truly value-added tools for editors.

BCC9 is broken down into six specialized groups: Transitions, Film, Image Restoration, Stylize, and Keying and Composite, Perspective. read more...
Check out these items featured in this post and available to BUY NOW at
Boris Continuum Complete 9 AE for Windows $995.00 Boris Continuum Complete 9 AVX for Avid Perpetual License (Mac) $1,995.00 Boris Continuum Complete for Sony Vegas Pro Windows $595.00

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