VDS announces Synapse- Sapphire V2 for Quantel

VDS, a
developer of broadcast automation software, content design and plug-in
products, today announced the immediate availability of Genarts Sapphire
Plug-ins version 2 for Quantel. The new release features over 30 new
effects, plus many new parameters and improvements to existing effects in the

Synapse allows the Quantel Q range operator direct, interactive use of hundreds
of professional-grade After Effects plug-ins from within the Pablo, iQ, gQ, eQ,
QPaintbox, and QEffects environments.

Version 2 contains all of the visual effects and features that have established
Sapphire Plug-ins as an indispensable part of the digital artist’s toolkit and
introduces more than 30 new and innovative effects. FilmDamage, ZDefocus,
Cartoon, BleachBypass, GradientMulti, SwishPan, Light3D, Deband, and
TextureNeurons are a few of the new plug-ins in the collection of over 200
image processing and synthesis effects. Many new effects were designed to
improve users workflow while others offer easy ways to create eye-catching
visuals, such as FilmDamage, which simulates aged film by adding
scratches, dust, stains, grain, shake and flicker. Enhancements to
existing effects in the package include a revamped RackDefocus, 4 new Glares
and 14 new LensFlares.

Genarts Sapphire plug-ins already have a fantastic reputation with Quantel
users and V2 makes things even better”, says Steve Owen, Quantel Director
of Marketing, ” VDS have done a great job bringing all the new tools and
enhancements of V2 onto the Quantel platform so

Sapphire collection has become the premiere Synapse plug-in bundle for Quantel
users.” comments David-Ray Worthington, Director of Marketing and Product
Development at VDS. “Version 2 promises to deliver many new features
and extended effects capabilities.

Key New
Features of Sapphire Plug-ins 2 for Quantel:

simulates aged film by adding scratches, dust, stains, grain, shake, flicker,

defocuses areas of the source clip by different amounts using depth values from
a z-buffer input.

give cartoon-like looks with exaggerated edges and flat areas of color.

performs 3D relighting of a clip using an input clip describing the surface

darkens the outer edges of a clip with various shape options.

generates a stylized version of the source clip by simulating a bleach bypass

Other new
effects include: BlurDirectional, CartoonPaint, Posterize, Deband, Dogvision,
TileScramble, WarpMagnify, WarpCornerPin, GradientMulti, Shape, TextureTiles,
TextureNeurons, TextureLoops, TextureFlux, SwishPan, DissolveGlow,
DissolveFilm, FeedbackDistort, Convolve, ConvolveComp, ZConvolve, ZGlow,
TriTone, QuadTone, Invert, ShowBadColors and ChannelSwitcher.

has 14 new flare types, new parameters to adjust the look of the flare and an
optional Matte input which allows selective blocking or colorizing of flares.

can track and render flares at multiple hotspots.

has new shape options and improved performance.

includes 4 new glare types and improved performance.