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GenArts Releases Sapphire Plug-Ins for Discreet burn

GenArts Inc. has just released Sapphire Plug-ins for burn, Discreet's new Linux-based background rendering software. With the new version of Sapphire Plug-ins, inferno, flame and flint artists will be able to use burn to process projects faster, increasing productivity and maximizing creative time.

"I am very impressed with how fast and how well Sapphire Plug-ins work with Discreet's burn," proclaims David Takayama, sr interactive compositing artist at Sony Pictures Imageworks. "In fact, Sapphire with burn was incredibly useful in helping us to finish work for BAD BOYS 2.

"Rendering on burn is actually much faster than processing locally, plus I can keep working at the same time," adds Nate Robinson, inferno artist at Ntropic, a San Francisco-based post-production and visual effects boutique. "At Ntropic we use Sapphire Plug-ins regularly for work on features, including THE MATRIX RELOADED. Now we are using them successfully with burn for work on UNDERWORLD."

Sapphire Plug-ins for burn are available immediately from GenArts for $2,000 per dual processor workstation, or $1,600 each for four or more. The software can be obtained directly from the GenArts Website at:, or from Discreet resellers and sales representatives.

Sapphire Plug-ins provide the Discreet customer base with a collection of more than 200 state-of-the-art image processing and synthesis effects that can quickly and easily transform any film or video clip. They are fully and seamlessly integrated in the Discreet user interface, and include many useful tools such as Glows, EdgeRays, LensFlare, Glint, Blurs and RackDefocus, as well as a host of sophisticated effects such as Lightning Zaps, FlysEye, JpegDamage, HalfTone and Textures. Sapphire Plug-ins are resolution-independent and include multi-processor support for faster rendering.

Based in Cambridge, Mass., GenArts is a premier provider of digital visual effects plug-ins for the film, broadcast and video industry. Introduced in 1996, Sapphire Plug-ins have become an industry standard for high-end visual effects creation at leading studios, broadcast and post-production facilities around the world. They are widely recognized for their unrivaled quality and ease-of-use, and have been used extensively to create an array of feature films, most recently on TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES.

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Bill Desowitz, former editor of VFXWorld, is currently the Crafts Editor of IndieWire.