Thursday, April 16th, 2020 Posted by Jim Thacker

Boris FX ships Silhouette Paint

Boris FX has launched Silhouette Paint, a new retouching and rig removal plugin for compositing and editing applications based on Silhouette, its standalone rotoscopting software.

The new plugin makes paint and planar tracking features from Silhouette available inside After Effects, DaVinci Resolve, Flame, Fusion, Nuke and Premiere Pro.

Updated 21 April 2020: Boris FX has also now released Silhouette 2020.5, the latest version of Silhouette itself, bundling in the Silhoutte Paint plugin, and adding support for VFX Reference Platform 2020.

A cut-down integrated version of Silhouette focused on paint and touch-up work
Silhouette Paint makes a subset of Silhouette’s functionality available natively inside other applications, enabling editors and compositors to perform touch-up work without leaving their primary software.

As well as Silhouette’s 32-bit paint system – the plugin includes 16 paint and cloning tools, and the Auto Paint system for recording and selectively undoing raster paint strokes – that means planar tracking.

As with Silhouette 2020, the core technology from Mocha Pro, the firm’s standalone camera tracking software, is integrated into the plugin.

The plugin supports OpenColorIO colour management and the same movie file formats as its host apps.

However, unlike the standalone edition of Silhouette, users can’t export tracking or roto data; and the plugin doesn’t include Silhouette’s advanced roto, compositing or effects toolsets.

Promoting Silhouette’s tools to a wider user base at a ‘wallet-friendly’ price
In its news release, Boris FX describes Silhouette Paint as introducing Silhouette – which it acquired from its original developer last year – to a new generation of users.

As well as making the tools accessible to editors and compositors as well as specialist roto artists, the firm is targeting YouTube and Instagram content creators though its “wallet-friendly” price.

Depending on which host applications you need, the plugin is between 20 and 60% of the price of Silhouette itself: $195/year to $595/year, as opposed to $995/year.

However, unlike Silhouette, it’s only available as an annual subscription: there are no perpetual licences.

Pricing and system requirements.
Silhouette Paint is available for Adobe’s After Effects and Premiere Pro 2020, Foundry’s Nuke, Blackmagic Design’s Resolve and Fusion and Autodesk’s Flame, running on 64-bit Windows 7+, Linux and macOS 10.12+.

It’s rental-only, with subscriptions costing $195/year for Adobe tools, $395/year for OFX applications, and $595/year for both. A bundle deal with Mocha Pro is also available.

Registered users of Silhouette 2020 get the multi-host version of Silhouette Paint for free, and the plugin will also be included free with new purchases of Silhouette.

Read an overview of Silhouette Paint’s features in Boris FX’s press release

Visit the Silhouette Paint product website