Video plug-in creator Boris FX, a developer of integrated graphics and effects technology for the TV, broadcast, post production and multimedia markets, has introduced a new product: Boris Calligraphy. The product offers two new title generators — Title 3D and Title Crawl — for the just-announced Final Cut Pro 3.
“Boris Calligraphy showcases our strong integration with Final Cut Pro 3 through the unique approach of plugging into Final Cut Pro’s Generator mechanism,” Boris Yamnitsky, founder and president of Boris, said.
Title Crawl is meant for the convenient creation of automated roll and crawl effects, while Title 3D offers vector-based text that can be manipulated in 3D space with full pivot control, animated tracking and other text transformations, he added. Both Generators share a common text entry window and style palette which provides controls for text formatting including leading, kerning, tabs and word wrap, as well as separate controls for fill, stroke and shadow for creating and saving powerful text styles.
Besides creating title animations in 3D space, the Title 3D Generator can be used on systems with real-time Final Cut Pro systems to create static slates that can then be animated in real-time. For additional titling capabilities, users can upgrade to Boris GRAFFITI, which adds title extrusion, mapping titles to 3D shapes, text on path, automatically-resizing simple backdrops for text, natural media generation, export to Flash and tools for creating sophisticated animations with ease.
Another Boris product, Boris RED, goes further still, offering vector paint for write-on title effects, 3D particle systems, and “the most powerful 3D compositing available on the desktop,” Yamnitsky said. Though Calligraphy is Boris’ first application to run natively on Mac OS X, the rest of the Boris product line will come to the platform in the first quarter of 2002, he added.