Bauhaus Software’s real-time visual effects tool
Mirage 1.2 is now available for Mac OS X, according to the company. This is the first full release of the application for Mac users. Version 1.2 adds new Rototracking and timing adjustment tools to an application that provides a unified solution for animators who want to work directly in the digital pipeline, allowing them to directly paint on and add effects to video in real-time. It was designed as a complement to such applications as Final Cut Pro, Avid Xpress and Shake.
Rototracking tracks elements between video and animation layers while the new timing adjustment tool provides ease-in-ease-out. Other tools featured in Bauhaus’ flagship product include comprehensive color correction, histogram controls, keying with spill suppression and matte controls and multi-point pixel tracking/stabilization. Mirage can create and enhance effects for both HDTV and film, combining multiple file types, media and resolutions in the same project.
System requirements call for a G3 or faster processor, Mac OS X v.10.2.6 “Jaguar” or higher, 128MB RAM and 2GB of hard drive space. Mirage is a US$895 application, but you can also download a demo from the Bauhaus Web site, which requires filling out a form and consenting to be on the company’s mailing list.