Genarts Announces Next Generation of Sapphire

Unprecedented Performance and Quality Gains to Reshape Compositing Workflows

GenArts Inc., the premier provider of specialized visual effects software for the film, television and video industries, announced today GenArts Sapphire 5. The latest software upgrade is fully GPU-enabled to provide artists a completely interactive user experience at HD resolutions, while accelerating render speeds up to 700 percent. In addition, support for full floating point workflows will deliver true photorealistic image quality with the highest possible dynamic range. Sapphire 5 is scheduled to ship in the first quarter of 2010 for Autodesk users.
Sapphire 5 promises to markedly change the visual effects pipeline by stripping away the barriers to artists creativity, while significantly reducing infrastructure costs. Featuring a completely interactive user experience at HD resolutions, Sapphire 5 will enable artists — even in client-attended sessions — to push the bounds of their imagination without intrusive pauses for screen refresh. In addition, full floating point support offers photorealistic image quality with the highest possible dynamic range, so artists can faithfully recreate looks that exist only in nature – or even beyond nature – with no loss in color information.

Sapphire 5 render times have been slashed dramatically so that batch jobs once requiring overnight processing are now merely “over lunch.” Such performance gains can considerably extend the life of the nodes in a render farm or even reduce the number of nodes required to process a project.

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