This video provides an introduction to common Boris controls, such as: top buttons, PixelChooser, and Mocha buttons.
- [Instructor] We're ready to apply Boris Continuum effects inside After Effects. For example, let's say I want to apply the Fast Lens Blur to this ocean footage. There's a couple ways to do that inside After Effects. I can go straight to the Effects & Presets panel, and there you'll see all the Boris Continuum effects listed. You could also go up to the Effect menu. Let's try that. First, let's select that Ocean layer. Go to Effect. Go to Blur. Then choose Fast Lens Blur. And there's the blur. This is a great place to talk about the common controls carried by Boris Continuum effects.
You'll see at the very top of that effect, in the Effect Controls panel, a bunch of buttons. These are common. Let's go through these one at a time so we can see what they do. The big B button, if you click that, will take you to the Boris FX store, where you can purchase other products, or simply do some research and see what's available. Next over is the License button. Shows you the current state of the license. To the left of that is the question mark help button. Click that. Once again, you get a browser. It'll go to a page that's dedicated to that effect.
If you scroll down, you'll see all the properties and descriptions of what they do. To the right here, in the center, is FX Browser. If I click that, I get a separate browser. This is very nice. This is a series of presets that comes with this effect. If you click on these icons, you'll see the properties change. You get a different result. You find one you like, you can simply click the Apply button at the bottom right. When you do that, the property values are updated. And you'll get that new effect.
Even though I just used a preset, you can always change it. You can change these property values any time you want to. Now, if you change the properties, and get it to a point where you really like it, you can save out your own preset. Go up to the Save button and click that. You have the option to save out the special file in the BSP format. Once it's saved out, you can always load that later and get those new settings brought in. In fact, all the various presets that come with the FX Browser are accessible through the Load button.
I'll click that. Now, location will vary based on your operating system. But for Windows, then go here. Then go to ProgramData, BorisFX, Continuum, version number, Presets. Go to the folder for the category, like Blur. Then go to the effect itself, like Fast Lens Blur. Here are all the BSP files that provide those various presets. Again, you can save all your own. And in fact, you can save it into that folder if you want to. Another great tool is the H.U.D. button.
This might be on by default, but you can turn it on or off as much as you want. If I click mine on, I get the heads up display. This will be a special handle or handles in the center of your composition. Let me zoom in. In this case, I get three circles. And this will vary per effect. For the Fast Lens Blur, the small right circle controls the horizontal aspect ratio. Simply click and drag that. The bottom circle controls the vertical aspect ratio. And the large circle controls the overall strength of that blur.
You don't have to use it, but it's very convenient to drive the most important properties of that effect. If you feel it gets in the way, you can always hide it. Just turn off that button. Below that are two arrows. And these actually step through the various presets that come with the effect, or that are found in that folder. So those are the main common controls, and you'll see this in all the various Boris Continuum effects. Now, there's another section of common controls down near the bottom. And this is in the PixelChooser Mocha rollout.
Good ahead and twirl that down. I'll see the PixelChooser. And this comes with most of these effects. The PixelChooser allows you to place that effect in just a certain part of the frame. You have control over that. It's off by default, but you can turn it on. When you turn it on, you have access to the Mask and Matte sections. Now, we're going to demonstrate this in great detail as we go through the videos. Another important tool is this big button right here. This has changed between version 12, which I'm using, and the prior version, version 11.
So this area has been reorganized, but basically works the same. But if you click this button, this will launch Mocha. And in fact, this is a new essentials version of Mocha. It's called the Mocha Pixel Chooser. Just has the main tools, and this is used for tracking and rotoscoping. Now, if you launch it this way, with certain effects, you'll also get this special point tracker. And that's something else we'll talk about later on. This is a new way to look at Mocha, and a new way to use Mocha through that button. I'll close that for now.
So there's some common controls. All the buttons at the top of the effect. And those various properties and buttons located in the PixelChooser Mocha rollout.
- Working with common Boris controls
- Applying stylistic effects
- Relighting with Boris light effects
- Adjusting colors and color grading
- Warping footage
- Keying greenscreen with Primatte Studio
- Motion tracking
- Adding particles with Particle Illusion
- Working with 3D text and VR