This video provides an introduction to common Boris controls, including the PixelChooser section and Mocha button.
- [Instructor] One unique aspect of the Boris Continuum set of effects is the fact that the effects share common controls throughout. That's very convenient. Let's give that a try. Here I have an ocean project set up and this is saved as 03. If I want to add an effect to it, I'll select the layer, go up to effect, insert my Boris FX. Then, no matter which one I select, there'll be some common controls shared between them all. I'll select Fast Lens Blur and we'll see the result of that.
If I look at the effect in the effect controls panel, I see a bunch of buttons at the top. These are shared by all the Boris FX. Let's take a look at these. The license control and the purchase buttons control the licensing. The preferences button controls global preferences for the Boris set of effects. The help button, if I press that, will bring up a help page on the Boris FX website, talks about that particular effect. I scroll down, I can see all the different properties and what those properties do.
The FX browser button, when that's pressed, brings up a different window that has a bunch of presets that control that particular effect. I can try different presets by clicking on the various thumbnails. Once I find one I like, I can click the play button and see that result on the layer. The presets simply alter the various property values on the effect. You can also choose different presets with these up and down arrows.
You'll see the results right away. Speaking of presets, can also load presets. Click the load button and go find them. They're saved as these special formats that start with a B. Now if you don't see them, you have to go to the Program Directory. For example, on this Windows system, I can go to the C Drive, Program Files, Boris FX, BCC Presets, and here are all the groups of effects, just like the menus.
There's the blur folder, Fast Lens Blur, and here are the presets for that particular effect. Can select one and then open it and have that applied. Along those lines, you can save your own. If you alter the property values, then go to save, you can save your own in the bsp format. Can then load that later on or even into a different project down the road. Last button up here is the HUD, or Heads-Up Display, that's off, which it is now, nothing's unusual.
But turn that on and you'll get some type of interactive handle I'ma zoom in. Usually this is one or more circles that controls some critical aspects of that effect. And this varies across the effects. For example, with this particular blur, I grab this little circle and drag it, it effects the aspect ratio. In this case, the horizontal direction. And this one over here effects the vertical aspect ratio. I grab the entire large circle, and click-drag that, it effects the overall scale of that blur.
Now these handles on this Heads-Up Display control various property values. Now if you want to, you can simply leave this hidden and not use it. And then change the property values directly. But it's a nice way to work interactively. Alright, so that's all the buttons at the top that are shared. Let's go deeper down. With many of the effects you'll see a mocha button and also the PixelChooser. These are shared by the Boris FX.
PixelChooser controls where the effect appears. You can use it to limit the effect to a small part of the screen. By default, this is off. You can switch this menu to on. When it's on, you then have additional controls that effect the masking or matting. Now we're going to spend a good amount of time talking about these options in later videos, so we'll come back to that. Now associated with that is a mocha button. If you press a mocha button, you'll launch mocha as an external, standalone, program.
Mocha is a planar, motion tracker and a planar, roto-scoper. What's great is, you can do the work in mocha and pass that information back into the Boris effect. This allows you to limit the effect to a small area based on that masking or roto-scoping, and/or make that limited area follow a particular pattern through motion tracking. So it gives you a lot of control over where that effect appears on the layer.
We'll also talk about mocha in later videos. So we'll come back to this. So there's some common controls. Mocha, PixelChooser, and the buttons at the top. We'll be using these quite a bit throughout this course.
VFX expert Lee Lanier begins by exploring shared Boris Continuum controls, and then shows how to apply stylistic effects. He explains how to work with the PixelChooser and Boris Lights, and discusses how to color grade and warp footage. He also takes you through using the Boris Chroma Key Studio and working with Mocha Pro for motion tracking, as well as how to add particles and work with 3D text.
- Overview of Boris Continuum
- After Effects preferences
- Applying stylistic effects
- Relighting with Boris Lights
- Adjusting colors
- Changing the time of day
- Warping footage
- Keying green screen
- Motion tracking
- Adding particles
- Working with 3D text