Sunday, January 30, 2011

Boris Continuum Complete 7 Review

Boris Continuum Complete 7 (a plugin for Final Cut) has been a great tool in editing my ArtPrize film.  From color correction, transitions, and titles, to 3D objects, BCC7 is an all-round post-production necessity.  Here's my short review.

In my style of documentary filmmaking, I don’t make use of many flashy effects or distracting transitions, so I’ve found that the color correction features of BCC7 have been, by far, the most helpful.  One of the effects I’ve found to be useful is the ‘3 Way Color Grade’ effect.  It’s great for touching up video that may have been exposed poorly, shot in poor conditions, or if you just want to get a different look or feel from the footage.  I’m not one for posting my own video tutorials (because I’d run the risk of being dry and boring), so here’s a great explanation of what I'm talking about.

The ‘Film Process’ effect (which can give your digital video a nice ‘film’ touch), is another effect that has caught my eye.  I’ve come across other effects that serve a similar function, but they all seem rather obtrusive when watching the video, and do more harm than good.  This ‘Film Process’ effect, on the other hand, has the ability to be rather subtle, and easy to use.  See this video to see what I mean.

Ease of use is another feature of BCC7 that has made it easy to integrate into the editing process.  Aside from taking a bit too long to render (which is likely my Mac's fault) it is very easy to understand how to use the filters, and when to use them.  This ease of use, though, does not take away from the professional quality that you get from these effects.  For the average armchair-editor, BCC7 may be a bit too pricey (at $1000 dollars, it’s as expensive as Final Cut Pro).  On the other hand, for the experienced or professional editor, this package is a must-have.