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Gary Oberbrunner

I'm VP of Engineering at GenArts, maker of Sapphire Plug-ins.
Member Since:
March 30th 2004
169 Posts
100 posts
Location:
Cambridge, MA
Installing GenArts Sapphire freezes my computer
by Robert Ramirez 3 years ago
So recently I got the serial number to it, but when I install the plug-in, it just freezes my computer. Is there any way to fix this
Re: Installing GenArts Sapphire freezes my computer
by Gary Oberbrunner 3 years ago
Hi Robert; our support folks will be happy to help you. Email support@genarts.com and include your system info, host product, and license info. -- Gary Oberbrunner -- Gary
Sapphire 9 - Glitch FX?
by Jonathan Dean 4 years ago
Hi there Does anyone know if there is a glitch effect in Sapphire 9 To create compression artifacts etc. I can't find anything online or in their FX search database. Thanks for your help. S
Re: Sapphire 9 - Glitch FX?
by Gary Oberbrunner 4 years ago
Hi Jonathan; check out S_DigitalDamage in the Stylize category. Here's a short tutorial: https: www.youtube.com watch v=JDNChJOV9wI Enjoy! -- Gary
Licesne Question
by David Mathis 5 years ago
I already have Resolve 12 and considering adding Fusion Studio, once available for the Mac platform. Needing to know what the price structure is, both for rental and permanent license. Any help is gre
Re: Licesne Question
by Gary Oberbrunner 5 years ago
Hi David; the same Sapphire license should work on both of those apps as long as they're on the same machine. You can get a 3-month subscription for $149, 1 year for $499, or a permanent license for $
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Avid Sapphire 7 & Masks
by Chris Top 6 years ago
Hi, I'm currently looking at purchasing the latest version for Avid (currently using a trial. When using a lens flare (back on version 5) you could add a mask via a drop down box (so the lens would go
Re: Avid Sapphire 7 & Masks
by Gary Oberbrunner 5 years ago
Chroma arcs will rotate around just like other elements, when the hotspot moves. The Animation options in the Flare Designer control how the element reacts as the hotspot moves farther from the center
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I uninstalled Sapphire 7 and my Premiere still try to load the .dll file ... I don't get it.
by Oma Be 5 years ago
Hi there. So I recently Installed Sapphire 7 and upon realizing it has slowed my computer (for reasons I can not explain), I decided to uninstall it for now since the projects I'm working on do not re
Re: I uninstalled Sapphire 7 and my Premiere still try to load the .dll file ... I don't get it.
by Gary Oberbrunner 5 years ago
Hi Oma Be; you probably ended up with an extra copy of the plug-ins somehow, maybe in the Premiere directory. Just search your hard drive for S_*.aex and delete all of them and you should be OK. -- Ga
Resolve linux Genarts ofx working????
by prathvish hegde 6 years ago
hi, has anyone tried Genarts sapphire ofx on Linux resolve we just installed the ofx everything but the preset browser is working. anyone having the same issues prathvish hegde colorist (DaVinci Resol
Re: Resolve linux Genarts ofx working????
by Gary Oberbrunner 6 years ago
Hi Prathvish; we are looking into this issue now with the Resolve folks. Only seems to be an issue on the Linux version. -- Gary
Contax 645 / Fuji 400h look
by stig olsen 6 years ago
Hi, Any idea how to get close to the typical skin tones created by the combination mentioned in the subject field Look at Jose Villa for reference. Stig
Re: Contax 645 / Fuji 400h look
by Gary Oberbrunner 6 years ago
Look at the model (look) you are trying to emulate. What sets it apart from the digital source footage What are you going to have to put in or take out Is there a Sapphire plug-in for it And why not Y
Sapphire 7 CUDA acceleration
by Lyudmil Angelushev 6 years ago
Hi, I'm using Sapphire 7 on Premiere Pro CS6 with MPE GPU Acceleration CUDA. My video card is GTX 660. The acceleration runs great with the native PP CS6 effects. When I apply a Sapphire effect the re
Re: Sapphire 7 CUDA acceleration
by Gary Oberbrunner 6 years ago
That depends on a lot of factors, mainly how fast your CPUs are compared to your GPU, and which effect you're using. Rays and Edge Rays, for instance, should be quite a lot faster, as will many of the
Plugins with floating licenses disables calling functions in nested scripts?
by Martin Bollerup 7 years ago
Hello This morning I got the Sapphire plugin installed and suddenly all my functions in my nested scripts were undefined. When copied to the main script everything worked fine... My question is: Is th
Re: Plugins with floating licenses disables calling functions in nested scripts?
by Gary Oberbrunner 7 years ago
Hi Martin; I haven't heard of this problem before. Please contact support@genarts.com. They should be able to help you out. -- Gary
How to make coins glow in AE?
by Ryan Atkins 8 years ago
I'm doing preparation work for a scene on a short film (has yet to be shot) which a little girl will become fascinated with coins that will eventually be special to her. They will need to be glowing b
Re: How to make coins glow in AE?
by Gary Oberbrunner 8 years ago
Sapphire should certainly be able to give you a nice glow on your coins; use S_Glow. It was used for Frodo's sword in LoTR, for instance. As long as the background is darker than the highlights on the
artifiacts left when rendering effects
by Ryan Hodges 12 years ago
im using some genarts sapphire transition effects (such as the wind blown grain transition) and in the preview everything looks fine on every frame but when rendered between each set of transitions at
Re: artifiacts left when rendering effects
by Gary Oberbrunner 12 years ago
Hi Ryan; please email support@genarts.com and we'll try to help you out with the Sapphire-related issue. The more specific you can be (what resolution, codec, what tracks where in the comp etc.) the b
Motion Blur in Avid Xpress pro?
by Mohamed Bilal 13 years ago
Bro...how we can make a motion blur effect in Xpress pro i want to add motion blur effect for a moving object shooted in a study frame.And also want to know what are the 3rd party plugins and which is
Re: Motion Blur in Avid Xpress pro?
by Gary Oberbrunner 13 years ago
Sapphire also has Blur Motion Curves; set its Mode to Blur Only, then just add keyframes and drag the Transform widget to follow your object and it'll automatically add the proper motion blur. This wo
Vibration effect in Avid
by jack james 13 years ago
Hi I'm sure this is quite a basic one but any help would be gratefully recieved. I need to make a 'vibrating' effect in a video, just so that the subject shakes vibrates quite rapidly but not violentl
Re: Vibration effect in Avid
by Gary Oberbrunner 13 years ago
Hi Carl. Like Grinner said, turn up the frequency so it shakes a lot faster (that'll give you the fast vibrating look), and turn down the amplitude (that'll make it less violent). You may also like th
Sapphire Edge Rays
by mika1976 13 years ago
Hi, i have this problem with sapphire edge rays... The problem here is that the rays stop at the edge of the graphic... how can i fix it in a review there was a solution: "To overcome this, nest the g
Re: Sapphire Edge Rays
by Gary Oberbrunner 13 years ago
Yup, just precomp it and then apply the edge rays.-- Gary
Sapphire Dissolve Glow affecting layers below required
by Alex Bond 13 years ago
Hi, I am trying to do a picture in picture edit using Avid Media Composer and some Sapphire Effects. I've got 3 layers of vision and just put a Sapphire Dissolve Glow on the top layer (which is the to
Re: Sapphire Dissolve Glow affecting layers below required
by Gary Oberbrunner 13 years ago
Hi Alex. Yep, I'm still here :-) Our support page here http: www.genarts.com sapphire-avx-support.html#titles has some info on using transitions with titles, which should also apply to your situation
importing quicktimes with alphas
by Dan Jacobsen 13 years ago
hi all. i just made some gfx on after effects, but when we imported them into avid symphony we couldn't get the alphas to work properly. the material had glows and lens flares. when the avid imported
Re: importing quicktimes with alphas
by Gary Oberbrunner 13 years ago
PNG is a lossless compression format. You can go from TIFF (or uncompressed QT) - PNG and back and it'll be bit-for-bit identical with the original. But as you can see it does a good job keeping the s
No 3rd party plug-ins on mac pro?
by Matt Devino 13 years ago
I just upgraded to the 8-core from a dual 2.0 G5 and I'm installing all of my bells and whistles. I installed sapphire, which I used all the time with motion on the G5, and when I went into my prefere
Re: No 3rd party plug-ins on mac pro?
by Gary Oberbrunner 13 years ago
Sapphire works on Intel for AE, FCP, Combustion, Premiere Pro and Avid, but Motion has removed support for all AE plug-ins on Intel Macs. It now only supports FxPlug-based plug-ins.-- Gary
Can anyone see a reason why not?
by Kevin Gardam 13 years ago
Just upgraded from a quad to an Octo. Can I move across my HD aja LHE and sata card from the quad to the octo and just carry on editing or are there some components I'm going to miss Thanks for input
Re: Good suggestion..
by Gary Oberbrunner 13 years ago
Hi WhiteNoise; Sapphire has always been true MP enabled; it even runs on 32-CPU IRIX boxes, so it should do well on an 8-core Mac. To see what's fixed in the latest releases on Mac, go to the GenArts
the bogus render
by grinner hester 13 years ago
when adrenaline goes through the motions of rendering in to out then doesn't really render, does anybody know if those files are written as a precomputes
Re: the bogus render
by Gary Oberbrunner 13 years ago
Hi Grinner -- in Sapphire, try turning off Clamp Output To Legal. It defaults On to prevent outputting too-hot colors. Hope that helps;-- Gary
"Film Look"
by Jevon123 13 years ago
To the Uni-Brain, We are working on a feature doc with production footage shot on the DVX100A in 24p mode. It looks great, even projected. We are also using a lot of stock, shot in formats varying fro
Re: "Film Look"
by Gary Oberbrunner 13 years ago
(Shameless plug!) Try Sapphire S2_FilmEffect; it can do the simulated pulldown you want as well as color correct exposure grain to help you match the look you want. -- Gary Oberbrunner from GenArts
plugins
by Robbie Allen 13 years ago
Hi, I'd welcome some opinions... the clients I'm working for right now have a newish FCP and are about to go online with a biggish offline project we've been working on for months. So they'd like to g
Re: Gary
by Gary Oberbrunner 13 years ago
You mean for the downloadable sample projects Not right now, as far as I know. Still you can learn a lot just by reading the HTML version. It has some FCP-specific advice as well. Most of the sample p
AE Plugins
by cowmeier 13 years ago
I'm looking for the best AE plugins. I've seen many and the best I know of are Trapcodes, but I've got a budget to get more and I want to get the best out there. Let me know, if you have some that are
Re: AE Plugins
by Gary Oberbrunner 13 years ago
Disclaimer: I'm from GenArts. That said, most vendors including us give you a free trial period so you can check them out and see what they can do for you. You can download our Sapphire trial here: ht
Sapphire and PP2??
by Jad Khoury 13 years ago
hey guys can anyone help me find a tutorial about how to work with Gen art Sapphire plugged with Premiere Pro 2
Re: Sapphire and PP2??
by Gary Oberbrunner 13 years ago
Since the plug-ins are the same between AE and PPro, you might find our AE tutorial useful: http: www.genarts.com sapphire-ae-tutorial.html There will be some differences in PPro and other AE-compatib
easiest way to introduce chromatic abberation?
by Scott G 14 years ago
i have to introduce chromatic abberation into some effects to match the amount of ca in the live action plates. director's orders. what's the easiest way to do this i could split the comp into three m
Re: easiest way to introduce chromatic abberation?
by Gary Oberbrunner 14 years ago
Hi Scott; I'd try Sapphire S_WarpChroma. It'll give you more CA near the frame edges, and you can mask it as needed by putting a grayscale mask into the Matte input. Set the From Z Dist to a little ov
Any AE 6.5 to 7.0 gotchas or issues?
by DHenion 14 years ago
We finally bought AE 7 upgrade - I'm going to wait til the end of my current project to install it - but I'm sure we'll have lots of 6.5 after effects files that I'll have to open in 7. Has anyone com
Re: Any AE 6.5 to 7.0 gotchas or issues?
by Gary Oberbrunner 14 years ago
No upgrade issues for Sapphire between AE 6.5 and 7.0; install the latest version from our web site (www.genarts.com) and you should be all set. -- Gary
Effects with alpha channels
by Toby Hinger 14 years ago
Hi all, I did a job where I added a title which I created in Marquee over an animated background. The background was on the avid timeline, not in Marquee. I wanted to apply a 50mm glow type plugin to
Re: Effects with alpha channels
by Gary Oberbrunner 14 years ago
Try Sapphire (version 2) S2_Glow. Click Apply to Title Key and you should get a nice glow on the Marquee title without affecting the bg.-- Gary
FCP star filter question
by hifocused 14 years ago
I want a filter like on the MTV show "Sweet Sixteen" with all the starts around the edges. Also does anyone know how to isolate a color in FCP. I've done it before but cant' remember.
Re: FCP star filter question
by Gary Oberbrunner 14 years ago
Yep, looks a lot like Sapphire S_Sparkles to me (with some masking to make them go where you want.)-- Gary
circular hole cutter
by Donato M. Rondinelli 14 years ago
What's the best way to create a circular hole cutter with a feather I want to imitate a search light panning around revealing text. Black frame, 90% opacity with a feathered hole revealing what's unde
Re: circular hole cutter
by Gary Oberbrunner 14 years ago
As someone else said, just use an adjustment layer over all the text. Sapphire S_Spotlight (or any other spotlight effect) will work nicely this way.-- Gary
Avid Film Look
by AvidEditor 14 years ago
Wondering what plugin I can get to make my footage look like film...I've tried Sapphire, but not too impressed, the screen seems to jitter when 3:2 pulldown is applied. And Avid's 2:3 Cadence filter t
Re: Avid Film Look
by Gary Oberbrunner 14 years ago
Hi Oakmozart; it shouldn't do that. Please email support@genarts.com with a description of the problem, what system you're running on, and perhaps a small sample and we'll look into it.-- Gary
New Mac Pro not faster for FCP than G5
by Bret Williams 14 years ago
I'm amazed at this BareFeats test but there it is... http: www.barefeats.com quad06.html For rendering HD material the 2.66ghz Xeon Mac Pro was exactly the same speed as the G5 2.5ghz. I can read. Tha
Re: New Mac Pro not faster for FCP than G5
by Gary Oberbrunner 14 years ago
Just FYI, we (GenArts) just released Sapphire 1.08 with universal binary support for all Intel PPC AE hosts, including FCP 5.1. Check it out at http: www.genarts.com download-sapphire-ae-mac.html.-- G
Another film-look question - This week, A Scanner Darkly
by Ben Scott 14 years ago
Hi all, So the lovely looking new Richard Linklater movie 'A Scanner Darkly' is essentially rotoscoped and painted to give the illusion of fancy animation. With Avid Xpress Pro, Boris Red 3GL and Gen
Re: Another film-look question - This week, A Scanner Darkly
by Gary Oberbrunner 14 years ago
Hi Ben -- I know this isn't our forum :-) so please forgive me, but you did mention Sapphire -- if you have Avid or Shake, try the new Sapphire Cartoon plug-in in Sapphire v2 on those platforms. It wo
Kona 3 and sapphire plugins problems?
by dom111 14 years ago
Hi, Are there any known issues with the Kona 3 board and Sapphire plugins I'm editing a pal promo using Kona presets (10 bit SD) and whenever I add Sapphire plugins to a clip the sequence monitor goes
Re: Kona 3 and sapphire plugins problems?
by Gary Oberbrunner 14 years ago
Hi Dom; please email support@genarts.com and we'll try to help you out. We don't know of any Kona-specific issues but there may be something else going on.-- Gary
Has Premiere Pro ruined my feature film?
by Nathan King Miller 14 years ago
I wrote several lines down about a problem I had with placing a PSD letterbox image over my feature film in Premiere Pro. I'm writing a new post because I believe this problem has caused severe damage
Re: Has Premiere Pro ruined my feature film?
by Gary Oberbrunner 14 years ago
Hi, Nathan -- if you think a Sapphire Plug-in is causing this problem, please contact us at support@genarts.com and we'll be happy to help.-- Gary
Sapphire Alert
by Hmong Film 14 years ago
Hi Folks, New here at Cow, Need help installing Final Cut Pro 4.5 again. Recently reformat my system G4 and reinstall everything back with OS 10.4. Running dual G4 2ghzm 1.5gb ram, 200gb hd and final
Re: Sapphire Alert
by Gary Oberbrunner 14 years ago
Hi Larry. Reinstall your Sapphire plug-ins and that should fix it. If not please contact support@genarts.com.-- Gary
Sapphire Plugins
by marc 14 years ago
I'm having trouble with the S_halftoneColor PI. Is there a way to adjust it's opacity once applied to a layer without having to go adjustment layer route. The opacity parameter in the plugin allows 3
Re: Sapphire Plugins
by Gary Oberbrunner 14 years ago
Hi, Marc. There's no specific opacity param in that plug-in; you can apply it with an adjustment layer as you said, or comp it over the original and fade between them. If you just want the dots to gro
How to do an animated liquify effect?
by ThreeDGuy 14 years ago
I need to create an animated distortion over some footage (a 3d animation) that would cover the entire screen equally and give the effect of liquifying the layer below to make it appear organic and "a
Re: How to do an animated liquify effect?
by Gary Oberbrunner 14 years ago
Hi ThreeDGuy, Pete is quite right that Sapphire can help you out. Try WarpBubble, maybe with Frequency Rel X = 2, adjust amplitude & frequency to suit. WarpBubble2 gives a more squiggly look (like two
How to do an animated liquify effect?
by ThreeDGuy 14 years ago
I need to create an animated distortion over some footage (a 3d animation) that would cover the entire screen equally and give the effect of liquifying the layer below to make it appear organic and "a
Re: How to do an animated liquify effect?
by Gary Oberbrunner 14 years ago
Hi ThreeDGuy, Pete is quite right that Sapphire can help you out. Try WarpBubble, maybe with Frequency Rel X = 2, adjust amplitude & frequency to suit. WarpBubble2 gives a more squiggly look (like two
field issues with sapphire pluggins in FCP
by paul nevison 15 years ago
when applying some sapphire pluggins to graphic psd elements i get terrible field issues that distort the image....if i apply a blend fields filter it fixes the problem but only if the blend fields f
Re: field issues with sapphire pluggins in FCP
by Gary Oberbrunner 15 years ago
Hi, Paul. See here: http: www.genarts.com sapphire-ae-support.html#fcp-graphic FCP can have frame corruption problems when a plug-in is applied directly to a graphic with an odd height, such as a psd
jumpy text
by Jaime Lackner 15 years ago
Hello, Does anybody know a way to create an effect to make type a little jumpy Like a "grungy" kind of look. Sort of like the text in the end tag for the Mitsubishi comercial Any suggestions would be
Re: jumpy text
by Gary Oberbrunner 15 years ago
Or just use Sapphire's S_Shake; it shakes the image around (like the Wiggler, but simpler and quicker.) You can tweak it to get nice and jumpy. -- Gary O
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