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Pixelan Blur-Sharpen Tools -- Three Powerful Video Effects Plugins Released
Bellingham, WA, August 21, 2014 -- Pixelan Software, celebrating its 18th year as a popular developer of video effects plugins and Photoshop plugins, released today its Blur-Sharpen Tools trio of hardware-accelerated video blur effects and sharpen effects plugins for Windows versions of Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Premiere Elements, Adobe After Effects, plus Sony Vegas Pro, Sony Vegas Movie Studio, CyberLink PowerDirector, and Magix Movie Edit Pro / Video Pro. Additionally, a graphics version is available to Adobe Photoshop (Windows) users.
Blur-Sharpen Tools effects plugins provide hundreds of fresh blur effects and sharpen effects that give user's imagery greater emotional impact and unique looks not otherwise possible. The three professional-level effects plugins are BlurBlender Pro, Smart Blur Pro, and Smart Sharpen Pro. Additionally a "basic" BlurBlender is available. All provide fast GPU hardware acceleration and a large visual Effects Browser which makes comparing and choosing the blur and sharpen effects very easy.
BlurBlender Pro goes beyond an editing system's built-in blur effects and other blur plugins. With GPU-fast speed, users can quickly and easily customize and blend blurs (choosing from 650+ professional presets) to create unique soft looks for their projects. They can easily control where the blur effect appears within the scene. The BlurBlender Pro effects plugin also can blur titles/text, lower-thirds or other alpha channel graphics in compelling new ways. Users can keyframe blur direction/length for terrific wind effects, flares, light rays, and accents. They can easily control spot, edge, and miniature/diorama/tilt-shift blurs too. Uniquely, video version users can randomize any of the above blur effects when desired, within precise constraints and with independent variable control.
Smart Blur Pro is a GPU-accelerated, high-precision smart blur effects plugin for everyday projects as well as special effect needs. Users can adjustably retain desired details, highlights, and edges yet smoothly blur areas between. They can accomplish the above exactly where desired in a scene without complicated, time-consuming masking -- via Pixelan's uniquely easy organic and spice masking. Removing subtle noise or grain but keeping key details and sharpness (especially in HD or 4K) is also possible. For example, users can smooth skin and wrinkles yet retain eye/hair sharpness. At extreme settings, users can create compelling dreamy surreal effects for wedding shots, dream/fantasy sequences, music videos, etc.
Smart Sharpen Pro optimizes for video (especially HD or 4K footage) the smart sharpening has long been popular for graphics. It is a fast GPU-accelerated plugin, a great complement to Smart Blur Pro. Users can sharpen blurry or soft slightly out-of-focus shots without introducing ugly artifacts. They can accomplish it exactly where desired in a scene without complicated, time-consuming masking -- via Pixelan's uniquely easy organic and spice masking. Users can retain the smoothness of a moving model’s skin, for example, while attractively sharpening eyes, hair, background, etc. And video users can easily smart sharpen a moving object within a scene. No need for complicated tracking masks.
Importantly to editors on a deadline with their production, Blur-Sharpen Tool's GPU hardware-acceleration utilizes the user's video/graphics card to ensure speedy previewing and rendering. On faster systems, the plugins approach real-time performance.
Michael Feerer, Founder and President of Pixelan, says "With Blur-Sharpen Tools, we give users a fast new affordable set of blur and sharpen effects plugins that are much more customizable and unique than built-in blurs and blur plugins. They create fresh, useful looks that are not otherwise possible. Best yet, they are priced to be within virtually everyone's budget."
Detailed information, cool movie examples, tutorials, and a demo version are all available here. Priced separately as low as $19, they are also available in a $79 money-saving bundle of all three Pro versions of the effects plugins. ($69 for existing Pixelan users.) All are available now for purchase directly at Pixelan's website here.