Sapphire Visual Effects

Sapphire for Nuke

Sapphire visual effects plugins for Nuke precisely addresses the specific needs of compositors and ensures you get the essential visual effects to problem-solve, layer, finesse, adjust, create, and perform other specific technical compositing actions.

Sapphire for Nuke Image

Sapphire for Nuke Image

Sapphire for Nuke streamlines your workflow, increases your productivity, and inspires creative ideas. Sapphire is platform-agnostic so work can be moved easily across artist, studio, or systems while preserving quality and saving valuable time and money. Blending the best of both worlds, the Sapphire for Nuke plugin offers the acceleration speed and superior image quality you, as a compositor, demand. Sapphire's range of controls organically creates the final touches film and broadcast projects. Its ease of use helps you maximize your time to produce flawless photorealistic looks that deliver superior results and wow audiences.

  • Beauty - A new effect that leverages the new EdgeAware technology to beautify talking heads by softening and color correcting skin tones
  • EdgeAwareBlur - Powered by our new EdgeAware technology, this effect allows you to blur while preserving detail
  • Improved S_Sharpen - Now offers higher quality and more control, as sharpening can be applied to specific feature sizes. Produce better results without the "fringing" or contrast artifacts of other sharpen tools.
  • LensFlare - Now enhanced with faster rendering, animation options, atmospheric noise, and presets to duplicate popular real-world lenses
  • Zap - Updated to include 3D rotation and the option to follow a path, giving you the option to control the shape it takes
  • MotionBlur - Has been added to many effects, giving them a more realistic look
  • New Transitions - FilmRoll and CardFlip are two new dynamic transitions with multiple controls to diversify the output. FlutterCut has been enhanced with more options including new controls and color options
  • Faster - Added GPU support for more plugins and an optimized GPU code to provide up to a 20% speed increase per effect
  • More presets - Over 2,500 presets
  • Preset sharing - Now you can share presets across host platforms (for Autodesk conversion, please contact us directly)
Features Benefits
  • Over 250 effects
  • Resolution-independent
  • GPU-accelerated for Nvidia CUDA cards
  • Multiprocessor support
  • 32-bit float support for .exr and HDRI images
  • Intuitive user interface
  • On-screen UI widgets for many effects
  • Offline HTML and PDF documentation included
  • Support for render nodes
  • Create photorealistic lighting with the Zap effect
  • Nearly 20 different lens flare types with numerous detailed controls
  • Create unique natural and organic lighting using rays, glare, glint, and glow effects
  • Create natural-looking depth of field lens blurs using RackDefocus, Convolve, ZDefocus, and ZConvolve
  • Perform quick relighting of CG images using Light3D
  • Endless creative possibilities
  • Wide variety and quantity of effects allows for countless effect-blending options
  • Blazing fast performance maximizes productivity
  • Quick reference for all effect parameters
  • Organic and natural-looking, brilliantly photoreal
  • Quickly and easily iterate on effect looks – very beneficial time-saver for both the compositor and customers
  • Visual control of looks creation
  • GPU Acceleration - Most effects are Nvidia CUDA GPU-accelerated to provide performance enhancements. All NVIDIA CUDA GPUs with compute capability 1.3 or later (see https://developer.nvidia.com/cuda-gpus) are supported.  This should include all NVIDIA GPUs produced after 2010.  Newer cards with more compute cores and memory will in general give better performance.
  • 64-Bit Enabled - Expanded memory capabilities
  • Floating Point Processing - All effects use full floating point processing for improved image quality and full 32 bit HDR support
  • Multiprocessor Support
  • Resolution-Independent

Host Platform OS
  • The Foundry Nuke 6.3 / 7.0
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 "Snow Leopard"
  • Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" (Nuke 7.0 only)
  • Linux (64-bit)
  • Windows 7 (64-bit)


Which Version of Sapphire is Right for Me?
  Sapphire Sapphire Edge
User Goal

Creative Freedom
Maximum Productivity
High-Quality Results

Preset Looks
Maximum Speed
High-Quality Results
Design Freedom High Design Control
Maximum Flexibility
Simplified Control Set
Extensive Preset Library
VFX Role

Ideal for:

Film Compositors
Broadcast Editors
Motion Graphic Artists

Ideal for:

Professional Videographers
Video Editors

Industry TV, Film, Broadcast
Wedding, Events,
Online Advertising
Platform All Host Platforms Premiere Pro
Final Cut Pro
Sony Vegas Pro
Price Starting at $1,699 $299
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