Boris plug-in applications, including Graffiti, FX, and Red, permit video editors to add titling, effects, compositing, and 3D capabilities to their nonlinear editing (NLE) systems. Documentation and training materials have been notoriously lacking for these applications. Instant Boris Effects is a complete guide for novice and intermediate users of Boris Graffiti, FX, and Red applications. Beginning with an orientation to the user interface, readers learn how masks, splines, containers, and filters work. They'll learn how to apply Boris effects through their NLE, and the benefits of using them as stand-alone applications. The second section provides detailed, step-by-step instructions on building example effects that readers can incorporate into their own work - including rotoscoping effects, animating still images, text on a path, 3D extruded objects with media mapping, and clean chroma-key effects.
Chris Vadnais works as a television and radio producer for the U.S. Air Force Broadcasting Service. He has extensive experience in motion effects software to include Adobe After Effects and Boris Red. He also has years of experience including formal training with many of today's leading non-linear editors such as Avid systems and Sony's Vegas. He is the host of the Digital Media Network's Boris FX online user forum and serves as a software beta tester and Vegas application interaction expert for Boris FX. His electronic news gathering work in Iraq earned him a first place award in the Air Force Media Contest, a Communicator Crystal Award of Excellence, and an Honorable Mention in the Department of Defense Thomas Jefferson Broadcast Journalism Awards. His job as a military broadcaster and producer has also taken him to Slovenia, Turkey, Germany, and finally Italy where he currently lives.