Silhouette 2021 is a best-in class visual effects tool featuring the industry’s most robust non-destructive paint and rotoscoping workflow for feature film and television post-production. Now available as a standalone application and a fully featured multi-host plugin.
Since 2005, Silhouette has made its mark on Hollywood’s biggest titles including Avatar, Avengers: End Game, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, and The Mandalorian. Designed by professional VFX artists, Silhouette has been recognized with prestigious Academy and Emmy Awards for its contribution to the film and television industry. Silhouette is officially recommended by the Netflix Production Technology Alliance in the VFX category.
New plugin and major new features. Silhouette 2021 goes beyond traditional roto and cleanup as a professional node-based compositing system with 154 nodes designed for every finishing task.
The fully-featured Silhouette interface for roto, paint, and compositing can now be launched as a plugin from industry standard VFX applications.
Silhouette’s node-based workflow is a plugin for After Effects, Premiere Pro, Nuke, Fusion, Resolve, Flame, and Vegas Pro.
The Silhouette multi-host plugin comes with all Silhouette 2021 standalone application licenses or can be purchased as a separate option.
Want free roto renders in Nuke? Launch the Silhouette OFX plugin and render densely layered roto projects back to Nuke with no license!
Powered by Silhouette’s roto tools, the new Lens Correction node can quickly calibrate and correct lens distortion for advanced effects tasks.
Paint on an undistorted view or generate and export a ST Map for other host applications. The Lens Correction node is built on shared technology from Mocha Pro’s Lens Module.
New Roto & Editing Tools
Brush Reshape uses a circular brush to automatically select and then move points when you click and drag them using the Magnetic Reshape behavior.
Point Collapse and Distribute. Collapses a selection of points into a very small area which can later be distributed between surrounding points. This is useful for shapes whose complexity changes over time.
Point Groups. Groups of points can be pre-defined and then quickly edited as a group in the Reshape and Transform tools.
Split Shapes. Similar to the Split Edit function in non-linear editing systems where a clip is split in two, Split Shapes is useful for shapes that transform from simple to complex and vice-versa.
Weighted MultiFrame. Using the new Fade In/Fade Out parameters, keyframe adjustments can be dynamically weighted over user-definable time periods to control the intensity of an adjustment over multiple keyframes.
New Review and Approval and User Interface Improvements
Notes assigned to objects (shapes, layers, trackers) can now be displayed in the viewer. This is a useful review and approval tool for artists to easily see notes from their supervisors.
New Nodes: Alpha Composite, Dot, Notes, OCIO Colorspace/Display/LUT
Many User Interface Improvements: Custom File Importer, Flyout Menus, Node Coloring, Node Alignment, OCIO Roles, Sapphire Node Tab, and more
DESIGNED FOR ROTO ARTISTS
Silhouette features the world’s most refined tools for rotoscoping teams. Create sophisticated masks using B-Spline, Bézier, X-Spline, or Magnetic Freehand shapes. Intelligent design and easy-to-use tools such as variable per-point edge softening and new brush-based magnetic reshaping assist in creating articulate animations. Render mattes with realistic motion blur or export to industry-standard shape formats.
Advanced roto tools include:
Highly-optimized interface, layer controls, and toolset
Magnetic spline and edge-snapping with new Brush Reshape for fast shape editing
IK (Inverse Kinematics) to animate limbs and all manner of jointed creatures
Integrated point tracking, planar tracking, and Mocha planar tracking
Stereoscopic 3D workflow
Move, scale, rotate, shear, and corner pin shapes and groups of shapes
New in 2021: Major advancements for roto efficiency include point groups, weighted keyframes, brush-based reshape, split shapes, collapse, and distribute points
New in 2021: Review/approval notes for collaboration
FAST & NON-DESTRUCTIVE PAINT
World class paint tools. Silhouette’s Paint is the industry's first 32-bit float raster-based paint and tracking system to bring the high performance, multi-layer, color managed workflow to a plugin. Designed to handle the demands of feature film and 4K television production. Whether it’s image restoration, dust busting, matte painting, beauty work, rig removal, or just plain paint, Silhouette’s unique Auto Paint recording system delivers the speed of raster paint with the repeatability of vector paint.
Paint Tools: Pressure sensitive customizable brushes. Includes Clone, Grain, Repair, Drag, and more.
Fast & Non-Destructive Paint: Highly efficient layer system for large resolution film/video paint. Auto Paint recording system delivers the speed of a raster-based paint system with the flexibility of vector paint.
Powerful Motion Tracking: Features multiple tracking options including integrated Mocha for rock solid planar tracking.
Channels & Detail Separation: Paint on individual RGBA channels or choose to work on separated detail and color views for advanced control.
Sophisticated Cloning: Advanced offset and warping, onion skin, and display views enable a streamlined workflow for aligning, patching, and removing unwanted pixels.
Powerful Tracking Options: Native point, planar tracking, and integrated Mocha tracking.
New in 2021: Lens correction node allows for an undistorted VFX workflow.
New in 2021: Clone source masking and improved color picker.
Silhouette's core is a feature rich node-based effects tree that delivers film-grade results. View and edit any combination of nodes for complex compositing, matte manipulation, keying, color correction, grain management, look development, morphing, warping, and much more.
Silhouette 2021 features 154 speciality nodes organized into Color, Composite, Diffusion, Filter, Film Lab, Image, Key, Light, Silhouette, Special Effects, Time, Tints, Transform, Warp, Sapphire, and OFX groups. Silhouette also supports OFX plugins including Mocha Pro, Sapphire, Neat Video, and RE:Vision Effects products.
Gestural node-based compositing
OCIO color managed workflow
Multiple roto and paint nodes
Exacting color grading
Proprietary matte generation
Edge tools to color correct or blur the composite's edge
Matte manipulation using shrink, grow, blur, and wrap functions
Visual presets for most nodes
Plugin: Silhouette 2021 brings the full feature set as a multi-host plugin (formerly limited to just paint tools) supporting: After Effects, Premiere Pro and OFX Hosts including NUKE, Resolve, Fusion, Flame, and more. Available for macOS, Windows, and Linux with floating license options for enterprise.
WARPING & MORPHING
Silhouette’s fully-featured shape based warp and morph tools provide the highest level of creative control and render quality for digital retouching, image deformations, and even talking animals. Create invisible touch-ups, subtle facial exaggerations, or dramatic transitions with either shape or pin options.
Watch Warping Video With a rich history on some of the world’s most famous music videos and effects shots, unique “shape-to-shape morphing transitions” can be timed per layer with interactive previews for fast flexibility.
Pin Warp is perfect for beauty work, allowing user-defined image areas using pins while leaving other areas untouched. Adjustments can range from subtle nip and tucks to something more obvious like repositioning an arm or leg.
KEYING & MATTE GENERATION
The powerful zMatte and Power Matte nodes use proprietary matte extraction techniques that handle the most difficult keying and matting challenges, including shots with fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections.
zMatte keying features multiple matte creation, light wrapping, edge correction, spill suppression, and matte manipulation.
Power Matte’s unique interactive workflow enhances the matte creation process on normally non-keyable shots with foreground and background shape selectors that generate incredibly realistic and accurate results on semi-transparent objects.
POWERFUL TRACKING OPTIONS
The industry’s most powerful tracking drives Silhouette’s animation system and can be applied to speed up paint, roto, warp, and stabilization tasks. Choose from 1, 2, or 4 point tracking, native planar tracker, or award-winning Mocha tracking included as a standard feature in Silhouette 2021.
Applying pre-processing filters can increase tracker accuracy for problematic images. Choose Blur, Sharpen, Contrast, Gamma, De-Noise, or Remove Flicker. Post-processing filters can be applied to tracking data including Average, Smooth, and Merge.