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First product from Silhouette FX, LLC is silhouette+roto, a complete rotoscoping solution created by artists for artists leveraging Academy Award(R) winning experience.

Silhouette FX, LLC, the brand new company bringing together world-class software design and visual effects veterans, is proud to announce their first contribution to the state-of-the-art in digital special effects, silhouette+roto. silhouette+roto is a robust rotoscoping solution created by artists for artists.

Rotoscoping has come to mean the manual extracting, isolating, or affecting a portion of an image separate from its other areas. This task often entails a significant investment in time and money during a project’s post-production. In the past several notable tools were in common use in the industry. Recent times, however, have presented opportunities and demand for a comprehensive new solution. silhouette+roto fills the bill.

Marco Paolini, a silhouette+fx partner and accomplished visual effects artist, said "Roto is one of the most important components of my feature film work. silhouette+roto has a refined and well thought out toolset that meets my needs. Real-time shape preview over the image, variable blur on a point by point basis, the ability to make adjustments over multiple frames simultaneously as well as tracking assisted roto are just some of the features that make silhouette+roto a joy to use."

Mark Coleran, company partner and well known visual effects designer, said "silhouette+roto’s user interface is designed to blend into the background leaving little between the me and my work. I look forward to using silhouette+roto in my future feature film work."

Premiered at SIGGRAPH 2004, silhouette+roto represents the beginning of the silhouette+fx family of products. silhouette+roto offers:

  •     Advanced, fully shaped

tools including support for Bezier and continuously adjustable Rational B-Spline based shapes for precise control and ease-of-use. Points, whole shapes, and even groups of shapes can be moved, scaled, rotated and warped.

  • OpenGL(R) accelerated real-time shape preview directly over the image.
  • OpenGL accelerated rendering.
  • Editing of shapes and groups of shapes that can be automatically applied across a range of keyframes.
  • Integrated motion trackers that can apply motion to individual points or whole shapes.
  • Variable edge softness that can be defined anywhere along a shape.
  • Motion blur that is computed automatically.
  • Import of shapes from Elastic Reality(R) and Commotion(TM).
  • Availability as a plug-in to Adobe(R) After Effects(R), Apple(R) Final Cut Pro(R) and other host applications (check web site for compatibility).
  • Availability as a stand-alone application for Windows(R), Mac OS(R) and Linux platforms.

Perry Kivolowitz, company partner, said, "Paul Miller and I helped define shape-based rotoscoping in the early 1990’s. We’ve applied what we’ve learned since that time to produce what we think is a world-class roto solution."

As a plug-in, silhouette+roto has a suggested list price of $395 (USD). As a stand-alone application, silhouette+roto has a suggested list price of $495 (USD). No release date was given.

About Silhouette FX, LLC:

silhouette+fx is a brand new company formed by the union of well known software designers Paul Miller and Perry Kivolowitz from Profound Effects(R), Inc. and visual effects industry veterans Peter Moyer and Marco Paolini from Digital Film Tools and Mark Coleran of Layerlab Limited.

Perry Kivolowitz received a 1996 Scientific and Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the invention of shape-based warping and morphing found in Elastic Reality. Over the past 20 years, Perry has been involved with many ground-breaking products in the digital special effects industry.

Paul Miller wrote the first version of Elastic Reality, a product that stood the effects world on its end. Paul has written dozens of digital effects plug-ins, available from many companies, used widely across the industry.

Marco Paolini has won numerous TELLY and Addy awards in his career as an editor and visual effects artist. While at Digital FilmWorks, his work has appeared in many feature films including "Anna and the King," "Red Planet," "Exit Wounds," "Moulin Rouge," "Collateral Damage," "The Last Samurai," and "The Terminal."

Peter W. Moyer is a three-time Emmy award winner, with numerous television credits, including "Star Trek: The Next Generation." As president and owner of Digital FilmWorks, a Los Angeles-based visual effects company, Peter has supervised the digital visual effects on dozens of feature films, including "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Men of Honor," "Behind Enemy Lines," "The One," and "The Italian Job."

Mark Coleran is a motion graphics and visual effects designer for film and television. His clients have been as diverse as the BBC to The Cartoon Network through to the creation of computer interface graphics for feature films such as "The World Is Not Enough," "The Bourne Identity," "Blade 2" and Aliens versus Predator. He is also the founder of the online, commercial motion graphics resource Layerlab.

Editors Note: Additional information about Silhouette FX, LLC. and its products can be found online at

(C)2004 Silhouette FX, LLC. All rights reserved. silhouette+fx and silhouette+roto are trademarks of Silhouette FX, LLC. Profound Effects is a registered trademark of Profound Effects, Inc. Adobe and After Effects are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems, Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. TELLY is a registered trademark of TELLY AWARDS. Commotion is a trademark of Pinnacle System, Inc. OpenGL is a registered trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Elastic Reality is a registered trademark of Avid Technology, Inc. Mac OS is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Emmy is a registered trademark of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Academy Award is a registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. All other references to trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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