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The Boris Continuum Magic Sharp filter is a state-of-the-art image enhancement tool. Magic Sharp goes above and beyond any other image sharpening filter available today.
Unsharp masking is the traditional method of enhancing image detail in a source clip. It is an age old photographic technique, which uses blurred masks and compositing tricks to bring out detail contrast in the image source. Unsharp masking works at a basic level. When you use Magic Sharp, you will increase sharpness and enhance detail contrast in your image without introducing unwanted artifacts (say goodbye the contour haloing!). All this in a hardware accelerated filter that will run on any video card across all supported platforms and hosts.
Magic Sharp generates razor sharp results without generating any unwanted image contouring.
This handy feature enables you to view the filtered result beside the unfiltered source shot without having to toggle the filter on and off and is a very convenient way to fine tune the filter.
For those times when you are passed a shot that requires detail contrast enhancement but suffers from heavy compression or has a lot of noise, the noise suppression control enables you to hold back the filter from increasing the noise or grain in the source clip while sharpening the image details.
Because Magic Sharp offers control over the level of sharpness that is being applied through 4 different sized aperture settings, you are able to increase sharpness in very fine details, such as hair or the pores of human skin, which reducing the level sharpness that is being allied to larger areas, such as flat surfaces.
Sometimes it is better to enhance detail in the luma channel, but not the chroma channel. Or sometimes you may want to increase sharpness in the red and green channels but not in the blue channel. Magic Sharp facilitates this by offering the ability to control the amount of sharpness in any individual channel: luma, chroma, red, green, blue.
If you find that you're working with a shot that has a lot of low light noise, you may want to use the controls in the range tuning group to suppress the filter from sharpening the shadow regions in the image while increasing the level of sharpening in the highlights or mid-tones. Highlight, mid-tone and shadow regions can be defined and controlled individually to customize the filter processing based on the filtered source.
This handy feature enables you to back off the image sharpening from highlight regions where the software has a difficult time discriminating between highlight details and noise, resulting in noise inadvertently being enhanced instead of suppressed or ignored.
Like most filters in the Continuum product, the Magic Sharp filter includes the PixelChooser matte and masking system with integrated mocha planar tracking and masking making it possible to further isolate image sharpening to specific regions of the image. For instance, you might want to use mocha masking and tracking to generate isolation masks to apply the Magic Sharp filter to a subjects eyes, while protecting the skin.
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