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We're excited to announce that the free updates we mentioned last week are now available for download! There are major new features for all the products, so we recommend that everyone installs the update as soon as possible.
The name game
You've no doubt noticed a few changes around the site, specifically with the product names which we've tweaked to better reflect their purpose and help differentiate between the different FXhome options.
The DV range is now referred to as Lite, while VisionLab HD has been renamed VisionLab Studio. The Pro products retain their original names.
Please note that this doesn't change our focus or vision for the products - it's purely to help new customers identify which product is the most appropriate for their needs.
Important: If you make a fresh installation you may be asked to locate a new key file with a slightly different filename than usual. Don't worry - selecting your standard key will still work.
So what's new?
This is by far the biggest update we've done so far. Here's a brief overview of the most exciting bits:
All applications (Lite, Pro and Studio)
- Mask browser - The mask toolset (and garbage mattes in CompositeLab and VisionLab) now has a proper browser, similar to the systems for the key and grade toolsets. This means you can select a mask shape by clicking the relevant icon, and view all the applied shapes in the inspector at the same time.
- Circle and square masks - To go with the new mask browser, we've added some preset shapes. These can be rotated and stretched using a standard canvas quad and positioned wherever you like.
Pro and VisionLab Studio only
- Grading objects - We've got a rather powerful new effects engine for Pro and VisionLab users. Grading objects can be placed and manipulated like any other effects object, with the clever bit being that any filters you apply will affect every layer underneath - enabling you to grade several objects at once.
- Object masks - Also finding its way into the new mask browser is the object mask. This hugely powerful mask type can take the alpha channel (transparency) of one object and apply it to another. Ever wondered what would happen if you took the alpha of a particle effect and applied it to a greenscreened actor? Now you can find out!
CompositeLab Pro and VisionLab Studio only
- Color gradient - Nicknamed the 'Michael Bay filter', this applies a smooth colour overlay to your object. Perfect for creating Bad Boys-style orange-tinted skies. The controls give you plenty of options for customising the colour and blend type.
VisionLab Studio exclusive
- Exposure - Another brand new filter, this simulates the effects of altering camera lens exposure. Great if you want a harsh, over-exposed image and more realistic than using alternate methods.
The features mentioned above are only the major changes - check the relevant changelogs on the downloads page to see all the work that has gone into this update. Trust us when we say we're glad it's finally released!
All the reference manuals have been fully updated with details of the new features, so that's the first place to check if you need full details. If you need further advice, don't hesitate to ask on the forums or live chat.
We can't wait to see what everybody creates using these new features!