Digital Anarchy today announced a free update to their award winning, best-of-breed skin retouching plugin, Beauty Box Video. Version 1.2 gives Beauty Box Video an amazing speed increase by taking advantage of the latest hardware and operating systems.
The update uses nVidia’s CUDA and other GPU optimizations to achieve rendering results that are 3–6x’s faster than version 1.0. The update also features UI changes and bug fixes that provide a smoother, faster workflow in After Effects, Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro. Beauty Box Video’s results are amazing and now fast as well.
"BeautyBox is almost magical. We didn't have time to properly light our scene, and the artists didn't look like themselves. Options were slim and costly. With BeautyBox, we were able to solve the problem the same afternoon we downloaded it. The facial tracking really works, the skin-tone algorithms are pretty natural, and the interface is simple. I'm still amazed." - Bill Evans, Radiant Records [Project: Steve Morse & Sarah Spencer promotional video.]
Beauty Box Video gives an actor or model an incredible makeover in post-production by incorporating state-of-the-art face detection and smoothing algorithms. Beauty Box automatically identifies the skin tones and removes imperfections and blemishes. A critical aspect of Beauty Box is it’s ability to keep important details, like eye lashes, lips, etc., razor sharp and keep the natural texture of the skin (pores).
“We’re very excited about this release. Beauty Box has won a couple awards and many accolades from users. “, said Jim Tierney, President of Digital Anarchy. “However, it’s always been a bit slow to render, which this release corrects. Especially for those with nVidia cards, the increased speed is really amazing.”
For the version 1.2 update, users with an nVidia card that supports CUDA will see the most drastic speed increases, particularly when used with a 64-bit operating system and multiple processors. nVidia’s CUDA gives Beauty Box an amazing speed boost and provides an impressive increase even with ‘gaming’ cards that support CUDA, like the GeForce 480GTX. Higher end video cards, like the Quadro FX4800, when used in conjunction with After Effects’ multi-processing can render HD footage up to 6 fps.
Pricing and Availability
Beauty Box Video 1.2 is regularly priced at $199 USD, but will be on sale for $149 USD until November 15, 2010.