Sapphire plugins let you create stunning organic looks unmatched by any host native effect tools. Key features include over 270 effects and 3000+ presets, a powerful Effect and Transition Builder, and integrated tracking and masking with the Academy Award-winning Mocha. Sapphire’s superior image quality, control, and render speed offers massive time-savings — allowing creatives to focus on what matters most, delivering an impact that keeps audiences coming back.


New for 2023.5

  • Improved Effect! New Parameter Linking in Sapphire Builder allows you to create interactions between values and even different effects.
  • Improved Functionality! New Quick Access and Favorites menus in Builder create faster and more streamlined workflows.
  • Improved Functionality! Customize any parameter in Builder with a unique name.
  • New and Improved Presets! Builder ships with 25+ new presets and more than 130 updated and improved presets.
  • New Flares! Includes 12 updated Sapphire Lens Flares.
Watch what’s new in Sapphire 2023.5

Parameter Linking in Builder

The new parameter linking feature in S_Effect and S_Transition allows editors and artists to create dynamic and complex effects by connecting parameters and values across different Sapphire effects. Users can set a "driver" parameter and then link other parameters to it, including adding offsets and multipliers.

Parameter linking gives users control over an entire effect's animation with a single slider. This makes it easier to create advanced animations and effects without having to manually adjust multiple parameters!

Watch how the new parameter linking works in Builder

Quick Access and Favorites

The new Quick Access feature provides users with a fast option to find and add effects to Builder. Simply add effects directly into the node graph with just a few clicks rather than navigating Sapphire’s expansive list of effects. Users can also star frequently used effects and add them to the new Favorites category, making them easily accessible.

Custom Parameter Naming

The 2023.5 update to Sapphire introduces a highly-requested feature: the ability to customize effect parameter names in Builder. Users can now create their own names for any parameter inside any Sapphire effect. By choosing more intuitive and user-friendly parameter names, Builder artists can quickly identify key parameters in an effect and adjust accordingly.

New and Improved Presets

Artists can hit the ground running with stunning looks and professionally-curated transitions thanks to 15 new S_Effect presets and 12 new S_Transition presets — all built out with custom expressions. Plus, 130+ existing S_Effect and S_Transition presets are updated and improved, giving users even more options and refined looks.

New and Improved Sapphire Lens Flares

Sapphire’s award-winning Lens Flare, renowned across the film & TV industry for gorgeous and natural looking results, now includes 12 more reasons to love it with the addition of new and improved flares for Sapphire 2023.5. Use the integrated Academy Award-winning Mocha technology to do fast and accurate motion tracking directly in the plugin. Perfect flares, wherever you need them.

See the new Sapphire 2023.5 flares in action.

New in 2023! Sapphire PrismLens

Created to replicate shooting through a physical prism, S_PrismLens reflects and refracts light to create cinematic and dreamy looks. It’s packed with a feature rich parameter set that allows editors and artists unparalleled freedom and control to create single, linear, and circular reflections. Great for music videos, travelogues, cinematic opens, social media, or even stills — anywhere you wish to create stunning images.

New in 2023! Sapphire UltraGrain

Created for the modern VFX artist, editor, and colorist. S_UltraGrain accurately recreates the qualities and aesthetics of film and camera grain with the needed flexibility of a digital toolset. S_UltraGrain makes the art of grain management completely natural and blazing fast thanks to native CUDA and Metal GPU-acceleration.

Camera and Film Stock Presets

Take the pain out of accurately reproducing grain profiles. S_UltraGrain includes a library of 80 professionally designed presets featuring the most popular film stocks and digital cameras such as Arri Alexa, Red, Canon, Sony, and more.

New in 2023! Sapphire DissolveUltraGlow

Get ready for your favorite new transition based on Sapphire’s most popular transition! S_DissolveUltraGlow adds new features and capabilities with an optical-based glow alongside new parameters for highlights and atmospheric noise. Includes 14 new presets.

New! Sapphire for Photoshop

Available in Sapphire 2022 and up
Sapphire now includes new host support for Adobe Photoshop — and it’s FREE to all Sapphire 2022 and 2022.5 users! Featuring 270+ resolution independent and non-destructive effects built into a one-of-a-kind nodal based effects compositor. Photoshop artists will delight at 3000+ easily searchable presets organized by name, type, or intended use. Sapphire Photoshop has the same extensive parameter set as Sapphire plugins, giving artists complete control over every aspect of an effect. Anything created with Sapphire Photoshop can be shared with Sapphire supported hosts including Adobe Premiere Pro, Blackmagic Resolve, Avid Media Composer, Foundry’s Nuke, and many others. Sapphire Photoshop is fully GPU-accelerated with CUDA and Metal support and features native support for Apple M1 processors.

New! Sapphire ColorFuse

Available in Sapphire 2022 and up
Meet the brand new Sapphire effect: S_ColorFuse! Create cinematic color grades with ease using the one-of-a-kind Sapphire LUT effect. Combine up to three LUTs in different combinations and opacities for limitless choices or choose from one of 50 included presets. Transfer looks between host applications, no LUTs needed — all the info is stored in the S_ColorFuse preset. Maintain accurate color representation by setting the host application colorspace and LUT colorspace (produced in accordance with OCIO standards). S_ColorFuse is fully GPU-accelerated with CUDA and Metal support and renders natively on Apple M1 processors.

New! Mocha Splines in UltraZap

Available in Sapphire 2022 and up
S_UltraZap now takes advantage of Sapphire's built-in Mocha planar tracking and spline-based tools. Easily drive electrifying animations by creating tracked splines inside Sapphire’s Mocha interface or importing projects created in Mocha Pro or Mocha AE. All supported hosts now have access to the many advanced UltraZap features previously only available in Adobe After Effects. Whether you’re enhancing a simple logo or diving into a complex VFX shot, the combo of Mocha splines with UltraZap opens up a world of creative possibilities.

Monthly Subscription

$112/month * Cancel at anytime $62/month * Cancel at anytime
Supports any of the following hosts on a single workstation: Adobe, Avid, Resolve, Flame, VEGAS Pro, and Nuke Supports any of the following hosts on a single workstation: Adobe, Avid, Resolve, Flame, VEGAS Pro, and Nuke
Always up to date with automatic monthly billing Always up to date with automatic monthly billing
Never miss an upgrade with a subscription Never miss an upgrade with a subscription

Perpetual License

$2,795 $1,695
Supports any of the following hosts on a single workstation: Adobe, Avid, Resolve, Flame, VEGAS Pro, and Nuke Supports any of the following hosts on a single workstation: Adobe, Avid, Resolve, Flame, VEGAS Pro, and Nuke
Includes 12 months of free upgrades and support Includes 12 months of free upgrades and support
Single upfront payment Single upfront payment



Shot missing something?
Add lighting effects and beautiful lens flares.

Lens flares, rays, glows, glints, bokeh effects,
streaks, light leaks, flashbulbs, and more.


High-quality lens distortions and photorealistic blurs.

Camera shakes, rack defocuses, lens whacking, z-blurs,
edge aware blurs, beauty effects, and more.


Deep & fast tools to adjust your shots and build
better comps by adding new textures and elements.

Zaps, textures, caustics, starfields, gradients,
sparkles, grunges, auroras, and more.


A wide variety of ways to add high production
value to any project.

Film effects, glitches, pixel sorts, vignettes, film grains,
retro TV and film looks, kaleidos, auto-paints, and more.


Auto-animating transitions from classic to modern
and mind bending time effects.

Many custom dissolves and wipes, film rolls, hyper pulls,
swish pans, feedback effects, time averaging, trails,
and more.


Create cross-platform stacks of effects that apply as a
single effect, or make entirely new effects
and transitions with Sapphire Builder.

Endless possibilities!


Sapphire Essentials is the ultimate beginner's guide to our award-winning visual effects and motion graphics plugin collection. Learn at your own pace with Ian Robinson, a popular LinkedIn Learning trainer and creative director.

  • 4.5 hours of lessons
  • 11 videos organized by categories

The techniques are shown in an Adobe After Effects workflow but apply to all Sapphire-supported host applications.

Watch it for free or get the exercise files to follow along — only $49.95.


Built For Speed And Excellence

Sapphire is built for the pros. Its suite of over 270 effects features image processing algorithms that produce Hollywood’s highest-quality results. Each Sapphire effect is GPU-accelerated for faster rendering with NVIDIA CUDA technology for Windows and Linux, and Apple’s Metal technology for macOS, along with native support for M1-powered Macs. Look no further if you’re a professional artist looking to create an array of stunning visuals with blazing speeds.

Thousands Of Presets

You’ll always find something to suit your taste and needs with over 3000 preset effects crafted by top-notch artists. Every Sapphire release includes brand new presets. There’s always something fresh to play with!

Learn The Language Of Sapphire

Sapphire effects are loved for a beautifully designed and carefully laid out top-down parameter workflow often structured with a guided order of operations. The user-friendly experience — paired with a uniform naming structure and speedy workflow — makes it easy for editors and artists to start creating gorgeous effects. Sapphire also features a large online library of tutorials to teach you about the effects or provide you with inspiration on what to create next!

Track Everything With Mocha

Say goodbye to keyframing with Academy Award-winning integrated Mocha tracking. Mocha’s rock-solid planar tracking is included within every Sapphire effect. Drive effect parameters like Sapphire Lens Flare position data or isolate an area with a tracked mask on an effect like Sapphire Glow or Sapphire Blur.

Ready For Any Pipeline

Work faster and smarter with Sapphire — a powerful and proven VFX solution that seamlessly integrates into any pipeline. Easily scale up your rendering output when needed with Sapphire background renders with identical CPU fallbacks. Choose how your facility licenses with flexible options including floating virtual machine licensing servers or monthly subscriptions. Access personalized customer support 7 days a week or browse an online library of help documentation for any technical needs.


From beginners to industry veterans, everyone loves Sapphire!

"Sapphire saves me so much time in the color-grading stage or when I need to stylize my sports videos."

C.M. De La Vega | Mograph/VFX Artist

"I discovered Sapphire on FX’s Mayans M.C.! The MuzzleFlash effect was a godsend in action-heavy sequences."

Olivia Eliseo | Editor, Scripted TV

"Sapphire is my go-to. I often use Light Leak, Camera Shake, Chromatic Aberration, and RackDefocus."

Jonathan Winbush | Motion Graphics Artist

"Sapphire is my all-time favourite. It has, by far, the best lens flare in terms of visuals and parameters."

Am Villaindra | Flame Artist

"Sapphire is essential to my day-to-day workflow with After Effects. It’s the combination of speed & quality."

Robert Hranitzky | Creative Director and Motion Designer





Sapphire 2023.5


macOS:10.14 or higher

Windows: Windows 10 & 11

Linux: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 & 8, CentOS 7 & 8


Recommended Hardware:

Processor: 64-bit Intel or AMD CPU with four or more cores

Memory: 8 GB or more

Disk: High-speed disk array or SSD storage

Monitor: 1920×1080 or higher, including high dpi 4k monitors

GPU Acceleration: An NVIDIA GPU with compute capability 3.5 (Kepler) or above. More information can be found here, under "Supported GPUs". We recommend using the latest NVIDIA Studio drivers, where possible. METAL enabled cards are supported on Mac OS. If no GPU is available, Sapphire will render in CPU mode.

Licensing options:

Nodelocked, Subscription or floating license.

For floating and render license options, contact us.

Supported Hosts:

Adobe After Effects & Premiere Pro

Avid Media Composer

Autodesk Flame


Blackmagic Resolve and Fusion

SGO Mistika


For a full list of supported hosts and OS, please click here


In Windows, right-click the Start button and search for the Control Panel. Go to Programs and Features (if your Control Panel is in Category view, go to Uninstall a Program). Find Boris FX Sapphire, click to select it, and then click Uninstall. For macOS, go to Applications, and select the Boris FX folder. Find the installation of Sapphire you wish to uninstall and click the “Uninstall Sapphire” application.

Sapphire can be easily installed for Adobe After Effects with a few easy steps. First off, make sure you have downloaded the correct Sapphire for Adobe installer, which can be found here. We made a short video to guide you through the rest of the process installing Sapphire for After Effects. Mac users can click here, and Windows users can click here.

We offer many different pricing options for all different types of customers. Sapphire plugins for Adobe, OFX or Avid are $62 per month and $495 per year. If you would like a perpetual license, that would cost $1695 and come with a free year of Upgrades and support. If you would like to use Sapphire in multiple different hosts on the same workstation, you would need to purchase a multi-host license. A Sapphire multi-host license is $75 per month and $895 per year. A perpetual multi-host license for Sapphire costs $2795. For floating license and enterprise pricing, please contact sales.

Sapphire can be easily installed for Davinci Resolve with a few easy steps. First off, make sure you have downloaded the correct Sapphire for OFX installer, which can be found here. We made a short video to guide you through the rest of the process installing Sapphire for Resolve. Mac users can click here, and Windows users can click here.

Sapphire can be easily installed for Vegas with a few easy steps. First off, make sure you have downloaded the correct Sapphire for OFX installer, which can be found here. We made a short video to guide you through the rest of the process installing Sapphire for Resolve. Mac users can click here, and Windows users can click here.

Your Machine ID is your Ethernet ID/MAC address. It consists of 6 pairs of numbers and letters A-F. You may see these pairs un-separated (d312a930bc7f), separated by colons (d3:12:a9:30:bc:7f) or separated by dashes (d3-12-a9-30-bc-7f). To find your Machine ID, please follow the steps below:

On Windows - Go to the Start menu, then in the search box type “cmd” and hit Enter. In the cmd window, type “ipconfig /all”. Find the line that reads “Physical Address”. This is your Machine ID.

On Mac - Go to System Preferences > Network and select your active network interface (e.g., Ethernet). From the list on the left. Click on ‘Advanced…’, then on ‘Hardware’. The Machine ID is listed under “MAC Address”.

On Linux - Open a terminal/shell window, and type “ifconfig”. Look for “Hwaddr” under eth0. This is your Machine ID.


Considering upgrading from an older version of Sapphire? With each release, Boris FX improves Sapphire by increasing the number of filters and effects, making it faster, and making its tools even more useful. If you aren’t using the most recent version of Sapphire, you can be sure you are missing out.

Take a look back to see what’s changed:

Sapphire version 16.0 (2023) - Release date: November 2022
Sapphire version 15.5 (2022.5) - Release date: May 2022
Sapphire version 15 (2022) - Release date: November 2021
Sapphire version 14.5 (2021.5) - Release date: May 2021
Sapphire version 14 (2021) - Release date: November 2020
Sapphire version 13.5 (2020.5) - Release date: May 2020
Sapphire version 13 (2020) - Release date: October 2019
Sapphire version 12.5 (2019.5) - Release date: June 2019
Sapphire version 12 (2019) - Release date: October 2018
Sapphire version 11 - Release date: October 2017
Sapphire version 10 - Release date: September 2016


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