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Digital Anarchy Beauty Box

Dec 17, 2009 12:00 PM, By Dan Ochiva

Simple blemish removal.

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Digital Anarchy Beauty Box

Works in Adobe After Effects CS4 and Premiere Pro CS4, and Apple Final Cut Pro 6-7. Price: $199; $139 (introductory price through Jan. 7, 2010).

With today's feature productions facing reduced budgets, and with the proliferation of reality-style shows, finding new ways to prep talent for the camera deserves a closer look.

Digital Anarchy's Beauty Box offers a simple solution to smooth out skin and remove blemishes—something even more important as almost all productions move to high def, which is notoriously unforgiving about surface irregularities.

Employing a face-detection algorithm, Beauty Box can automatically identify skin tones and create a mask that limits the smoothing effect to just the skin areas. For those who aren't capable graphic artists, it's a real blessing: The process usually requires little or no input from the user and does not involve hand-masking. Users apply the filter, click auto-detect, set the amount of smoothing, and render. That means there's no need to employ an effects artist or burden the online editor with manually creating masks and retouching frame by frame.

The company claims that the skin smoothing keeps important features of the face sharp even while it reduces or eliminates wrinkles and blemishes. Meanwhile, a grain generator adds back any grain that is lost because of the skin smoothing.

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