CoreMelt Complete V2 review

Video effects plug-in collections such as Boris Continuum Complete 6 and GenArts Sapphire offer tons of extra effects for video editing and compositing tasks – but at a high price. Small Aussie developer CoreMelt’s eponymous set attempts to offer the same breadth of effects, but at a cost that’s more appropriate for a set of Photoshop plug-ins than 204 GPU-accelerated tools for After Effects and Final Cut. And while CoreMelt can’t match the output quality or toolset of its rivals, it offers good value and some nifty innovations.

The first version of CoreMelt worked through the FxFactory Pro plug-in engine, but V2 breaks out on its own – so the filters now sit alongside the rest of your built-in and plug-in effects for easier access. It’s also allowed CoreMelt to add some clever interface elements that weren’t possible before, including a floating Globals window to adjust settings such as motion blur based on the complexity of your project and strength of your graphics card. A minor V2.2 update released shortly after the main V2 upgrade added support for the new Final Cut Pro 7 and Motion 4.

We looked at the Complete version of CoreMelt, but you can purchase parts of it as individual sets – ImageFlow Fx, PolyChrome Transitions, Editors Tools and Motion Graphics Box – $129 (£75). You also get CoreMelt’s free VeeYou visual EQ creation tools in the box. Each set gains some new plug-ins, plus overarching changes such as vector masks in the ImageFlow Fx. The new filters range from CameraDefocus and 3DImageGrid Generator in the Motion Pack to HSL Levels and Curves in the Editing Pack – which includes a Curves overlay on your footage to make the effects of adjustments easier to see.

OUR VERDICT

The breadth of CoreMelt Complete’s filters is excellent. The output quality and level of control isn’t up to Sapphire or BCC – and it lacks Pixel Chooser-style controls for applying the filters to parts of footage beyond the use of masks – but it’s more than worth its price.

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