RE:Vision Effects has shipped the latest version of the Video Gogh plug-in, which turns videos into moving paintings, using optical flow technology to move brush strokes without stuttering artifacts. Video Gogh 3 opens up other possibilities in motion graphic design by introducing the option for users to define their own brushes, which may be animated. Version 3 adds a substantial amount of new visual effects opportunities that many have requested over the years.

Some of the features include three default brush styles – oily, watercolor and chalk – and support for animated and custom brush sets. Users can supply custom brush images and for each select different render styles.

A new 'Non-Additive Blending' mode allows users to make properly semi-transparent layers. Video Gogh 3 provides an option to paint over the original sequence to avoid holes in result.

Users can now control separately the growth and death of brush strokes when they become too distant apart or too clustered. A better technique has been introduced that performs much better when objects come into frame as a result of panning or other camera (or object) motion.

Users can now control the variability in brush stroke width (including choosing to have no randomness). Motion can be calculated using an alternate clip. This is useful if the original clip has low contrast or is difficult to track. This feature is also useful to facilitate layering small regions of the image with the plug-in. External motion vectors (for example, from Twixtor or your 3D system) are also supported.

Video Gogh 3 works in Combustion 3.0.4 and over, After Effects 5.0 and up on Windows, After Effects 7.0 and up on Mac, Final Cut Pro 5.1 and up, and Premiere Pro 1.0 and up on Windows and Premiere Pro CS3 and up on Mac. Fusion 5 32b is also now officially supported.

Video Gogh 3 costs $119.95 (around £67) and the upgrade from previous versions is $39.95 (£22.50). The Effections bundles for After Effects, Combustion, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and Fusion include Video Gogh 3.