GenArts has released an educational guide for its Sapphire visual effects plug-ins when used on Avid systems. The book, Avid: A Guide to Creating Visual Effects, follows GenArts’ recent release of Sapphire Plug-ins version 2 for Avid products and provides users with a complete training guide on the effects package, including a companion DVD featuring sample projects and broadcast examples.

Sapphire 2 includes 45 new effects and a variety of usability enhancements. In addition to the many new effects, version 2 for Avid leverages the AVX 2 feature set, offering many more improvements for the Avid artist.

The book covers a number of common parameters used in many Sapphire Plug-ins, offers a thorough analysis of the more popular Sapphire effects, and suggests ways to work with them in multi-layered, advanced techniques.

Sapphire Plug-ins 2 for Avid was co-authored by Todd Prives and Jaime Fowler. Todd Prives is the Sapphire product marketing manager and GenArts’ demo guru. Jaime Fowler has previously written four books about editing with Avid software and was the editor for six Emmy-winning television programs.

Sapphire Plug-ins 2 for Avid: A Guide to Creating Visual Effects costs $45 (around £23).