Bauhaus Announces New GFX and EFX Software

Bauhaus Software has announced the launch of its flagship product, Mirage. Described by the company as "a unified environment for creating animated graphics and special effects," Mirage will be available in October for Windows XP and Mac OS/X for less than $900 USD.

The software integrates real-time video paint, animation and effects functionalities into a single product. Designed for projects of any resolution, from HDTV and film to web video, Mirage provides a common sense, powerful alternative to expensive proprietary solutions and complex software workflows. Mirage is based on technology formerly distributed as NewTek’s Aura Video Paint. The pre-release version of Mirage is available now to existing NewTek Aura, LightWave and Video Toaster customers; the final version of Mirage will be available to the general public this October.

“The Bauhaus approach to animated graphics and special effects really changes the rules as to what can be created by computer, and how,” says Wanda Meloni, principal of M2 Research. “Mirage enables innovation and experimentation in design by providing a powerful and creative environment. It’s a unique tool that allows digital artists to create completely new types of animation and effects, while quickly and easily integrating into any production pipeline.”

Mirage’s organic workflow pulls together divergent tools and functionalities, enabling artists to create and animate both traditional CG and natural media styles in a single digital environment. Mirage artists are free to explore entirely new ideas in 2D animation and visual effects by easily combining tools such as video paint, stop-motion, natural-media drawing tools, volumetric lights, particles, keying, color correction, and point tracking within the same project. When positioned between source footage/3D packages and editing software, Mirage provides a completely new real-time approach to animated graphics and special effects.

Bauhaus Mirage is currently available as a pre-release to existing customers of NewTek’s Aura, Video Toaster, and LightWave products. Upgrade pricing is set at $295. Find more information at www.bauhaussoftware.com.