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Silhouette 2020 in the latest version of the Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning digital paint, advanced rotoscoping, tracking, and compositing application.
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Academy and Emmy Award-Winning VFX Tools Silhouette is a best-in-class, GPU-accelerated compositing application, delivering the industry's most robust non-destructive paint and roto tools to feature film and visual effects teams. Since 2005, Silhouette has made its mark on Hollywood's biggest film and TV shows including Avatar, Black Panther, Avengers: End Game,Game of Thrones, and many more.


The artists tool for Roto, Paint & Tracking. Silhouette 2020.5 goes beyond traditional roto and cleanup as a professional stereoscopic enabled node-based compositing system with 146 nodes designed for every finishing task. Silhouette is available as a standalone application for macOS,Windows, and Linux with floating license options for enterprise.


New Silhouette Paint plug-in! Our paint tools have now been streamlined into a multi-host plug-in supporting Adobe and OFX hosts. Best of all, is free for all Silhouette 2020 owners with active support contracts.



What's New in Silhouette 2020.5


Silhouette Paint plug-in for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, The Foundry’s NUKE, Blackmagic Fusion & Resolve, Autodesk Flame, and Magix Vegas Pro. Silhouette Paint plug-in is available free with upgrade and support plans and all new standalone licenses, or as an affordable annual subscription.

Node Favorites: Nodes can be tagged as a Favorite allowing them to be grouped separately in the Favorites tab of the Nodes window

New Hold Node: Repeats the specified frame for the duration of the session. Useful for freezing a single painted frame for a clean plate

Viewer > Onion Skin: Performs a mix between the current frame and either previous or later frames and is useful for creating frame by frame, hand painted animations

Several user interface and usability enhancements as a result of customer input

VFX Reference Platform 2020 and Python 3 support

2020 Highlights

Integrated Mocha tracking now included at no extra charge

New Roto tools: Magnetic splines with edge snapping,RotoOverlay previews and Weighted Keyframe creation to change the timing of shape animations

New Paint tools: New Dodge, Burn and Detail brushes as well as a frequency (detail) separation workflow for improved retouching



Silhouette features the world’s most refined tools forrotoscoping teams. Create sophisticated key frameable mattes using B-Spline,Bézier or X-Spline shapes. Intelligent design and easy-to-use tools, such as variable per-point edge softening, assist in creating articulate animations.Render mattes with realistic motion blur or export to industry-standard shape formats. Watch Intro to Roto


Advanced roto tools include:


Highly-optimized interface, layer controls, and tool set

New magnetic spline and edge-snapping tools to create shapes fast fast

IK (Inverse Kinematics) to animate limbs and all manner of jointed creatures

Integrated point tracking, planar tracking, and Mocha planar tracking option

Stereoscopic 3D workflow

Move, scale, rotate, shear, and corner pin shapes and groups of shapes

Animation changes for one point or selected points across all key frames

Additional 2020 roto improvements include the Freehand Selection tool to interactively control point selection, Weighted Keyframe creation to change the timing of shape animations, new RotoOverlay displays to visualize shape animation by displaying a preview of the motion path, motion blur or onion skin.


Paint is a high dynamic range non-destructive 2D paint system that handles the demands of feature film and 4K television production.Whether it’s image restoration, dust busting, matte painting, beauty work, rig removal or just plain paint, Silhouette provides the artistic tools to get the job done.


Auto Paint is a unique paint feature that records all paint activity with tight integration of both point and planar trackers. Paint strokes can be match moved or stabilized, giving Silhouette the speed of raster paint with the repeat ability of vector paint. Watch Now


New Features in Paint! Silhouette 2020 builds on its powerful paint tools with new brushes and tools for matte painting, clean-ups,and compositing. New brushes include Dodge, Burn, and Detail.


Optimized advanced cloning and beauty work: The new Detail Separation workflow allows artists to paint separately or simultaneously on color and detail layers.


2020 paint workflow improvements include: Auto Paint >Replay for repeatable paint control, new Brush Compare Modes to preview brush settings prior to paint, Show Shapes displays roto shape outlines in paint nodes, and the new Stroke Tool shortcut displays paint strokes in the viewer and history list.


Silhouette's core is a feature rich node-based effects tree that delivers film-grade results. View and edit any combination of nodes for complex compositing, matte manipulation, keying, color correction, grain management,look development, morphing, warping, and much more. Get Started with Node Based Compositing


Silhouette 2020 now features 145 specialty nodes organized into Color, Composite, Diffusion, Filter, Film Lab, Image, Key, Light,Silhouette, Special Effects, Time, Tints, Transform, and Warp. Silhouette also supports OFX plug-ins including Mocha Pro and Sapphire!




Gestural node-based compositing

Multiple roto and paint nodes

Exacting color grading

Proprietary matte generation

Effectively composite fire, explosions, and smoke

Edge tools to color correct or blur the composite's edge

Matte manipulation using shrink, grow, blur, and wrap functions

146 different nodes organized into Color, Composite,Diffusion, Filter, Film Lab, Image, Key, Light, Silhouette, Special Effects,Time, Tints, Transform, Warp and OFX groups

Visual presets for most nodes


Silhouette’s warp and morph tools provide the highest level of creative control and render quality for digital retouching, image deformations, and even talking animals. Create invisible touch-ups, subtle facial exaggerations or dramatic transitions with either shape or pin options.Watch Warping Video


Easily time unique shape-to-shape morphing transitions per layer with interactive previews for fast flexibility — as seen on some of the world's most famous music videos and effects shots. Intro to Morphing Video.


Pin Warp is perfect for beauty work. Choose user-defined image areas using pins while leaving other areas untouched. Adjustments can range from subtle nip and tucks to something more obvious like repositioning an arm or leg.


The powerful ZMatte and Power Matte nodes use proprietary matte extraction techniques that handle the most difficult keying and matting challenges, including shots with fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections.


ZMatte keying tackles difficult DV and compression artifacts and includes key pickers, matte tuning, and spill suppression options.


Power Matte’s unique interactive workflow enhances the matte creation process on non-keyable shots with foreground and background shape selectors that generate incredibly realistic and accurate results on semi-transparent objects. 


The industry’s most powerful tracking drives Silhouette's animation system and can be applied to speed up paint, roto, warp, and stabilization tasks. Choose from 1, 2, or 4 point tracking, native planar tracker, or award-winning Mocha tracking, now included as a standard feature in Silhouette 2020.


Applying pre-processing filters can increase tracker accuracy for problematic images. Choose Blur, Sharpen, Contrast, Gamma,De-Noise, or Remove Flicker. Post-processing filters can be applied to tracking data including Average, Smooth, and Merge.


The Depth node contains a dedicated tool set for creating depth channels from 2D sources.




Shapes can be assigned individual depth values

Horizon, Ramp, Hall and Tunnel gradient depth tools

Alpha tool that converts the alpha channel generated by other Silhouette nodes (zMatte, Power Matte, Roto, Paint, etc) into a depth map.

Depth Preview window displays a 3D view of the depth map. Useful for visualizing the depth and placement of objects in 3D space.

Output to stereo displays


Mocha Pro plug-in for Silhouette. Users can now upgrade or purchase the Mocha Pro plug-in for Silhouette which adds valuable advanced planar tracking and compositing workflows to complement Silhouette. Learn More




Lens calibration module to undistort/distort roto and paint workflow

GPU-accelerated object removal

New Mega Plate extended plate generation tool

Insert compositing with AdjustTrack

Award-winning stereo 360/VR tools

Copy/Paste Mocha Trackers & Shapes to Silhouette


Silhouette can perform editing tasks such as cutting,joining, moving, copying, replacing, trimming, re-timing, and repeating clips in the Sequence Editor.




Set clip in and out points

Automatically assemble selected clips

Copy, move, insert or replace clips

Trim in, trim out or trim both sides of an edit

Clip re-timing




Silhouette 2020.5



macOS: 10.9 or higher


Windows: Windows 7 or higher on x64


Linux: Linux distributions that conform to the CY2016 VFX Reference Platform as specified at




Recommended Hardware:


Processor: Intel or AMD processor


Memory: 2GB of RAM (4GB or more recommended)


Disk: High-speed disk array or SSD storage. 1GB of available disk space for caching and temporary files


Graphics Card:


NVIDIA GTX 460 or better


AMD Radeon 57xx series or better


OpenGL 2.1 capable graphics card


OpenCL 1.1 capable graphic card


1GB of graphics memory for film resolution


Licensing options:


Nodelocked or floating license.


Nodelock licenses require an internet connection once every 60 days




Node-based workflow

Resolution independent

Stereo viewing and editing

Region of interest for enhanced performance

Command-line rendering

Scripting and actions

OpenColorIO color management

GPU and OpenGL accelerated

Multi-processor support

Proxy management for large image sizes



File Formats: Cineon, DPX, IFF, JPEG, OpenEXR, PNG, SGI/RGB, TIFF and TARGA

Export Autodesk Gmask, Elastic Reality, Blackmagic Fusion, Nuke, and Shake SSF shapes

Import Commotion, Elastic Reality, and Shake 4.x SSF shapes

Mask interchange with After Effects using the Silhouette Shape Import/Export Plug-in

Export After Effects, Autodesk, Nuke, and Shake 4.x trackers

Import After Effects Corner-Pin, Nuke 8+ and, Shake 4.x trackers

macOS, Windows, Linux

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