Digital Anarchy has produced some truly fine plug-ins over the years. I still think their Psunami plug in for After Effects rocks and rolls and have used it often over the years. Not too long ago they sold most of their video software to Red Giant and focused on the marketing of their Adobe Photoshop filters and other products. Looking to get back into the video genre, Jim Tierney and Digital Anarchy have produced ‘Beauty Box’ for both Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects. One serial number is all I needed for both the Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects installations and both went smoothly.Beauty Box is a skin retouching software, which uses Face Detection to identify skin tones at the same time as it preserves important facial features. It is, by design, easy to use and intuitive even though the downloadable manual provides a considerable amount of additional and useful information, which helps to clarify many of the manually adjusted parameters that Beauty Box incorporates.
Digital Anarchy’s Beauty Box is really not about creating fancy effects and appearances that stand out from the crowd, though I suppose one could create them to some degree. It is about doing the final retouching to facial characteristics and skin tones once you have created your sequence. Its effects are subtle, as they should be, which only makes it that much more valuable a tool to have. Using it was really quite simple and automatic.