Award-winning training company delivers professional instruction for industry’s leading specialized digital visual effects software

Hoffman Estates, ILAugust 25, 2009 - Class on Demand®, a provider of professional educational products for creative markets, announced the availability of the highly anticipated “Complete Training for GenArts Sapphire™.” Recognized by top studios and post-production houses for its image quality, organic look, speed and intuitive controls, Sapphire provides more than 200 state-of-the-art image processing and synthesis effects plug-ins. The video-based curriculum follows the award-winning Class on Demand training methodology; offering expert instruction on Sapphire effects workflows for Adobe® After Effects® and Apple® Final Cut Pro® applications in a highly engaging, modern on-demand delivery format. GenArts’ first authorized training program, “Complete Training for GenArts Sapphire” is hosted by GenArts’ own Todd Prives, a well-known international conference speaker and Sapphire expert.

“GenArts Sapphire has established itself as the must-have tool in the arsenal of the world’s best visual effects artists and editors”, says Steve Bannerman, CMO of GenArts. “Tight production deadlines often make it difficult for users to explore the depth and breadth of what Sapphire can do. We’re excited about Complete Training for GenArts Sapphire because it offers users of all experience levels an excellent way to significantly enhance both their creativity and productivity without sacrificing their schedules.”

“With many of our existing clients working in Final Cut and After Effects, ‘Complete Training for GenArts Sapphire’ is a tremendous value add for our audience and training catalog,” says Paul Holtz, CEO and founder, Class on Demand. “With almost a decade of industry experience, Todd’s hands-on training resonates with any artist or editor looking to examine and master Sapphire’s full potential. Complete Training for GenArts Sapphire is a perfect match for the avant-garde GenArts artist.”

“Complete Training for GenArts Sapphire” helps new users quickly acclimate to the sophisticated workspace whilst providing skilled users with more advanced instruction leading to application mastery. The training is broken down into 7 logical segments. The non-linear approach enables novice and experienced users to focus on chapters best suited for their individual learning needs. Complete project files for both After Effects and Final Cut Pro are included in the comprehensive training; providing an ideal experience for maximum information retention.

For a comprehensive sampling of Class on Demand’s “Complete Training for GenArts Sapphire,” including Product Overview, FilmEffect Plug-in and WarpVortex Plug-in, please visit:

Pricing and Availability

The new Class on Demand training for GenArts Sapphire is priced at $129.00 USD and is available to purchase as a DVD or digital download from Class on Demand ( or ToolFarm (

About Todd Prives

Todd Prives is the Sr. Business Development and Marketing Manager at GenArts. With over 7 years of industry experience in both production/post-production and visual effects software, he is a frequent speaker at user groups and tradeshows. At GenArts he is responsible for training, product demonstrations and technical support to customer sites worldwide.

GenArts Sapphire Visual Effects Software

GenArts Sapphire is a mission-critical visual effects tool that blends unmatched image quality with unique organic looks and productivity-driving ease of use. The effects seamlessly integrate as software plug-ins into leading editing and compositing systems from Adobe, Apple, Avid, Autodesk, Assimilate, Eyeon, FilmLight, The Foundry, Quantel and SGO. Sapphire has the distinction of having been a key component of an Academy Award nominated film for the past 12 consecutive years, including 2009 nominee Iron Man and Oscar winner The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

About GenArts

GenArts, Inc. is the premier provider of specialized digital visual effects software tools for the film, broadcast and video industries. The GenArts Sapphire, Monsters and Raptors portfolio equip digital artists with a collection of state-of-the-art image processing and synthesis effects such as glows, light rays, lens flares, lightning, film damage, fire and fluid effects. GenArts software has been used in blockbuster movies such as the Star Wars prequels, Titanic, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings trilogies, Spiderman, X-Men, The Matrix, Lost and CSI. The company was founded in 1996 in Cambridge, Mass. Please visit for more information.

About Class on Demand

Class on Demand is a leading producer of education and training programs. Its products and services address the needs of individuals, professionals and corporate training. Current programs cover a broad spectrum of content including video capture and editing, computer animation, federally mandated training, customized corporate training and vocational education. Please visit for additional information regarding their products and services.

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