Boris Yamnitsky

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Boris Yamnitsky is a Computer Science researcher and entrepreneur of Soviet origin. [1] He is best known for founding Boris FX, a visual effects software company that develops plug-ins for non-linear video editing systems. [1] He is also credited with developing the Yamnitsky-Levin algorithm, a Linear Programming algorithm based on n-dimensional simplices. [2][3]

Research Career

Yamnitsky first developed his Linear Programming algorithm with his academic advisor Leonid Levin in 1982. [2] [3]In the same year, he presented his algorithm at the 23rd IEEE FOCS Conference in Chicago. His work has been featured in many books including Linear Programming by Vasek Chvatal. [4]


In 1995, Yamnitsky founded Boris FX to develop image processing and special effects plug-ins for NLE systems such as Adobe, Avid, etc. [1] Boris FX products - Continuum, Mocha, Sapphire, and Silhouette - have been used in various feature films and television programs. [5] Boris FX has also acquired other companies and products including Final Effects, Imagineer Systems, Silhoette and GenArts. [1][6][7]


In 2017, Yamnitsky received the Digital Video Industry Innovator Award from NewBay Media. [8] Boris FX products - Sapphire and Mocha - received Emmy Awards for technical achievement in 2019.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Q and A about the Boris FX - GenArts acquisition" (in en-US). 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bartels, Sven G. (2000), Kalai, Gil; Ziegler, Günter M., eds., "The Complexity of Yamnitsky and Levin’s Simplices Algorithm" (in en), Polytopes — Combinatorics and Computation, DMV Seminar (Basel: Birkhäuser): pp. 199–225, doi:10.1007/978-3-0348-8438-9_10, ISBN 978-3-0348-8438-9,, retrieved 2020-07-29 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Faigle, U.; Hunting, M.; Kern, W.; Prakash, R.; Supowit, K. J. (1997-02-01). "Simplices by point-sliding and the Yamnitsky-Levin algorithm" (in en). Mathematical Methods of Operations Research 46 (1): 131–142. doi:10.1007/BF01199467. ISSN 1432-5217. 
  4. Chvatal, Vasek; Chvatal, Vaclav; Chv?atal, Vasek (1983-09-15) (in en). Linear Programming. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-7167-1587-0. 
  5. "Sapphire™ a Mainstay in the Creation of Avatar | GenArts". 2010-12-31. 
  6. July 2005, TVTechnology 08. "Optibase Sells Final Effects to Boris FX" (in en). 
  7. "Boris FX Acquires Imagineer Systems" (in en). 2014-12-16. 
  8. "NewBay Announces Industry Innovator Award Recipients" (in en-US). 2017-11-02. 
  9. "Engineering Emmy Awards Winners Announced" (in en).