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FilmConvert Bundle of All Plug-ins v2.34

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Give Digital camera footage the color and grain of your favorite film stocks

Ever since the introduction of Digital Cameras, digital evangelists have been saying how Film would eventually be superceeded and replaced. After several decades, this is finally happening. However, for many people, the look of the digital footage still leaves a lot to be desired and doesn't look as good straight out of the camera.


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What is it about film that people like so much?

Some people say that film has a 'magical' and 'organic' quality that can never be achieved by a digital camera. We take a more scientific approach. For many years, the film workflow has been to have the film scanned and then graded digitally. Both formats end up as digital files, we can compare them and find out the specific the differences.

Our tests have shown that film responds to colors in a different way. Let's look at an example - shot on Fuji Pro 160s, and the same image shot on a Canon 5D Mk II. Look specifically how the trees seem to 'pop' in the film image.

Ignoring the grain for the moment, zooming in shows that the hue and saturation of the trees is quite different:

Let's take an average of the colors:

The film trees are warmer, containing more red than the digital trees.

To get the digital to match the film we should:
Increase the amount of Red by 20%
Increase the amount of Green by 15%
Increase the amount of Blue by 7%
Increase the saturation from 38% to 50%
To make these changes in your grading software would be technically possible, but to do so you would need to know what the green color of the film was supposed to look like, and also make sure that you made the change only to the green colors in the image.

Now imagine performing the above analysis on every hue and saturation of the color spectrum, adding accurate grain, modeled on the grain response of the film stocks. This is FilmConvert!


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Updates: 

Feb 2014 FCPX and Photoshop Updates

FCPX

  • Color Wheels
  • Levels Control
  • Hardware acceleration

Photoshop

  • Added source camera selection

FilmConvert works on any Digital Camera footage.

For more accurate results, FilmConvert has released free data packs with profiles of various cameras. Currently released packs:

  • Arri Alexa GoPro Hero4
  • Black Magic Pocket Nikon D7000
  • BMCC Nikon D800
  • BMCC 4K Panasonic GH2
  • Canon 1DC Panasonic GH3
  • Canon 550D / T2i Panasonic GH4 + V-Log
  • Canon 5D MkII RED
  • Canon 5D MkIII Red Dragon
  • Canon 600D / T3i Sony A7r mk2
  • Canon 6D Sony A7s
  • Canon 7D / 60D Sony A7s mk2
  • Canon C100 Sony EX1 / EX3
  • Canon C100 mk II Sony F55
  • Canon C300 Sony FS5
  • Canon XF300 Sony FS7
  • Digital Bolex D16 Sony FS700 / FS100
  • DJI Inspire 1 Sony RX100 IV - RX10 II
  • GoPro Hero3
  • GoPro Hero4
  • Nikon D7000
  • Nikon D800
  • Panasonic GH2
  • Panasonic GH3
  • Panasonic GH4 + V-Log
  • RED
  • Red Dragon
  • Sony A7r mk2
  • Sony A7s
  • Sony A7s mk2
  • Sony EX1 / EX3
  • Sony F55
  • Sony FS5
  • Sony FS7
  • Sony FS700 / FS100
  • Sony RX100 IV - RX10 II

Until your camera is added, try using the default profile, which is accurate for most cameras.

Download Camera Packs here.

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Grading for Speedy Workflows

FilmConvert does not replace color grading - it enhances it! Like many others, I have found that it's extremely good at what it does: Emulating the look of film stock. Especially if you have very fast turnarounds, FilmConvert can come in handy because if you got your exposure and white balance right you can just slap it on say an adjustment layer, pick a film stock that suits the mood, tweak the intensity to your liking and voila, you're done. If you need to do some color correction before you get to working on a look for your footage, you can do that also within FilmConvert, although I personally prefer to work in a dedicated grading program like SpeedGrade for this. But that's the beauty of it: You're completely free to do the correction and part of your look in SpeedGrade, then switch over to Premiere and take your look further with FilmConvert! For me this has proven to be a very valuable tool in my color workflow. It doesn't matter what you shoot with, be it C300 or GoPro or anything else, there's a good chance that FilmConvert has a profile for it. I use the plugin version for Premiere on a Mac (which has always worked flawlessly and never crashed so far).

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Manuel Imboden
Date: July 11, 2014

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