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v5.2.1 FilmLight Baselight Editions

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FilmLight Baselight Editions
   
FilmLight Baselight Editions

Premier colour correction directly within your workflow

Not all facilities require the power and functionality of a full Baselight system, however, most people strive to create the highest quality images using the best tools for the job. Baselight Editions provide the same core toolset as the full Baselight systems, with the same graphical user interface but as a software-only package which can be incorporated into an existing NLE or VFX workstation. This approach delivers FilmLight’s high-quality grading tools and Truelight color management directly into your workstation, and as the Editions share the same data structures as the full Baselight systems, projects can be seamlessly transferred and shared between users and facilities.


Highlights

If you purchased Baselight Editions on or after 01 January 2018, you are eligible for a free upgrade. If you purchased Baselight Editions prior to this date, you are eligible for the upgrade price.

In both cases, click the Upgrade to v5 button and enter your serial number to verify that you are eligible for the upgrade.

Not all facilities require the power and functionality of a full Baselight system, however, most people strive to create the highest quality images using the best tools for the job.

Baselight Editions provide the same core toolset as the full Baselight systems, with the same graphical user interface but as a software-only package which can be incorporated into an existing NLE or VFX workstation. This approach delivers FilmLight’s high-quality grading tools and Truelight color management directly into your workstation, and as the Editions share the same data structures as the full Baselight systems, projects can be seamlessly transferred and shared between users and facilities.

Baselight Editions allow you to view – or to render – grades passed between departments – completely free. It’s the perfect solution for collaboration with colleagues or facilities that don’t have Baselight, or that don’t need complete creative control of the look.

If you find that you need to edit grades you can easily switch to a full license, which can be purchased directly from the software or from the web store.

The first products to be released in the Baselight Editions range are:

  • Baselight for Avid (see Details tab for more info)
  • Baselight for NUKE (see Details tab for more info)

Powered By V5

V5 brings a new level in color and creativity – from the very start of a production right to the very end. The innovative Baselight v5 color tools have been extended across the entire FilmLight product range – from Baselight to Baselight Editions, Daylight and Prelight ON-SET.

This means you can access the Base Grade – a new primary grading operator for modern color workflows and HDR – as well as other tools such as Gamut Compression, Boost Contrast and Texture Equaliser. You also get the improved Layer View for easy stack visualization and selection. Note that the VFX capabilities of v5, such as Paint and Grid Warp, are not available in Baselight Editions.


Flexible Licences for Freelancers

We’ve created new licensing options especially for freelancers, so you can easily move a license to a new system when a job finishes. When you activate Baselight for Avid, you’ll have the chance to choose a duration. The smallest duration is one day and there is no limit to the number of times that the license can be activated.

One Licence, Multiple Editions

If you want access to the power of Baselight within a host of different applications, there is no need to buy multiple licenses.

So long as the applications are installed on the same system, purchase one license in the Baselight Editions range and you get access to both NUKE and Avid Editions on that machine.


Features

Unlimited Layers of Colour
Baselight can be applied to any or all clips in your timeline allowing you to add multiple grading layers to each shot. There is no limit to the number of layers you can ‘stack’ allowing you to build up complex corrections to obtain the exact look you require.

Familiar, Intuitive Controls
Baselight Editions operates in its own window and provides a user interface with exactly the same look and feel as full Baselight systems. If you’re not already familiar with Baselight, you’ll find the intuitive and friendly interface quick to learn and a pleasure to work with.

Baselight Editions also supports the Slate control panel, along with the Avid Artist Color and the Tangent Element and Wave panels, for more precise, hands-on control.

Unrivaled Colour Management
Truelight Colour Spaces allow color space conversions to be performed with the speed, accuracy, and dynamic range permitted by native floating-point GPU functionality. They have a powerful function set that allows complex transforms formerly only possible with 3D LUT mechanisms.

You can find out more about Truelight Colour Spaces and how they support an ACES workflow on our Colour Management page, in our Feature Tutorial, or read our Workflow Guide.

Instant grade recall with Scratchpad
The Scratchpad is designed for fast and simple saving and retrieval of looks (or grade stacks). Grab versions of stacks, cycle through Scratchpad slots, compare two versions or show all versions for a quick, at-a-glance view of the Scratchpad contents.

Baselight for Avid

Now available for Windows and Mac.

Baselight Editions extends the capabilities of a high-end color grading system directly onto the Avid timeline in a powerful, flexible, and tightly integrated workflow. This AVX plugin features unlimited layers of colors, grading inside and outside mattes, variable feathering, point tracking and area tracking — all live and fluidly interactive on the Avid timeline, minimizing and even eliminating the need to go back into the color suite with last-minute changes.

If you’re not already familiar with Baselight, you’ll find the intuitive and friendly interface quick to learn and a pleasure to work with. Take a look at the Baselight Editions Overview for a description of the features common to all products in the Baselight Editions range.

Renderless Workflows for Ultimate Efficiency & Flexibility

Everything you do within Baselight for Avid – or a full Baselight system – is saved within the project and can be embedded in an AAF file and/or saved to the FilmLight BLG file format. The grade can be exported from a full Baselight suite and imported into Avid so you can apply a full, complex grade in a matter of seconds – without rendering. It includes all grading layers, tracking information and even keyframes so no manual adjustment is needed.

And the workflow is fully bidirectional – if the grade is changed in Avid it can be exchanged with a Baselight system or even another Avid suite just as easily, with all edits intact and without needing to conform.

Baselight for Avid allows you to view – or to render – grades passed between departments via BLG data encoded in AAF files – without purchase. It’s perfect for a collaboration with colleagues or facilities that don’t have Baselight, or that don’t need complete creative control of the look.

The full license for Baselight for Avid allows you to modify the grade if you need to – with the power of the Baselight core toolset and without leaving Avid.

Baselight Grade File (BLG) support

The BLG file is a small and portable data file that enables looks to be exchanged in a streamlined workflow with all FilmLight systems including Baselight, Daylight and Prelight. When we use the term ‘look’, we’re not just talking about a LUT or a restricted grade – the look within the BLG is the full creative intent with all the individual grading layers.

Rendering support for Baselight features

While the Baselight for Avid effect doesn’t need to be rendered for playback and review, the plugin provides advanced rendering support for 99% of Baselight features— allowing final delivery of jobs (which may have been graded via a grade exchange with a full Baselight system) directly from your Avid suite.

The beauty of rendering from Avid means that the Avid project is also updated with links to the rendered shots automatically.

Link to Full Baselight Grades with the Baselight Lens

The Baselight Lens can change the way you work – for the better. With less time and increased creative demands, it’s easy for the grading process to feel squeezed. But the Baselight Lens gives you back that time without compromising results.

The Lens sits in an Avid effect layer above the sequence; just point it at a directory of BLG files and Baselight for Avid will apply the right grade to each clip automatically. Not only that, but you can adjust the look in Avid and save it back to the grade directory so that all edit stations – and the color suite – are working from the latest version all the time.

The Lens works in real-time – scrub or play through the sequence and Baselight for Avid will follow the cursor to apply the latest grade at every point based solely on metadata.

To find out more about renderless workflows with Baselight for Avid – either via AAF or using BLG files and the Baselight Lens – watch this video.

Real-time Client Monitoring
The input cache, introduced in v5, means that client monitoring is significantly faster so that even when the Baselight user interface is open above the Avid sequence, Baselight for Avid provides client monitoring in real-time.

Temporal Operations
To help you to get the most out of your images, Baselight for Avid now supports temporal operations like Denoise to remove random image noise and Deflicker, which extracts even the most complex or irregular inter-frame flicker.

Streamlined Access to Shots and Metadata
Baselight for Avid provides play controls and a mini timeline called the Shot Bar. This gives you a visualization of all the Baselight effects within the current Avid track, which you can click and drag to quickly move to other shots – without closing the Baselight for Avid window.

This panel also gives you quick access to view and change the copy/paste apply options and the navigation filter. Plus the Metadata View shows all the obtainable metadata for the current frame for fast review.

Subdivide and Conquer
Grading is faster with Baselight for Avid’s subdivide options.

This feature is useful if you want to use a single Baselight effect to apply an overall grade to a series of shots quickly and then, when you are happy with the basic grade, subdivide it so that it can be adjusted for individual clips.

Automated Tracking
Baselight’s automatic tracking system provides several options to track objects through a shot: one-point, two-point, or the area tracker. The incredibly accurate and fast area-based tracker allows you to define an area in the image (rather than individual points) and Baselight will track the translation, rotation, and scale of the object precisely. With the release of v5, the area tracker is perspective-capable too.


Baselight for NUKE

Now available for Windows, Linux and Mac.

Bring the powerful Baselight grading toolset directly into the VFX pipeline.

 

Baselight for NUKE enables you to add high quality, complex color correction to your shots quickly using a comprehensive set of the powerful grading tools and other features available on full Baselight systems.

Baselight for NUKE shares the same grading functionality as all other products in the Baselight Editions range – check out the Baselight Editions overview for more information about common features.

Maximum Flexibility, Maximum Efficiency

When you’re reviewing VFX dailies with your clients or your team, you don’t have to wait to get graded shots back from the color suite or waste time applying a ‘simple’ grade that doesn’t accurately preview the final look. Baselight for NUKE gives you real-world, complex grades right within NUKE, including spatial operations such as shapes, Denoise and Add Grain, and keyframes for grades that change over time.

By seeing the full grade in context, you can spend time optimizing the important factors for a shot and ignore those elements that the final grade would make unnecessary.

This simple, effective workflow is based around the Baselight Grade file (BLG).

Rendering support for Baselight features

Baselight Editions provide a comprehensive subset of features enabling complex looks to be achieved within your VFX suite. However, advanced rendering support for almost all Baselight features is provided within Baselight for NUKE—allowing final delivery of jobs (which may have been graded in a full Baselight system) directly from NUKE

The interchange between Baselight for NUKE and a full Baselight system

Baselight Grade File (BLG) support

Baselight for NUKE, like all the other products in the Baselight range, supports the FilmLight BLG file format. The BLG is a multi-track OpenEXR file that you can use to create, transfer and review looks. When we use the term ‘look’, we’re not just talking about a LUT or a restricted grade—the look within the BLG is the full creative intent.

The small and portable BLG data file enables looks to be exchanged with all Baselight systems including Daylight and Prelight. The workflow is completely bi-directional so grades can be created externally and brought into Baselight for NUKE or taken from NUKE back to the color suite.

And as the BLG grade can be quickly imported or exported directly from the properties panel of the Baselight node, there is no requirement to access the rich grading user interface unless you have a specific need to do so.

filmlight baselight editions nuke interchange

To run Baselight for Avid, you must be using:

  • Media Composer/Symphony 18.0
  • macOS 10.12 onwards, or Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 10

If you are using Baselight Editions with a floating license server, you must also have one of the following:

  • Mac server running macOS 10.9 or later, or
  • Linux server running RHEL/CentOS 5 or later

To use Baselight for NUKE, you must be using:

  • NUKE 11.0 onwards (including 11.0, 11.1, 11.2 and 11.3)
  • macOS 10.12 onwards, Linux CentOS/RHEL 5 or CentOS/RHEL 6, or Windows 7 or Windows 10

If you are using Baselight for NUKE with floating licenses, you must also have one of the following to act as the license server:

  • Mac server running macOS 10.9 or later, or
  • Linux server running RHEL/CentOS 5 or later

Baselight system requirements

Baselight for Nuke 5.2.11949 and Avid 5.2.11917

This update came out on 2019-06-25.

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