Our favourite film stock emulator FilmConvert has released a profile for the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K camera, the popular new offering from Blackmagic Design (which we will feature in our lab tests very soon!). Surprisingly, FilmConvert states that this was the “most requested camera profile of all time”. This has certainly partly to do with the fact that Blackmagic generally takes a while until they actually ship cameras that they announced. In case you hadn’t heard of it, in a nutshell FilmConvert is both a standalone software and extension app for NLE systems like Premiere Pro, Final Cut and Sony Vegas that offers realistic film stock emulation. You start with a base camera profile, tell the software what camera you are using and pair this with a film stock of your aesthetic choice. Grading can then be applied to tweak your desired look. It’s support for the initial process enables you to accurately apply film stock looks to the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K. Download here. cinema5D readers can benefit from the price reduction as seen below:Read more
FilmConvert is a color grading software / plugin that transforms your digital footage into an accurate organic film equivalent by using subtle shifts in color and contrast, balanced according to the specific camera used. Today FilmConvert have announced their Cinematography Competition that lets you submit your existing films and win up to $2000 in cash. At cinema5D we really enjoy working with FilmConvert. That’s why we are happy to support and work together with the friendly team of the New Zealand based company behind the app. They’re constantly working on improving the software and adding more supported cameras. All you have to do to participate in this competition is to submit the Vimeo or YouTube URL of your existing film HERE and you’re ready to win either a complete filmconvert bundle if you end up among the top 10, or cash prizes of $2000, $1000 and $500 for the first three winners. A few things you should know before entering: For your videos you can use either the full version or trial version. You have to include the word “FilmConvert” in the video description. You can also submit films you made a while ago. You can enter more than one video. Submissions close October 14th 2014. Video length should be between 30 seconds and 5 minutes. You need to own all rights to your footage. Submitted material must not contain obscene, unlawful or objectionable material. Complete Competition guidelines HERE. Check out last years winners of the FilmConvert Cinematography Competition 2013. To submit your video go to: www.filmconvert.com/competition_2014/Read more
We’ve seen many grading apps and plugins made to take our footage that extra step towards the film look many of us are so keen to achieve: To make our films look cinematic, organic and nice. But none of them is quite as easy to use and gives you as spot on beautiful results as FilmConvert. Does it work? Yes it does. I’ve been using FilmConvert for the past several weeks now and I’m very pleased with everything it has done. On any other software doing a quick film grade takes time and I have to smear up my footage with numerous looks, most of them being way to exaggerated. FilmConvert applies just the subtle changes needed to get digital footage where film would be. The people from FilmConvert measured the exact differences from certain cameras to certain analogue film stocks. The software detects which camera your footage was shot with and alters it accordingly. The result is always right and each of the included 8 (light version) or 19 (pro version) stocks looks very nice. There’s also an exposure and colour temperature tab to do primary corrections and a 3-way colour correction and levels tab to do some rough grading. FilmConvert has become an essential asset for colour correction workflow. From now on every digital material will go through FilmConvert in one way or another.Read more
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