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
If you are used to working with professional monitoring equipment on set or in post, it’s more than likely that you’re familiar with the concept of false color for controlling exposure or for matching different shots. Tomasz Huczek from timeinpixels.com is nearly done with version 2 of his OpenFX plugin for you to benefit from false color within Davinci Resolve and other applications alike. What is false color? False color is a concept for examining exposure in a given shot, just like a zebra pattern only far more advanced. When activating false color mode on a certain monitor, the incoming video signal will be processed in a way that well-defined areas of brightness values are mapped to a specific color range. As you can see, the clouds are a bit overexposed in this example For example, everything above 90% brightness will be colored in red, skin tones (depending on your given scene maybe at around 70%) will be displayed in gray and so on. That way, you’ll get an oddly colored image, but you can spot overexposed parts in the blink of an eye while checking for correct skin tones at the same time. Depending on your workflow, looking at the given image is far easier rather than looking at scopes as you’re able to see both, your video feed and the exposure overlay at the same time and in the same window. OpenFX plugin The plugin, developed by Tomasz Huczek, brings this functionality to Davinci Resolve in the form of an OpenFX plugin which means it works in other programs like Scratch, Nuke, and Sony Vegas, too. The plugin can be extremely helpful in the process of matching shots in terms of consistent contrast and lighting ratios in an edited sequence. It’s available for both Windows and Macintosh platform and the best thing: For now, it’s free of charge. False color in DaVinci Resolve 12.5 The workflow for DaVinci Resolve would be this: select the false color OpenFX effect from the OpenFX tab in the upper right corner of your screen when working on the color tab. Drag it onto a node and you’ll see the effect immediately. Personally, I would use a dedicated node just after the first node which contains primary corrections. That way, you can match different shots and add more artistic secondary grades later on. Also, you can toggle the node which contains the false color plugin on and off to see the plain image when done with false color mode. You can adjust each value to your liking, so the plugin is very flexible, yet pretty simple to use. Still in beta One thing to remember is that the current version of the OpenFX plugin (ver. 2b1) is still in beta. That means certain features are still missing, such as presets. Presets can be very handy as they are designed to mimic false color modes of popular cameras and monitors such as the RED false color scheme or the smallHD scheme for example. That way you can use the color scheme you are used to the most. The first version of the plugin had this functionality, so it is more than likely to see it in version 2 as well. smallHD false color scheme with IRE values Tomasz told me that the final version is pretty close but since he is the only developer these things take time, for sure. If you like what this plugin can do for you and your workflow, please consider donating a small amount. Help me out to bring an even better plugin in the version 2.0. The list of the desired features is long and all the development requires a lot of time. By donating you allow me to spend more free time on this project and deliver the upgraded version to you sooner! Right now, Tom is working hard to release version 2.0 with support for presets and configurable ranges for 0 IRE, 100 IRE and range defined by user (or predefined for skin tones). Plans for the future Latest news is that Tom started working on a plugin version for Adobe Premiere and After Effects, so if everything is going according to plan, he will release the beta version for the Adobe software together with the official 2.0 Open FX version for Resolve, Nuke and Sony Vegas. Make sure to check out Tomasz’s site (timeinpixels.com) for downloading the plugin, as well as his photography portfolio. You can download the latest version of DaVinci Resolve here for free.Read more
For everyone who wondered how the guys behind this Vimeo Staff Pick pulled off this beautiful aerial shot, keep reading to find out! No, you haven’t missed the announcement of the latest “superdrone”. In fact, the maneuvering around such tight spaces was done with a very cheap, very shaky 250-size mini quadcopter like this one, a GoPro Hero 4 and, of course, a very good pilot. The secret, as they say, is in the sauce. In this case, the sauce is a new plugin for After Effects called ReelSteady. Here is the before shot: ReelSteady features a very streamlined design, with some very useful tools. Apart from stabilizing your video, the plugin can correct the jello effect from your camera’s rolling shutter, as well as removing the fish-eye distortion from wide-angle lenses. This will not only make your footage look nicer, it’ll also help ReelSteady work better. Another handy feature is the ability to refine a selected portion of the already stabilized footage through a second pass of correction. This allows for fast tweaking of any part of the clip that may not have come out looking smooth the first time around. The software is still in its beta stage, but the watermarked demo is available for free. One important thing to keep in mind is that—due to a known bug in CC 2015—the software will currently only work with CS6, CC, and CC 2014. A little bit of a workaround may be necessary if you’re running the latest version of AE. The website offers a few short tutorial videos on how to deal with common problems, such as artifacts and other known issues. They also demonstrate a couple of simple techniques to improve the performance of the plugin through masking and color correction. You can also see how it compares to the ubiquitous Warp Stabilizer. V1 of ReelSteady is available for pre-order for $399, with instant access to the beta version.Read more
Every now and then a deal comes along that has no catch. That’s the case for a new plugin for Final Cut (Pro) X called “Shrink Ray X” which will help you create the effect a tilt shift lens usually has on the image. This is especially useful when you’re either looking for that miniature feel effect or dealing with footage that has too much depth of field and you’d like to add some in post. The plugin is free for 1 week. It will cost $75 after that. No it’s not a trial, you can keep it after the week. Download and see more samples here: Shrink Ray website.Read more
German based company Pomfort today released the beta of their long named “free DSLRLog2Video FxPlug plug-in for Final Cut Pro”. The plug-in lets you preview footage recorded with the Technicolor CineStyle picturestyle in realtime without the manual handling of an LUT (LookUpTable). Download the plugin here. And see our article and explanation of the CIneStlye and LUTs here.Read more
Remember the Rolling Shutter plugin by British Software company The Foundry? I guess the name speaks for itself. Well apparently they have something new for DSLR people in the works. Their new stand alone application STORM has been a very useful on set tool for RED shooters since March. By mid 2011 this software will support all Canon HDSLR cameras and give us some handy features like timecode, organisation, tagging, basic grading, even editing and then edl (universal editing format to save stuff) to Final Cut etc… Very good on set workflow. Will they have Rolling Shutter implemented? I don’t know, but that would be cool. You can check out the 15 day free Trial on their website. The application costs $375Read more
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