Get Your Canon T2i/T3i, GH3, Nikon D800, & More Looking Like Film with FilmConvert's Newest Update
During the NAB 2013 show, FilmConvert, the film emulation color grading program/plugin that actually maps color profiles to specific film stocks, was updated with support for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, GoPro HERO3, Canon 7D, and 60D, as well as newer profiles for the Canon 5D Mark II and Mark III. Now, in the newest update, they've added the Panasonic GH3, Nikon D800 and D7000, in addition to the Canon T2i/T3i. Read on for more about the update, including a new ability to apply film color and contrast separately.
This is the current layout and options for grading (click for larger):
Here is a bit about the newest release:
With support for Nikon cameras for the very first time, this update includes direct profiles for Nikon's D800 and D7000 DSLR cameras. Not content to stop there, this update also includes all new profiles for the Panasonic GH3, as well as the Canon 550D/Rebel T2i and 600D/Rebel T3i digital SLR cameras.
This release also introduces a new, user-requested feature to FilmConvert that gives filmmakers the ability to independently choose both the amount of film colour, and the film contrast shift that is applied in the film emulation.
This release also updates the C300 CanonLog profile with a revised exposure target. "We received quite a lot of feedback telling us that many filmmakers are exposing quite high up on the CanonLog curve," says Lones. "So we've taken this opportunity to revise our exposure aims on this profile accordingly, in the hope that folks will find it a better fit to the way they're actually working."
One of the early criticisms was that there wasn't much support for other camera profiles that people might be using with their cameras, and this has been rectified ten-fold. Each camera has a number of different profiles, including neutral and standard, and where applicable, they also have support for Flaat, Technicolor, Prolost, and Marvel profiles.
Now, some of the purists out there might say, "Why not just shoot film?" First of all, shooting film is far more expensive than just shooting some clips with your DSLR. Secondly, at least for me, this is a great way to get your footage 70-90% of the way to your final look very quickly. There is a ton of control over the image within the software, and you can really apply as little or as much of the look as you want to any clip.
Philip Bloom recently regraded one of his earlier films with FilmConvert, and even though the FS100 isn't technically supported yet, he still got great results (be sure to download from Vimeo for best quality):
If you haven't used it before, they have free trials available, and the software comes in a full standalone version, or as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas, Final Cut X and Final Cut Pro 7. Each one on its own is $200, but you can also get a bundle including everything for $300. All of these firmware updates are completely free, so if you already own the software, head on over to their site and download the newest versions.
Link: Downloads -- FilmConvert
Disclosure: FilmConvert is a No Film School advertiser.