April 10, 2017

FilmConvert Lumix GH5 Profile Hits the Market as First Cameras Delivered

A GH5 profile for the popular film emulation plugin FilmConvert is already available.

Just as the first highly anticipated Panasonic Lumix GH5 cameras are being delivered, FilmConvert is already making a profile for the camera available. The release contains profile settings for all the picture profiles currently on the camera, including the optional V-Log L.

FilmConvert has also committed to updating the profile when the announced firmware upgrades (Hybrid-Log Gamma for 4K HDR, 6K anamorphic video, 400Mbps 4K, 10-bit ALL-Intra and more) by Panasonic happen this summer. The folks at FilmConvert received early delivery of the GH5, and after working with it for a week, say that they are "blown away by the quality and performance of the 10-bit 4:2:2 internal UHD 4K footage…."

The profile has only been on the market for a couple of days, but promising GH5 V-Log L footage graded with it has already started to appear online:

FilmConvert has created profiles for over 50 cameras to date.  These allow users to easily apply high-quality film looks to their footage by matching their in-camera profiles to 19 different film stock emulations in post-production. The emulations are customized to the individual characteristics of each camera's profiles and can be further tweaked manually within the software. This is especially useful for filmmakers who either don't have the time to do a full color correction or lack the technical skills to achieve professional results.

Current FilmConvert Camera ProfilesCredit: Courtesy of FilmConvert

It can also be a useful tool to roughly match footage shot by different cameras. Each profile is customized by camera, so after a film look is applied to footage from different cameras, the footage should be in a decent starting place for matching.  Of course, your success with this will vary due to lighting, exposure and lens inconsistencies in the original footage.

FilmConvert is available as a plug-in for all major NLEs and also as a standalone application.  In addition to creating film looks, users are able to do color correction, apply film grain to footage and export 3D LUTS to use for on-set monitoring.

Are you currently using FilmConvert on your footage? Please let us know about your experience in the comments.      

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FilmConvert and all those "ready-to-use-LUTs" make footage look all the same.

I am so happy to have a digital colorist who has beautiful skills on color correction and color grading.

April 10, 2017 at 11:57AM

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JeffreyWalther
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Jeffrey, FIlmConvert is not directed at you, horses for courses. There are, however, plenty of people out there who do things on thin budgets or don't have access to a really good colorist that want to get things into a decent starting place.

I have on occasion, used products like FilmConvert or Colorista on professional colorist jobs in the past, including a film that screened at Tribeca. They can be handy for low-budget short films where the timeline is really a mess. I've been able to help people with projects that I like that way, where I might not have been able to do the work with a traditional workflow because it would be too time-consuming. Not how I would typically work, but if it gets the job done and you can help a worthy project, why not?

April 10, 2017 at 12:41PM

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Craig Mieritz
Color, Light and Camera Geek