April 19, 2015
NAB 2015

Dfx v4 Includes 2000+ Effects & Filters That Simulate Tiffen's Award-Winning Look

Tiffen is known for their filters, so one might expect the bar to be set a little higher for their Dfx digital filters. While at their booth at NAB, we got the chance to take a closer look at what kinds of effects are included in Dfx v4, as well as all of the features included in the suite.

There are a lot of great features in Dfx, namely the fact that their 2000+ library simulates specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, and even Tiffen's physical glass filters. It's compatible with virtually all of the popular post-production software, like Adobe Premiere and After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Avid, Blackmagic Resolve, Nuke, and more. Version 4 of Dfx comes with a host of upgrades and add-ons, including GPU acceleration, Retina Display support, and a bunch of new plugins, like "grunge", "cartoon", and "Harris Shutter", which uses separate images for the red, green and blue channels.

Here's the promo video for Dfx v4:

Film/video plugins will cost you $500 and $1000; the main difference between them is how many, and which, post software it's compatible with. For instance, the $130 version works without a host, while the $1000 version works with Assimilate Scratch, Black Magic Resolve and The Foundry's Nuke.

Head on over to Tiffen to learn more.


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looks promising not sure if it worth the full price point though.

April 19, 2015 at 8:00AM

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really great to see the tradional hardware company are not only producing gears but also software.
http://www.shootinchina.com

April 19, 2015 at 8:48AM

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I won the set in a raffle recently, and have been using them a bit. They're beautiful, subtle, controllable. Some of them are a bit slow and require rendering, but the results are excellent.

April 19, 2015 at 12:36PM

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Dean Mermell
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I love how he's selling us the "doing it digitally" is the same as using their filters. I'd love to see how their digital ND filter works :)

Instead of spending $1K on the plugin, I'll just wait for the free Lumetri update to Premiere CC 2015. Seems faster and more powerful, if you ask me.

April 19, 2015 at 12:53PM

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DFX offers a lot more than just filter emulation and has 16bit per channel processing.

Forget the bad marketing, think of it more as a correction/match too plus tons of tools that work w/ awesome results. The terminology used is geared towards established processes, like 3-strip or deband(but actually works). Another neat trick is to put one of its filters on last and let it work its 16bit processing magic on results from the whole stack. While It does offer some characteristics and management of halation, it does not replace physical filters on lenses. That said, its Black Pro-Mist emulation ain't too shabby.

To think of it another way, DFX has tons of tools to help match shots taken from different cameras, with different lenses at different times of day.

DFX is also useful tool for emulating traditional film processes. I used it last year to rework some DSLR video from years ago and was amazed by the results I was able to get out of it by using DFX. (I'm actually using DFX on a segment i'm rendering right now as I write this).

DFX does offer stock emulation, but it isn't great in that department. I use FilmConvert for that or just a generic LUT loader.

April 19, 2015 at 7:40PM

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Daniel Reed
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Also, DFXv4 has been out since last year. They offered a 30% NAB discount that expired 2 days before this story posted.

April 19, 2015 at 7:41PM

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Daniel Reed
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I don't get it.

Do we really need another product for putting digital filter on footage?
I mean, I have done his for years in Colorista or Looks or any other Color Suite.

"Advantage is that the footage can be edited in post"... Oooooooooooh, really?!!

April 19, 2015 at 2:07PM, Edited April 19, 2:07PM

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JeffreyWalther
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SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

April 19, 2015 at 7:38PM

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What is this, 2005?

April 20, 2015 at 6:07AM, Edited April 20, 6:07AM

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Viktor Ragnemar
Director/Cinematographer
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Yes this is the gritty 2005 reboot.

April 20, 2015 at 9:47AM

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Mark Paterson
Filmmaker
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I'm not a huge fan of preset-style looks plugins. However, good job Tiffen for at least making these GPU accelerated (not sure if they all are). Only negative I have is, for any company that makes looks type plugins for PP, why do any color styling in an application that doesn't even support manipulation of color spaces? If you want to do coloring plugins, AE is a better target.

April 27, 2015 at 6:01PM

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David Sanchez
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