Easily Color Match Different Camera Sources with CineMatch

With CineMatch from FilmConvert, you can match footage from different cinema, mirrorless, and DSLR cameras in a few simple steps. 

When it comes to color correction, one of the most tedious things is matching different camera sources in the grade. It's a challenge that's a part of not only low-budget projects but every type of production, as well. Cinematographers will mix ARRI with RED, Sony with Panasonic, film with digital.

The Last Jedi, from DP Steve Yedlin, famously shot half of its visuals on film and the other half digitally and was able to match the two formats seamlessly.

However, not every filmmaker is going to have access to the most talented colorists or film processing available.

That's where programs like CineMatch come in, a camera-matching plugin that's available for Premiere Pro and DaVinci Resolve, with a version for Final Cut Pro X coming soon. 

If the name sounds familiar, the software has been in development for the last four years, and we've tracked its progress dating back to 2017. Now, the full release of CineMatch is available. 

You can use Premiere's split view mode to match footage

CineMatch vs. FilmConvert Pro vs. Nitrate

FilmConvert is also behind FilmConvert Pro, a popular film emulation tool that allows you to apply different film stocks to your video and adjust them as you see fit. The plugin allowed you to easily match multiple cameras to favorite film stocks like Kodak 5207 or Fuji 8543. The drawback is that it works via sRGB processing, so any corrections are locked into the base grade. 

With the updated Nitrate, it added more flexibility in controlling the emulation as it switched to Cineon-Log and Log processing, which gives you more control over the shadows and highlights without losing detail. 

What makes CineMatch different is that it's a tool designed to match one camera to another at the sensor level. Similar to Nitrate and FilmConvert Pro, CineMatch has dedicated camera packs that convert your footage from a single Log or RAW picture profile to another. The camera packs are used so that the plugin knows the exact picture profile before applying the new color science. 

Let's say you're shooting SLog3 on one camera and C-Log on another. With CineMatch, you can use the Sony camera pack to match everything to SLog3. Or if you wanted to match Slog3 to ARRI Log C, you can do that too. 

Essentially, CineMatch allows you to match Log sources to Log targets. Cool, right? So if you have a favorite LUT that designed for a specific camera, you can use CineMatch to match the cameras and then apply the LUT to the timeline instead of correcting the footage manually.

It's going to be a huge time-saver. 

CineMatch false colors

CineMatch Features

CineMatch has camera packs available for many of the major camera manufacturers, including RED, Sony, Panasonic, Blackmagic Design, Canon, Nikon, and even DJI and GoPro.

To further correct the image, the plugin has tools to match and adjust clips as well as options to correct exposure, white balance, or mismatched lenses. There's also a false color view to let you identify areas that need to be adjusted as well as an HSL selector to modify individual colors. FilmConvert also told No Film School that CineMatch is more accurate than the Color Space Transform or ACES conversion in DaVinci Resolve.

What's cool about CineMatch is that you can still use it on a single-camera project. Say you're shooting Sony and prefer ARRI's colors. You can apply the ARRI Alexa camera pack to take advantage of its skin tone reproduction. Better yet, you can use CineMatch and Nitrate/FilmConvert Pro together.

Whether it's software that can match camera sources, or machine learning AI that can color grade, technology today is heading in the direction to make our jobs a little easier.

CineMatch is available now for Premiere Pro and Resolve for $259. The company also offers a free trial if you want to check it out first before committing.      

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They have been working on this for years. Glad to see it finally being released :)

November 20, 2020 at 5:38PM

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Logan Reynolds
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Thanks Logan! It's been a long journey, and it's taken a lot of effort and R&D to get to the finished product, but we think a lot of people will be surprised at just how good the results are

November 22, 2020 at 8:12PM

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John Parker
Senior Marketing Manager
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Can this be used to match the color shifts from different lenses on the same camera possibly?

November 21, 2020 at 10:52AM

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Mick Gracon
Creative Director
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Yes, we've got dedicated tools in the plugin to help correct for those shifts

November 22, 2020 at 1:08PM

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John Parker
Senior Marketing Manager
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A plugin that costs more than the NLE that it plugs into? Are they serious. Shoot a Spyder checker or X-rite card and use it in post.

November 22, 2020 at 1:29AM

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Jerry Roe
Indie filmmaker
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Charts are great, but if you don't own one, or don't have time to shoot one for every setup (say you're shooting a live event like a wedding), CineMatch can still help match those cameras quickly and easily

November 22, 2020 at 3:13PM

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John Parker
Senior Marketing Manager
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What color is the brides wedding gown?

November 23, 2020 at 2:47AM

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Jerry Roe
Indie filmmaker
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First off, it does not cost more – 259$ for a perpetual licence is cheaper than Resolve and FCP (300$ each) and quickly cheaper than an Adobe subscription.

Secondly, a lot of professional (meaning reliable and accurate, nothing more) plug-ins cost the same or more than the NLE's in which you use them – that is simply a result of the economics of scale: Bespoke, niche plug-ins which only a fraction of editors will use will still require teams of programmers to work for years, while an NLE has millions of users. If iPhones were made for a small professional user base, they would cost tens of thousands of dollars – not because of unfair mark-up, but because would be the only way to recoup the development cost.

For instance:

Izotope RX8 Suite: 1199$
Sync-N-Link: 495$
Neat Video OFX: 249$ (cheaper than it used to be)
etc.

November 23, 2020 at 8:58AM

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I am curious to see how it works, but no canon? Seriously?

November 23, 2020 at 11:31AM, Edited November 23, 11:34AM

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Paolo Mugnaini
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