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Terry Crist
FCPX-Resolve-Filmconvert Workflow?
on Apr 26, 2013 at 3:41:01 pm

So I've been using (and loving) the new FilmConvert plugin for FCPX. however, I'm wondering if anyone has figured out a god way to integrate it into a FCPX-Resolve workflow. Since Filmconvert manipulates color/gamma based on what camera/profile your footage was shot in, it realy needs to be applied before you grade. However, if I apply it in FCPX while cutting, the XML to Resolve will not carry the Filmconvert plugin through to Resolve. About the only solution I can think of is to cut my footage in FCPX, apply Filmconvert, then render a master file to import to Resolve using scene detect. This is quite a pain however, especially if I want to add transitions or compositing.

The other idea is to use do a grade pass in the freestanding FilmConvert app first and then import to FCPX. However, I usually don't transcode my DSLR footage anymore (to save drive space), since FCPX natively handles H.264 now. Also, I lose my freedom to change the film stock for different clips, since I usually do a rough cut before deciding on my look.

Any ideas?

Thanks


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Joseph Owens
Re: FCPX-Resolve-Filmconvert Workflow?
on Apr 26, 2013 at 4:22:48 pm

Wait for Resolve Ten, and then you will be able to turn it up to eleven in the grade...

(Supported plugins)

jPo

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Robert Houllahan
Re: FCPX-Resolve-Filmconvert Workflow?
on Apr 26, 2013 at 5:26:27 pm

Filmconvert seems like a waste of $300 IMO, what is it but a lut based on an arbitrary grade of what they think certain film stocks should look like and some fake grain? I am less than impressed by their website examples, meh.

Another example of "one button" color to me.

-Rob-

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nigel stanford
Re: FCPX-Resolve-Filmconvert Workflow?
on Apr 26, 2013 at 8:57:09 pm

It's not an arbitrary grade, it is LUTs from certain sensors to certain film stocks.

What's the point in commenting on something you've obviously never used?

Nigel Stanford
Rubber Monkey Software


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Dan Moran
Re: FCPX-Resolve-Filmconvert Workflow?
on Apr 28, 2013 at 11:50:16 am

Just grade your footage to look like the stock. It's not that hard!

I am not impressed with grading LUTs at all. You are limiting your creative control of the footage by using them.

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Dan Moran
Re: FCPX-Resolve-Filmconvert Workflow?
on Apr 28, 2013 at 12:34:33 pm

Just to correct on what I said earlier. I think you guys have the best pricing out there. My personal hate is people that charge hundreds of dollars for one "emulation" lut I didn't realise you get quite a bit with your package. Looks good!

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Dan Moran
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Smoke & Mirrors: London
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nigel stanford
Re: FCPX-Resolve-Filmconvert Workflow?
on Apr 26, 2013 at 8:53:46 pm

Hey Terry,

As Joseph mentioned, the next version of Resolve will support OFX, and we will be creating a plugin for it :)

I think it's coming in August. That's not much help for now, if I were you I'd batch process your footage with a stock into another folder, and connect resolve to those shots.

Nigel Stanford
Rubber Monkey Software


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Terry Crist
Re: FCPX-Resolve-Filmconvert Workflow?
on Apr 26, 2013 at 9:15:18 pm

That is great news, thanks!

And to each his own, but I'm a fan. I much prefer the filmconvert looks to more standard LUTs that I have tried, and really appreciate that it works with my low-end setup (Canon 60D + Technicolor Cinestyle). More than anything else I've tried, this really makes my footage feel less like video and more like film (not an aesthetic that everyone wants or needs, but I like it)

It would be cool to see some vintage film stocks in the future besides the included Poloroid one too...


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