(NAB 2011--April 11, 2011) At NAB 2011, FilmLight is previewing a new Baselight colour grading plugin for Apple® Final Cut Pro®. The plugin is aimed primarily at smaller editorial and post-production facilities, and indie filmmakers, providing them with sophisticated colour grading functionality from the industry’s leading system.
FilmLight will be previewing Final Cut Pro and all their latest developments on Stand SL7920. It will also be hosting in-depth demos of the new developments in the Paramount Room at The Renaissance Hotel.
Baselight for Final Cut Pro is not merely a port that uses the Final Cut Pro interface. Rather, it provides editors with access to Baselight functionality directly within the application. Editors can grade projects and then either render within the host application, or export the grade as an XML list—with all metadata preserved—to a full Baselight system for final adjustments and rendering. Similarly, grades prepared in a Baselight suite can be exported seamlessly to Final Cut Pro for conform and final editing.
Baselight for Final Cut Pro provides additional cost savings in that it is compatible with Avid MC Control and MC Transport panels. It does not require FilmLight’s Blackboard control surface.
“Baselight for Final Cut Pro provides smaller facilities with an inexpensive way to expand or upgrade their service offering with a brand that has become synonymous with high-quality colour grading,” said FilmLight co-founder Wolfgang Lempp.
Lempp added that Baselight for Final Cut Pro can also serve as a low-cost prep station for larger facilities with full Baselight systems. In such cases, it will be a huge improvement over current methods that rely on colour decision lists (CDLs ) to exchange grade data between editorial and grading suites. The system can also serve as a training tool for colourists and assistants.
The plug-in marks the start of an initiative designed to make Baselight’s advanced functionality directly available within third party applications. In future, the technology behind Baselight for Final Cut Pro could be applied to other editing systems, as well as to visual effects and compositing systems.
FilmLight expects to release Baselight for Final Cut Pro this fall. Pricing has not been set but will be less than $1,000.
FilmLight develops film scanning, colour grading and colour management systems that are transforming film and video post-production and setting new standards for quality, reliability and performance. The company’s products are in use every day by leading post-production facilities around the globe as essential components in their digital intermediate, commercials and video production pipelines. Fuelled by some of the industry’s brightest minds, FilmLight is committed to delivering innovative tools that allow creative professionals to work at the forefront of the digital media revolution. Founded in 2001, FilmLight is headquartered in London, where its research, design and manufacturing operations are centred. Sales and support are conducted through regional service centres located in London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Sydney, Auckland and Singapore, and through qualified partners worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.filmlight.ltd.uk