FilmLight stands apart as a dedicated high end color grading tool, but it still has adapted to integrated workflows and that means also working from inside products like Nuke and AVID. FilmLight has produced a suite of plugins for popular third-party products called Baselight Editions.
Baselight for AVID
An example is the Baselight plugin for Avid. Flimlight will be showing a new expanded version of this plugin at IBC2017 in September, in Amsterdam.
The Baselight for Avid plugin using FilmLight’s render-free, metadata-driven workflows, allows editors to always see the latest grade, and they can make their own adjustments to it without leaving the Avid environment.
The new release brings even greater efficiencies. A new visual timeline allows the user to see and move easily between shots. Combined with the new relational navigation tool, which allows users to narrow down material very quickly and move between shots with the same clip or tape name, navigation is both seamless and simple.The Baselight workspaces tool is also available in Baselight for Avid 5.0, allowing users to customise their screen and arrange panels within the Baselight UI according to their individual needs and preferences.Beyond navigation and layout, the addition of relational grading replicates Baselight’s powerful multi-shot grade application, by allowing grades to be copied and imposed on shots defined by the same category, such as clip name, bin name, camera and so on.The latest version also brings the new grading tools introduced in Baselight 5.0 into the Avid workspace. This includes the Base Grade concept from FilmLight, which gives the artist access to a set of controls that accurately mimic the way the eye appreciates colour, rather than the traditional lift/gamma/gain approach. Also included is the texture equaliser, which can be used for skintone fixes: giving the editor the ability to clean up skin issues without handing the shot off to a colourist. Other new functionality includes perspective tracking for grading windows, gamut tools for moving between colour spaces, and denoise.
The raw images are retained throughout, with the grade captured in metadata in the FilmLight BLG format. Any device, from Prelight ON-SET or the Daylight dailies tool through Baselight for Avid to the full colourist suite, will interpret the BLG metadata and impose the latest version of the grade in real time.