New to us, the Danish software company Irudis has launched a photo style colour correction plugin for FCPX, Final Cut Pro 7, Motion and Final Cut Express.
Another day, another colour corrector for Final Cut Pro, well it has seemed a bit like that over the last month or two. We will still take a look at Tonalizer from Irudis which has been released this week, it's slightly different from your average 'grades' package.
What makes the $179 Tonalizer plugin special? The product is being sold as the first plugin that enables photographic style grading for video.
"Tonalizer|VFXTM is created to meet the demands of videographers and post-production pros. The result is a powerful and intuitive plug-in tailored to correct video footage for inescapable shortcomings due to adverse capture conditions such as poor exposure, lack of contrast, blocked shadows and highlights, improper white balance etc."
“Our vision is to create a new category of video editing products whose solid foundation is built on our advanced photographic software expertise,” explains Kenneth T. Laerke, CEO of Irudis. “We consider our primary audience to be post-production pros although we anticipate that our solutions will be of serious interest to photographers embracing video”.
Our initial impression is that it contains one feature that many editors have been asking for in FCPX, noise reduction.
Reading through the website, the plugin is actually smarter than just a levels balance and contrast control. Adjustments are performed not only on a frame by frame basis but also across frames too, taking the dynamics of the footage into consideration.
Skin tones can be protected, edges can be protected so they don't over sharpen and aliasing can be controlled. Quite a lot going on under the hood, or should that be under the inspector? Sophisticated as it might be, the price will be seen as a stumbling block, FCPX users seem to baulk at plugins priced over $100 these days. Please checkout Tonalizer on the Irudis website, they have lots more detail on features, a getting started guide and many color correction examples.
We always welcome new products to the FCP ecosystem and we would be very interested to find out if anybody has tested Tonalizer out in a real world situation.