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When we reported on Film Stocks from Digital Film Tools back in January, we mentioned no support for FCPX. That's been fixed with this new update.

Actually there have been two recent updates to Film Stocks. Version 1.0.1 brought FCPX compatibility and Version 1.0.2 brought Film Stocks parameters to the Apple Final Cut Pro X user interface and Motion 5 compatibility. We would have posted this news last week, but as you might have read, their website was down. It's now back up.

The price is still a rather large $195 for FCP7/FCPX users and we also haven't managed to track down a demo movie to embed. As we mentioned in the previous article there are a lot of film style look packages out there, but if you need a specific film emulsion type emulation then Film Stocks will supply exactly that.

“Expanding the functionality of Film Stocks to now include support for Apple Final Cut Pro X was a clear decision for us,” comments Marco Paolini, founder and president, Digital Film Tools.·“We want our plug-ins to contribute to the creative process for all types of visual effects artists – from filmmakers and video editors to photographers and graphic designers. The ability to enhance film or video footage in Apple Final Cut Pro X with Film Stocks’ unique film stock emulations will bring an added dimension to any project.”

Here's some more information from the original article:

The guys have actually done quite a bit of research in building Film Stocks which emulates 288 different colour, black and white photographic film stocks, motion picture film stocks, and historical photographic processes.

"The new Film Stocks plug-in draws on our experience creating visual effects for hundreds of feature films and our expertise with film scanning and recording techniques. We have laboriously researched and analyzed different film stocks to come up with a set of interesting analog photographic, motion picture and vintage looks that will serve any project requiring that special analog film stock simulation," comments Marco Paolini, founder and president, Digital Film Tools.

The plugin does seem to support nearly every other host going though including Adobe After Effects CS5 and up, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and up, Apple Final Cut Pro 6 and 7, Avid Symphony™, Media Composer®, Newscutter® and Xpress Pro®. The video version of the plugin sells for $195.·

The stills version sells for $95 and supports Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture.

So what makes the plugin different from the other looks packages? It seems like they have assembled a fairly long list of effects based on classic photographic brands and processes. We spotted Ektachrome and Kodachrome hiding in the settings. The filter isn't just a bunch of presets either, the plugin has its own flexible and well featured custom GUI. More information can be found in the down loadable User Guide.


Here are the specifications.

• 288 analog photographic film presets
• Select from Agfa®, Fuji®, Ilford®, Kodak®, Polaroid® and Rollei® color and black and white film stocks
• Choose from a wide range of historical photographic processes
• Get the skewed color look of cross processing
• Apply Lo-Fi photographic looks from Lomo and Holga toy cameras
• Age your images with the look of faded films
• Create your own film stock presets
• Layering system for multiple film stock application *
• Sophisticated but easy to use masking tools *
• Add a vignette to any preset
• Modify images with presets or sliders
• Quickly search for presets
• 8/16 bit image processing
• Multi-processor acceleration
* Photo plug-in versions

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