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Exploring the new DxO FilmPack 4

DxO FilmPack 4 Review

This week at CC HQ we had the pleasure of welcoming Hector Martinez from DxO Image Science. He was here to overview the new features of DxO FilmPack 4, which you can now get as a free upgrade from FilmPack 3 if you purchase/(d) from March 1st 2013.

The overall concept is the same: emulating the features and characteristics of traditional film to your digital images. You also get the same ‘essentials’ and ‘expert’ versions of the software as in FilmPack 3.

Rediscover the magic of analog film

courtesy of www.DxO.com

courtesy of www.DxO.com

Give your digital photos all the quality and emotion of Fine Art photography, perfectly reproducing the quality, style, colour and grain of the most famous analog films over the years.

The black and white film renderings are arguably the flagship feature of FilmPack 4 (and perhaps the closest match to the excellent Silver Efex Pro we’ve seen since the departure of Nik Software).

FilmPack reproduces numerous black and white films such as Kodak, Tri-X, Fuji, Neopan and Polaroid. Depending on what style of black and white rendering you like, you can select a film effect based on contrast, grain or grey nuances. There are 26 black and white film styles at your disposal, each customisable to suit your creativity.

So what’s new in FilmPack 4?

  1. Textures – A large variety of textures, scratches, grains, spots and ‘paper’ effects are available for that classic ‘vintage’ look 
  2. Light Leaks – Simulate light leaks caused by accidental exposure of film to direct light, causing areas of overexposure or saturation
  3. Frames – Make your image stand out. White, black, mat, darkroom, slide, snapshot, glass, old-style, paper frames are all available to draw attention to your images.
  4. Blur Vignetting – Apply blurred effects to draw attention or focus down on specific areas of your image, simulating the loss of depth of field
  5. Snapshots – (Expert Edition) A Snapshot features allows you to take a /snapshot’ of your images during the course of processing, allowing you to revisit corrections applied later on or for side-by-side comparisons
  6. Favourite Presets – Find and save your favourite or most-used presets and styles for easy application to other digital images
  7. Printing – You can now print directly from the application using the icon
  8. Redesigned Interface – The whole interface had been redesigned to make it easy to explore and apply the styles and settings you want

So what are you waiting for? Get editing now!

The DxO Academy is also worth a mention for those wanting extra videos, images and webinar tutorials, for the entire DxO range. Well worth a look if you want some extra help or guidance for the new products.

If you’d like to watch a full-featured webinar about FilmPack , check the below video:

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Phase One Capture One Pro 7 is here…

Capture One Pro 7 from Phase One – the professional choise for imaging software is now here.

Capture One Pro 7 is one of the best RAW converters around, allowing you to render in precise colours with great detail, supporting the leading high-end cameras. It contains flexible, digital asset management, all the essential adjustment tools and fast, responsive performance in one customizable and integrated solution.

It gives photographers highly responsive, precision tools needed to create stunning, out-of-the-box images using a fast and intuitive workflow which can be customised to fit unique project requirements.

Think of Capture One Pro 7 as a ‘digital assistant’, allowing you to focus on capturing your vision with its image quality, reliability and speed.

It contains a host of features and tools allowing you to get the best out of your digital images. Selected highlights:

  • Capture your vision – shoot directly into the application to view and examine your images instantly in close-up detail
  • Showcase your creativity – create slideshows in seconds or produce professional looking web galleries for clients or colleagues
  • Image quality revolution – it uses the Bayer Interpolation Method (the world’s most advanced image processing engine – to achieve vastly superior image quality
  • Increased productivity – you’re not restricted or confined to a set workflow

You can learn more Capture One Pro 7 in the below video:

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Phase One Media Pro 1 – effective image and video management

Introducing Phase One Media Pro 1 Photo Manager:

Image and video management

Media Pro 1 is Phase One’s intuitive photo, image and video management software built to manage large photo libraries.

The software is designed to be fast and intuitive, resulting in a powerful yet simple photography assistant that will greatly improve the way you find, organise and share your image files. Better still, Media Pro will support image and video files from over 100 different cameras, specifically built to manage large photo libraries.

This means that you can find and select your images quickly, and in RAW format.

Media Pro’s digital photo management tools are tailor-made for professional photographer’s workflow, allowing you to rename, import, convert and tag hundreds of files at a time using its sophisticated batch processing tool. You can store your files anywhere too, including shared folders, CDs, hard drives or DVDs and use integrated search tools to find them in seconds.

The Photo Manager tool also allows you to locate and select your images incredibly quickly with full-screen previews, and offers a number of tools that allow you to evaluate, magnify and colour correct the image or video that you select.

Sharing is made easy too.

Phase One Media Pro Reader enables you to distribute and share your catalogues with any chosen recipient at no extra cost, supporting both Mac and Windows formats. If you prefer, you can chose not to include your original media in your distribution, thus protecting your digital assets from being copied whilst letting others view List and Thumbnail views.

There’s a full list of Phase One Media Pro 1’s features on our website, as well as full technical and installation specifications. You can also get an overview in the below video:

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