Hot news indeed. This plugin gives editors direct access to Baselight functionality within Final Cut Pro. You can render the Baselight settings within Final Cut or export them as an XML list to load into a Baselight system. Could this just last 4 days before the new FCP is announced?
There are two ways to look at this news. Either it is designed to work just in FCP7 or looking ahead there will be some amazing integration into the new FCP. Our money would be on the former and priced at 'less than' $1,000 it is going to be a tough sell against the existing colour correction products, including a new Color possibly.
Here is the press release from today:
LAS VEGAS—9 April 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 StandSL7920. 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 thegrade 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 AvidMC 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 expandor 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 forlarger 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 databetween 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 setbut will be less than $1,000.