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Digital Film Tools have released 'reFine' a $99 video & film plugin that delivers edge aware sharpening and smoothing effects. The plugin supports many hosts including Final Cut Pro X and FCP7.

Digital Film Tools have released a new product called 'reFine' which claims to offer superior results by decomposing the video into three layers, course medium and fine.·Each detail layer can be manipulated separately in various ways, for example, sharpening or smoothing. Masking can be used for quick isolation of image features for selective filtering.

"Our new reFine plug-in re-invents the way you sharpen and smooth still and moving images," comments Marco Paolini, founder and president, Digital Film Tools. "Images take on a hyper-realistic, almost 3D look when adjusted to the extreme. More subtle adjustments will sharpen soft photos or, at the other end of the spectrum, smooth fine details like skin blemishes. We are confident that photographers, editors and visual effects artists will enjoy enhancing their images with reFine as much as we have."

DFT reFine Feature Highlights
•Sharpening and detail enhancement
•Edge-aware smoothing — useful for removing skin blemishes
•Hyper-realistic sharpening and smoothing effects
•Course, Medium and Fine detail adjustments
•Cartoon, pencil and pastel effects
•Layering system for multiple filter application*
•Sophisticated but easy-to-use masking tools
•8-/16-/32-bit image processing
•Multi-processor acceleration

An example of skin smoothing, before and after.

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An example of sharpening, before and after.

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The $99 price seems pretty good for the plugin seeing as one licence will work across applications for stills and another licence will work for video apps.

  • One reFine photo plug-in license will allow it to run in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture if installed on the same machine.
  • One reFine video/film plug-in license will allow it to run in Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro (including FCPX), Apple Motion 5 and Avid Editing Systems if installed on the same machine.