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Koji - the cross platform 35mm accurate film colour plugins from Crumplepop and Dale Grahn

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Crumplepop has teamed up with film industry veteran Dale Grahn to produce a range of cross-platform plugins that produce highly accurate 35mm film colour emulation. They are called Koji.

When Final Cut Pro X was released, Crumplepop started pushing out plugins at a rapid pace. Things have slowed down and we were curious what their next product would be. They have just announced Koji.

Take a look at the introduction video that explains the history (and the future!) of Koji.

The guys at Crumplepop have again teamed up with Dale Grahn to produce three sets of plugins that have been carefully constructed to accurately reproduce the colours of old film stocks. Dale was the colour timer on films such as Saving Private Ryan, Gladiator and Apocalypse Now Redux, so he should know a thing or two about film stocks! There are many, many looks or film style plugins out there, but none of them have the research and pedigree of Koji.

"With Koji, you will learn many things about color timing,” said Dale Grahn. “And one of them will be that the two worlds –digital and film – are very much alike. Each with their advantages and disadvantages. We are now in a digital world and all of the images graded using Koji will be digitally corrected with digital tools. Yet the tools will come from a film color timer’s perspective. Hopefully the best of both worlds.  We hope you enjoy both worlds!”

So these plugins were not just put together and tweaked to get similar results to the various emulsions, Koji analysed old film samples when working with Hollywood film labs and then produced the LUTS to go into the plugins.

 'Seeing that film as a medium was facing possible extinction, the Koji team began in 2011 to attempt the accurate preservation of film color.   Working with experts around the world and the top film labs in Hollywood, the team was able to preserve six 35mm print stocks, sometimes rescuing film cans from stock rooms at the last possible moment.  These recovered film stocks were painstakingly preserved digitally, and are now available for use by digital filmmakers.'

The plugins will run on multiple hosts, which is really good news when these days you have to know more than one NLE to survive. They will run on the Mac with DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects & Speedgrade and Autodesk Smoke.

 

The plugins are available in three packs:

Koji DSLR. ($199) Brings beautiful, highly accurate film color to footage shot on DSLRs. Works with a wide variety of camera formats including Canon DSLRs, Panasonic DSLRs, and Blackmagic cameras (video mode).

Koji Log. ($299) Fast, powerful film color for log footage. Designed to work natively with REDlogFilm, Arri Log C, BMDFilm, BMDFilmV2, Canon C-Log, and Sony SLog3.

Koji Studio. ($799) Advanced film color for experienced colorists. Includes technical versions of the Koji film stocks with full color separation, as well as DCI-P3 output for Cineon.

The Koji plugins might seem slightly pricey, but from seeing the standard of Crumplepop's previous products, we are sure they are of high quality and produce very accurate film colour emulation on footage.

 

 


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