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We're pretty sure we've used the London bus analogy here on FCP.co before, but products from different manufacturers do seem to be released in batches. This time it's Tiffen with an FCPX friendly upgrade to their award winning pack of filters.

We spotted this one last week, but it got slightly eclipsed by the other higher profile releases. Billed as 'The fastest, easiest, most powerful, versatile, image editing software you will ever own" Tiffen Dfx Version 3 now adds support for Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5.

“Our Tiffen Dfx v3 digital filter suite is a critical part of the compositing and effects production workflow for video editors and motion graphic artists. Having support for the Final Cut Pro and Motion community ensures that these artists are able to use their Tiffen Dfx filters when they make the move to the latest Apple pro video application offerings,” comments Steve Tiffen, President and CEO, The Tiffen Company.

The filter pack has won many awards, but a licence for the video version costs a rather large $599. If you are a regular reader of FCP.co, you'll know that we think pricing plugins above the actual price of the host app will harm sales. Having said that, one licence will also run with Adobe® After Effects®, Adobe Premiere® Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro 6 & 7 and Avid® editing systems if installed and activated on the same machine.

In our rather long hunt for a demo video, we came across this one from last year that we hope is still relevant. Checkout the Dfx page on the Tiffen site for a list of the filters

There is a free 15 day trial version of the filter suite to download from the Tiffen site. We would love to hear from anybody who's given the pack a spin, it might be pricey but it would be good to see in FCPX in action.

An instructional PDF on the product can also be downloaded, check your printer has a lot of paper in the tray as its over 400 pages long.

Tiffen Dfx Video/Film Feature Highlights

  • 121 individual filters
  • Thousands of customizable presets
  • Simulation of Tiffen glass camera filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, exacting color correction as well as natural light and photographic effects
  • Rosco and GamColor Gel libraries
  • Rosco and Gam Gobo libraries for lighting effects
  • 8 or 16 bit image processing
  • Multi-processor acceleration

New in Tiffen Dfx Version 3.0
Boasting enhanced multi-processor acceleration for faster interaction and rendering of images, 10+ brand new filters for optical effects, interface improvements, and more, Tiffen Dfx v3 takes still images to the next level of visual brilliance. New filter and effects capabilities include:

Color Shadow: Creates a high contrast image overlayed with a gradient, simulating the look and feel of those colorful iPod® commercials.

- DeBand: Removes banding artifacts from an image by smoothing pixels in banded areas while retaining detail. Banding frequently occurs, in blue skies for instance, with DSLR’s as well as digital cameras. DeBand effectively smooths out this unwanted banding.

DeBlock: Removes blocking artifacts created as a result of high compression factors, such as overly compressed JPG images which often cause square blocking artifacts.

DeNoise: Grain and noise from digital cameras, whether still or video, is a common problem. DeNoise removes the grain and noise while still retaining detail.

Film Stocks: Simulates 113 different color and black & white photographic film stocks. For those desiring the look of either old or current film stocks, there are simulations of many of the popular brands from Kodak®, Fuji®, Agfa®, Polaroid®, and Illford®.

Glow Darks: Glows and grows the dark areas of an image, creating a stylized, dreamy dark glow.

Key Light: Relights images with a directional or point light. Changing the lighting after an image has been photographed gives the photographer/editor control to fix or enhance their images, as well as create interesting lighting effects.

Rays: Creates stunning and realistic light ray effects quickly and easily. Rays can add shafts of light streaming through clouds, rays filtering through a forest canopy, beams of light on a foggy night, or rays shooting through an interior window. Rays adds a striking and dramatic quality to any image.

Texture: Applies textures to an image for a stylized look. Adding texture to an image is a great way to create a unique and customized look.

Match: Matches the color, detail, gradient, and tone of one image and applies it to another.

Full Tiffen Dfx Filter List·
Ambient Light, Auto Adjust, Black and White, Black/White Looks, Black Diffusion/FX®, Black Pro-Mist®, Bleach Bypass, Blur, Bronze Glimmerglass®, Center Spot, Chromatic Aberration, Close-Up Lens, Color Correct, Color-Grad®, Color Infrared, Color Looks, Color Shadow, Color Spot, Cool Pro-Mist®, Cross Processing, Day for Night, DeBand, DeBlock, DeFog, DeFringe, DeNoise, Depth of Field, Diffusion, Dot, Double Fog, Dual Grad, Edge Glow, Enhancing, Eye Light, Faux Film, Film Stocks, Flag, Flashing, Fluorescent, Fog, F-Stop, Gels, Glimmerglass®, Glow, Glow Darks, Gobo, Gold Diffusion/FX®, Gold Reflector, Grain, Halo, Haze, HDTV/FX®, High Contrast, HFX® Star, Ice Halos, Infrared, Kelvin, Key Light, Lens Distortion, Levels, Light, Low Contrast, Match, Mono Tint, ND-Grad, Night Vision, Nude/FX®, Old Photo, Overexpose, Ozone, Paint, Pencil, Photographic, Polarizer, Printer Points, Pro-Mist®, Rack Focus, Radial Exposure, Rainbow, Rays, ReLight, Selective Color Correct, Selective Saturation, Sepia, Sharpen, Sky, Silver Reflector, Smoque®, Soft Contrast, Soft/FX®, Soft Light, Split Field, Split Tone, Star, Streaks, Strip Grad, Sunset/Twilight, Telecine, Temperature, Texture, Three Strip, Tint, Two Strip, Ultra Contrast, Vari-Star, Vignette, 812® Warming, Warm Black Pro-Mist®, Warm Center Spot, Warm Polarizer, Warm Pro-Mist®, Warm Soft/FX®, Water Droplets, Wide Angle Lens, and X-Ray.

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