rgrain – add grain to your film with these new texture clips

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We talk a lot about the noise and grain in video and stills – but sometimes you want to add grain texture to your film – so how do you do that? rgrain has come out with a new set of inexpensive clips you can add to your project with any editor and for clips shot by any camera.

Our thanks to HDCamTeam for sending this our way.


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Priced to sell

The initial pricing is only $60 for a digital download (so you don't have to wait on a disk).

Product highlights

From developers’ website:

  • Seven 1080p ProRes 422 film grain plates at 23.976 fps (Each clip loops for 1min—5.6Gb download.)
  • 35mm, 16mm, and 8mm ultra-realistic film stock emulations
  • Looks and feels like the real thing
  • Includes a set of 8 aspect ratio hard mattes (PNG 24)
  • Removes the digital “plastic” look
  • Easy to use. No time consuming plugins to render
  • NO luminance or color shift to your footage when applying film grain
  • Smooth and natural flicker
  • Clean and dirt free plates unlike other film grain packages (Note: The “Super 8mm Nostalgia” and “16mm Old Stock” do have moderate damage)
  • Helps in dithering gradient banding. Better-looking compression on video-sharing sites
  • Works with all professional NLE and compositing suites
  • Great for special effect work / compositing
  • NO licensing fees. Use Rgrain on any projects, anytime
  • More affordable than other “real scanned film grain plates”—and Rgrain looks just as good!
  • Best of all, fool people into thinking you are really shooting film


It is nice that they've launched with a batch of tutorials like this one for FCPX: [tentblogger-vimeo 37092038]

Useful Tips When Using Rgrain Plates

(these tips come from the tutorials page and give you a simple idea how they work)

Directions for using Rgrain are very straightforward and function the same across all applications. To add film grain, place a film grain plate on a new track or layer on top of your footage and set the plate’s “Blending” mode to “Overlay.” Adjust the opacity of the film grain plate until you achieve the desired look.

  • Get a large, dedicated hard disk for your video files for real-time editing of HD files.
  • We recommend setting the film grain opacity between 15% and 45%, depending on the plate used. Of course there are no rules, so be creative.
  • Film grain should be applied as the last step in the editing process. The recommended workflow is as follows: Editing > Footage Cleanup > Color Correction and Or Grading > Rgrain
  • Slightly blurring your footage when using the 8mm Nostalgia and 16mm Old Stock will help blend the thicker grain into your footage.

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


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      That’s a good question we don’t know the answer to yet here at planet5D. We hope to have an answer in the near future tho.

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