NAB 2015: Tiffen Shows Dfx 4, for When Software-Simulated Filters are Just the Thing

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The Tiffen Company, the Academy Award-winning maker of the Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite, demonstrated Dfx version 4 during NAB 2015.

Version 4 adds plenty, with support for the OFX format used in Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve and other color grading solutions, as well as 12 new visual effects filters, 93 new historical process simulations, and 30 new motion picture film stocks. Dxf 4 now supports Retina displays and gets a big speed boost via GPU acceleration.

There are distinct advantages in a company making traditional optical filters then taking up simulating those very same filters as plug-ins. The same knowledge that led to the creation of decade’s worth of some of the finest glass and resin filters ever can be applied to recreating them in software.

That’s especially true for the many optical filters that were invented by Ira Tiffen and his colleagues and for which no close alternative exists in other brands.

Many independent moviemakers do not have the wherewithal to buy or rent the optical filter originals so an investment in Tiffen Dfx can be a smart way of gaining access to a vast collection of top quality filters.

Even smarter, given the massive take-up of DaVinci Resolve and especially DaVinci Resolve Lite that is going on right now, is considering this latest version of Tiffen Dfx now that it supports the OFX plug-in standard.

Tiffen Dfx OFX Pro 4.0 is not cheap in either of its OFX-ready forms but if it delivers what you need then it should pay off handsomely. Or you may wish to consider more affordable way of entering into the Dfx 4.0 universe, via the Tiffen Dfx Standalone application. The choice is yours!

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Tiffen Dfx v4 Creative Digital Effects

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Tiffen Dfx Standalone

Tiffen Dfx Standalone
Tiffen Dfx Standalone Feature Highlights

* 134 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
* Presets for 288 different color and black and white still photographic film stocks, motion picture film stocks and historical photographic processes
* Rosco and GamColor Gel libraries
* Rosco and Gam Gobo libraries for lighting effects
* Paint system that includes Black/White, Blur, Clone, Color, Eraser, Mosaic, Red-Eye, Repair and Scatter brushes
* Image effects including non-destructive Crop, Rotate and Scale
* Layering system for multiple filter application
* Sophisticated but easy to use masking tools
* Variation generator for effect parameters
* Batch processing
* Color management using ICC profiles
* 8, 16, 32 bit image processing
* Exchangeable Image File Format (Exif)
* Camera RAW, TIFF, JPEG as well as Kodak Cineon and DPX file formats
* Multi-processor acceleration
* GPU Acceleration

Learn more about Tiffen Dfx Standalone

Tiffen Dfx Photo Plug-in

Tiffen Dfx Photo Plug-in
Tiffen Dfx Photo Plug-in Feature Highlights

* 134 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
* Presets for 288 different color and black and white still photographic film stocks, motion picture film stocks and historical photographic processes
* Rosco and GamColor Gel libraries
* Rosco and Gam Gobo libraries for lighting effects
* Paint system that includes Black/White, Blur, Clone, Color, Eraser, Mosaic, Red-Eye, Repair and Scatter brushes
* Layering system for multiple filter application
* Sophisticated but easy to use masking tools
* Variation generator for effect parameters
* 8, 16, 32 bit image processing
* Multi-processor acceleration
* GPU Acceleration

Learn more about Tiffen Dfx Photo Plug-in

Tiffen Dfx Video/Film Plug-in

Tiffen Dfx Video - Film
Tiffen Dfx Video/Film Feature Highlights

* 131 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
* Presets for 288 different color and black and white still photographic film stocks, motion picture film stocks and historical photographic processes
* Rosco and GamColor Gel libraries
* Rosco and Gam Gobo libraries for lighting effects
* 8, 16, 32 bit image processing
* Multi-processor acceleration
* GPU acceleration

Learn more about Tiffen Dfx Video/Film Plug-in

Tiffen Dfx OFX Pro Plug-in

Tiffen Dfx OFX Pro
Tiffen Dfx OFX Pro Feature Highlights

* 130 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
* Presets for 288 different color and black and white still photographic film stocks, motion picture film stocks and historical photographic processes
* Rosco and GamColor Gel libraries
* Rosco and Gam Gobo libraries for lighting effects
* 8, 16, 32 bit image processing
* Multi-processor acceleration
* GPU acceleration

Learn more about Tiffen Dfx OFX Pro Plug-in

Tiffen Dfx OFX Standard Plug-in

Tiffen Dfx OFX Standard
Tiffen Dfx OFX Standard Feature Highlights

* 130 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
* Presets for 288 different color and black and white still photographic film stocks, motion picture film stocks and historical photographic processes
* Rosco and GamColor Gel libraries
* Rosco and Gam Gobo libraries for lighting effects
* 8, 16, 32 bit image processing
* Multi-processor acceleration
* GPU acceleration

Learn more about Tiffen Dfx OFX Standard Plug-in

Tiffen Dfx Bundles

Learn more about Tiffen Dfx Bundles

Tiffen Dfx Bundles

(cover photo credit: snap from Tiffen)

Karin Gottschalk

Karin Gottschalk

Karin is a documentary moviemaker, journalist, photographer and teacher who conceived and cofounded an influential, globally-read, Australian magazine of contemporary art, culture and photography. While based in Europe, contributing to the magazine and working in advertising, she visualised a future telling the same sorts of stories with a movie camera and audio recorder. Now back in her home base in Sydney, Karin is pursuing her goal of becoming an independent, one-person, backpack multimedia journalist and documentary moviemaker. Mentorless and un-filmschooled, she is constantly learning and sharpening up her skill set.
Karin Gottschalk

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