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FilmLight Broadens Color Grading Capabilities within Avid

Baselight for AvidWith the demand for perfect color control now everywhere in the professional post workflow, FilmLight is taking another important step forward with the launch of its Windows version of Baselight for Avid. This is part of the Baselight Editions range, which delivers the key elements of the world’s most powerful color grading software as a plug-in for existing post tools.

Baselight Editions puts the Baselight user interface, along with its color processing, into a standard AVX plug-in. It provides unlimited primary and secondary grades in a single layer, including mattes, automatic object tracking and full keyframe animation.

Baselight for Avid supports AAF-based round-tripping with full Baselight systems, meaning that no rendering time is needed to export grade metadata back into Media Composer. That includes carrying over sophisticated grading data including secondary color correction, shapes and tracked objects. Since the exported grades are fully modifiable, workflow efficiency is greatly improved, as corrections and last minute changes can be made directly in Media Composer, with no need to return to the full Baselight suite.

Color information can also be exported in the FilmLight BLG file format, for seamless exchange with any other FilmLight system including other Baselight Editions.

The software includes FilmLight’s Truelight color management system so that editors can be assured that what they see on their monitor is what they will get.

To complement Baselight Editions, FilmLight offers the Slate control panel. This offers the same configurability, precision, ergonomic convenience and reliability as the full-sized panel, but in a smaller form factor.

“We know that the production and post industry is moving away from the idea of color grading as a single step in the process towards collaborative workflows, where a number of people contribute to the look of a project,” said Wolfgang Lempp, co-founder of FilmLight. “To meet the trend, we now offer ‘Baselight everywhere’, with the appropriate tools – and the same uncompromised color precision – on devices from on-set ingest to the final deliverables.

David Colantuoni, Senior Director - Product Management Broadcast, Storage and Editors, from Avid commented “FilmLight is the industry leader in color, so we are delighted to be able to offer its best in class grading alongside our best in class editing. We have been working in partnership with FilmLight for a number of years now, and we have witnessed their passion for accuracy and reliability. The ability to run Baselight within our editing systems is a real productivity benefit for our users.”

“We have had Baselight for Avid on Mac for some time,” FilmLight’s Lempp added. “What our customers told us was that they also needed to access it in their Media Composer and Symphony suites, with full render-free grading and a simple workflow. The new Baselight for Windows delivers this.”