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AVID Media Composer Plugin

Steps for installing FilmConvert:
  • Download the latest FilmConvert Avid Plugin installer for your desired operating system.
  • Once complete, go to your downloads folder.
    • Windows:
      • Double click the installer to execute it.
    • Mac:
      • Double click the DMG to open it.
      • Inside is an executable file. Double click it to start the installation.
    • Follow the instructions given by the installer.

    Once complete, the plugin resides in the Avid AVX2 plug-ins directory:
    • OS X: /Library/Application Support/Avid/AVX2_Plug-ins
    • Windows: C:\Program Files\Avid\AVX2_Plug-ins

Applying FilmConvert to your media
Once FilmConvert is installed, you will want to apply it to your footage. To do that:
  • First open up Avid Media Composer.
  • Create a new project, or open up an existing project.
  • In the case of a new project, create a new sequence, import some media, and drag it onto the timeline.
  • Open the Effects Palette window.
  • Go the Film Emulation category, which has the item FilmConvert Pro. Drag the effect onto your media.

You will now see some color changes, grain and FilmConvert water marks on your media!

If the Film Emulation category is not present, Windows users should download and install recent graphics drivers - for a working OpenCL runtime.
Camera Controls
  • Source Camera Selects the camera (or camera type) used to shoot your footage. This setting is required in order to apply the correct color correction.
  • Exposure Performs an adjustment prior to the film emulation being applied.
  • Temp Adjusts the color temperature. This assumes that the clip temp is 5600 (daylight). Moving the slider to the left makes the scene cooler. Moving to the right makes it warmer.
Film Controls
  • Convert To drop down Selects the particular film stock to be emulated.
  • Size drop down Selects the negative size to emulate. Smaller values such as 8mm are fuzzier with larger grain. Larger values have smaller grain.
  • Film Color slider Adjusts the balance between the original digital camera color palette, and the film color palette. Typically you would leave this at 100% film
  • Curve slider This control allows you to reduce changes in luminosity, so that the original exposure of the digital footage is preserved. Setting the slider to 0 with the color slider at 100 will give you the hue and saturation of the film stock, with no change to the luminosity.
  • Grain slider Adjusts the amount of grain applied to the image. The default is 100%, which is an accurate representation of the grain for the selected film stocks. Some stocks have more grain - such as D3200.
Color Controls

Color Corrector Section

  • The Lift, Gamma and Gain sliders and Hue Adjustment sliders operate by affecting the
    Shadows, Midtones and Highlights of the image.
    • Shadows - adjustments will affect pure black 100%, mid grey at 50%, and pure white at 0%.
    • Midtones - adjustments affect pure black 0%, mid grey 100%, and pure white 0%
    • Highlights - adjustments affect pure black 0%, mid grey 50%, and pure white 100%
  • Lift, Gamma, Gain Sliders These sliders adjust the image by adding or removing brightness to the Shadows, Midtones and Highlights respectively. Adjustments happen before the Hue slider adjustment (below) - so you can use these sliders to control how much of the image is in the upper highlight area before applying the color cast to it.
  • Hue Adjustments The Hue and Hue Amount sliders adjust the color of the shadows, midtones, and highlights.
  • Saturation slider This will saturate or de-saturate them image.
  • Levels sliders Use these to set the clipping point for black and white, and where the mid point grey lies.
How to use your FKV file
Once you have purchased FilmConvert, you will be emailed a license file in the form of an FKV file.

In order to use the FKV file:
To uninstall the FilmConvert Avid plugin from a Windows machine, simply use the Control Panel.

To uninstall the FilmConvert Avid plugin from a Mac, delete:
  • /Library/Application Support/Avid/AVX2_Plug-ins/FilmConvertPro.avx

If you are deleting all FilmConvert plugins and the Stand-Alone application, you will also need to delete:
  • /Library/Application Support/RubberMonkey