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Photoshop Plugin

System Requirements
FilmConvert for Photoshop is currently only available on OSX. It requires Photoshop version 12.0 and up, which translates to CS5 and up. 64 bit only on OSX (10.6 +).
Applying FilmConvert to your media

Once FilmConvert is installed, you will want to apply it to your footage. To do that:

  • First open up Photoshop.
  • Import some media.
  • Click on the Filter menu item and go down to the Film Emulation category.
  • Select FilmConvert... the FilmConvert GUI will open up.
  • To the left you will see the proxy window, and to the right, the Image Controls
  • There are controls along the bottom of the proxy window, explained from left to right:
    • The Reset button will discard any changes made with the Image Controls but leave the GUI open.
    • The next four buttons are the proxy image zoom controls. They are:
      • Zoom In.
      • Zoom Out.
      • Zoom 1:1 (actual size).
      • Zoom Fit.
    • Next is the Bypass button. It will allow you to A/B your changes before applying them.
    • The Cancel button will discard any changes made with the Image Controls and exit the GUI.
    • The Apply button applies the changes made with the Image Controls and exits the GUI.
Image Controls

Camera Section

  • Exposure Performs an adjustment prior to the film emulation being applied.
  • Temp Adjusts the color temperature. For Quicktime based cameras, 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.
  • Reset Sets the settings back to their defaults.

FilmConvert Section

  • Stock chooser drop down Click on the name to select a film stock emulation. Alternatively you can click on the left and right arrows to cycle through the stocks
  • Color slider This adjusts the balance between the original digital camera color palette, and the film color palette. Typically you would leave this at 100% film
  • 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.
  • Size drop down Selects the negative size to emulate. Smaller values such as 8mm are fuzzier with larger grain. Larger values have smaller grain.

Color Corrector Section

  • Shadows, midtones, and highlights This is a standard color corrector, any adjustments made will affect the image in the following ways:
    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 - adjsutments affect pure black 0%, mid grey 50%, and pur white 100%
  • Color wheels The 3 wheels adjust the color of the shadows, midtones, and highlights. Drag the white knob around the circle to add color.
  • Sliders The sliders adjust the image by adding or removing brightness in the manner described above. Adjustments happen before the color wheel adjustment - 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.
  • Saturation slider will saturate or de-saturate them image.

Levels Graph

  • Graph shows the relative amount of luminosity in each color band. Dark images will show larger values on the left side of the graph, bright images on the right side.
  • Clipping indicators To the left and the right of the graph, these bars show up when you have pure black or pure white in your image.
  • Black, mid, white sliders Use these to se the clipping point for black and white, and where the mid point grey lies
  • Before / after buttons selects whether the graph is shown before or after the Black, mid, and white sliders. Before functions like a standard photoshop levels graph. After is used for showing the results of adjusting the sliders
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:
  • First off, you need to start up Photoshop.
  • Next, you will need to open the FilmConvert GUI. For instructions on how to do that, see Applying FilmConvert to your media.
  • Once you have access to the FilmConvert controls, you will find the Activate but above the proxy window and to the right.
  • Once pressed, you will be presented with a new Window, FilmConvert Product Registration.
  • Hit the Load License File button and browse to your FKV file.
  • Open it, and your plugin will be registered!