The new version of the popular color grading plugin, FilmConvert Nitrate, has been released for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects on both Windows and Mac OS. Nitrate includes new features like Cineon Log film emulations of FilmConvert film stocks, advanced grain controls, camera-specific exposure, white balance, and tint controls, and support for Metal GPU acceleration. FilmConvert will add support for Final Cut Pro and DaVinci Resolve by the end of this year.
FilmConvert has been available for us filmmakers for a while and it got fairly popular by offering a relatively simple way to apply “film look” to the footage from any supported camera. FilmConvert functions as a plugin for today’s main editing programs. During NAB 2019, FilmConvert first teased the new Nitrate – check our article with the video interview if you haven’t seen it yet. FilmConvert Nitrate has finally been released, so let’s take a look at what’s new.
FilmConvert Nitrate works in a similar fashion to the classic FilmConvert. It applies all corrections based on the used camera. Users select the source camera, select the target film stock, and then tweak the image from there. Nitrate brings a couple of new useful features, which provide users with more flexibility. The biggest difference is that it’s really made to exactly match the image from different cameras, on a sensor level, because it “knows” exactly how each of these cameras behaves.
Cineon Log Film Emulation enables to dial back the contrast or saturation of FilmConvert original film stock emulations while preserving the film stock colors. In Nitrate, Log footage (SLog, CLog, V-Log, etc) or RAW will be converted to the Cineon Log film stock, which will result in the film stock colors with a film gamma curve. FilmConvert added a Cineon to Print Film slider, which allows users to blend between the Cineon Log and print film look.
Another new feature is the full custom curve control. For each of the FilmConvert film stocks, users can now modify highlight and shadow roll-offs or even design their own film stock from scratch. Nitrate now uses a full Log image processing pipeline, so the full dynamic range of the footage is retained through the grading process.
Advanced film grain controls enable users to adjust the appearance of the grain individually in the highlights, mid-tones, and shadows. The default curve is native to the film stock, but users can drag points on the curve to get exactly the grain they want in the image. Grain Saturation slider helps with further tweaking of the grain.
Other new features include Camera-specific exposure and white balance controls (which now work on the camera’s native response curve to get more natural results when making adjustments), new Tint slider, and support for Metal GPU acceleration.
Price and Availability
The FilmConvert Nitrate upgrade is currently available for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects on Mac OS and Windows. FilmConvert is planning to launch Nitrate for additional platforms (Final Cut Pro X, DaVinci Resolve, HitFIlm, Magix Vegas, etc) later this year. The FilmConvert Desktop App and Photoshop plugin will not be updated.
The whole FilmConvert Bundle including Nitrate and all plugins costs $199, plugins for specific software of your choice retail for $139. There is an upgrade fee of $69 for FilmConvert owners to get the new features available in Nitrate. When purchasing FilmConvert bundle including Nitrate, you will get a 10% discount when using our buy link.
Do you use FilmConvert for your editing workflow? Are you planning to try out the Nitrate? Let us know in the comments below the article.