Leading color grading solutions developer FilmLight is offering its users and boutique post houses a new workflow option for grading. Baselight PLUS is supplied as a complete package — including installation if required — with options for editors and with hardware and software support at an unprecedented price point.
“What we are doing with Baselight PLUS is making it simple for post houses to add comprehensive and sophisticated color grading,” said Wolfgang Lempp, co-founder of FilmLight. “Boutique edit houses can now add top class grading, and our existing users can add capacity quickly. With Baselight PLUS they can do it easily and cost-effectively yet still get the best grading environment in the business. We believe this package will see facilities realizing the benefits of our products.”
At the heart of the package is the Baselight software, capable of 4K real-time grading and including all of the remarkable creative power which has made Baselight the choice for many colorists. The software is bundled with the high-performance Supermicro tower, including 24TB of internal RAID storage and 2TB of SSD for lightning fast non-linear access.
Control is through the intuitive FilmLight Slate panel. Using the same technological advances as on the Blackboard 2 control surface, Slate provides the same adaptive keys; the same wear-free limitless encoders; the same display screens and responsive trackball system—all in a compact form.
Also included in the bundle are two licenses for Baselight Editions, grading plug-ins which reside inside Avid (Mac or PC) or Final Cut Pro editors. This is a huge workflow boost, as Baselight Editions support round-tripping with full Baselight systems, meaning that no rendering time is needed to export grade metadata back into the editor. Grades can be tweaked and adjusted in the edit suite, or round-tripped non-destructively to the color room. Baselight Editions support all the functionality of the full system, so even sophisticated grading techniques like shapes, tracked objects and secondary colors are seen. Baselight Editions includes FilmLight’s Truelight software to ensure monitors are consistently calibrated.
The complete package, including the latest Baselight 4.4 release, and a year’s Software and Advanced Hardware support, is just $65,000.