FilmLight will be demonstrating Baselight for Apple Final Cut Pro 7 at NAB next month. Designed for editorial houses, postproduction facilities, independent filmmakers and other media producers, Baselight for Final Cut Pro allows users to create and apply color grades to their projects using the same tools found in a full Baselight system – including multi-layered grades – with no restrictions on resolution and complexity. FilmLight’s Truelight color management system is also included, providing accurate, what-you-see-is-what-you-get previews of final materials.
“Baselight for Final Cut Pro makes high-quality color grading available to many new users,” said FilmLight co-founder Wolfgang Lempp, “but more importantly it can play a big part in the accurate and flexible communication of the creative intent throughout the postproduction process, empowering filmmaking professionals at all levels.”
Color grading data generated by Baselight for Final Cut Pro can be exchanged seamlessly with full Baselight systems, providing a collaborative workflow for editorial operations and post facilities. Media can be pre-graded in the FCP application and exported to Baselight for final adjustments. The project can then be rendered by Baselight or re-exported to Final Cut Pro, or other editorial platforms, for completion.
For independent filmmakers, Baselight for Final Cut Pro provides a cost-effective means of achieving a professional quality grade. Complete, polished grades can be created, applied and rendered all from within Final Cut Pro. For facilities, the low cost of Baselight for Final Cut Pro makes it practical to add color grading functionality to multiple editorial workstations.
The system is priced at $995 and available from the FilmLight website. Baselight for Final Cut Pro is the first release in FilmLight’s new Baselight Editions line of color grading systems. Although Final Cut Pro X was introduced last summer, FCP7 is still the preferred choice of the professional editing community for which this product is intended. The company reports that it is currently developing similar products for other software packages, including popular compositing and visual effects solutions.