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Tiffen Launches Dfx 4


The Tiffen Company announced the release of version 4 of the Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite. Version 4 adds OFX plug-in support, making it compatible with digital intermediate programs Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve and Assimilate Scratch, as well as Nuke visual effects program from The Foundry. The Tiffen Dfx 4 upgrade also includes support for Sony Vegas NLEs as well as 12 new visual effects filters, 93 new historical photographic processes, 30 new motion picture film stocks, speed increase in GPU acceleration, floating point precision for a non-destructive workflow and Retina display support for Mac.

Dfx replicates Tiffen optical filtering, Rosco and Gam gobos and gels, plus hundreds of photographic film stocks. It is a complete cinematographer/editor toolkit that provides the majority of Tiffen optical filters within a single software suite designed to work with industry-standard photo and video editing applications.

A new edge-aware smoothing algorithm (great for skin smoothing) has been added to some filters for refined control and application. Additionally, a new Curve Tool for still programs – designed to control tonal range through RGB and individual red, green and blue curves – has been added. Adjustable curve points for shadow and highlight control are also possible with the upgrade.

The improved interface includes a new optimized preview size, thus images can now be previewed in 4096, 2048 and 1024 pixels. Keyboard control has been added for brushes, as well as a new look to sliders, buttons and icons.

In conjunction with Dfx’s masking tools, floating point precision gives users full access to the image’s dynamic range on a selective basis without having to clip values.

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